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180829-0022-KS - Japanese Baseball Card


Taisho 1910s Unknown

Early Japanese Menko baseball card from the 1910s. Menko (めんこ, 面子), also known as Bettan or Patchin, is a Japanese card game played by two or more players.

Menko has been popular since the Edo Period (1603 and 1868). Early cards showed images of ninja and samurai. During the 1930s and 1940s, many cards featured images of the military. After WWII, baseball players and characters from anime and manga became popular.

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