Some new stuff I discovered today:
- Topps has issued yet another World Baseball Classic insert set. The latest flavor of Bowman contains a 40 card WBC insert set. The set is numbered from 21 to 60, so it's a continuation of the earlier 20 card Bowman insert set. The set contains ten Japanese players - Norichika Aoki, Hisashi Iwakuma, Shuichi Murata, Masahiro Tanaka, Kyuji Fujikawa, Michihiro Ogasawara, Takahiro Mahara, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Toshiya Sugiuchi, and Shunsuke Watanabe (who's labeled as being on the Chinese team in the checklist). I think these are the only WBC cards for Fujikawa, Mahara and Sugiuchi.
- BBM's website today listed this year's Rookie Premium set. This is a 50 card boxed set featuring rookies from this season. There are 48 "regular cards" - 36 "regular" (3 per team) and 12 "subset" (1 per team). The set also includes two insert cards - parallels, photo or memorabilia cards. It will hit the stores in late October. Typically, this set has a design similar to the "Touch The Game" sets, so if you like that sort of thing this set should be right up your alley.
- BBM also listed their first set for 2010 today - the latest in the annual "Historic Collection" sets - the "Memory Makers - Instant Of Glitter" set. It looks like it's the standard "Historic Collection" set - 144 cards consisting of 72 OB players and 72 active players, plus the usual collection of inserts. I'm not quite sure I understand the theme - the Babel Fish translation is pretty vague - but I'm sure it will be clear when the set goes live in late November.