What we have here is something extremely rare… a Japanese baseball - mint in package… a 1930 Hirano & Sons baseball.
The baseball package, which was recently up for auction at https://lelands.com sold for US$300.
As the photo shows, it has never been unwrapped, and still sits within the preservative foil and outer wax paper wrapper… so unfortunately we can’t see what the baseball looks like… hint… it looks like a baseball.
There are many paper labels on the wax paper and the outer paperboard package featuring the company’s logo… a weird-looking humanoid figure on a black backdrop with the inscription Hirano & Co., Osaka, Sporting Goods Etc.
I can’t find any information on this company, or even an unwrapped example of this baseball brand - if you have any data, please share.
On a side note and not quite entirely unrelated, Japanese base ball player Hirano Yoshihisa (平野 佳寿) is now an MLB (Major League Baseball) player with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Previously, Hirano pitched 12 seasons for the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), mostly as a reliever (at least since 2010), and their closer from 2012-17 - but career-wise he had 156 saves.
In the 2014 season, Hirano led the Pacific League with 40 saves. He also won NPB’s best middle reliever award in 2011.
The 34-year-old has a mid-90s (mph) fastball, and a forkball that falls of the table as it flies towards the plate.
Yes… the MLB season opens this week. Support your local team, but not the Yankees or Red Sox. :)