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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.

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