Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sports Card Magazine #119

Sports Card Magazine #119 was published in Japan yesterday and by way of Amazon Japan and DHL I had my copy today.  Here's the summary:

Color Section:
- Three page overview of the cards available for gymnast Kohei Uchimura
- Ads for Genesis (4 pages), Masterpiece (2 pages), Classic (1 page), the Takahiro Arai/Hiroki Kuroda "200 Wins & 2000 Hits", the Carp Autographed Edition, the Fighters Authentic Edition (Climax) and the Rooke Edition Premium box sets  (1/2 page each), Japan Rugby Top League set (2 pages) and Original Smile (Giants cheerleader/dance squad) box set (1 page)

Monthly "Bests":
Best Card Of This Month:  2016 BBM 2nd Version Louis Okoye & Shun Takayama Undershirt & Jersey card
Best Item Of This Month:  2016 BBM 2nd Version box

Hot Card Lists
1. 2016 BBM 1st Version Shun Takayama (#238)
2. 2016 BBM 1st Version Eigoro Mogi (#158)
3. 1993 BBM Ichiro Suzuki (#239)
4. 2016 BBM 1st Version Shota Imanaga (#318)
5. 2016 BBM 1st Version Louis Okoye (#156)
6. 2016 BBM 1st Version Masataka Yoshida (#126)
7. 2016 BBM 1st Version Taiga Hirosawa (#075)
8. 2016 BBM 1st Version Shinnosuke Shigenobu (#210)
9. 2013 BBM 1st Version Shohei Ohtani (#183)
10. 2016 BBM 1st Version Shinnosuke Ogasawara (#292)

Autograph & Memorabilia:
1. 2016 BBM Go Higher Shohei Ohtani Autograph card
2. 2016 BBM Classic Shohei Ohtani Autograph card
3. 2016 BBM Tigers Fumihito Haraguchi/Shintaro Fujinami Autograph card
4. 2016 BBM Tigers Autographed Edition Shun Takayama Autograph card
5. 2016 BBM 2nd Version Louis Okoye Autograph card
6. 2016 BBM 2nd Version Shinnosuke Ogasawara Autograph card
7. 2016 J-League Sei Muroya Autograph card
8. 2016 BBM 2nd Version Ami Imamura "Ceremonial First Pitch" Autograph card
9. 2016 BBM Classic Keishi Suzuki "Buy Back" Autograph card (2000 BBM 20th Century Best 9)
10. 2016 BBM Sumo Chiyonofuji Mitsugu Autograph card

"Newsprint" Section:
- Baseball players in the "Masterpiece" set (2 pages)
- Athletes from other sports in the "Masterpiece" set (2 pages)
- Photo shoot from "Original Smile" including all 19 of the yukata shots (2 pages)
- Box Break Contest - four collectors each open a box of 2016 BBM 2nd Version and are rated on what they pulled (2 pages)
- Card Shop Navi - Match Up in Nagoya
- New Card List contains checklists for the sets advertised in the color section
- "Vintage" Checklist and Price Guide is for J-League cards along with recent cards for all sports
SCM Original Cards:

Masterpiece promo (or bonus - not quite sure) cards for Shigeo Nagashima, Tomoaki Kanemoto, Tetsuto Yamada, Kazu (Soccer), Toshihiko Seko (Track & Field) and Hidehiko Yoshida (Judo)

SCM #382

SCM #383


- BBM is celebrating their 70th anniversary as a magazine publishing house this year by publishing a multi-sport set called Masterpiece.  I haven't seen anything about it on BBM's website yet but the details are up at Niki (and of course this issue of SCM).  The base set has 128 cards - 36 OB baseball players, 36 active baseball players, 55 athletes from other sports and a checklist.  There's four 18 card insert sets (Glorious 3D, Stay Gold, Super Star and Sparkling Hero) and a wide variety of autograph cards (which of course was the reason for the set).  It'll be out in late October.

- The two page ad for Masterpiece includes a half page of something that could be a related set called "Fusion" but I'm not sure what it is exactly.  There's no checklist for it in the New Card List.  At the moment I'm much more interested in it than in Masterpiece but that's just me...

- Normally if the SCM card is a promo card it has the number from the set it's a promo for on its back. None of these do which makes me wonder if they're some sort of bonus card instead.  I do know that all three baseball players are in the set (Nagashima is card #022, Kanemoto is #027 and Yamada is #057).

- I was surprised that a sumo card from early in the year made the "Autograph & Memorabilia" Hot Card list but I then discovered that Chiyonofuji Mitsugu had passed away at the end of July


R Laughton said...

Wondering if there will be any sumo wrestlers in the Masterpiece set. It was sad to here about Chihonofuji. He was an amazing rikishi!

NPB Card Guy said...

I think there will be six sumo wrestlers in the base set but I don't know who they are. If you shoot me an email at, I can scan the checklist for you (unless you're going to go ahead and buy your own copy of the magazine).

R Laughton said...

Just shot you an email. Thanks!