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Nihonjin kanojo boshu-chu...NOT!!!!
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A gem that I didn't need to search on eBay for.... 
7th-May-2005 12:33 am
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On the way to the bus stop(to get to work),I dropped by and browsed a Goodwill store.In the toy and games section,I found something I wouldn't expect to find there:a sealed deck of playing cards with a U.S.I.R. stamp on it.Even better,it was made by a defunct competitor of The United States Playing Card Monopoly.As the price on it was just 99 cents,I bought it;and that deck will probably never get opened.Until June 1965,decks of cards sold in the U.S. were required to have a tax stamp on them.Of course certain other states have or had playing card excise taxes:The only state that still does is Alabama.South Carolina(where the deck appears to have been originally purchased,as there's an additional tax sticker)also had a similar tax,but abolished it by the 1970's/1980's.Judging from the joker design on the front(the back depicts a painting of a hunter/fisherman and a deer,there was no box)and the stamp design,the deck was made between 1955 and 1965...


On Japan-related matters,my 8-volume set of Love Puny Hina bilingual manga came today yesterday along with a card from the Japan-only trading card game as a bonus.As the seller is actually the U.S. arm of Broccoli International,there was also plenty of promotional flyers(plus their catalog)in the package,as well as another bonus(a Di Gi Charat postcard)...

On another eBay matter,I bought a few packs of "Crispy Sando" Kit Kats from a Japanese seller through a Buy It Now listing...

Outside of eBay,I've purchased bilingual Chobits manga #2 from J-list...

Finally,though he didn't win,Kappei-sama actually got a sizable number of votes for seiyuu of the week(it's male week)...

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