BBM has announced a couple new sets that will be coming out in April -
- The next two of BBM's pack based team sets have been announced - the Tigers and the Marines. Both sets will have 81 card base sets - the Tigers set has 69 cards for the players, manager and probably mascot, a 3 card "Newcomer" subset, a 3 card "Milestone" subset and an unidentified 6 six card subset while the Marines set also has 69 cards for the players, manager and mascots (likely) plus a 4 card "Seawall Quarter" subset, a 3 card "New Wave" subset and a 5 card "Award Winner '16" subset. The Tigers set will have 36 insert cards split among six different sets - "Smart Starters" (5 cards), one for outfielders (maybe "Heart of Tigers") (4 cards), "Carry On", (3 cards), "Reputable Veterans" (3 cards), something called "reversal" (3 cards) and "Phantom" (18 cards). The Marines set has 24 insert cards split among four sets - "Next Sensation" (6 cards), "Brand New Face" (3 cards), "Prime Choice" (9 cards) and "Phantom" (6 cards). Both sets will also feature randomly inserted autograph cards. The Tigers set will be out in mid April while the Marines set will be out in late April.
- As a followup to the "Fighters Premium" box set that will be out in the next day or so, BBM is issuing a similar set for the Fighters' opponent in last year's Nippon Series - the Carp. The "Carp Premium" box set follows the same pattern of the Fighters' set - the box contains 29 cards - a 27 card base set plus one insert card and one autograph card. The insert card is one of six featuring either one of the Carp who were named to the Central League Best 9 team last year (Yosuke Nomura, Yoshiyuki Ishihara, Takahiro Arai, Seiya Suzuki and Yoshiharu Maru) or CL MVP Arai (so Arai has two of the six possible cards). The set will be out in late April and retails for 10,000 yen (roughly $100).
- One odd thing going on right now involves something that BBM has not mentioned - normally an issue of Sports Card Magazine is released around March 27th of every year but for some reason there's been no announcement for it. BBM's website still lists the last issue (#121) that came out in January. I don't see any announcement for it either at Discount Niki or at Amazon Japan. I don't know what's going on with it - I would have expected if there was a delay that BBM would make an announcement about it but I don't see anything at their website or on any of their social media. I've sent a message to BBM's Facebook page but I had to write it in English so it may be ignored. Hopefully we'll find out what's going on soon.