Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My First Cheki Autograph

One of the type of "hits" that has always eluded me in Japan was the チェキ (cheki) autograph. A cheki is basically a polaroid/instant film photograph. They can usually be found in a lot of sets available in Japan, I personally associate them more with idol card sets but I do know a few baseball/sports sets have them too.

Admittedly the idea of instant photographs being hits is kinda funny/terrible but I do like the novelty of it. Especially if there's a signature on it.


Enter my first cheki autograph ever. I had my friend Ryan over at This Card Is Cool pick it up for me on Yahoo Auction for less than I thought it'd go for.

The girl is 21 year old fashion model, 近藤・瑛茉・ジャズミン(Kondo Emma Jasmine) who just goes by Emma Jasmine. Miss Jasmine is half Japanese and half Australian, and she's been involved with the entertainment industry since her youth but started modeling in her teens. Now her career has started to really take off as she's started appearing on more magazine covers and has even made television appearances.


I actually also asked Ryan to get this magazine with her on the cover last year too. This is the September 12th edition of a monthly magazine called "Young Magazine" filled with Japanese comics (manga's), but the covers (and back) are always of a bikini-clad model. Japan takes "sex sells" to the very edge of the line it can go without crossing it (by their standards).


The first few pages of the book are a few glamour shots of the cover girl followed by lots of comics. I've skimmed through most of the comics and I thought they were kinda meh (note, the only manga/anime I've ever really enjoyed were the Yu-Gi-Oh! animes/mangas). But if you look at the last page, you'll see a promotion for something on the lower left hand corner.


Yup, the cheki I got was a special promotional item from this very magazine. You'd just write in a postcard with some personal info and if you're lucky, you'd win this free instant photograph with an autograph and inscription.

Apparently these were limited to 10 copies and the seller must've been one of the lucky few.


The cheki came with this letter written by the company that runs Young Magazine to congratulate the lucky winner.

Back of the cheki

Because Japan still does through the mail promotions (depending on the venue), I can only imagine how much tougher it is for people who're fans of anything popular to try and be a super collector of anything. Still, I'm glad to finally own a unique piece of autographed memorabilia.


The other day I went to a Japanese supermarket and saw Ms. Jasmine on the cover of a Japanese fashion magazine (with more clothes, although the cover was a closeup of her face) so I'd say she's well on her way to making a name for herself as a top model in Japan.


Anyway, now I can finally say I have blogged about an autograph of a famous female person. It's taken far too long for me to accomplish this milestone, but hopefully there'll be more to come.

So yeah, thanks a ton to Ryan for all of the help, I'll prepare another mountain of stuff I don't need to dump onto you.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

15 comments:

  1. Signed polaroids! Take that, ToppsNOW.

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    1. I think it'd be a neat idea stateside too.

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  2. Does that offer say 10 names total or one in 10 names? At 1:10 I'll start buying the magazine and sending in for the chance at the polaroids!

    Chekis are neat novelties. I have a few, but usually the photo quality isn't awesome, being that they are polaroids.

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    1. Oops, I meant 10 names total. I don't think the company could ask the models to sign more than a dozen at a time lol.

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  3. I've got a handful of cheki autographs from the BBM True Heart wrestling sets. They have serial numbering on labels stuck to the back of them, but obviously no two have the exact same picture.

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    1. I see. I forgot that the wrestling sets have chekis too.

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  4. Definitely a cute girl. I like most things that are novel so I wouldn't mind seeing something like that here.

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    1. Yeah she's definitely cute, not sure if she'd have as much success in America where being "sexy" appears to be more profitable than being "cute."

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    1. I do too John. As long as it's like a bonus hit or extra special campaign hit or something ;).

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  6. Very cool. Although I'm surprised that there are 10 of these out there. If it's a Poloroid/instant photograph, isn't this technically a 1/1? Whatever. It's a hot girl with a great looking signature. That's all that matters.

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    1. Yeah technically these are 1/1's. But I think it's like 10 total polaroid/instant photos (signed) exist, not 10 of the same ones lol. And yeah that's true, that's all that matters.

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  7. One of my eBay sources for Card Gen cards has recently been switching over to selling a lot of Juicy Honey (idol cards with a distinct adult/nudity theme?) stuff. I just saw a listing on his page for a cheki photo that appears to be sealed in a case along with the underwear the model is wearing in the photo. Another of the cards has a bit of the model's hair embedded in it, but Bench Warmer has been doing that here in America for years.

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    1. Juicy Honey is basically a brand of trading cards of Japanese pornstars. You have hits like nipple inks and kiss cards and cards of nude women basically.

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    2. I guess that explains his carefully-cropped photos on most of the listings.

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