When all you see from a card company is set after set of the same thing, posting about them becomes somewhat monotonous. People talk about Topps doing the same old thing, but when you see 12 sets issued by BBM in one year with essentially the same layout, plus several others following the same formula, you have to wonder.
Of course, I'm talking about BBM team sets. I like their existence and they certainly serve a purpose, but it seems like there isn't much effort put into the design process. Base cards with stats, subset and insert cards with the same picture on the front and back. One 9-card insert set. Autograph cards. Rinse and repeat.
BBM's topical sets follow a basic formula too, though at least with them I can enjoy some of the topics: no-hitters, foreigners, and so on. Their latest release commemorates Japanese professional baseball's 80th anniversary. This set has only pitchers, which implies that there will be a hitters set to follow.
Many of the players can be found in other sets, of course. But it's a nice design, and because I'm assuming there will be at least one more set in this series, I think it'll make for a good, if not complete, collection of Japanese baseball's best. So if the price is right, I'm going to buy a complete set of my own.