Wednesday, September 2, 2015


This is my first ever attempt to do a post from my iPad at 36,000 feet via Southwest's wifi so forgive me if I make more mistakes than normal...

BBM has updated their website again with some of their upcoming releases so I thought I would take the chance to get caught up.

- First of all, I need to correct something I said a few weeks back.  I had mentioned that there was a Tigers Authentic Edition set coming out that only featured pitchers.  That's not exactly accurate.  Actually there IS a box set called Tigers Authentic Edition that BBM released last week that only features pitchers.  But it is subtitled "Pitchers Version".  By that name, you might assume that there is going to be a "Batters Version" as well and you would be correct in that assumption.  Like the Pitchers set, the Batters set contains 18 cards in the base set plus some sort of autograph or memorabilia card.  The box set will be out in mid-September.

- BBM is releasing two other team box sets in the near future.  Sky High is the second box set BBM has done for the Fighters this year after last spring's Horizon.  Like the previous set, this one will contain 28 cards - 27 in the base set and one either autograph or memorabilia card.  The other set is the Buffaloes Autographed Edition which is subtitled "Bs Soul".  It too contains 28 cards - one autographed card to go with the 27 card base set.  Both sets will be released in late September.

- BBM is doing yet another cheerleader/dance squad set.  The Hippy Hippy Shake box set features the Cheer Dragons, the cheer team for the Chunichi Dragons.  It is a 44 card set with a base set of 42 cards plus two special cards although I'm not clear on what the special cards are.  I think that there is also a "raw photo" included I think is a simple photograph that may have some graphics written on it. It will hit the stores in mid-September.

- There's nothing on their website about it yet but BBM will be releasing a 25th Anniversary set in October.  There aren't a lot of details available but it looks like it will have 189 cards in the base set and will have four six card insert sets.  The base set will have 180 "regular" cards (I assume that's 15 per team) along with nine "Great Record and Highlight" cards.  I assume there will be various parallel, autograph and memorabilia cards available as well.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Card Of The Week August 30

Torey Lovullo, who is the interim manager for the Red Sox for the rest of the season due to John Farrell's health issues, finished his career in 2000 playing in Japan for the Yakult Swallows:

2000 BBM #456

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Another 2006 WBC set - Upper Deck Ovation Nation

I discovered recently that I had missed a set when I did my round up of the 2006 World Baseball Classic sets a few years back.  There was also a 15 card insert set for the Upper Deck Ovation set called "Ovation Nation".  There are only two members of the Japanese team included in the set - Daisuke Matsuzaka and Nobuhiko Matsunaka - although there are four other players who ended up playing in NPB - Seung-Yeop Lee of Korea (Marines/Giants/Buffaloes 2004-2011), Andruw Jones of The Netherlands (Eagles 2013-14), Daniel Cabrera of the Dominican Republic (Dragons 2013-14) and Frederich Cepeda (Giants 2014-).  You can see the entire checklist here.

Here's some example cards:





This brings the totals for the 2006 WBC sets to 335 cards over eight separate sets with 56 cards for the champion Japanese team.  Matsunaka is the only Japanese player to appear in all eight sets.

Friday, August 28, 2015

2015 Calbee Series Three

The checklist for Series Three of this year's Calbee set appeared in their website recently.  This set will be a bit smaller than the two previous sets this year.  This edition only has 72 player cards (6 per team) rather than the 84 that each of the other two sets had.  There is one subset/non-premium insert set called "Exciting Scene" which is a continuation of the Series One subset of the same name.    It will 12 cards (one card per team).  There are also the ubiquitous four checklists cards which bring the total number of cards in the base set to 88 (down from 103 in Series One and 100 in Series Two).  There is also the standard 24 card (2 per team) "Star" insert set and a 12 card mail in premium box set called something like "total hit card" which looks like it features the active player on each team with the most career hits (although not necessarily with the team he is now on).  The earlier sets also had possible "lucky" cards that could be obtained through a redemption card but there's no information about anything like that for this Series - at least not yet.  There's no release date mentioned on the website but historically the third Series has been released around September 20th each year so I'd expect to see it around then.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

2015 Genesis

In honor of BBM actually having a timely update to their website, I thought I'd do a quick post on newly listed set - the annual high end set called Genesis.  The base set is 120 cards - 108 player cards (9 per team) and 12 team checklists.  The player cards all have some myriad of possible parallels that are not detailed on BBM's website.  But honestly, no one cares about the base set for Genesis.  There are three 12 card insert sets - ELITE OF NINE, SPLENDID BLUE and GREAT WAVE - I think each card in the inserts is serially numbered to 50.  Then there's all the "special" cards - autographed cards, autographed baseball cards, patch cards, super patch cards, bat end cards and various permutations of these.  The new thing appears to be some sort of "booklet" card - I'm guessing they're a little better quality than the kind that Topps did as inserts in 1970.  Interestingly there's no Cross Plasma cards in this set - this will be the first time that 1st and 2nd Version had a cross set subset without the high end set having it as well.  BBM says that the set will be out in mid-September - Jambalaya has a release date of September 18.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Card Of The Week August 23

Every so often I get very lucky on Ebay.  I picked this up recently:

This is card #89 from the 1977 NST "Mr Baseball" set and, of course, shows both Sadaharu Oh and Henry Aaron.  I think there's a similar card in one of the mid-70's Calbee sets but I couldn't find it in the listings so I could be wrong.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Card Of The Week August 16

You have probably heard that Mike Hessman of the Toledo Mud Hens broke Buzz Arlett's record for most home runs in the minor leagues a few weeks ago (and if you haven't, here's a great piece by Joe Posnanski about it).  Hessman would have broken the record sooner but he spent 2011 in Japan with the Orix Buffaloes.  He got into 48 games at the ichi-gun level, hitting .192 with six home runs.  He fared only a little better with the Buffaloe's ni-gun team, hitting .243 with 8 home runs in 36 games.

He had two Japanese baseball cards that I'm aware of and I only have one of them - #124 from BBM's 1st Version set (the other card is from BBM's Buffaloes team set):

I was looking over his career stats and I realized that I probably saw him in 1998 when he was with the Danville 97's in the Carolina League.  I went to a lot of Wilmington Blue Rocks games that year as well as the Carolina League All Star game (which was held in Wilmington).  I couldn't find my scorecards from that year in my office to confirm it but I did find this:

1998 Choice Carolina League All Stars #40