Lot # 6: 1962 JF 31 Hinomaru Caramel Tachibana Seika—Sadaharu Oh (HOF) SGC 3

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Starting Bid: $750.00

Bids: 11 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Auction 65 Ended 3/18/2023",
which ran from 2/27/2023 5:00 PM to
3/18/2023 11:00 PM

This is a JF 31 first series, brown ink back version of the Tachibana Seika card of Sadaharu Oh, produced the Hinomaru Caramel Co. A grey ink back series was printed later in 1962. The card has been assigned a scarcity factor of R4 in Japanese Baseball Cards Checklist & Price Guide, Vintage Edition 3.0, indicating that 10 or fewer examples of this card are known in the hobby.

At the time this card was produced, Oh, entering his fourth season, had hit only 37 lifetime home runs. Big things had been predicted for him in 1959 when he joined the Yomiuri Giants. However, as of Spring 1962, he had failed to fulfill those lofty expectations. 1962 was Oh's breakout year, in which he clubbed 38 round trippers on his way to an astounding 868 lifetime home runs. The unique image features a youthful Oh gazing intently at the viewer, with his surname printed in Japanese kanji at upper right.

Tachibana Seika cards were often pasted to sheets which the collector sent in to claim a prize from the issuer. Moreover, the redemption point section (non-picture portion) of the card front was often cut off by collectors. This scarce card is complete with the redemption point section still attached. It would make a great addition to any Sadaharu Oh collection.

Size: 1 19/32" x 2 9/32"

Condition: SGC 3 (Vg)

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