Size: 501 cards
Cards Per Team: 37 (team card, manager + 35 players)
Team Card Theme: Game Action/Candids
Numer Of Leader Cards: 36
Subsets: Retirement Players (20), Legend Players (4)
Inserts: Best 9, Golden Glove
Memorabilia Cards: Jersey cards for Toshiya Sugiuchi, Toshiaki Imae and Daisuke Miura. Tomoaki Kanemoto bat card. Dual jersey cards for Sugiuchi & Miura and Imae & Kanemoto.
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 (except Koji Gotoh and Daisuke Motoki) and Legend Players subsets (numbered to 50). Gold and "Blue Hologram" parallels for both the Best 9 and Golden Glove insert sets - the "Blue Hologram" parallels are serially numbered to 100.
Notable Rookies: Kazuyuki Yoshimi, Yuichi Honda, Nobuhiro Matsuda, Daikan Yoh (as Chung-Shou Yang), Takahiro Okada, Ginji Akaminai
After growing the 1st Version set back to the pre-2002 "flagship" set sizes in 2005, for 2006 BBM dialed the size of the 1st Version set back down a little. The 2006 set had 501 cards in it, almost 60 cards down from the 2005 set. The drop in set size is pretty much completely attributable to the drop in the number of players depicted - the 2005 set had 40 players per team (480 player cards in all) while the 2006 set had just 35 (420). Atsuya Furuta of the Swallows had been named player-manager and so had both a player and a manager card.
|Cards #325 (left) and #341 (right)|
|Gold and regular versions of card #183|
|Silver and regular versions of card #78|
|Gold Version of #BN11|
Other cards and ephemera (this is the last set that I attempted to build from unopened boxes so the last one that I'll have wrappers, etc for):
|Back of #375 (Shinnosuke Abe)|
|Checklist insert in box|