Let's face it...thin and athletic are not terms used to describe me. When I say I'm someone's biggest fan, I mean that literally :) I don't have an athlete's build.
But there's one sport...one sport where that's not quite the case.
I like to get different cards, from different subjects. I used to be an NBA and NASCAR only collector, but I've expanded my horizons and have had a lot of fun doing it.
Well, I had no idea that sumo wrestling got cards until I met Ryan Laughton, aka SumoMenkoMan, writer of the blog Japanese Sumo Wresting Cards and Menko. To be honest, I had never heard heard the word Menko before I began reading his blog. He helped me get boxes of both series of the BBM B-League basketball card set, and I had asked him at one point if he had a sumo card he could spare as I didn't have the sport represented in my collection.
Did he ever!
All the cards you see here are Sumo cards! Except the car cards, which are great...and from a set I can't identify. I had to recreate the picture as I can't find the original I took when the box first arrived-quite a while ago now, as I've been so very far behind/backlogged. Also included were some neat little Japanese car books but I forgot to include them in the photo.
I was hoping for 1 but as you can see it's far, far more than that!
Unfortunately for me, the cards are almost entirely in Japanese, which I cannot read, no matter how hard I try to match up letters to guides. So I can't really build checklists of these sets to post to the Database- I think I can get the names of the wrestlers, but since I'm not sure, I don't know how to proceed.
But here are 6 cards that I chose as a general overview of the very few I've taken out of the box so far.
Here's a card back:
While I don't think I'm going to take up wresting Sumo, you will see some sumo cards again next year, I'm saving the rest of the box for a special project...
Thank you Ryan! Sorry it took me so long to get this posted, having to reshoot the photo really slowed me up.
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