Monday, November 30, 2015

Sports Card Magazine #114

I received the newly published Sports Card Magazine #114 in the mail today.  Like issue #108 that came out this time last year, the focus of this issue is the upcoming "Real Venus" set from BBM, a set dedicated to female athletes.  Looking back at the list of back issues of SCM, it appears that this particular issue (the one released in late November of each year) is more often then not showcasing this set.

The cover story is for Rythmic Gymnast Airi Hatakeyama.  There's also about three other pages dedicated to the other athletes in the set (there are 31 in all).  There's also a full page ad for the set in the "New Card Information" section.

The rest of the "New Card Information"section contained half page ads for the "Swallows 3 Sluggers" and "Hiroki Kuroda Homecoming" sets, a full page ad for the upcoming "Dragons 80th Anniversary" set and a two page spread for the "Stadium Story" set.  There were also full page ads for the "Legend"  sumo set and the "Very Merry Xmas" female bowling set along with a two page ad for a set for Japan's Rugby league.

The "Best Cards" list is:

Best Card Of This Month:  2015 BBM Genesis Shohei Ohtani authentic ball card autographed edition
Best Item Of This Month:  2015 BBM 25th Anniversary

Hot Card Lists
1. 2013 BBM 1st Version Shohei Ohtani (#183)
2. 2015 BBM 1st Version Yasuaki Yamasaki (#291)
3. 2015 BBM 1st Version Hayato Takagi (#188)
4. 2015 BBM 1st Version Takayoshi Noma (#237)
5. 2015 BBM 1st Version Tomohiro Anaraku (#156)
6. 2015 BBM 1st Version Shogo Nakamura (#102)
7. 2015 BBM 1st Version Kazuma Okamoto (#186)
8. 2015 BBM 1st Version Shun Lin Haru (#111)
9. 2015 BBM 1st Version Kona Takahashi (#131)
10. 2015 BBM 1st Version Daiki Osama (#075)

Autograph & Memorabilia:
1. 2015 BBM 25th Anniversary Shohei Ohtani autograph card
2. 2015 BBM Genesis Shohei Ohtani authentic ball card autographed edition card
3. 2015 BBM 25th Anniversary Shohei Ohtani/Yu Darvish Combo Jersey card
4. 2015 BBM 25th Anniversary Yoshinobu Takahashi/Hideki Matsui Combo Jersey card
5. 2015 BBM 25th Anniversary Shohei Ohtani Cap card
6. 2015 BBM Genesis Shintaro Fujinami autograph card
7. 2015 BBM Baystars Yasuaki Yamasaki autograph card
8. 2015 BBM 25th Anniversary Masahiro Tanaka/Yu Darvish Combo Jersey card
9. 2015 BBM Genesis Tetsuto Yamada authentic ball card autographed edition card
10. 2015 BBM Hippy Hippy Shake Rika Honda autograph card

The "newsprint" section of the magazine has a three page article associated with the "Stadium Story" set.  It looks like they've got a listing of events for several different old ballparks but I haven't taken the time to try to figure out which ones.  There's also a two pages of some sort of box break competition between four collectors opening boxes of the "25th Anniversary" set.  The "New Card List" section contains the checklists for all the sets advertised in the color section and the "old card" checklist and price guide lists wresting cards along with most 2015 card issues.

The six cards included with the issue are all promo cards for Real Venus (actually I don't know for sure if they are promos of cards in the set or alternate versions).  One of the cards is of Minami Takatsuka, an outfielder for Tohoku Reia of the Japan Woman's Baseball League (JWBL).

SCM #350
The other cards are Yu Amano (Table Tennis), the afore-mentioned Airi Hatakeyama, Ayaka Satoh (Unicycling), Yuka Satoh (Javelin Throw) and Haruka Funakubo (Judo).  I scored a parallel card of Hatakeyama - it's got some sort of kira finish on it:

SCM #352


SumoMenkoMan said...

What's the easiest way to get copies of SCM here in America?

NPB Card Guy said...

Amazon Japan will ship SCM directly to your US address. I wrote up a post about this a few years ago when I first figured it out.

SumoMenkoMan said...

Thanks for pointing me to that post. Will have to give it a shot. Do you think the cards will be marketable on eBay? Meaning I'd be interested in selling the cards (minus any sumo cards) to recoupe some of my costs...mostly interested in the pictures and articles. I did a quick a look on eBay and didn't see any for sale at the moment.

NPB Card Guy said...

There's one seller I've seen who sells them - how successful he is at it I don't know. He's a regular reader of the blog so maybe he'll chime in...