Monday, July 18, 2011

New BBM releases

Been a little slow in getting to these but over the last couple weeks BBM has announced a couple new sets including the final three team sets for 2011.

The Orix Buffaloes team set may already be out as it was scheduled to be released in early July.  It's a packed based set with 99 "regular" cards plus a nine card insert set and various autographed or memorabilia cards.  There are 72 cards for the players and manager, a checklist card, a two card "KOREAN TREASURE" subset (which I assume features Chan Ho Park and Seung Yeop Lee), a three card "Trio Relief" subset, a three card subset that translates as "First Thing Cards" (no idea what this is), a nine card puzzle subset and a nine card subset called "BACK TO THE HANKYU BRAVES" which I'm guessing either show the current players in their Hankyu throwback uniforms from earlier this season or show OB players from the Braves.  The insert set is called "THE GREAT HORNS" - since it's nine cards I would assume it's a Best 9 of some sort but I don't know if it features current or OB players.

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks team set will be released on July 28.  It's also a 99 card pack based set that features a whopping 87 cards for the players, coaches and manager, three cards for a "Promising Young Player" subset, eight "Combination Cards" and a checklist card.  There's a nine card insert set called "HAWKS HEROES" and a bunch of memorabilia cards.  There's also a couple different autograph parallel sets for the player cards (I think they're facsimile autographs but there may be some real ones as well).  Not sure if this has been done by BBM for a team set before, but they are issuing this set in "Light Packs" (6 cards instead of 7) as well.  These packs contain the same regular cards (with only one possible parallel autograph set) but no "HAWKS HEROES" insert cards and only a single memorabilia card (Seiichi Uchikawa jersey) available.  I think the Uchikawa jersey card is only available in the "Light Packs" (which I think are only available in Kyushu).

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters team set is listed as being released in late July.  Like the others, it is a 99 card pack based set featuring 70 cards for the players and manager, two checklist cards, six cards for "2010 Title Holders", a three card (!) subset commemorating Yuki Saitoh's first career victory, nine "Combination Cards" and a nine card subset called "Fighters Emotion".  There's a nine card insert set called "Shine Of Gold", a couple memorabilia cards (jersey cards of Yu Darvish and Ryo Sakakibara both singly and in combination - amazingly no Yuki Saitoh cards!) and autograph cards.

BBM is also releasing a box set for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in late July.  This set contains 28 cards - 18 "regular" cards, 9 "subset" cards (that's what the website says - no further details) and either an autographed card or a memorabilia card.

In addition to what's on BBM's website, AmiAmi has listings for this year's Touch The Game set and a new OB set commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Lotte Orions moving from Kawasaki to Chiba and becoming the Chiba Lotte Marines.

1 comment:

Jason said...

The Sports Card Jambalaya Yahoo Store also has what look like foil parallels of the Fighters cards.