Friday, November 25, 2011

1992 BBM set

1992 In A Box

Size:  498 cards
Cards Per Team:  35 (team card, manager + 33 players)
Team Card Theme:  Team logos
Number Of Leader Cards: 28
Checklists: 8
Subsets: Nostalgic Stars (10 cards featuring players and managers from the 1930's through 1950's); Stadiums (11 cards featuring the primary home parks in the league); Combination Cards (12 cards - one for each team - featuring two players on each card); ON Special (4 cards featuring Sadaharu Oh and Shigeo Nagashima); plus three cards for the commissioner and league presidents
Inserts:  Player holograms.
Notable Rookies:  So Taguchi, Kazuhisa Ishii, Takashi Saitoh, Kenichi Wakatabe, Atsushi Kataoka, Katsuyuki Dobashi
Late Series:  None


This is the only set that BBM ever issued in two series of 249 cards each.  The cards were numbered 1-249,251-499.  The player hologram inserts for Series One were assigned number 250.  The ones for Series Two were assigned number 500.

The Nostalgic Stars subset featured Takehiko Bessho, Kaoru Betto, Shigeru Chiba, Tetsuharu Kawakami, Osamu Mihara, Shigeru Mizuhara, Hiroshi Ohshita, Eiji Sawamura, Victor Starffin, Shigeru Sugishita, Kazuto Tsuruoka and Wally Yonamine.

The Stadium subset depicted all eleven primary ballparks used in 1992 (the Giants and Fighters still shared the Tokyo Dome at this time).  Five of the stadiums shown - Nagoya, Heiwadai (in Fukuoka), Hisoshima, Kobe and Fujiidera (in Osaka) - either are no longer standing or no longer in regular use by the ichi-gun teams.  Another stadium - Seibu Lions Stadium - had a dome built over it in the late 90's, leaving only five of the ballparks shown still in use and pretty much looking the same as now.

Here's some sample cards:




Factory Set

Promo For Series 2 

Box For Series 2

Series 2 Wrapper

Back For Card #56 (Hisanobu Watanabe)

According to Gary Engel's "Japanese Baseball Card Checklist and Price Guide", "each [insert] card is a metallic silver hologram of the player's regular issue 1992 BBM card".  If that's meant to imply that the picture on a player's regular 1992 card and his 1992 hologram are the same, then it's inaccurate as  the Hiromistu Ochiai cards will demonstrate:

 UPDATE: Here's images of the packaging materials for Series One:

Box For Series One

Series One Wrapper

Promo For Series 1


IM said...

They are making caps with the Daiei helmet design now.

NPB Card Guy said...

Very nice! Thanks!