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Old 10-05-2016, 02:56 PM
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Default 40 year quest finally completed

Way back in 1977 I acquired a group of Japanese baseball cards. Having no ability to read Japanese i struggled for years even figuring out what they were. (This is waaaay before the internet)

I finally found a collector of Japanese cards who informed me they were a 1963 Menko Flag back group. I had about half of the set. So naturally I continued my quest to find out more and finish the set.

I finally found a checklist that shows the set had 40 cards including Sudaharu Oh. I continued my trek and occasionally a card would pop up on eBay that I would need. I worked my way down to needing about 8 cards to finally complete a set I started in 1977

Imagine my thrill when a group popped up on eBay that included the rest of the set that I needed.

Needless to say I bid high and won the group. Finally I have completed a 1963 Menko Flag back set after 40 years of trying.

Check that one off my list ...FINALLY!



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Old 10-05-2016, 03:49 PM
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Congratulations Mark. I have always found it both exhilarating and yet a tad sad to complete a long project. The quest is a good deal of the fun in collecting a set

If you get a chance can you post a scan of the Oh
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Old 10-05-2016, 04:59 PM
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Congratulations!
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Congrats, I would love to see some of the cards!
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Old 10-05-2016, 09:45 PM
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Congrats, I would love to see some of the cards!
Congrats!

And X2 on the pics. Post some up if can.
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Congrats! Saduhara Oh had the highest kick ever! My Dad brought me back a bunch of Japanese cards back from Japan in the seventies. Sold all that stuff in the mid eighties.
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Old 10-06-2016, 09:31 AM
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Here's a scan of part of the set. That's Oh in the upper left hand corner.

The biggest challenge is not being able to read Japanese made it tough to know what cards I had and what I didn't.

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O/T, but does anyone else wonder why in heck the Japanese teams use the English alphabet on their jerseys?? That's odd.
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That's an awesome looking set. Congrats!
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Those are very attractive cards. Why are they called "flag backs"? And I've always wondered what "Menko" means. Is that just their word for trading cards?
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