Size: 250 cards numbered 503-752
Cards Per Team: 16 (team card + 15 players)
Team Card Theme: Game Action/Candids
Number Of Leader Cards: N/A
Subsets: 1st Version Update (12), Be Aggressive! (12), For The Ultimate! (12), Get A Chance! (12), Ceremonial First Pitch (10)
Inserts: First Impact, Fantastic Heroes 12, Speed Star (Light pack only)
Memorabilia Cards: 12 different memorabilia cards - jersey cards for Yohei Kaneko, Kenji Otonari, Yuta Ohmine, Keiji Ohbiki, Masahiro Tanaka, Takuya Asao, Tatsuya Kojima, Takahiro Aoki and Kentaro Takasaki; undershirt cards for Takayuki Kishi, and Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi; and wristband cards for Norihito Kaneto.
Parallels: 72 cards (6 per team) have three different parallels - gold signature (numbered to 100), hologram signature (numbered to 50) and "metallic" (only in Light packs). The two non-Light pack insert sets each has a serially numbered to 100 parallel - "black text" for First Impact and "red foil text" for Fantastic Heroes 12. All the memorabilia cards have a foil parallel. All the memorabilia cards except the Kishi undershirt and the Kaneki wristband have a patch parallel.
Notable Rookies: Tetsuya Yamaguchi, Tetsuya Matsumoto
While the number of "regular" player cards remained the same between the 2006 2nd Version set and this one, the total number of cards in the set dropped by over sixty cards with this set. The difference is made up by there being fewer subsets (5) in this set compared to the 2006 set (6) and the subsets being smaller in general. The "Interleague Topics" subset that was part of both the 2005 and 2006 versions of the set was eliminated from this set (and all succeeding ones to date).
Despite the fact that there are 12 cards in the 1st Version Update subset, they are not evenly divided between teams. There is one Dragon (Norihiro Nakamura), one Tiger (Itsuki Shoda), one Fighter (Takehito Kanazawa), one Eagle (Fumikazu Takanami), one Swallow (Hidenori Itoh), two Carp (Go Kida & Tsubasa Nakatani), two Buffaloes (Kosuke Katoh & Tuffy Rhodes) and three Giants (Geremi Gonzalez, Tetsuya Matsumoto & Tetsuya Yamaguchi). None of the players in the Update appeared in the 1st Version set. The Itoh, Matsumoto, Nakatani and Yamaguchi cards are rookie cards.
Rhodes and Nakamura appear in both the Update subset and the regular player cards. Other players who appear in the regular 2nd Version cards but not the 1st Version set are Daisuke Hayakawa (Marines), Keisuke Kanoh (Tigers), Shinji Shimoyama (Buffaloes), Jeffrey Liefer (Lions), Akira Matsumoto (Eagles), Masakazu Fukukawa (Swallows), Yushi Aida (Giants), Takuya Kimura (Giants), and Hiroshi Kisanuki (Giants). Fighters outfielder Chonso Yoh has a regular 2nd Version player card but only appeared in the 1st Version set in the "Future Stars" subset (as Chung-Shou Yang - this is the player currently known as Daikan Yoh). Several 2007 rookies have player cards but the cards do not indicate that the player is a rookie on the front.
|Back of #655 (Shinji Sasaoka)|
The parallels for this set were a little less crazy than for the 1st Version set as there were only three versions rather than five. Once again, I don't have any of the parallels but I was able to find examples of the "hologram" version on Yahoo! Japan Auctions:
|Back of #575|
The "Be Aggressive!" subset is subtitled "The Amazing Hitters" and features one hitter from each team - Norichika Aoki (Swallows), Takahiro Arai (Carp), Kosuke Fukudome (Dragons), Atsunori Inaba (Fighters), Koichi Isobe (Eagles), Tomoaki Kanemoto (Tigers), Greg Larocca (Buffaloes), Nobuhiko Matsunaka (Fighters), Shuichi Murata (Baystars), Hiroyuki Nakajima (Lions), Michihiro Ogasawara (Giants) and Julio Zuleta (Marines).