Tuesday, July 16, 2019

2019 BBM Icons - Teenage Memories

Another set Ryan had for me when I met up with him in Tokyo was the latest Icons box set from BBM.  BBM's been publishing this set every year in March since 2013.  Each year there's a different theme.  This year's theme was "Teenage Memories" and every player had been drafted as a teenager.

I kind of feel like BBM uses this set as an excuse to get extra cards of the top draft picks as well as the first cards of players who changed teams over the winter out before the 1st Version set comes out (and probably more importantly before Calbee gets their Series One set out).  This year's set is no exception - out of the 36 cards (3 per team of course) there are four first round draft picks from last fall's draft (Kyota Fujiwara, Akira Neo, Kaito Kozono and Kosei Yoshida) and three players on new teams (Yuki Nishi, Hideto Asamura and Ginjiro Sumitani).  The other big names in the set are Daisuke Matsuzaka, Kodai Senga, Seiya Suzuki, Tomoya Mori, Tetsuto Yamada, Munetaka Murakami, Yuki Matsui, Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh and Hayato Sakamoto.

Here's some sample cards:




As usual I got an opened set and as usual the sealed set includes a bonus card that among other things could be an autographed card.  You can see the entire base set over at Jambalaya and also some of the bonus cards.

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