Last Sunday, I made the rounds from store to store, doing some end-of-the-month shopping. One of my stops was the Mint Ikebukuro location, where I noticed they had just put out their Calbee Series 1 singles. They even had the bags of chips still sitting off to the side. I'm not sure what they do with them.
I flipped through the cards, but didn't buy any. I wanted to wait and see what I could get from packs myself. I was also looking for graham crackers in markets, for a friend who wanted to make a cheesecake. I didn't get any graham crackers (they're really tough to find here), and I didn't see any Calbee baseball chips on Sunday. But Monday afternoon I went to another store for a little shopping and noticed they had a fresh "case" of Calbee Pro Yakyu chips ready to go on the shelves. The woman was very nice to open the box for me, probably happy that I would be making her stocking job easier. I grabbed 10 bags; here are the first 5 packs.
There are six insert sets in Series 1, though five of them have between 2 and 4 cards each. I'm not aware of any "limited" printing on the subsets or inserts, although the Starcard set could be limited. Time will tell. There usually is a gold foil signature parallel of the Starcard set, too. Calbee is doing a Lucky Winner card this year too! Hopefully I can pull one of those cards and get the special binder and one of the lucky cards... actually I think you get both lucky cards with the binder.
Five down, five to go from my first purchase. I might be inspired to completely build the 2014 set by hand. I'd need to buy some cards from the store to finish my set; for a master set I'll need to buy about 60-something bags of chips if I don't pull any duplicates (124 cards including the "inserts"). Ten a week, yup. I can do that... just gotta get my coworkers to eat some of the chips.