Size: 559 cards
Cards Per Team: 42 (team card, manager + 40 players)
Team Card Theme: Game Action/Candids
Number Of Leader Cards: 36
Subsets: Retirement Players (12), Legend Players (7)
Inserts: Best 9, Golden Glove, MVP (Light Packs only)
Memorabilia Cards: Jersey cards for the 2004 League MVPs - Nobuhiko Matsunaka and Kenshin Kawakami, as well as Daisuke Matsuzaka (PL ERA leader) and Shigenobu Shima (CL Batting Leader). Also combo cards featuring Matsuzaka and Shima and Matsuzaka and Kawakami.
Parallels: 108 cards have silver facsimile autographs. There is also a gold facsimile autographed version of those 108 cards that is serially numbered to 100. Autographed Versions of Retirement Players and Legend Players subsets (numbered to 50). Silver Parallel version of the Best 9 inserts. 60 cards have a kira version (Light packs only).
Notable Rookies: Yu Darvish, Chihiro Kaneko, Yasuyuki Kataoka, Hideaki Wakui, Michael Nakamura, Atsushi Nohmi
For 2005, BBM reversed direction a little bit. After three years of producing two "flagship" sets a year that were roughly the same size, BBM went back to producing a large (500+ cards) "flagship" set for 1st Version along with a smaller (less than 200 card) 2nd Version set. The 2005 1st Version set was roughly the size of the pre-2002 regular BBM sets (less the "Late Version" cards).
There were two different flavors of parallel facsimile autographs in this set - silver and gold. The gold were serially numbered to 100. I think that each of the 108 cards (9 per each team) that have a silver signature parallel also have the gold.
|#351 (regular and silver autograph parallel)|
|#439 (regular and gold autograph parallel)|
|#BN8 (regular on top, parallel on bottom)|
|Back of #395 (Tomoaki Kanemoto)|
|Checklist box insert|