As Hideki Matsui prepared to leave Japan for the US following the 2002 season, BBM decided to put out a 55 card box set highlighting his Japanese career. The set was called "The Legend Of Hideki Matsui" and it was packaged in a box designed to look like a leather bound book.
Each box contains 54 "regular" card plus 1 special card. The special card could potentially be a game used bat card, a game used jersey card, a game used bat and jersey card, an autograph card, one of two different gold baseball cards or one of six different silver baseball cards.
The 54 "regular" cards were broken into seven subsets. The first was 11 cards simply called "The Legend Of Hideki Matsui". These cards simply had photos of Matsui on each side. The pictures on the front and backs of the cards didn't necessarily have anything to do with each other.
|Back of #24|
|Back of #31|
|Back of #43|
|#46 (Godzilla meets Gamera!)|
The box itself is a little pretentious, especially the text on the back of it: "The memory of his greatness comes flooding back to us as we close our eyes and let our minds drift through the timeless tunnel of the history. The man, who has had nothing but trials, continues to impress us with superb records. He is extraordinary and graceful indeed."
I've picked up a couple of BBM's box sets that are dedicated to a single player. I think this is one of the better ones, despite the pretentiousness, due to the really impressive collection of photographs that BBM included.