The latest issue of Sports Card Magazine (#106) hit the newsstands in Japan last Saturday. It's the usual mixed bag of articles and ads that are of limited appeal to non-Japanese readers. The issue has a full color listing of all the BBM cards for Tomoyuki Sugano (around 54 in only a year and a half) along with nice full color ads for a bunch of new BBM releases, including 2nd Version, Giants, Dragons, 90's All Star Memories, 80th Anniversary Batters Edition, and the new team box sets for the Fighters, Lions, Tigers, and Hawks (2 different ones). There's also ads for the new Dancing Heroine set (Mai), a box set for the Hawks cheerleaders (the Honeys) called "Honeys Flash!!" and a J-League set. There's an actual article on the 80th Anniversary Batters Edition set in the "newsprint" section of the magazine (so it's in black and white). There are checklists for a bunch of the new releases, including the 2nd Version set which will be out next week. One thing I learned from the magazine is that the "Ceremonial First Pitch" cards in the 2nd Version set will be numbered separately from the rest of the set. I'm assuming that they are still considered part of the base set but I don't know that for sure.
SCM rotates the checklist/price guides that appear in every issue. This month's issue has non-BBM baseball issues - Calbees from 1973 on (with the exception of the 1977-79 issues) as well as Lotte, Tomy, Kanebo, Future Bee, Broccoli, Upper Deck and Epoch/OB Club as well as a couple issues I don't recognize off hand (someone did a Randy Bass set in 2000?).
The "Best Item Of This Month" is the BBM Pitchers Spirits Of Carp set and the "Best Card Of This Month" is the Daichi Ohsera autograph card from that set. The Rookie cards on the "Hot List" are (in order) Daichi Ohsera (2014 BBM 1st Version), Allen Kuri (2014 BBM 1st Version), Yuki Matsui (2014 BBM 1st Version), Seiji Kobayashi (2014 BBM 1st Version), Masahiro Tanaka (2007 BBM 1st Version), Daichi Ohsera (2014 Calbee), Yuki Matsui (2014 Calbee), Daiki Tohmei (2014 BBM 1st Version), Tomoya Mori(2014 BBM 1st Version) and Yuta Yoshida (2014 BBM 1st Version). Ohsera is well represented in the top 10 Autograph & Memorabilia cards at #1 (2014 BBM Carp), #3 (2014 BBM Carp with Takeru Imamura) and #4 (the aforementioned "Best Card" from the Spirits Of Carp set). Masahiro Tanaka shows up twice on the list (#5 from the 2007 BBM Eagles set and #7 from the 2013 Genesis set) as does Shohei Ohtani (#6 and #9 which I think are both from the 2014 BBM Fighters set). The remaining three cards are Yuki Matsui (#2 from the 2014 BBM Eagles set), football player Keisuke Honda (#8, don't know the set) and Tomoe Nonoyama (#10 from the 2014 BBM Dancing Heroine Hana set).
Of course, the best part of SCM is the baseball cards. Once again there are twelve. Six of them are the latest Cosmic Cross cards. The other six are all bonus cards for the 2nd Version set. Three of them are late signing foreign players - Rhiner Cruz and Zach Lutz from the Eagles, and Joey Butler from the Buffaloes. The others are (I think) former Ikusei players who made their ichi-gun teams this year - Abner Abreu of the Lions, Yuya Iida of the Hawks and Kohei Mantani of the Baystars.
|SCM #266 (2nd Version #697)|
|SCM #267 (2nd Version #698)|
|SCM #268 (2nd Version #699)|
|SCM #269 (2nd Version #700)|
|SCM #270(2nd Version #701)|
|SCM #271 (2nd Version #702)|
I'm a little disappointed that they didn't have a card of Yulieski Gurriel but it's still pretty cool having bonus cards in the set.
UPDATE: YakyuBaka posted a list of all the player moves from the beginning of the season until today (the "Trade And New Contract" deadline). The cut-off for BBM's 2nd Version set is usually around May 20. The three new foreign players (Cruz, Lutz and Butler) all signed after that so none of them would have been expected to make 2nd Version. Abreu's upgrade from ikusei status also came after that date but the other two players could have been included in the set (but weren't, not even in the 1st Version Update).
And looking at the ad in SCM for 2nd Version, I just now noticed that Yulieski Gourriel is included in the 1st Version update subset, so the deadline is more like June 2nd this year.