1998 BBM Set Summary
Size: 577 cards
Cards Per Team: 42 (team card, manager + 40 players)
Team Card Theme: 1998 Draft Class
Number Of Leader Cards: 32
Subsets: Future Stars (12), Best 9 (19), 40 Years Of Shukan Baseball (9)
Inserts: Dream Team, Dream Matchups, Baseball's Best
Memorabilia Cards: Jersey cards
Parallels: 120 cards have silver facsimile autographs
Notable Rookies: Kenshin Kawakami, Ryota Igarashi, Yoshinobu Takahashi, Kei Igawa, Hirokazu IbataLate Series: None
This is kind of an odd set for me. For the longest time, I barely had any cards from the set at all - maybe 30 or so. Then I scored a near set on Yahoo Japan Auctions via kuboTen and suddenly I had 500+ cards from it. It remains the only set from the 90's that I never opened a pack for, so I have no wrapper or ad insert for this post.
This set strikes me as a little short on the subsets with only three. This was only the second year that BBM had included cards for the previous year's Best 9 teams and the first time that they were a subset in the regular set rather than an insert set. They would not be a subset in the regular set again until 2011.
|#563 (Kazuhiro Kiyohara, March 17, 1986)|
I don't have any cards from the other two insert sets, but luckily, since Ichiro was in both of them, Collecting Ichiro has them. The Dream Matchups set contains six diecut cards that feature a pitcher and batter on each one. All twelve teams are represented on the cards. I'm not positive, but I think each card features a player from each league - this would have been seven years before interleague play started and the matchups at the time could have only happened in exhibition, All Star and Nippon Series games. The Baseball's Best set contains only two cards - Hideki Matsui and Ichiro Suzuki. The cards featured raised seams on the baseball background.
The set was the first of BBM's regular sets to feature memorabilia cards (although the first BBM set to feature them was the 1997 Diamond Heroes set). The set had two jersey cards for the 1997 league MVPs Atsuya Furuta and Fumiya Nishiguchi.
While none of the leader cards were short prints (despite what you might have read elsewhere), there exist larger sized versions of cards #1 and #2 (the two league MVPs). I don't know if these were some sort of box topper card or (like the silver version of the Dream Team cards) some sort of mail in offer.
|#79 Silver Signature Parallel|
|Back Of Card #48 (Atsuya Furuta)|