I've printed out the Samurai Jack menko design!
It took a little bit of experimentation with dimensions, card stock thickness, and assembly, but I'm pretty happy with the way the final versions turned out. Here's the back:
They've got a heft and feel similar to menko of the mid-20th century. To make them even more period correct, I decided to give the edges of each card a slight "aged" look. The red NP stamp on the back is also a nice little nod to the way menko were sometimes stamped in the golden days.
As for size, these cards are based on a vintage menko that measured 1 3/8" wide by 2 7/8" tall. Seems like that's pretty standard, but it does push the height of an Ultra-Pro or BCW tobacco sleeve just a tiny bit. (The top edge of the menko will come right up to the top edge of the sleeve.)
Ryan from Japanese Sumo Wrestling Cards and Menko, since you so kindly helped me verify the Japanese characters on the front and back of this menko while I was first creating the design, I'm going to send a copy to you as a way of showing my appreciation.
I'm also going to mail out a copy to the first three readers to leave a comment describing their favorite episode or favorite character from the Samurai Jack series.
If you're one of the claimants and I don't already have your mailing address from a previous giveaway, here's how to reach me:
My email address is available on my blogger profile page.
You can also message me on TCDB.
Because I've only printed out a small amount so far, the rest will be split between my bonanza store and my eBay store. The price is set slightly higher than the other custom cards due to the time of assembly and cost of materials involved.
Stay tuned for more, and thanks very much for reading!