Saturday, January 30, 2016

My Office vs. Godzilla

My office is trashed.


I've got stacks of cards all over the place.  Packages from Amazon, eBay, subscription boxes, and other online orders are piling up.  And my trash can is overflowing.


It seriously looks like Godzilla and Mothra waged war against each other.  But now that I'm getting back to normal health wise and there aren't any card shows to attend... I can finally spend a day in my office organizing and cleaning.


But before I get to that, I wanted to share a unique oddball set I picked up off of Etsy last summer.  The illustrator emailed me and I was immediately intrigued.





It's called Kaiju (Monster) Baseball and contains forty cards.



There are a total of four teams:  Tokyo Terrors, Kyoto Kaijus, Fuji Fiends, and Matsumoto Mutants.  Each team consists of nine player cards and one team card.  The cards feature beautiful illustrations, have a vintage feel to them, and are essentially what I was drawn to.



On the back you can find cool nicknames and baseball stats for each monster.  Godzilla is nicknamed The Sultan of Smash and rightfully so, because he easily has the best statistics in the set.  There also seems to be a mini game of Rock, Paper, Scissors embedded into the card backs as well.

At the end of the day... after the dust settled and the kaiju were put back into their box... I was very pleased with this set.  It set me back $14 (+ $2.75 shipping), which breaks down to around 42¢ per card.  That's a little more than what I typically spend at card shows, but they're not your everyday common from the Junk Wax Era, so I understand his price point.

I realize that these cards aren't for everyone.  However if you're a fan of Godzilla and his peeps, then you might appreciate them.  Well... enough stalling... I'm off to go clean my office.

Happy Saturday and sayonara!

16 comments:

  1. Those are very impressive! A lot of talent and love clearly went into creating those.

    I don't know much about Menko, but didn't they often come with some sort of Rock, Paper, Scissor-like game on the back?

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  2. "but they're not your everyday common from the Junk Wax Era, so I understand his price point."

    No kiddin'! Definitely one of the most unique things I've seen on the blogosphere in a while.

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  3. I loved the old Godzilla movies! As a kid we would watch them at the local movie house on Saturdays. The artist has a poster containing all the cards which would look great on my wall. If I only had room.

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  4. Definitely unique! I'm impressed with the artist's work.

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  5. Way cool! I've always liked Godzilla, and Mothra even more.

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  6. Great art -- even if it's not my thing, I definitely think these are pretty cool!

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  7. No Hideki Matsui card in sight. I think you got ripped off ;).

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  8. Those are really cool, thanks for sharing!

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  9. Fuji fiends, hmmmm. The cards are cool, artist is talented as well as creative.

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  10. That is one of the coolest not baseball yet baseball set I have ever seen.

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  11. shlabotnik - not sure. don't know too much about menkos (only own one or two)... but i don't doubt you.

    tony - yeah... only downside is their unique size. can't figure how to display them.

    commish - me too. loved watching them when i was a kid. one of my favorite toys of all-time was this giant godzilla that had a hand that shot off.

    zippy - thinking the exact same thing

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  12. Very cool, I'm with you on the mountains of cardboard on my desk

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  13. When I first started reading this I thought you had picked up a vintage menko set. The Rock-Scissors-Paper on the back is standard to 95% of menko. Very cool!

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  14. I've known about those for awhile. I went back and forth about buying them. Ultimately I decided that as cool as they were the subject matter just wasn't anything close to my taste so I passed. Glad you posted them. If you hear anything about any new cards from the artist, let me know. He's very talented.

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  15. jeff - finally cleaned it off. but i'm sure it'll be messy by next week.

    r laughton - thanks for the info. guess i need to add more menkos the pc.

    hackenbush - will do. i check his site from time to time looking for things to waste my money on

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