Lot # 90: 1964 JF 3 Fujiya Gum Large Sized Card Katsuya Nomura (HOF)

Category: Baseball Cards

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Item was in Auction "Auction 63: Ended 4/9/2022",
which ran from 3/26/2022 7:00 PM to
4/9/2022 11:00 PM

The classic JF 3 set features dramatic, black & white photos and facsimile autographs of Japan's greatest stars. Originally imported into the U.S. in the 1960s, JF 3 cards have become increasingly difficult to find over the years. This card depicts Nankai Hawks catcher Katsuya Nomura in mid-career.

The Pacific League's all time greatest player before Ichiro, and certainly the best Japanese catcher ever, Katsuya Nomura played in Japan Pro Baseball from 1954 to 1980. He ranks second all time in hits (2,901), homers (657) and RBI (1,988). He won five Pacific League MVP awards. A triple crown winner in 1965, he led the league in homers nine times and was RBI leader seven times.

Nomura began his 24-year managerial career as player-manager of the Hawks in 1970. During his eight year stint as Hawks manager, he led the team to the Pacific League title in 1973. After his playing career, Nomura went on to become a full-time manager. From 1990 to 1998, he managed the Yakult Swallows, leading them to four league titles and three Japan Series championships. Following managerial stints with the Hanshin Tigers and Rakuten Eagles, he retired with 1,565 managerial victories, fifth most in the history of Japan Pro Baseball.

Size: 4 3/4" x 3 1/8"

Condition: Ex/Mt to Nm

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