Size: 321 cards (cards numbered 337-600, the 21 cards of "Ceremonial First Pitch" subset are separately numbered FP01-FP21 and 36 cards for "Cross Sunrise" subset are separately numbered CS37-CS72)
Cards Per Team: 19 (team card + 18 players)
Team Card Theme: Early Season Candids
Number Of Leader Cards: N/A
Subsets: 1st Version Update (36), Ceremonial First Pitch (21), Cross Sunrise (36)
Inserts: Franchise Builder (12), Young Core (12), Phantom (12, #'d to 25)
Memorabilia Cards: Jersey cards for Koji Chikamoto and Ryosuke Tatsumi, both of which are #'d to 200. There's also a combination jersey card featuring both Chikamoto and Tatsumi but I'm not sure what the print run is on it. There is definitely a patch version of the combination card that is #'d to 5. I think there are also patch versions of the single player jersey cards but I don't know what their print run is. There are autographed cards for players that use a landscape version of the "Cross Sunrise" cards and autographed versions of the "Cermonial First Pitch" cards - not sure of the print runs for them but I don't think they all have the same number of cards.
Parallels: 12 cards (one per team) have a "Secret" version which is a short printed photo variation. 12 other cards (also one per team) have an "Ultra Secret" version which is an even shorter printed photo variation. 72 (6 per team) of the player cards have five different facsimile autograph parallel - silver (unnumbered), gold (#'d to 100), hologram (#'d to 50), red (#'d to 25) and green (#'d to 10). Each "Cross Sunrise" card has two parallels - one that's #'d to 100 and a "1 of 1" version. There are three different parallels for the "Ceremonial First Pitch" cards - silver (#'d to 250), gold (#'d to 100) and holographic (#'d to 25). The "Franchise Builder" inserts have a parallel version that's numbered to 150 while the "Young Core" cards have one numbered to 50.
Notable Rookies: None
So for the fifth year in a row BBM's 2nd Version set is following the same pattern. In the base set there's 216 player cards (18 per team), 12 team checklists, 36 "1st Version Update" cards (3 per team) and 36 "Cross Something" cards (also 3 per team). The only change in the base set from year to year is the number of "Ceremonial First Pitch" cards - this year there are 21 of them.
Beyond the base set there are a couple new things with this set though. The Parallelpalooza has expanded to include three(!) separate parallels of the "Ceremonial First Pitch" cards. BBM also decided that after three years having "Secret" versions of cards wasn't enough so they added "Ultra Secret" versions to the mix. The "Ultra Secret" versions are (obviously) rarer than the already short-printed "Secret" versions.
Getting back to the base cards...as usual the cards look nice and as usual the photo selection is somewhat monotonous although perhaps not as bad as usual. Here are some examples:
There's about 37 players who have regular cards in this set and did not appear in this year's 1st Version set. This includes a bunch of foreign players like Kyle Martin of the Lions, Raidel Martinez and Joely Rodriguez of the Dragons, Yurisbel Gracial and Livan Moinelo of the Hawks, David Huff of the Swallows and Edwin Escobar of the Baystars. With the 36 cards from the "1st Version Update" subset that makes 73 players that appear in this set that weren't in 1st Version.
One note - both players who have memorabilia cards in the set also have regular cards in it. That doesn't sound like an extraordinary thing but it's the first time in three years that it's the case.
The 36 card "1st Version Update" as usual features players who for whatever reason didn't make it into this year's 1st Version set. A lot of times these are players who were late in signing with their teams but I don't think anyone falls into that category this year. The biggest name is probably Munetaka Murakami of the Swallows who's breaking the record for home runs by a rookie (his rookie card was last year but he is still considered a rookie in NPB due to only having 12 games with the ichi-gun squad last year). Some of the other well known players are Kensuke Tanaka, Louis Okoye Kona Takahashi, Atushi Nohmi, Yudai Ohno and Yuya Yanagi. Taylor Jungmann of the Giants is the only foreign player in the subset. Here's a couple examples: