Saturday, July 18, 2015

2015 Calbee Series Two

Calbee's second Series for the year came out a few weeks back.  It contains 100 cards in the base set - 84 player cards, 12 manager cards and 4 checklists.

The 84 player cards are (as always) split evenly between the 12 teams, so there are seven cards per team.  The cards boast Calbee's usual fine photography:





What's kind of nice about the player selection in this set is that there's no overlap between it and Series One this year (to be clear - I mean that the 168 player cards between the two Series so far depict 168 unique players).  There are also 16 guys in the set who do not appear in BBM's 1st Version set including Kazuya Fukuura, Wily Mo Pena, Takashi Saito, Lastings Milledge, and Hirokazu Ibata.

The 12 card managers subset depicts (obviously) the managers for each of the 12 teams.  The set apparently went to press before Hiroshi Moriwaki was replaced as Orix manager by Junichi Fukura.  The backs of each manager cards show the roster for the team (the complete roster, not just the players in the set).

#M-05 (Norio Tanabe)

Back of #M-05 (Lions roster)
The four checkiist cards show highlights from the first week of the season - Shohei Ohtani and Hideaki Wakui winning on Opening Day, Hiroki Kuroda winning on March 29 and Nobumasa Fukuda of the Dragons homering against the Giants on April 2.

#C-6 (Kuroda)
All the cards can be seen here.

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