Lot # 45: 1949 JBR 52b Kaoru Betto (HOF) Color Bromide Baseball Card Blank Back Version

Category: Baseball Cards

Starting Bid: $35.00

Bids: 5 (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



Here is a gorgeous, full color card featuring the Gentleman of Baseball, Kaoru Betto, swinging lustily during a Japan Pro Baseball game.  Betto, a right handed hitting, bespectacled outfielder is best known to many Americans as the player whose visage is seen on the iconic shirt worn by Jeff Bridges in the movie, The Big Lebowski, as well as in the movies Cold Feet and The Fisher King. 

Betto wasn’t just some guy on a t-shirt!  He was named to his league’s Best Nine teams in each of his first six seasons. 1949 was Betto’s second year in pro baseball.  That season, he batted .322 with an impressive 39 homers and 126 RBIs.  In 1950, he was Central League MVP, batting .325 with 43 homers.

Blank back card

Size:  2 1/4” x 3”

Condition:  The front is Ex.  The blank back has some extra paper and glue residue across the top from previous mounting, possibly on a prize sheet by the manufacturer, but we are not certain.

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