I got my 2008 BBM 1st Version set in the mail the other day and it's beautiful. For the second straight year, BBM has produced a set of cards with gorgeous full bleed photos and a very subdued design. The set contains 535 regular cards that breaks down the following way:
There are 36 "regular" cards for each team, including the manager. Here's some examples (Hiromitsu Ochiai (#37), Toshimasa Konta (#242), Hiroyasu Tanaka (#201) and Kazumi Saitoh (#304)):
There are 12 team checklist cards. BBM's team checklist cards have had some entertaining pictures on them in recent years and this years are no exception. Here's someone from the Fighters (Suguru Ichikawa maybe?) playing umpire (#530) and a couple of Eagles (Satoshi Nagai and Jose Fernandez) doing...something. Perhaps they're attempting to soar like Eagles? Anyway, it's card #533:
There are 31 cards for statistical leaders, including a card for the Chunichi Dragons, winner's of last years Japan Series. Several players have multiple cards: Yu Darvish, for example, has cards for winning both the MVP and Sawamura awards and for leading the Pacific League in ERA. Here's Alex Ramirez's card for leading the Central League in hits (#445):
There are 24 "2007 Impressive Record" cards. These commemorate significant milestones achieved by players in 2007, although since each team is has two cards in the subset, some of the records and milestones are more impressive than others. I'm not sure what some of these cards commemorate, but I know that there's one for Tuffy Rhodes hitting his 400th home run as well as this one for Yukio Tanaka's 2000th hit (#476):
There's a 24 card subset called "2008 Rookie Of The Year Candidate" (with a little subtitle saying "I compete with rivals for 2008 Rookie Of The Year"). Like the Impressive Record subset, there are two players for each team in the subset, which is a bit silly since some teams don't really have one serious candidate, let alone two. Sho Nakata seemed like a good candidate until he got sent to ni-gun (minor leagues). Here's his card (#501):
Finally, there's a 12 card "Good-bye, Heroes!" subset that commemorates retiring players. (And the 12 cards doesn't mean there's one for each team - there are multiple Swallows, Marines and Eagles represented but no Baystars, Giants or Tigers.) Here's Shinji Sasaoka of the Carp's card (#513):
The hand collated set that I bought doesn't contain any insert cards. It looks like the insert cards feature the Best 9 and Golden Glove winners, which is pretty much standard operating procedure for BBM.