The JF 24e Fujiya Gum Premiums will be listed for the first time in the Japanese Baseball Card Checklist & Price Guide, Vintage Edition 3.0, which is currently scheduled for publication later this year. The JF 24e premiums differ from other JF 24 cards in that the player surnames and teams are listed within a vertical black box on the front, and the cards also contain facsimile autographs have a thin white area around them. These rare cards will be assigned a scarcity factor of R5 in the new Guide, indicating that five or fewer copies of each card are known to exist.
The "Man Who Changed Japanese Baseball" as the title of Robert Fitts' excellent book aptly described him, Yonamine brought American style play to the Japanese game, with his hustle and determination. His success in Japan Pro Baseball led to the steady flow of North Americans playing in Japan that continues today. Yonamine's swashbuckling style ended with his induction into the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame, an honor which has been bestowed on very few Americans. Blank Backed.
Size: 5" x 7 1/2"