Thursday, January 10, 2019

2018 BBM Hawks 80th Anniversary Celebration Set

I wanted to do a quick post on the BBM box set "Hawks 80th Anniversary Celebration" that Ryan picked up for me.  This is a 27 card set (well 28 card really but the 28th card is a premium card) for the Hawks.  It ties into the Hawks 80th Anniversary in two ways - the 18 player cards all depict Hawks players wearing the team's 80th Anniversary alternate uniforms while the remaining 9 cards are the finale of the "Hawks History" cards.

The 18 players featured in the set are the main Hawks stars - Yuki Yanagita, Nobuhiro Matsuda, Seiichi Uchikawa, Seiji Uebayashi, Akira Nakamura, Alfredo Despaigne, Shota Takeda and Rick Van Den Hurk.  Here's some example cards:



One thing I thought was kind of neat on the back of the cards is the history of the uniform number of the player, some of which go back all the way to 1938.  Here's the back of Hiroaki Takaya's card as an example:

BBM did a kind of interesting thing by creating a cross set subset called "Hawks History" which (obviously) covers the history of the team since 1938.  The first nine cards were in last spring's Hawks 80th Anniversary set and covered the years from 1938 to 1968.  The next nine cards were in last summer's Hawks team set and covered from 1969 to 1988, the final year they were owned by Nankai and played in Osaka.  The nine cards in this set cover 1989 to 2017 - the time period they were owned by Daiei and Softbank and played in Fukuoka.  Here's an example card showing the team's first game in Fukuoka in 1989:

As always you can see all the cards over at Jambalaya.

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