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Lot # 734 (of 1743)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Early Japanese Baseball Postcard Collection (15)

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $411

Collection of fifteen baseball postcards, all of which originate from the "Land of the Rising Sun." These postcards appear to date from the 1920s, a time when the popularity of baseball in Japan was slowly overtaking sumo as the country's national pastime. While information regarding the images we see here is lacking (most are printed strictly in Japanese), these photos offer an insightful glimpse into the rise of Japanese baseball just prior to the celebrated American All-Star tours that took place in the early 1930s. These are obviously rare postcards, and we suspect that additional research may uncover great significance to some of these images. Six of the postcards feature game-action scenes, two offer Japanese team photos, four picture stadium shots of games in progress, two capture on-field ceremonies, and the final example is of an American team, identified as "The Champions of the Baseball of St. Louis." One of the Japanese teams is identified as "The Champions of the Baseball of Keio-Daigaku." The four stadium shots are identified, respectively, as "The Yokohama Park Grand," "Base of Grand, Karuisawa," "S.M.R. Base Ball Ground Mukden," and "Base-Ball Ground of Outer-Garden of Meiji Shrine, Tokyo." Two of the postcards have been addressed and mailed, the others bear no writing on the reverse. One of the postcards (ceremony scene) displays a torn right border; otherwise the postcards (5.5 x 3.5 inches) are in Excellent condition overall. Total: 15 postcards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $411

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