This listing is for a vintage Japanese 1950 Round Menko Comic Characters Card #351201 of Popeye graded by (Professional Sports Authenticators) PSA 5 EX, Only 1 graded higher.
Menko, also known as Bettan or Patchin, is a Japanese card game played by two or more players. It is also the name of the type of cards used to play this game. Each player uses Menko cards made from thick paper or cardboard, printed on one or both sides with images from anime, manga and other works.
The pictures on these cards reflect the popular culture of their time, and Menko cards from the past reflect important information about their era. In the Edo and early Meiji period, images like ninjas and samurai were popular. Before World War II, the most popular images were of the military, like fighter planes and battleships. After the war, characters from anime and manga were popular, as well as baseball players.
A rare opportunity to acquire an early Menko collectible card showcasing one of animations great early stars Popeye.