BBM has released information on several new sets this week:
- The final three team sets of the year have been announced - the Tigers, the Dragons and the Swallows. All three sets are pack based sets that will be released in July (early in the month for the Tigers, late in the month for the other two). The Tigers and Dragons sets have 108 cards in their base sets while the Swallows set has the more traditional 99. Each set has at least one insert set associated with it (the Tigers have two) and each set has the usual multiplicity of parallel and memorabilia cards.
- The Kyushu Limited set is a pack based set that features only players from the island of Kyushu. There will be 90 cards in the base set (with a parallel set I think) and a nine card insert set. There will also be random autograph inserts. The set will be out in late July.
- This is the third year in a row that BBM has issued a Dancing Heroine set so I guess it should be added to the list of perennial BBM sets. This set features the dance teams/cheerleader squads for the ten teams that have them. It's a pack based set containing 99 cards in the base set. I think there are parallel versions available as well as insert and autograph cards but I'm not quite sure. The set will be released in late June. I might be wrong, but I think this is the first of two sets. This one is called the "Hana" set. Last year, BBM issued a "Hana" and a "Mai" set - it looks like the two sets used the same design but had different pictures. (I'm not sure what either "Hana" or "Mai" means - the internet is giving me conflicting answers.)
- BBM's issuing a historic set called All Star Legend in mid-July, just in time for this year's All Star games. Not completely sure about this, but it looks like the set will feature players from past All Star games and/or great moments in All Star game history. (The specific example listed on the web page is about Katsuya Nomura's record 21 appearances on an All Star team.) There will be 90 cards in the base set - 81 "regular" player cards and a nine card subset of some sort. There will also be a nine card insert set (THE STAR OF STARS) and a bunch of autograph cards.