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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Set Gallery: 2002 Upper Deck Ichiro Yunker Special Edition

Ichiro was the biggest thing in baseball as far as Japan was concerned in 2002. After his amazing "rookie" season, companies were quick to take advantage of Ichiro Mania. One interesting promotion was with a health drink called Yunker. I'm not sure what the actual requirement was, but by buying Yunker you got Ichiro cards.

After my "discovery" last November, I've been keeping my eyes open for full sets. I grabbed a nearly-complete set along with the mini-album to hold it, and finally got my last card a couple weeks ago. The final card was #19.

Shown below are the 20 cards in the set, front and back. The design remains the same, and the stat lines are identical, but the cards sequentially tell the story of Ichiro's MLB career from April 2001 through early May, 2002.




















Friday, May 4, 2018

New Serial-Numbered Cards: The BBM Scheme

In my quest to accumulate type cards, I find myself sometimes getting lucky with single sellers offering lots of parallel inserts at good prices. This will give a bit of a clue as to how BBM is doing its insert parallels for team sets this year, at least.
 First, this isn't a parallel, but I now have a Printed Autographed Card from 2018 BBM Icons: Fanfare.
 Hopeful Teen, base insert card. Why did I get this? I thought I was getting a parallel. Oh well.
 Here is the #/90 parallel for Swallows Rising. These are identified as Gold Foilboard.
 #/75 Swallows Rising. The Holofoil version can best be called "Sparkle".
 #/75 Injected Power. Again, Sparkle design.
 Swallows Rising #/50. Given the similarity to a Bowman parallel, this is best called Cracked Ice. BBM calls this Gold Holofoil.
 Hopeful Teen #/50. Again, Cracked Ice.
 Bear Fruit #/50. Cracked Ice again.
And Injected Power #/50 is also a Cracked Ice style parallel.

While these are all Swallows parallels, looking at auctions for other parallels with the same name, it appears that BBM will use identical formulas for parallels this year. (Note that BBM does occasionally change things for a few teams; the Giants and Carp both usually deviate somewhat from the regular team set releases.)