So the cards finally came out late in the season - not a problem, as they usually issued a third series later in the season anyway. But this late release did cancel that third series. Instead of making up for that with an expanded base set, they stuck to their formula.
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The special box limited card set is titled Opening Day Pitchers (開幕投手), and as you might guess features the starting pitchers for each team's Opening Day. That makes this set 12 cards deep, with an OP- prefix.
Moving on to Samurai Japan, this is the second year Calbee has issued a limited set featuring the Japanese national baseball team. This year's set has 36 cards including a checklist.
Both base cards and their parallels have a holofoil style background that Calbee uses on its premium inserts. The team home plate logo is at the bottom along with the player's last name.
The parallels have a gold foil "signature" of sorts - I believe these are just calligraphy forms of the players' names instead of facsimiles of original player autographs. Parallels also have "Samurai Japan" and the player's jersey number beneath the player's gold name.
The Samurai Japan set has no other insert sets or subsets.