Perhaps BBM is listening to us, at least ever so slightly.
Where 2015 and most of 2016 was pretty stale here in terms of card offerings, the last few months have seen some new ideas on the shelves. There was the multisport offering Masterpiece, the reboot of Historic Collection called Fusion, and the nostalgic Time Travel 1975. All of those are part of my collection now.
And in January of 2017, BBM also tried a couple new ideas outside of baseball. There's a Japanese basketball league set now, and BBM "rebooted" its women-in-sports set. The title has changed from Real Venus to Shining Venus, but honestly the set seems to be basically the same.
Those of you familiar with Real Venus should recognize the formula of three cards per subject, with a posed shot, action shot, and street clothing shot. So the base set is essentially the same.
Moving on to the inserts:
Nine inserts, just as before. Two photos on the front, with the background photo reproduced on the back. And they're wearing street clothes here too. Not much change for Sparkle Venus.
Parallels for the base set are: gold foil signature, #/80, and hologram foil signature, #/30. Sparkle Venus has a parallel #/100 where the foil background has a more holographic reflection. I haven't seen any other parallels.
Of course, the real draw are the autographs. The breakdown is as follows:
- normal autographs (75-150 serial numbered copies each, 29 cards)
- street clothing autographs (40-60 copies each, 29 cards)
- special autographs (30 copies each, 9 cards)
- combo autographs (30 copies each, 5 cards)
- rookie limited autographs (30 copies each, 20 cards)
- Valentine's message (inscriptions but not really autographs) (30 copies each, 12 cards)
- New Year's autographs (30 copies each, 5 cards)
- cheki (polaroids) with autographs (8-30 copies each, 28 cards)
- combo cheki (polaroids) with autographs (10-12 copies each, 3 cards)
With 29 total subjects, all 29 have at least two types of autographs. The set structure is essentially the same, but as you can see above, 20 of the 29 women are "rookies" so the "new" part of Shining Venus might be using a fresh group of stars.
As familiar as the Real Venus card structure is, it's a formula that works. I'm glad it's the same, and I'm happy to see a large group of new subjects.