Anyway, onto the set. This is the second year that BBM has issued a set called Fusion and this set is very similar to the one they issued last year. The set has 144 cards which break down into four distinct groups - a nine card "1st Version Update" subset, a nine card "Ceremonial First Pitch" subset, a 24 card "Leader" subset and 102 "regular" player cards.
The nine "1st Version Update" cards are numbered 601 to 609 so they pick up right where this year's 2nd Version set left off. Four of the players in the subset are late signing foreign players (Wily Mo Pena, Roel Santos, Chris Marrero and Carlos Rivero), three of the players were traded during the season (Luis Mendoza, Toshiaki Kurobane and Keisuke Tanimoto) and the other two were foreign ikusei players who were promoted to the ichi-gun team during the season (Xavier Batista and Livan Moinelo).
|Back of #605|
The remaining 102 cards in the set are the "regular" player cards. These are split evenly between active and OB players. Like last year's set, each of the active players (and manager) featured had some achievement that the card is commemorating and then there's a corresponding OB player who had accomplished some sort of related achievement. For example, on April 7th of last season Takuya Katoh of the Carp nearly pitched a no-hitter in his first start. This is featured on card #007. Card #008 features OB player Shinichi Kondoh who threw a no-hitter in his first start in 1987.
|#007 & #008|
|Regular and Secret Versions of #097|