Lot # 73: 1950 JBR 9 Marutoku Narrow B&W Bromides—Complete Set -1 (83/84) Incl. 4 New Discoveries

Category: Baseball Cards

Starting Bid: $350.00

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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

Presenting, for the first time, the most complete set of 1950 JBR 9 Marutoku Narrow Bromide baseball cards ever assembled! 

JBR 9 is one of the iconic sets of vintage Japanese baseball card collecting.  For the last 30+ years, we have thought that the set was complete at 80 cards.  A few months ago, we discovered four more cards to add to the checklist.  We were shocked!  We had just purchased a 70-year-old collection that included over 1,000 JBR 9 cards—probably more than we had ever seen in aggregate over the years.  We collated the cards, and while there were about ten to fifteen copies of most cards, there were two copies each of four cards that we had never seen before! 

Naturally, at that point, we decided to put a complete set together.  Never before had a complete 80 card set of JBR 9 been assembled.  Now we had the chance to produce something even better!  Alas, we fell one card short (Iwamoto (HOF) RHB plate visible) and had to settle for a near set of 83 out of 84 cards.  Nevertheless, this is a powerful collection.

The set offered here is a Who’s Who of Japanese stars of the era, including Japan Hall of Famers Hiroshi Oshita (3 diff.), Tokuji Iida, Atsushi Aramaki (rookie) (2 diff.), Kaoru Betto, Shosei Go, Hisanori Karita, Junzo Sekine (rookie), Victor Starffin (2 diff.), Katsumi Shiraishi, Michio Nishizawa (2 diff.), Shigeru Sugishita (2 diff.), Noboru Aota, Takehiko Bessho, Shigeru Chiba (2 diff.), Hideo Fujimura (2 diff.), Tetsuharu Kawakami (3 diff.), Yoshiyuki Iwamoto, Makoto Kozuru (2 diff.), Juzo Sanada (4 diff.) and Fumio Fujimura.  That’s 34 HOFer cards out of 83, including 3 HOFer rookie cards and 20 different HOF players!

This is an unprecedented chance to own one of the most important sets in the history of Japanese baseball card collecting.

Blank back cards

Size:  Each card is approximately 1 9/16” x 2 1/2”.

Condition:  Most cards are Ex, Ex/Mt, or Nm. 

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