This card (with or without an autograph) has never been seen until now. It will be added to the next edition of Japanese Baseball Cards Checklist & Price Guide. Even more exciting is that this beautiful, never-before-seen card has been autographed by Hiroshi Oshita, the player depicted on the card.
Hiroshi Oshita (1922-1979) was equally famous for his blue bat and his sordid off-the-field behavior. Born in Japan but raised in Taiwan, Oshita entered Japan Pro Baseball in 1946. He was named to eight Best 9 teams during his career. Oshita loved the nightlife and had a legendary appetite for both sake and women. His favorite boast was that he never learned a thing in college. (He attended Meiji U.) However, his .303 lifetime batting average indicates that he learned at least one thing in college--how to hit!
This is one of the few autographed Oshita items that we have ever offered. Oshita's early death at age 56 has contributed to the difficulty of obtaining copies of his signature.
Oshita was the 1950 Pacific League batting champion with a .339 average. He was also named to the league's Best Nine team as an outfielder. He signed in blue ballpoint pen in a perfect area of the card, not to disrupt the image composition. Blank back card.
Size; 3 7/8" X 5 1/2"
Condition: Card--Good to Vg. Autograph--7 out of 10.