Now if you've been paying close attention to the posts I've done on the blog, you might be asking yourself "Hey, I remember a post about Calbee Series One this year but I don't remember one about Series Two. Did I miss it?" You did not. A friend picked me up a Series Two set back in July and shipped it to me in August but it has somehow vanished in between Japan and Maryland. I'm still holding out hope that it's simply stuck in customs and will show up soon but we may need to just give up and replace it. Luckily as my friend says "it's easily replaceable!". Sooner or later I'll have a Series Two set in my hands.
Anyway, back to Series Three. It's pretty much your usual Calbee set. The player cards use the same design as the Series One set which is pretty much the same design (with a few tweaks) that Calbee's been using since the late 1990's. Photo selection is the usual heavy mix of "batters batting and pitchers pitching" but there's more than a few shots that depart from this. There's only a couple player cards that use a horizontal format - they could add some variety by having more of them. The cards continue the numbering from the earlier set so they are numbered from 145 to 216.
The set includes a number of NPB stars - Tetsuto Yamada, Shogo Akiyama, Hideto Asamura, Yoshihiro Maru, Yuki Yanagita, Takehiro Norimoto, Yuki Matsui, Yasuaki Yamasaki and Wladimir Balentien. Some of the players who appear in this set (Takumi Kuriyama, Daichi Suzuki and Yota Kyota for example) also appeared in the Series One set. I assume there are players included who were in Series Two as well.
Here's some example cards: