In contrast to the MLB, single player sets are fairly common in Japan. A few sets are released every year for superstars who have extraordinary years or are recently retired - see yesterday's post about Maeda's set as an example. The other go-to is the classic Japanese star, and there are two that seem to show up every few years: Sadaharu Oh and Shigeo Nagashima.
Epoch issues a handful of sets for retired players every year, usually focusing on a topic, such as Rookie of the Year awards. This year, their first release is a beautiful box set for Shigeo Nagashima. While the set isn't as big as BBM's Legend set for Sadaharu Oh, it has a great design and comes in a much nicer box. I hope to be able to show you the full set in the future including pictures of the boxes. For now, here are a couple cards from the set.
A card gallery of all the base cards is located at this post.
Each box set comes with a special card. There are several special foil signature cards. There are 26 different cards, but they come in various foil versions: silver (#/90), gold (#/?), red (#/?), and holo (#/?). There must be about 129 copies total of each card (3333/26), meaning gold, red, and holo foils combine for around 39 copies each.
3333 box sets were produced. 2973 of those will have a plain fabric suit relic (3 suits, 991 copies each). Because nine boxes will have autographs, 351 "patch" versions of the relic cards were made; 117 from each suit. I'm guessing about 100-110 of those will be "3" die cut cards.
I'll go ahead and mention that this set is *hot* - it is beautifully done and with a guaranteed "relic" from Nagashima they are selling fast. Even the base box sets are very popular. I'm hoping I am able to buy one this weekend for myself!