TYPE: Cards
DIMENSIONS: 2 1/4 X 3 inches (each card) 5 X 6 1/4 inches (envelope) and is in
CONDITION: cards all in excellent condition; envelope fair to good shape for the age.
NOTES: Outstanding and original.
ITEM ID: 3550
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Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Menko Set

DATE
Decade: 1930s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: c1930

Japanese baseball menko card of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig dressed as cowboys. This rare card comes as part of a complete set of 48 cards of famous people, athletes, politicians, movie stars (Charlie Chaplin is included), etc. The set comes with the original envelope. On the reverse of the Ruth/Gehrig card it says that Ruth is the Home Run King. Ruth was very popular in Japan and would visit Japan in 1934, along with Lou Gehrig, as part of the US All Star Tour of Japan. This helped create the first professional baseball league in Japan, founded 2 years later in 1936. An important early pre-war Japanese baseball card featuring Ruth and Gehrig and one of the few pre-war Japanese cards known of these important Hall of Famers.