Size: 409 cards number 1-408 with two versions of card #137
Cards Per Team: 28 (team card, manager + 26 players)
Team Card Theme: Mascots
Number Of Leader Cards: N/A
Subsets: Genuine Ace (12), Big Slugger (12), Limitless Hope (12), Spirit Of The Team (12), Gods Of Defense (12), Last Guardian (12)
Inserts: Great Hit Makers, Wonder Rookie, Lightning
Memorabilia Cards: Jersey cards for Sho Nakata and Wladimir Balentien (as well as a combination card with both of them). There are 19 "Art Of Auto" autographed cards with print runs that vary between 10 and 25.
Parallels: 108 cards have four different parallel versions - silver, gold (numbered to 100), "Holographic" (numbered to 50) and red (numbered to 25). I believe that the 76 rookie cards have a serially numbered (to 100) parallel. There's are parallel versions of the subset cards and the Great Hit Maker and Wonder Rookie inserts. There is a patch version of the solo jersey cards that are serially numbered to 20.
Notable Rookies: Yuki Matsui, Daichi Ohsera, Seiya "Aja" Inoue
As always, don't take those "Notable Rookies" too seriously - in five year there's likely to be a completely different list.
This post is going to be a bit repetitive of Ryan's post on this set a few months back but I'll do my standard post and hopefully add a little more information to what he's already written. But he's got examples of inserts and parallels there that I'm not going to cover here.
The biggest change with this year's edition of the 1st Version set is that BBM decided not to do the "Leader" subset that would commemorate the statistical leaders and award winners from the 2013 season. BBM had done this subset in every "flagship" set since their first set in 1991. They also have dropped the Best 9 and Golden Glove subsets which had been in every 1st Version set as subsets since 2011. Previously they had been insert sets included in every flagship set since 1997 for the Best 9 cards and 2000 for the Golden Glove cards.
In place of those subsets, BBM added six 12 card subsets. As you can probably guess from the size of the subsets, each one contains one player from each team. The first subset is "Genuine Aces" and features one of the better starting pitchers for each team:
Luckily, however, the saving grace of the set are the regular cards. This is what BBM does best, beautiful photos on a simple minimalist design (although not as minimalist as Calbee):
|Back of #147 (Sho Nakata)|
UPDATE - forgot to add that as usual all the cards can be seen at Jambalaya.
Is there any precedent for correcting Version 1 errors in later releases? I finally started working through the 2014 backlog and as I'm starting this set, I noticed that on #037 Greg Reynolds' first name is spelled "Gerg" on the front.
Not that I'm aware of. I know in the past (pre-2002) they would occasionally correct cards in the flagship sets but I don't think they've done it since they started doing 1st & 2nd Version. I think they've corrected cards in other sets - there used to be a section on the website where they'd apologize for a mistake and (I think) offered some way of getting a corrected card. But I could be wrong.
Can you show an image of the Art of Auto cards? I'm seeing several floating around and not sure what is authentic. Thanks!
I think BBM did "Art Of Auto" cards in both 2013 and 2014 although I'm not positive. There's an image of Ohtani's 2013 one in this post and an auction for a 2014 one of Yoshihisa Hirano here.
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