JBR 69 is one of the scarcer "tobacco menko" style issues. It has received the R3 designation in the Japanese Baseball Card Checklist & Price Guide, Vintage Edition 2.1. This uncut pair appears to have been issued in this form. It was never attached to a display sheet, as the back shows no evidence of a glue stain due to such attachment. Also, it does not look like it was cut out of larger uncut sheet by a previous owner. While we have never seen a JBR 69 hanging bundle (taba), we have seen other "tobacco menko" issues from this period that were originally issued as uncut pairs.
Masaichi Kaneda needs no introduction to Japanese baseball collectors. His 400 lifetime wins and 4,490 strikeouts place him at number one in both categories. Stanley Hashimoto was a Hawaiian school teacher whom the Toei Flyers signed as their first ever American player in 1957. After struggling in his first season (.189 batting average), he returned for 1958 and blossomed, batting .291. He was named to the Pacific League Best 9 that year as a first baseman. He followed it up with another strong season in 1959, batting .281.
Size: Each card is 1 13/16" x 3". The uncut pair is 3 5/8" x 3".
Condition: Would be Nm/Mt, but the manufacturer's cut at the top edge is diagonal, and the cut is ragged at the bottom edge.