Friday, January 18, 2019

2018 BBM Team Sets

I want to wrap up my posts about the cards I got in the latest package I got from Ryan.  The bulk of what I got were all 12 of BBM's "comprehensive" team sets for 2018.

To be clear - what I call a "comprehensive" team set is a set that contains all the players on the team's 70 man roster which is usually less than 70 players.  For the fourth year in a row all the team sets had 81 cards in their base set.  Each set included a card of the team's manager with the exception of the Eagles - Masataka Nashida had stepped down as manager in mid-June just before the set went to press and BBM replaced his card in the set with a logo card/checklist instead of interim manager Yusuke Hiraishi (I know they replaced his card with the checklist because it's card #01 of the set while card #01 of all the other sets are that team's manager).  All the teams except the Hawks had a card devoted to their mascot(s).  Only three of the teams (the Eagles, Swallows and Baystars) had a separate logo card/checklist although a number of the mascot cards had checklists on their backs.  Here's the breakdown of the cards in all the sets:

Team Player/Manager Cards Mascot Cards Checklist Subsets
Chiba Lotte Marines 68 1 0 First Impact (4), Road To 2000 (1), U20 Shining (3), Hotshots (4)
Chunichi Dragons 69 1 0 Winners Never Quit (3), Cosmic Attack (5), Lights On (3)
Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 69 0 0 Highlight Reel (3), Hawks History (9)
Hanshin Tigers 68 1 0 Newcomer (3), Great Record (3), Tigers Starters (3), Rising Stars (3)
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 68 1 0 Top Prospects (3), Pitching Staff (4), Franchise Player (5)
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 70 1 0 Fresh Breeze (3), The Beginning (4), Centerpiece (3)
Orix Buffaloes 67 1 0 New Bull (2), Rookies (1), 2015 Draft (1), Bs Universe (9)
Saitama Seibu Lions 67 1 0 Catch The Moment (6), Accelerator (3), Reign Men (4)
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 68 1 1 Record Breakers (3), Fans' Favorites (3), Crimson Soul (5)
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 67 1 1 New Force (3), Welcome Back (3), 2015 Draft (1), Power Hitting (1), Return To The Field (4)
Yokohama DeNA Baystars 68 1 1 Quality Starters (3), Young Guns (3), Heart Of The Order (3), W Aces (1), W Lead-Off (1)
Yomiuri Giants 67 1 0 New Arrivals (4), Giant Guns (3), High Quality Triangle (3), Young Synergy (3)

As always each set features 30 to 35 players who did not appear in either of BBM's "flagship" sets (1st and 2nd Version) this year.  This list includes a surprising number of Westerners - Francisco Peguero of the Marines, Radiel Martinez of the Dragons, Alejandro Mejia of the Carp, Josh Corrales and O'Koyea Dickson of the Eagles and Spencer Patton of the Baystars.  It also includes 2018 Pacific League Rookie Of The Year Kazuki Tanaka.  Here's a card of a player from each set who was not in BBM's flagship sets:

2018 BBM Marines #M21

2018 BBM Dragons #D15

2018 BBM Hawks #H10

2018 BBM Tigers #T43

@018 BBM Carp #C56

2018 BBM Fighters #F44

2018 BBM Buffaloes #Bs02

2018 BBM Lions #L07

2018 BBM Eagles #E62

2018 BBM Swallows #S48

2018 BBM Baystars #DB60

2018 BBM Giants #G03
The Giants set is the only one that has any cards using a horizontal format.  UPDATE - I take that back.  There's one player card in the Tigers set (Koyo Aoyagi) that uses a horizontal format.

All the sets were released between March and July.

Thanks as always to Ryan for doing all the work to find these sets for me.

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