Well, I've gotten so behind in reporting on some new BBM sets that a couple of them have already hit the stores. In the last month or so, BBM has announced the final five team set for 2012 - the Lions, Baystars, Dragons, Fighters and Tigers. The Lions and Baystars sets are already out - both sets contain 99 base cards and various insert and memorabilia cards. (I really like the retro look for the Lions set - very un-BBM.) The Tigers set will contain 117 base cards, nine "Tigers Roar" insert cards and the usual smattering of memorabilia/autograph cards. The Fighters set has 99 cards (including a Yuki Saitoh 9 card puzzle!) along with nine "Northern Stars" insert cards and some memorabilia/autograph cards. The Dragons set has 104 base cards, a 12 card insert set call "Dragon Heart" and (as you may have already guessed) some memorabilia/autograph cards. The Tigers set will be released in late June, the Fighters set will be out in mid-July and the Dragons set will be in stores in late July.
BBM has also recently released this year's edition of their "Dancing Heroine" set that features the dance team/cheerleaders from a number of the teams - the Hawks (the Honeys), the Fighters (Fighter Girls), the Lions (Blue Legends), the Buffaloes (Bs Dreams), the Eagles (the Angels), the Marines (M Splash), the Dragons, the Swallows (Passion), the Giants (Team Venus) and the Baystars (Diana). There's 100 "regular" cards in the set along with possible autograph cards. All the cards can be seen here.
The big news, though, is that BBM recently released information about this year's 2nd Version set. As has become standard in the past few years, this set will feature a 36 card (3 per team) "Update" subset for the 1st Version set along with 216 regular player cards (18 per team). There will also be 12 team checklists and the next installment in the Cross Blaze subset - 36 cards (3 per team). In addition, there will be a subset featuring various celebrities throwing out the first pitch - currently BBM is not saying how many cards will be in that subset. There is also an insert set called "Twin Gem" - one card for each team for a total of 12 cards. There will be patch and autograph cards available from one rookie from each team. The set will be released in early-August.