Here's how the boxes broke down:
11 short prints - 1 Superstar, 4 Big Star, 6 All Star
53 unique regular cards
56 duplicate regular cards
11 short prints - 1 Superstar, 4 Big Star (but only 3 unique ones), 6 All Star
62 unique regular cards
47 duplicate regular cards
Total for the two boxes
70 unique regular cards
20 unique short prints - 2 Superstar, 7 Big Star, 11 All Star
2 duplicate short prints - 1 Big Star, 1 All Star
148 duplicate regular cards
So I ended up just short of the complete "regular" card set and got a little less than 40% of the short prints. With 90 cards in all, I have about 71% of the total set.
The cards themselves are reasonably attractive. They're a little cluttered on the front with the game playing stuff but the photos are pretty nice looking:
|#063 Deok-Han Yong|
|#088 Eu-Tteum Park|
|#105 Il-Mok Cha|
|#018 Jae-Ho Kim|
|#119 Kyeong-Eon Kim|
|#008 Myung-Gu Kang|
Here's examples of the "Superstar" and "Big Star" cards:
|#043 Byeong-Ho Park|
|#079 Hee-Sang Yoon|
Here's an example "All Star" card. As you can see, it doesn't have any of the game-related text on the front. The backs of these cards are the only ones that show the player's name in English. Curiously, the names are given with the surname last.
|#030 Byung-Kyu Lee|
|Back of #030 Byung-Kyu Lee|
I think the consensus is that this is the first series of cards for the year and there will be an additional series (or more) later this season. I think I will limit myself to only one box of an additional sets, especially if the ratio of short prints to normal cards continues to be so large.
I've got to give a quick thank you to Jason for doing the ridiculously hard work of transcribing all the Korean names from the checklist on the company website into English and entering them into the Inventory Manager over at Sports Card Forum.
So it does look like this is sort of a smaller version of the Baseball Heroes or Owners League type set. I hope it catches on, if only so there are more cards made. But based on your results, and the complaints on the MyKBO.net Facebook page, I hope they do better with the collation in the next series. Maybe just by having a larger base set and fewer short prints, so collectors won't end up with so many duplicates. With that rate of duplicates, they wouldn't even be good trading fodder because everyone else collecting them would be stuck with the same pile of dupes. On the bright side, maybe one or two of these guys will get signed in MLB soon and you'll have a quick return of your investment.
I love that the Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese teams aren't afraid of bright colored uniforms. Except for the all yellow Brother Elephant/Chinatrust Brothers. That's just too much yellow in one place.
It's good to see these out and about. I wouldn't mind getting one of each type for my collection at some point... but that goes without saying.
The collation is actually really bad if you have that many duplicates in a box without a full set. With 109 regular cards in each box, and 72 regular cards in the set, there should be a complete set of the base cards. It would be the SPs that you wouldn't get a full set for.
It reminds me of Panini - I busted Triple Play boxes from 2012 and 2013, and both times the insert and/or sticker collation has been piss poor with duplicates, triplicates, or quadruplicates. At least the base cards worked out pretty well.
At least with a box you get at least one of each type of card; that's something I really appreciate as a type collector.
I'm not so sure these work like BBH or Owners League. I don't see a code anywhere, which makes me wonder how you use them online. How do you prove you have any particular card? I could claim to have all the best cards without actually owning them.
By the way, just because I thought it's worth mentioning, the comment moderation image showed a mailbox. With blurred out everything - no number or name.
"Type the text:"
Ryan - I was already planning on putting a couple aside for you.
There's a couple cards that I got five of between the two boxes. So yeah, the collation really sucked.
That's a good point about the lack of codes. My guess is that they're meant to be used in some sort of table top game against someone else (hence the identical backs so they can't see what you're holding). Which means I'm not exactly sure what the code on the "item" cards unlocks.
I guess Konami's older Field of Nine sets would have been a better comparison. They were strictly in-person trading card game material.
Thanks for all the info about "Super Star Baseball Cards"! I'm an avid fan of the KBO and I started collecting these cards when they were released earlier this year. As you can imagine, I have the same complaints that others have: too many duplicates!
However, in the last week, "SSBC" released the "2014 Season 2" cards ("2014 Season 1" cards being the only cards available up until recently). The S2 cards appear to be different in two ways:
1. The S1 cards come in a dark gray/graphite-colored box/packet, whereas the S2 cards come in a silver box/packet.
2. Where there is a box with an arrow in the lower left corner of the S1 cards, the S2 cards have a square of holographic foil. (On a side note, does anyone know what the arrow from the S1 cards signify?)
Yet, the most important thing I should add is that the S2 cards seem to fill in the gaps in terms of the cards I was not getting from the S1 cards. I don't know if the S2 cards have more of the rarer cards or if I just got lucky. Does anyone have any more info on the difference between the two "Seasons"?
All I know about the new set is the preview I did a couple weeks ago. I just ordered a box off Ebay the other day so I'll know some more in another week or two.
Ahahaha! I read your "Season 2" preview right after I posted my comment. Sorry about that.
Thanks for all the hard work!
Hi Jason, is Rick van den Hurk, Samsung Lions, in the set? Thanks Arno from the Netherlands
I'm not Jason but I'll answer anyway - there are no foreign players in either this set or the second set that was released in August.
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