Since all of these sets are fairly recent, I've included a link to Jambalaya's web page for each set so you can see what all the cards in the set look like (although I'm also showing a sample card from each set).
|2011 BBM Farewell set|
The 2011 edition of the set featured 14 players on 27 cards. There were multiple cards for Kazuo Fukumori (Baystars, Buffaloes and Eagles), Koichi Hori (Orions and Marines), Makoto Kosaka (Marines, Giants and Eagles), Arihito Muramatsu (Daiei Hawks, Blue Wave, Softbank Hawks), Noriyoshi Ohmichi (Nankai Hawks, Daiei Hawks and Giants), Ken Takahashi (playing and do-age), "Yuki" Tanaka (Buffaloes and Swallows) and Akihiro Yano (Dragons, Tigers and do-age) as well as single cards for Atsushi Kizuka, Shigeru Morikasa, Masanobu Ohkubo, Akira Ohtsuka, Makoto Shiozaki and Shinji Taninaka.
|2012 BBM Farewell set|
|2013 BBM Farewell set|
|2012 BBM Tomoaki Kanemoto Memorial set|
Despite the accidental purchase, it's not a bad little set (as the single player sets go). It contains 27 cards. The first 18 cards show highlights of his career (5 with the Carp and 13 with the Tigers) and the last nine are entitled "9 Episodes of Kanemoto" - not really sure what that means. The photography is the typical high quality photography that BBM features in their sets.
|2012 BBM Greatest Games - 10-8-1994 Dragons vs Giants set|
The set features 36 cards - there are 17 cards for Dragons players (including manager Morimichi Takagi), 14 cards for Giants players (including manager Shigeo Nagashima) and five game highlight cards. I think all the pictures on the cards were taken at the game itself and that's one of the problems with the set - the photos are terrible. They are very dark and a lot of the player's faces are in shadow. I assume the game was a night game and it was not played indoors (the Dragons didn't move into Nagoya Dome until the late 1990's) so this probably accounts for the poor photography. In addition, the player cards have a couple ugly borders - a white frame onto of a "brick wall" background. It's just not an attractive set.
|2013 BBM Greatest Games 10-22-1973 Tigers vs Giants|
At 32 cards, the set is slightly smaller than the first one. There are 18 cards for the Tigers players (and manager Masayusa Kaneda), 10 cards for the Giants players (including Kawakami) and four "Game Highlight" cards. The photos are all black and white and it's not clear if they were actually taken during the game or not. Several of the photos are blurry. The "Game Highlight" cards don't actually show any action from the game - one card shows the starting lineups on the scoreboard at Koshien stadium, one shows Shigeo Nagashima with a cast on his finger - he was injured and did not play in the game or the Nippon Series, one shows two Giants coming off the field with photographers behind them and one shows Kawakami's do-age (which looks like it's being done in a locker room so they couldn't have thrown him very high). The cards also have an ugly frame on them. So like the first set, this is not an attractive set. The set itself had been released just a week or two before I got to Tokyo, so finding an opened set was a little trickier than the others - it wasn't until I got to Wrappers that I found one. Despite the 1000 yen price tag on the box, I think I only paid 500 yen for it.
One interesting piece of trivia - October 22, 1973 was also the day Ichiro Suzuki was born.
|2012 BBM Suntory Dream Match|
|2012 Hiroshima Athlete Magazine Starting Lineup set|