Japanese people love sports. From middle school, all students enroll in a club and generally devote a lot of time to it - it's a really serious thing. Many kids choose sports clubs, and a few sports are very popular here. Of course baseball and soccer are the top two, but gymnastics, badminton, volleyball, and swimming are all sports that my students participate in.
BBM released a 27-card box set featuring nine different swimmers late last year. Each swimmer has three cards in the set.
The first nine cards are action shots:
The second set consists of at-the-pool-but-not-swimming photos:
Finally, the last nine cards are casual shots. I guess Haruka Ueda never leaves the pool, because she just has another poolside photo.
The set was packaged with one special card per box. This could have been a special insert or an autographed card. The set heads to my Women In Sports collection.