Size: 372 cards numbered 1-336, CU01-CU36
Cards Per Team: 28 (team card, manager + 26 players)
Team Card Theme: Spring Training
Number Of Leader Cards: N/A
Subsets: Cross Universe (36)
Inserts: Japonism (12), Gemstone (12), 3D Cross Universe (12)
Memorabilia Cards: Jersey cards for Dennis Sarfate and Yoshihiro Maru (as well as a combination card with both of them). Each individual jersey card is serially numbered to 200 plus a parallel patch version numbered to 25. The combination card is numbered to 10 with a patch parallel version numbered to 5. There are a large number of autograph cards available as well - including ones with multiple autographs
Parallels: 12 regular player cards have a "secret" alternate photo version. 108 regular players cards (9 per team) have facsimile autograph parallels - silver, gold (#'d to 100), holograph (#'d to 50), red (#'d to 25) and green (#'d to 10) - this includes the "secret" versions of the cards as well. 81 of the rookie cards have three numbered parallel versions - "Foilboard" (numbered to 200), "Holo Foilboard" (numbered to 100) and "Lame" (numbered to 50). There's also a blue foil signature for all 12 first round draft picks that I think are numbered to 21. The "Cross Universe" cards have three parallel versions - "Gold Foil" (numbered to 100), "Holo Foil" (numbered to 50) and "1 of 1".. The Gemstone insert cards also have two parallels - "Holofoil" (numbered to 100) and "Special Holofoil" (numbered to 50). The Japonism inserts also have two - "Purple" (numbered to 100) and "Pink" (numbered to 50).
Notable Rookies: Kotaro Kiyomiya, Shosei Nakamura
This is the fourth year in a row that BBM's signature flagship set has followed the same pattern - 324 player (and manager) cards (27 per team), 12 team cards and a 36 card "Cross Something" set that will be continued in the 2nd Version set. I could make my usual complaints - unimaginative poses for the majority of players and including every non-ikusei rookie causing a deserving player (like Seiya Inoue of Lotte) to not be included in the set - but I'd rather talk about the positives for the set. Like that fact that it's really gorgeous. Seriously, BBM put together a nice design and added enough interesting photos (and didn't save all the good ones for the "secret" versions) that the set really shines.
Here's some sample cards. I think the Daichi Ohsera card has one of the most beautiful photos that BBM's ever used on a card.
|#289 (Yohei Ohshima)|
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