I haven't featured a card set in a long time - maybe last summer. It's about time, and one of the most recent releases makes the cut this time!
In December, BBM issued a historical set (not to be confused with the Historic Collection) featuring who it considers the best foreign players in NPB's history. The set's name literally translates as "Strongest Legendary Alien" but the prefixes used on the inserts and other set release names makes me believe the correct translation to be something more like "All-Time Greatest Foreigners" - which sounds much more natural. Either way, I love this set and it's the first (and currently only) Japanese baseball set I bought to keep complete. I have a few of the box sets, purchased because they were only a couple hundred yen each but I didn't buy them because I enjoy the sets.
What is so good about it? It features players I know and like (including Cecil Fielder and Julio Franco) on teams and in leagues I don't normally associate them in. This set is the first BBM issue with Cecil Fielder, I think, and probably more than a handful of other players. Plus, the design is solidly attractive and the Off Shot subset has some unique photography.
There seems to be a good bit of interest in this set with collectors in America, so I've decided to dedicate a post to it so you can see the checklist and imagery. If you're interested in singles, let me know; I can pick them up for 50-100 yen each. I might be able to find a set but I don't know what the price will be yet (plus shipping - remember this is 81 cards deep).
I've scanned all the cards in the set and they are shown below in order. There are 81 cards in the set, including the Off Shot subset.
The last nine cards in the set are called Off Shot, and feature candid shots of the players either with other foreigners or in interesting poses. It's a welcome addition to the set - if this was an insert set I would have chased it too.
I'm not sure if BBM will be continuing this idea, but if they keep up the trend of issuing sets like this I'll be collecting more complete NPB releases.