This card is quite rare. Only two examples are known.
Frank "Strick" Shofner was a third baseman who was a member of the San Francisco Seals in 1948 and 1949, and thus accompanied the Seals on their 1949 Tour of Japan. Shofner had been in the army during the early 1940s, but in 1944 he was signed by the Boston Red Sox and sent to their Double A Louisville farm club, where he enjoyed two impressive seasons. In 1947, Louisville became a Triple A Red Sox affiliate. Shofner stayed on with the team until part way through the 1947 season, when he had a "cup of coffee" with the major league Red Sox, playing in only five games. After his two seasons in San Francisco, Shofner signed with the St. Louis Cardinals but played only for their AA and AAA teams before retiring in 1952.
This color card was a second prize premium card related to an unknown 1949 bromide card set. It was originally mounted to a display sheet by the manufacturer. "Seals, Frank Shofner, 3rd Base" is printed in black Japanese text along the bottom portion of the card. Blank back card.
Size: 5 3/4" x 7 3/8"
Condition: Would be Ex/Mt, but a previous owner has written the number 18 in pen on the blank back at upper left. Extra paper and glue is found in spots on the back because of previous mounting on a prize display sheet by the manufacturer at the time of issue. All examples of this card will have similar extra paper and glue.