Lot # 39: 1949 JBR 172 Michio Nishizawa (HOF) Large Bromide Baseball Card

Category: Baseball Cards

Starting Bid: $35.00

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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 card was originally issued as a 4th  prize winner card attached to a display sheet associated with the JBR 53 set.  Nishizawa is seen here in mid swing, with his team name (Chunichi), surname and position (infielder) listed below in white Japanese text.  The JBR 172 set has been designated R4 in Japanese Baseball Cards Checklist & Price Guide, Vintage Edition 3.0, meaning that fewer than 10 copies of this card are known to exist.  In the case of this particular card, we would venture a guess that the number is closer to five copies extant.

Michio Nishizawa made his Japan Pro Baseball debut as a pitcher in 1937 at the age of only 15! In 1940, at the age of 18, he went 20-9 with a 1.92 ERA. He pitched a no hitter in 1942. After the end of World War II, he switched to the outfield, where he became an even bigger star until his retirement after the 1958 season. A five time all- star, Nishizawa was inducted into the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.  Nishizawa enjoyed a highly successful season in 1949, batting .309, while also smacking 37 homers and driving in 114 runs in 136 games.

Blank back card

Size:  4 5/16” x  2 1/4"

Condition:  The card would grade Ex, except that the number "1" has been printed in ink on the blank back by a former owner.  There is paper and glue residue on the blank back since the card was originally issued by the manufacturer attached to a display sheet.  All examples of this card are expected to have similar residue.

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