Cards from the JCM 13d set differ from nearly all other "tobacco menko" type cards of the late 1950s and early 1960s in that the player images look more like paintings than colorized photos. 1961 was Sadaharu Oh's third year in Japan Pro Baseball. It was to be his final year of producing ordinary batting statistics (.253 BA, 13 HR, 53 RBI) before his career took off in 1962.
The card appears to be in much higher grade than SGC 2. We think that SGC did not realize that the number "1" stamped on the back by the manufacturer indicates that it is a special winner card that qualifies the bearer to receive a first prize (uncut sheet of 20 JCM 13d cards) from a product display sheet. SGC may have felt in error that the number was added later by a collector who once owned a card.
Size: 1 13/16" x 3"
Condition: SGC 2 (Good) But Seems to Be Much Nicer.