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Kokugikan Trump Sumo playing card decks
Missing just a few minor variations, this is my collection of Japanese "Trump" sumo playing card decks from the Heisei Era (1989-2019). Also included are a few decks from the previous Showa Era (1926-1989) and decks from the current Reiwa Era (2020-date). Beginning in 1973, the Nihon Sumo Kyokai (NSK),also known as the Japan Sumo Association (JSA)-- has normally released at least one, (sometimes with an additional 2, or even 3 updated decks) of these sumo trump playing card decks per year. These trump decks were sold at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan (Sumo Arena) in Tokyo. As my interest in sumo did not begin until the late 90's, I decided to concentrate on decks which contained sumo wrestlers I was familiar with---with the goal to collect all of the decks issued from 1989 (the beginning of the Reiwa Era) forward.  The decks themselves roughly approximate the Banzuke (Sumo rankings chart) of the month/year they were produced. The King cards are comprised of the highest rankers (the Ozeki and Yokozuna), while the Junior Sanyaku ranks (Sekiwake and Komusubi) as well as some of the top Maegashira ranks occupy the remainder of the "face" cards. The lower ranked Maegashira and even some top Juryo (2nd division) wrestlers fill out the rest of the numerical cards in the deck, in descending order (the higher the rank, the higher the card number). The Gyoji (referee) usually is depicted as the Joker card in the deck.
  Long time sumo wrestlers may have only a few different photos used on the cards over their careers..as it is not uncommon for the same photo of a rikishi to be reused in subsequent decks. I have included scans of the top 9 cards in each deck which largely distinguish it from other year's Trump decks. Original meaning of a deck of playing cards: 52 cards for 52 weeks in the year. 2 colors for day and night. 4 suits for the 4 seasons and 13 weeks per season. 12 court cards representing the 12 months. If we add the value of each of the cards (from one for the Aces to 13 for the Kings etc) you get 364; with Jokers used for Leap Years.
     "Orange" sided cardboard boxes, with sumo artwork on the front (as well as the backs), are used to house current Trump issues beginning in 2008 (barcodes were added to the backs beginning in 2020). Previously the same box, but with "green" sides was used from 2002-2007.  Going back further; completely Green boxes (front/back) were used from 1991-3 to 2001, while Orange (front/w/light green back) boxes were used from 1989 to 1991-2.  From 1985-1 to 1986-2 they used green boxes with a little window. And prior to 1985 they used white boxes.....images of the boxes that came with my decks appear at the bottom of the page.
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1978-2 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Showa Era)


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1979-2 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Showa Era)


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1989-1 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Heisei Era begins)


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1989-2 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $40
(Debuts of Takahanada
& Wakahanada)


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1990-1 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Debut of Akebono)


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1990-2 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Debut of Asahifuji as Yokozuna)


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1991-1 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Final appearance of Chiyonofuji)


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1991-3 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Debut of Takanonami)


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1992-1 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Debut of Musashimaru)


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1992-2 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25


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1993-2 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
(updated w/extra KH,QH)
Approx value: $25
(Debut of Kaio)


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1993-4 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
(updated w/extra QS)
Approx value: $25
(Debut of Akebono as Yokozuna)


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1993-5 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Debut of Musoyama)


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1994-1 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Two different Akebono cards)


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1994-2 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25


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1995 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Debut of Takanohana as Yokozuna)


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1996 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25


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1997 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Debut of Chiyotaikai)


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1998-1 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25


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1998-2 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
(updated w/extra KD
Wakanohana as Yokozuna)
Approx value: $25


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1999-2 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
(updated w/extra KC,9S)
Approx value: $30
(Debut of Musashimaru as Yokozuna)


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2000 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx. value: $100
(Four different Yokozuna cards:
final cards of Akebono, Wakanohana)


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2001 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $30
(Debut of Asashoryu)


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2002 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx. value: $30


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2003 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $35
(final appearances of Musashimaru
& Takanohana (as Joker) as well as
debut of Asahoryu as Yokozuna)


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2004 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $40
(Debut of Hakuho)


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2005 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx. value: $30
(Debuts: Ama, Kisenosato,
Kotooshu, Kotoshogiku)


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2006 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $30


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2007 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $30
(Debut of Kakuryu)


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2007 Mongolian Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx. value: $100


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2008-1 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $30
(Debut of Tochinoshin/
Hakuho as Yokozuna)


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2009 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $30
(Ama becomes Harumafuji)


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2010 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Final appearance of Asashoryu)


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2012 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(no 2011 deck was issued due
to match fixing scandal)


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2013 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Debut of Harumafuji as Yokozuna)


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2014 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Debut: Terunofuji)


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2015 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Debut of Kakuryu as Yokozuna)


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2016 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25


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2017-2 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
(updated w/extra KC)
Approx value: $25
(Debut of Kisenosato as Yokozuna
and Takakeisho)


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2017-3 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Final appearance of Harumafuji)


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2018 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Debut of Asanoyama)


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2019-2 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
(updated w/extra Joker)
Approx value: $25
(End of Heisei Era)


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2020 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Reiwa Era begins/Debut of Hoshoryu)


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2021 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(Debut of Terunofuji as Yokozuna)


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2023 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Approx value: $25
(debut: Hakuoho)


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WANTED:
2008-2 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
(with 5 extra updated cards)


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My favorite...the King of the Ring!
(appeared in the 2001-2010 decks)


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1973-1984 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
White cardboard box type


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1985-1 to 1986-2 Kokugikan Trump     
Sumo playing card deck
Green cardboard box w/window type


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1989 to 1991-2 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Orange cardboard box type


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1987-88, and 1991-3 to 2001 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
Green cardboard box type


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2002-2007 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
cardboard box type (green sides)


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2008-2019 Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
cardboard box type (orange sides/
no bar code on back)


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2020-current Kokugikan Trump
Sumo playing card deck
cardboard box type (orange sides/bar code on back)


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