Sunday, December 30, 2012

Latest BBM Announcements

BBM announced a couple new sets in the past week or so, both of which are the 2013 editions of sets that have now become annual releases.

- The Rookie Edition set will be released in mid February.  This is a pack based set that contains cards for all the players who were taken (and signed) in the 2012 NBP Draft last October.  The base set will contain 96 cards - 83 for the drafted players, 1 sort of checklist card showing all the draft picks (I'm making a guess here based on last year's set) and 12 "Then and Now" cards that I'm not entirely sure of.  I'm guessing that they either show a current player from both his rookie season and last season or it shows a current player's rookie picture along with a newly drafted player from the same team's rookie picture.  With 12 cards, I'm assuming that it's one card per team.  There are also two insert sets - a 24 card (2 per team?) Next Generation set and a 2 card set for the 2012 Rookies Of The Year (Kosuke Nomura and Naoya Masuda).  There will also be possible autograph cards available.  The big names in the set this year will be Shohei Ohtani of the Fighters, Tomoyuki Sugano of the Giants and Shintaro Fujitani of the Tigers.

- BBM's box set for players who retired in 2012 will be released in late January.  The set will contain 43 cards - 42 "regular" cards and 1 "special" card - either a foil or real autograph card.  Obviously the big names in the set will be Takuro Ishii, Hiroki Kokubo, Tomoaki Kanemoto, Kenji Johjima and So Taguchi.  I don't know if they will have enough time to add Hideki Matsui to the set as well.

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