I've picked up some odds and ends in vintage Japanese baseball cards off of Ebay in the last few months and I have no idea what some of the items are. I thought I'd show them here and see if any of you have any idea (or can at least read the kanji on them).
First up is an uncut menko sheet showing four cards that appear to depict university teams - I recognize Waseda and Keio right off the bat. This sheet is very similar to one shown on page 47 of "Sayanora Home Run!" - I've seen a larger sheet selling on Ebay that contained both the sheet I have and the one from the book so I'm pretty confident that they're from the same set. The book lists the cards as being from the 1920's - if so, then these are the oldest cards I have.
I picked up five die-cut menko cards that also appear to me to depict university teams. I'm not sure they actually depict a specific player - they kind of look to me like a caricature of a generic ball player. The five cards appear to be from three separate sets.
Here's the front and backs of the first two that I think are from the same set:
The front of the uniform on the second card could be saying "Hosei" and the back of the cards appears to be showing the kanji for Hosei University. I thought the "T" on the front of the uniform for the first card could stand for "Tokyo University" but I don't think the kanji on the back matches.
Here's the next two:
It might not be obvious because I think my scanner cut off a little at the top, but the hat on the first card has a "W" on it and the hat on the second card looks like it might have a "K" on it. "W" immediately makes me think of Waseda but the kanji on the back doesn't appear to match. On the plus side, the kanji on the second card does resemble the kanji on the Keio cards from the BBM Tokyo Big Six sets so maybe the "K" is Keio.
Last of the die-cuts:
No lettering on the hat or the uniform so I have no ideas on this one.
The next two cards are both rectangular "cartoon" menko cards of Dragons player Michio Nishizawa. I got these in a single auction with another card of Nishizawa that I was able to place (it was from the JCM 56 - Red/Orange border set from 1949), so I suspect (for really no good reason) that these are from 1949 also:
The last card is a blank backed round menko card. Like the die-cut menkos, it could be that this card shows a generic ball player rather than someone specific. There isn't much identifiable on the hat or uniform - except maybe that's an "M" on the front of the hat.
I'd appreciate any help anyone can give me on these.