I always like getting a card that commemorates a specific event and I was happy that among the five cards I picked up, three of them were from famous events. The first one shows Shigeo Nagashima approaching home plate after hitting his 444th and final home run on the day of his retirement game, October 14th, 1974 at Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo:
|1974/75 Calbee #414|
|1975/76 Calbee #250|
|1987 Calbee #325|
|1985 Calbee #129|
|1977 Calbee Pro Series #94|
The card is #94 and the back of the card is consistent with the set that Engel lists as "JC5c: Pro Series". But he lists card #94 as being Isao Shibata. The checklist for the 1977 set that's in the 1973 Calbee Book also lists card #94 as Shibata (which isn't a huge surprise since I think this was Gary's source for the 1977-79 Calbee checklists). What I don't know is if this is some sort of variation (wouldn't be the first time there are multiple cards with the same number in a Calbee set) or if the 1973 Calbee book's checklist was just wrong. It's a bit suspicious to me that Shibata is also card #94 in a different 1977 Calbee set - the "JC 5f: Giants Series" - maybe there was some confusion about the sets somewhere along the line.
Once again the cards were incredible reasonable. At 500 yen the Wakamatsu card was the most expensive, followed by the Nagashima card at 400 yen. The two Carp players were 200 yen apiece and the Kadota was a steal at 100 yen! So the total for the five cards was just 1400 yen and SAL shipping was 690 yen for a grand total of 2090 yen (which worked out to just around $20). I placed the order on New Year's Day and the cards showed up yesterday so it took exactly three weeks to get to me.