Size: 276 cards (numbered 560-835)
Cards Per Team: 9 (9 players)
Team Card Theme: No team cards
Number Of Leader Cards: N/A
Subsets: 1st Version Update(15), Managers(12), New Wave (24), The Early Stage Highlights (24), Interleague Game (72), First Ball Ceremony (8), 2005 Record (8), Interleague Champion and MVP (2)
Inserts: Opening Game Pitchers, Opening Game Hitters, Run!, Fielding!, Team Hero
Memorabilia Cards: 23 different - see below
Parallels: Silver and gold parallel versions of the 108 player cards - gold parallels are serially numbered to 50. Kira versions of New Wave subset (Light packs only). Light packs also had Kira parallels of Opening Game Pitchers, Opening Game Hitters and Team Hero inserts.
Notable Rookies: None
In 2005 BBM followed up the largest 1st Version set so far (559 cards) with the smallest 2nd Version set so far (276 cards). The total number of cards between the two sets (835) was in line with the total sizes of the 2002-2004 sets however (2002 had 867 cards, 2003 had 839 cards and , 2004 had 852 cards).
This set featured only 108 "regular" player cards (9 per team), by far the smallest number in any BBM flagship set. These cards represented less than 40% of the total cards in the set. Surprisingly, there were four players who had "regular" cards in 2nd Version who did not appear in the 1st Version set - Atsunori Inaba of the Fighters, Shinichiro Koyama and Tadaharu Sakai of the Eagles and Masanobu Ohkubo of the Buffaloes.
|Back of #687 (Kazuhiro Sasaki)|
|Gold and regular versions of #603|
|Silver and regular versions of #631|
|1st Version #15 & 2nd Version #570|
|1st Version #331 & 2nd Version #560|
NPB introduced inter-league play in 2005 and BBM included a 72 card subset called "Interleague Game" to acknowledge it. There are six cards for each team that each highlight one of that team's games against one of the teams from the other league. Like the "Early Stage" cards, many of the cards show groups of players and players are not individually identified. I frequently see one of the Fighters cards from this subset listed as a Yu Darvish card from this set. I'm probably splitting hairs when I say that I disagree - it's kind of like saying that Topps did a card of Thurman Munson in their 1980 set because he's visible in the Yankees team picture. Although in this case at least Darvish is the only player pictured on this card.
Depending on how you classify them, there were either three or five insert sets issued with the set (or even four if you're half agreeing with me and half agreeing with Gary Engel). Engel lumps the "Run!" and "Fielding!" cards together as one set while I view them as two separate ones (as they have two separate sets of numbers). Both sets contain 12 cards (one for each team) and are made of translucent plastic.
Similarly, Engel lumps the "Opening Game Pitcher" and "Opening Game Batter" cards into one insert set while I think they are two separate ones (again because they are numbered separately). Both sets again contain 12 cards featuring the starting pitcher and cleanup batter for each team's Opening Day lineup. There were parallel "kira" versions of these available in the "Light" packs.
I want to add one final word here on the "Light" packs. I have never seen a "Light" pack from this set but I'm guessing from what I'm reading that each pack contained four cards - three "regular" cards and one "kira" parallel card - either for the "New Wave" subset or for the "Opening Game" or "Team Hero" insert sets. I think (but again I don't know for sure) that three "regular" cards could only be from the 108 player cards, not from any of the subsets. As usual, memorabilia cards were not available in the "Light" packs but in a departure from the previous years (as well as the 2005 1st Version set) there were no MVP inserts that were exclusive to the "Light" packs.
|Back of poster (checklist)|