The People's Honor Award is an actual award in Japan, not just a fabricated name by BBM. It was created in 1977 and is given by the Prime Minister to a select few entertainers and sports figures, generally for international fame which reflects well upon Japan. Four baseball players have received the award, of the 23 commendations given so far.
It took several months for BBM to get the set out, but one of the early (March) 2014 box sets was this 18-card issue with cards for all four players. Each player received four cards with images from their playing days. Cards 17 and 18 have photos from the ceremony held in May 2013 for Nagashima and Matsui.
Each box comes with one complete 18-card set plus one random special card from the sets below.
- Shigeo Nagashima: 10 copies (on-card)
- Sadaharu Oh: 14 copies (sticker)
- Sachio Kinugasa: 60 copies (sticker)
- Hideki Matsui: 30 copies (sticker)
The next-rarest version uses red foil, and is numbered to 120 copies.
The rarest version uses a holographic foil, and is limited to 77 copies each (Oh's card, F01, has only 75 copies). Nagashima is numbered F03, so Kinugasa should be F02 and Matsui F04.
It's interesting to compare Nagashima's current actual autograph to his foil autograph.
With 114 total autographs in the product, each 12-box case only has one signature on average. However, each box retails for 8000 yen!