The 2009 base set contained 51 cards, the 2010 set contained 54 cards and the 2012 set had 49 cards. Each card represented one player from the game as there were no subsets. As is standard for BBM, each box included a bonus autograph or memorabilia card and as is standard for me, I didn't get any sets that had the bonus card (the set Dan sent me actually came from George originally who pulled an Isao Harimoto auto from his unopened set).
There are 77 different players who appear at least in at least one of these sets. 31 of those 77 appear in all three sets. The players run the gamut from very famous (there are five Hall Of Famers and six Meikyukai members) to extremely obscure (Tatsuya Shiokawa) with a lot of guys falling in between. There's only one foreign player - Randy Bass. The oldest players are Eiji Bando and Harimoto while the youngest player was Shiokawa. Here's a list of all the players who appear in the sets:
|Player||DOB||2009||2010||2012||Hall Of Fame||Meikyukai|
|Naitoh, Naoyuki "Gyaos"||1968-07-24||x|
|Satoh, Kazuhiro "Punch"||1964-12-03||x||x||x|
|Yamamoto, Koji (1946)||1946-10-25||x||x||x||2008||x|
|Yamamoto, Koji (1951)||1951-12-25||x|
Here are two sample cards from each set:
|09 BBM The Premium Malts #10|
|09 BBM The Premium Malts #45|
|2010 BBM The Premium Malts #04|
|2010 BBM The Premium Malts #53|
|2012 BBM The Premium Malts #25|
|2012 BBM The Premium Malts #01|
These are kind of fun little sets although I'm not sure I've really missed BBM continuing to do them. Part of the problem I have with the sets is that the same players appear over and over. I suspect there's been enough turnover in the players who appear in the games since 2012 that a new set would be more interesting. Some of the players who appeared in last year's game include Atsuya Furuta, Akinori Iwamura, Tadashi Settsu, Yoshinobu Takahashi and Kei Igawa - it might be fun to see what they look like now that they've been retired for awhile.
Thanks to George and Dan for getting me the 2012 set.