Size: 313 cards (cards numbered 337-600, then 13 cards of "Ceremonial First Pitch" subset are separately numbered FP01-FP13 and 36 cards for "Cross Squall" subset are separately numbered CS37-CS72)
Cards Per Team: 19 (team card + 18 players)
Team Card Theme: Mascots
Number Of Leader Cards: N/A
Subsets: 1st Version Update (36), Ceremonial First Pitch (13), Cross Squall (36)
Inserts: Bright Stars
Memorabilia Cards: Jersey cards for Seigi Tanaka and Chihiya Sasaki along with a "Combination" jersey card with both of them. The single jersey cards are numbered to 200 while the "Combination" card is numbered to 10. There's a patch version of the Jersey cards that are numbered to 20 (not sure if there's a patch version of the combination card). There are autograph cards of many players available as well as autographed version of many of the Ceremonial First Pitch cards.
Parallels: 12 regular player cards as well as the Marines team card and the Ami Inamura Ceremonial First Pitch card have a "secret" alternate photo version. 10 of the 1st Version Update cards and 54 of the regular player cards have five different facsimile autograph parallels - silver (unnumbered), gold (numbered to 100), hologram (numbered to 50), red (numbered to 25) and green (numbered to 10). There are two parallels for the "Cross Squall" cards - one is numbered to 100 and the other is a "1 of 1". There are two parallels for the Ceremonial First Pitch cards one numbered to 100 and the other to 50. I think there are two different parallels for the Bright Stars insert cards - one numbered to 150 and the other numbered to 50.
Notable Rookies: None
Man, not having the detail promo sheets for the set from Sports Card Magazine really makes it harder to list what parallels there are. I'm basically searching Yahoo! Japan Auctions to see what's there.
I've mentioned this before but I feel like I really don't have much to say anymore about BBM's flagship sets. Especially since the sets have pretty much been the same the past three years.
Like this year's 1st Version set, the big new thing in this year's 2nd Version set is the "secret" version of 12 of the player cards (1 per team). The "secret" version features a different photo than the regular version of the card. BBM extended this a little bit more for this set (although nowhere near as much as Epoch has in their team sets this year) by adding a "secret" version of the Marines team card that shows their new lantern fish mascot rather than Mar-Kun and a "secret" version of Ami Inamura's Ceremonial First Pitch card. So there are a total of 14 "secret" versions. The players featured are different than the 12 players from the 1st Version set but still feature a lot of the big names in NPB - Shinnosuke Abe, Seiya Suzuki, Yuki Yanagida, Yoshio Itoi and T-Okada. I don't have the "secret" versions yet but I swiped images off of Yahoo! Japan Auctions to show the normal and "secret"versions of the cards of Seiya Suzuki, the Marines and Ami Inamura:
The main downside of the "secret" versions of the cards is that BBM is saving their interesting photos for them so the bulk of the cards suffers from my usual complaint - too many photos of pitchers pitching and batters batting. There are a few photos of fielders fielding and runners running but almost no candids. As usual the photos are attractive and the card design isn't bad but it just gets a bit monotonous. Here's a couple examples:
|2017 BBM 1st Version #031 (left) and 2nd Version #393 (right)|
|2017 BBM 1st Version #171 (top) & 2nd Version #486 (bottom)|
|#561 (Hirofumi Yamanaka)|
I did notice one oddity about someone who's not in the set - Seigi Tanaka of the Hawks. So one of the two players who has a jersey card in the set doesn't have a "regular" card in it.
The "1st Version Update" subset contains cards for 36 players (3 pet team) that for whatever reason did not appear in the 1st Version set. This includes both late signing players like Munenori Kawasaki, Alfredo Despaigne and Rafael Dolis and just players who I guess BBM just didn't think were significant enough to be in the earlier set like Hitoki Iwase, Takumi Akiyama and Kazuki Yabuta. As I say every time I write about this set, I have no idea what makes BBM decide to put a player in this subset rather than give them a "regular" card - I suspect it's random to some extent.
The theme of the team cards is mascots. Again.