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Monday, January 26, 2015

Look at the Shiny! A Bunch of Limited Japanese Cards

I picked up a bunch of limited cards recently, and I thought I'd share a few!
 This is a hard-signed card from a 2009 Golden Eagles team issue set. I'm not sure if it's an IP or was part of the original issue, as very little information seems to exist on the Golden Eagles team sets. One of these days I'll spend a bit of time researching it, but for now this card remains a bit of a mystery.
 "Photo Cards" continue to bother me... aren't 99% of baseball cards in existence photo cards anyway? The draw here (besides the limited print run) is the framed image. I believe the image itself is an actual photograph that you would get from film. Perhaps NPB Card Guy or someone else knows more. Again, I could research it myself, but I'm lazy tonight.
 The back gets mini-sized on my blog because it's the same image. This is a foil-signed special card found in box sets honoring Kaneda.
 Lightning was an insert found in packs of 2011 BBM 1st Version, and this is the 100-copy parallel. The foil on the front is different here, and I think it's better this way.
 Also from 1st Version is this gold foil signature parallel (also #/100).
 And also a foil parallel is this "Printed Autographed Card" from the recent Hawks Achievement box set. I like the "stamp" design on the back of the card, and it's numbered out of 50.
 The last two cards are from the Lions team set BBM released last year. This is a parallel from the Lions Den insert set, which has gold foil lettering on the front and is numbered out of 100.
BBM cut back on parallels in team sets last year, but it did create serial-numbered parallels of many of the team set subsets, like Total Package. The fronts have a sort of cracked-ice refractor coating, and they're serial-numbered out of 150.

It's amazing how many parallels I don't have cataloged yet. Many are from 2014, but I discover occasional parallels from the past decade too!


  1. These are cool. That "Lightening" card looks really nice!

  2. Very cool. I'm starting to wonder (and fear) how many numbered Hiroks are out there.

  3. The photo cards are a type of parallel. I think the point is to show a relatively unfettered view of the photo featured on the original card. The one you have is actually a parallel of the "Giants Best 9" insert set from the 2004 Giants 70th Anniversary set (but you probably already know that).

  4. TLC: Yep! If I knew it would be easy, I would probably build the set.

    ZZ: It can't be anywhere near as bad as in the US. BBM does very few 1/1s, and while there are many parallels it's nothing like what Topps does.

    NPB: Yeah, I've kinda figured they're a parallel. I still don't really like them, probably because they're so expensive for what they are. (And yeah, I knew that. I tend to leave out details in these kinds of posts. But it's good that they're there.)