Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2013 Bandai Owners League 02 Box Break

For the third year in a row I've used the Amazon gift cards I got for my birthday to pick an unopened box of Bandai's Owners League cards.  This year I picked up a box of the "02" set from 2013 - my hope was to get a Shohei Ohtani card since this was the only Owners League set that had a card of him in his rookie year.

Bandai issued four Owners League sets a year from 2010 to 2015.  They were labelled "01", "02", "03" and "04".  They were some sort of collectible card game - there's a unique code on the back of each card to be used on-line somehow.   I had picked up boxes of the "04" editions from 2011 and 2013 previously - this was my first box of the "02" edition.

The set has 156 total cards available but the base set is actually only 144 cards.  The additional 12 cards are "Legend" cards which features an OB player from each team.  The base set is split into six separate card types - four of which I believe are short printed.  The four short printed types are "Super Star" (12 total - 1 per team), "Infinity" (12 total - I believe all of these are the 1st round picks from the 2012 draft), "Great" (12 total - 1 per team) and "Star" (24 total - 2 per team).  The remaining cards are split between 36 "Black" (3 per team) and 48 "White" cards (4 per team).  This is very similar to how the other sets I've opened boxes for are organized.

The box contained 20 packs which contained three cards each so there was a total of 60 cards in the box.  As with the other two boxes I opened, the box contained no duplicate cards.  Here's a breakdown by card type of what I got:

Legend - 1
Super Star - 1
Infinity - 2
Great - 2
Star - 5
Black - 21
White - 28

I was disappointed that I did not get the Ohtani card from the Infinity cards but I did get a Tomoyuki Sugano card from the same subset so that's almost as good.  Here's an example card from each subset:

#L001 (Legend)

#133 (Super Star)

#002 (Infinity)

#051 (Great)

#017 (Star)

#091 (Black)

#131 (White)
 One of the attractions for the "04" sets for me has been that since they're issued late in the year they are able to feature players who signed too late to be included in BBM's flagship sets (1st & 2nd Version).  I was surprised to discover that a large percentage of the players in this set were also not in BBM's flagship sets from 2013 - 29 of the 59 non-Legend players in the set did not appear in either the 1st or 2nd Version sets that year.  Probably the most interesting player who's in this set and not BBM's is Wil Ledezma, who appeared in 26 games for the Chiba Lotte Marines that year.  His only other Japanese card that I know about is from BBM's Marines team set from that year.

1 comment:

SumoMenkoMan said...

Bummer on not getting an Ohtani. I actually like the looks of these!