Thursday, August 17, 2017

KBO Foreigner Set Plus Some Other New Items

- There have been no new KBO sets this year and the KBO sets that have been released over the past few years have not contained cards of foreign players.  Dan Skrezyna of Korean Cardboard is doing something about this - he's putting out a self-published set featuring all the foreign players from the 2016 KBO season.  The set is called "Foreign Attack" and contains 46 cards - 41 cards for all the foreign KBO players from last season, four cards for the four foreign players who have been named MVP of the KBO in its history (Tyrone Woods in 1998, Danny Rios in 2007, Eric Thames in 2015 and Dustin Nippert in 2016) and a checklist card.  The sets are only $23 shipped in the US ($30 shipped overseas although that price is not final) but Dan is only getting 20 of them printed up and at least eight are already spoken for.  If you want a set, contact Dan as soon as you can.  He's also planning on doing a 2017 set.  Dan is hoping to have these sets out by the end of this month.

- After several months of putting out reasonably priced sets of baseball cards, Epoch has jumped back into the premium sets.  First up is a set called "Hankyu Braves Greats" which features..uh...great players from the Hankyu Braves.   The MSRP on each box is 14,040 yen (~$128) although Discount Niki is selling them for 12,960 yen (~$118).  I'm not completely sure but I think each box has just six cards in it - three base set cards, one parallel or foil sign card and two autographed cards.  The base set has 30 cards that include Yutaka Fukumoto, Hisashi Yamada, Boomer Wells, Chico Barbon and Toshiharu Ueda.  The set will be out on September 16th.

- Epoch is also releasing a set called "Dragons Stars & Legends" that features both active and OB players from the Dragons.  Each box has an MSRP of 12,960 yen but again Discount Niki has a discounted price of 12,000 yen (~$110).  I believe that each box contains just six cards but I'm not sure of the breakdown - I'm pretty sure that each box contains at least one autographed card.  The base set has 47 cards and there is some sort of parallel version of it as well as the autographed cards.  Some of the OB players include Eiji Bando, Kazuyoshi Tatsunami, Norihiro Nakamura, Masaru Uno, Kenshin Kawakami and Kazuhiro Wada.  The set will be in stores on September 23rd.

- Hits issued a couple of team based "trading mini-colored paper" sets back in the spring.  Each of these sets featured "cards" of eight different players for the Hawks, Baystars, Carp and Swallows.  Hits is putting out a new version of the Baystars set called "Baystars ver 1.4" where they've now added cards for four new players to the original set.  I'm not completely sure of what's going on with this but I think that each box contains 10 "cards" - four cards of the new players and six of the eight of the original players.  The set comes out on September 9th.

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