Lot # 25: 1949 JRM 22 Flame Round Menko Card Type 2 (Large)--Kaoru Betto (HOF)

Category: Baseball Cards

Starting Bid: $35.00

Bids: 7 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
Lot / Auction Closed




This lot is closed. Bidding is not allowed.

Item was in Auction "Auction 66 Ended 10/14/2023",
which ran from 9/27/2023 6:00 PM to
10/14/2023 11:00 PM



JRM 22 Type 2 Round Menko are rather large (5 3/8" in diameter). Known as the "Gentleman of Baseball," Kaoru Betto was a collegiate star who didn't begin professional play until he was 28 years old. The bespectacled right handed slugger had a graceful spread legged stance reminiscent of Joe DiMaggio. In each of his first six professional seasons, first with the Tigers, and later with the Orions, he was selected to the league Best 9 team as an outfielder.

Interestingly, in the U.S., Betto is best known for being pictured on a shirt worn by Jeff Bridges in the movie, The Big Lebowski. The shirt has reached cult status and replicas are still widely sold today.

Blank back card.

Size: 5 3/8" in diameter

Condition: Vg

Views: 139