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Thursday, August 17, 2017

New Release: 2017 BBM Hawks

The final team set issued by BBM in 2017 went to the Hawks. Issued at the end of July, the set follows the standard 2017 BBM team set formula.
The regular base cards have a borderless design with a fading background. Players make up the first 68 cards.
Card #H69 is a "regular card" but the design is different, as it features two of the team's mascots.
The first three subset cards (#H70-72) is Cutting Edge. Stats on the back compare 2016 to the first 10 weeks of 2017.
I like the design of First Headlines (#H73-76). They feature early-season highlights written up on the back.
The final five cards (#H77-81) is Heavy Hitters Squad, with the team's best hitters. Stats on the back are for the first 10 weeks of the season and are broke down by opponent.

The 18 insert cards are split into three sets. Each set has a trio of parallel versions: Gold #/90, Holo #/75, and Gold and Holo #/50.
Elite Selection is the largest set, with 9 cards. The front design might be my favorite insert design of the year.
No Limit has 6 cards. I'm not sure how Elite Selection and No Limit are different other than their background designs.
Hero Comes Back rounds out the final three insert cards, and all three commemorate the return of Munenori Kawasaki to the Hawks. So yes, all three cards in this set are Kawasaki.
 The cross-set Phantom inserts finish here with 12 cards, all #/25.
 The usual autographed cards can be found for the entire team, numbered to 60 or less.
 Two combo autographs #/5 and four rookie autographs #/10 were also included.
 Finally, nine silver foilboard autographs #/10, and gold foilboard 1/1 parallels were also included, as found in other sets.

Note, the images above of Phantom and autograph cards are BBM promotional images.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New Release: 2017 BBM Tigers: Heat

Okay, I'm back from vacation! Let's get back to the new release posts that I'm still quite behind on.

Tigers Heat is a premium box set in a series; the design is the same as the other Heat cards with team color changes making up the only real differences.

Each box includes one full set, an insert card, and two autographs. Retail price is 12,000 yen, and the set was released at the end of June.
The base set is 27 cards. The flames and Heat logo/design at the center is done in foil.
 There are nine inserts total, called Golden Tiger.
 Regular autographed cards appear for what seems to be the entire Tigers roster, not just the 27 regular card subjects. These are horizontally-oriented. Print runs range from 10 to 60 copies each.
Special autographed cards for 25 players also were issued with a print run of 10 cards each.

Monday, August 7, 2017

New Release: 2017 BBM Dragons

Next up in the team set parade is BBM's set for the Dragons. This set was released in mid-July, so it's not that old.
Cards 1-69 are regular cards for all of the team's players, with card #70 featuring the team's mascots.
The four card New Face subset features players who recently joined the team from other teams or leagues.
Finally, Lord of Dragons is a seven-card set with some of the team's best players. The backs have stats for the beginning of the 2017 season.

Like the BayStars set I posted about yesterday, the Dragons set has several small insert sets.
Achievements (3 cards) has a nice graphical back with players who have reached milestones in their career.
The three-card Hot Blood set looks red.
No Mercy is a four-card insert set with a popup ad below the set title. At least, that's how I describe the box with the player's information on the front.
Top Prospects has four rookies or younger players.
The team's four strongest hitters are in the Smash insert set.

Gold parallels of the above insert sets are #/90, Holo #/60, and Gold Holo #/30.

The Phantom (#/25) insert set has 12 Dragons players.

Autograph cards are numbered to 60 or less for all of the players; there is one player combo card #/3 and the #/60 mascot dual-autograph card. Nine Silver autograph cards are #/10 with a Gold 1/1 parallel. Rookie Autographs (#/10) round out the offerings with six cards.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

New Release: 2017 BBM BayStars

One of the most popular team sets issued every year is the for the BayStars. This year's set is exactly the same as the others in terms of composition. Let's have a look.
The 81-card base set starts with 69 regular cards including the mascot card.
The first subset is a three-card puzzle for Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh. The front puzzle shows Tsutsugoh's swing.
The three-card Yokohama Pride subset is next.
Three cards commemorate the team's 2014-2016 First Draft Pick choices.
Finally, two players are in the Vital to V subset. Card #81 is a checklist.

Moving on to the inserts, the BayStars have several different three-card insert sets.
Great Fielding has great fielders.
Great Batting has great batters.
Great Pitching has great pitchers.
Promising Future has younger players with a promising future.
Elite Reliever features the team's elite relievers.
Finally, New Foreign Expert highlights the team's three new foreign experts.

At least the inserts have some sort of focus to their names. All of the above insert sets have three parallels: Gold #/90, Holo #/75, and Gold Holo #/50.

Phantom is a 12-card insert set limited to 25 copies each, as found in all of this year's team sets.

All players have autographed cards, numbered up to 60 copies each. The mascot combo autographed card is also serial numbered to 60 copies. Silver autographs (nine cards) are numbered to 5 of 10; there are two Silver Combo autograph cards numbered to 5 as well. The silver autographs have a gold parallel #1/1. Finally, nine Rookie Autograph cards are serial numbered to 10 copies each.

BBM also announced a promo set #PR01-PR11, with cards 10 and 11 being insert parallels.