Right off the bat I knew what was going to be inside.
Yep, that's an oversized Murakami Masanori card in the Turkey Red design.
SH said that they received this during a trip to the Institute for Baseball Studies.
The back of the oversized cabinet card is a brief description of Murakami Masanori's career in the states, and is also an advertisement for Robert K. Fitts' book, Mashi which is focused on Murakami's stint in the majors and what happened after that.
Naturally I was curious and decided to check out the link on the bottom. To my surprise and delight I found out that Murakami Masanori and Robert K. Fitts would be touring the U.S. to promote this book and more importantly that they would be coming to New York City later this year. Or at least one part of the site says so. If Murakami is coming to a bookstore in NYC this summer I'm definitely going.
The site also had a pretty nice section on Vintage Japanese Baseball Cards. And speaking of cards the cabinet card that kick started this post is pretty big too.
Look at that!
The 1992 Donruss mini looks absolutely minuscule next to Murakami.
Whether or not I actually get to see Murakami remains to be seen but I'll refrain from talking about his career for now and save it for later. Most of it's already on the back of the card anyway lol.
I'm really hoping that I might be able to meet Murakami and get him to sign my '65 RC of his (fingers crossed :)).
Anyway thanks for the "Mashi" cabinet card SH, expect some Doyers heading your way. And if any of you have any other cool Murakami cards or items (I hear he has a bobble head) feel free to send them my way ;).
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).