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Friday, September 1, 2017

New Release: 2017 Epoch Tigers

The Tigers set from Epoch has a little bit more to its design than the others - actual fading and interaction between the photo and its borders. I think it's a bit nicer than the other sets, though at the same time I like cards that don't hide the background.
 The base set has 36 cards.
 One-star variations: photo variations.
 Two-star variations: photo variations.

Epoch has been issuing sets with up to six variation levels. However, the Tigers set is the first to have two different photo variations. Jambalaya doesn't have three-star variations, so Epoch might have stopped with just three sets of variations.

Signature Parallel cards have facsimile autographs in three variations: Red (PA- prefix), Silver (PB-), and Gold (PC-). An image of the gold facsimile can be seen below. (Note that two parallels of print signature cards would give this set just two-fewer variation/parallel sets.) I wasn't able to find any facsimile autographs when I visited the shop, but that's because they appear to be much less common than the other print signature cards Epoch has released; in fact, based on images online, I believe they're on foilboard and about as rare as the insert sets.
Here's Epoch's promo image. Holografika inserts come in various subsets: Sluggers (10), Hurlers (9), Rookies (8), and Combos (9). Furthermore, twenty different autographs are available via Epoch's points system.
I found this promo card at the shop; Itohara's regular card doesn't have such a large rookie logo or text. This design reminds me a lot of mid-1990s Score baseball card sets.

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