Tuesday, June 11, 2013

2002 BBM 2nd Version

2002 BBM 2nd Version Set Summary

Size:  428 cards (numbered 440-867)
Cards Per Team:  32 (team card, manager + 30 players)
Team Card Theme:  Player Photos
Number Of Leader Cards: N/A
Checklists: 1
Subsets: New Wave(12), 400 Home Run Club (13), 2001 Retirement Player (6), Start Dash (12)
Inserts: Golden Glove, Opening Game
Memorabilia Cards: Jersey cards for the 2001 League MVPs - Roberto Petagine and Tuffy Rhodes; Jersey cards for the 2001 Victory Leaders - Shujo Fujii and Daisuke Matsuzaka; Combo Jersey card featuring both Petagine and Rhodes
Parallels: 120 cards have silver facsimile autographs, 12 cards have gold facsimile autographs
Notable Rookies: ?

A couple of months after BBM issued the 2002 1st Version set, they followed it up with the 2nd Version set.  At 428 cards, it's only 11 cards smaller than the 1st Version set.  Both sets have the same number of cards per team (30 players plus team checklist and manager) but the player selection is different between the two sets.

It's hard to decide if there are any notable rookies in the set - most of the notable rookies from 1st Version also appear in 2nd Version.  But does the 2nd Version card count as a rookie card?

BBM had decided to split their two "traditional" insert sets - Best 9 and Golden Glove - between the two Versions.  Best 9 was issued with 1st Version which left Golden Glove for 2nd Version.  The cards would use the "lenticular" 3D process like the Prime Time Player insert set in 1st Version had.

BBM also included a 24 card insert set called Opening Game.  This set would feature the Opening Day starting pitcher and cleanup hitter for each of the 12 teams.

There was a parallel version of the Opening Game insert set also.  Each card was apparently numbered to 1000.

For the first time since 1999, BBM included a 12 card subset featuring each team's "top prospect".  Instead of "Hot Prospect" or "Future Star", this year's subset was called "New Wave".   The twelve players honored were Yuya Andoh, Takahiro Arai, Kenta Asakura, Mitsutaka Gotoh, Tsuyoshi Johbe, Kuniyuki Kimoto, Koji Mitsui, Daisuke Miyamoto, Yataro Sakamoto, Toshiya Sugiuchi, Kuniyuki Taniguchi and Masato Watanabe.

BBM also included a subset containing all the members of the 400 Home Run club - which was 13 at the time.  The players featured were (from most home runs to least in the subset) Sadaharu Oh, Katsuya Nomura, Hiromitsu Kadota, Koji Yamamoto, Hiromitsu Ochiai, Isao Harimoto,  Sachio Kinugasa, Katsuo Ohsugi, Koichi Tabuchi, Masahiro Doi, Shigeo Nagashima, Kazuhiro Kiyohara and Koji Akiyama.

2002 was the first time that BBM included a subset for players who retired the previous season, a subset that would be a staple of either the 1st or 2nd Version (or both) until 2011.  There were only six retirees included in this set - Shinji Imanaka, Isao Kohda, Hiromi Makihara, Tatsuji Nishimura, Yukihiro Nishizaki and Yutaka Wada.  It's not entirely clear to me how BBM decided who was included in this subset - just off the top of my head I'm kind of surprised not to see Masaki Saitoh, who had retired after the 2001 season following an 18 year career with the Giants.

The last subset in the set is called Start Dash and I'm not really sure what it's point is.  There are 12 cards (one for each team of course) and all but one of them are batters.  I don't know if these are all players BBM felt got off to good starts in 2002 or what.  The twelve players are Kazuya Fukuura, Hirokazu Ibata, Makoto Imaoka, Takuro Ishii, Kenji Johjima, Kazuhiro Kiyohara, Hideo Koike, Tomonori Maeda, Michihrio Ogasawara, Roberto Petagine, Yoshitomo Tani, and Kazuhiro Wada.

As was the case in the 1st Version, BBM included two separate facsimile signature parallel issues for the player cards.  There are 120 "silver signature" cards (10 per team) and 12 "gold signature" cards (1 per team).


Here's some sample cards and ephemera:





Back of #580 (Masahiko Morino)


Pack Wrapper

Ad included in packs

Frequently through out the late 90's and into the aughts, BBM would include a small poster and checklist in the box, presumably for a card shop to display on their wall, door or window.  Like an idiot, it didn't occur to me to look to see if my scanner was big enough to scan the poster until this evening.  I'll have to go back and add the posters that I have for the previous sets.  For the 2002 2nd Version set, the checklist was actually on the back of the poster.


Checklist on back of poster
UPDATE:  Scott Kaneko sent me an email letting me know that there was a promo/lottery version of the Golden Glove inserts that did not use the "lenticular" process.  This matches both the 2002 1st Version Prime Time Player and the 2001 Best 9 inserts - both of those also had some sort of non-lenticular parallel that was available via some sort of mail in offer.

Scott was kind enough to scan a few of these in so that I could add them to this post.

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