The 104 player cards include the players taken in both the regular and ikusei drafts. The big names in this year's set (so far anyway) are former Osaka Toin teammates Kyota Fujiwara (Marines) and Akira Neo (Dragons). This is the fourth year in a row that the players are framed in a geometric figure. BBM has returned to circles this year, which they did in 2016, after doing triangles in 2017 and pentagons last year. NPB teams hold press conferences over the winter to introduce the newly drafted players and BBM uses photos from these events for the Rookie Edition set. The problem with this is that the photos are always relatively uninteresting, just showing players posing with a ball or bat or making a "guts" pose. I find this to be the most annoying thing about the set each year. I've been saying for quite a few years now that this set would be a lot more interesting if they used photos of the players in their college, high school, industrial league or independent minor league uniforms rather than ones from the press conference. This is somewhere where Epoch could mount a serious challenge to BBM if they were willing to do the legwork for the licensing and produce a rival set.
Like last year, BBM did "secret" versions of the 12 1st round draft picks. While the "secret" versions in the 1st and 2nd Versions and the Fusion sets have featured more interesting photos, the ones for Rookie Edition simply feature a different boring photo than the original.
The "drafted player list" card is simply a list of all the draft picks. There's no pictures on it and it really doesn't serve any purpose I can tell other than to get the number of cards in the set to be divisible by 9.
I complain about this set every year but I do feel like it's a must buy every year. It's just that you won't really know who the good players in the set are for a few years.
You can see all the cards (including the "secret" versions and insert cards) over at Jambalaya.