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Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Release: Orix Buffaloes Rookies & Young Stars

A few teams have had some boxed sets this year that weren't issued by BBM: Carp, Lions, BayStars, and now the Buffaloes.
 The Buffaloes set is made by the same company that released the Lions and BayStars sets, as all contain the same "ry STARS" logo you see on the front and back of the card. The company has played with the set design over the year; I think the Lions received one single card design, the BayStars had several designs, and the Buffaloes have just one (with a variation). All the cards feature the team logo at the top with the "ry STARS" logo beneath. The bottom of the card has a three-line banner with ORIX Baseball Club or ORIX Buffaloes, the player's jersey number, name, and position, and finally the name of the set. Members of the 2013 All-Star team are noted on the fronts between the team logo and ry STARS logo.

Cards 1-11 have a dark blue color scheme, 12-17 use pink, 18-21 have lighter blue (seen above), and 22-27 return to the dark blue color but also use a jersey-styled "R" in the background of the photo. Cards 1-11 are the manager and stars, 12-17 are young stars, 18-21 feature former BlueWave legends, and 22-27 are rookies.
The backs have the same photo as the front in the upper half, with a long write-up at the bottom. Cards are numbered in the lower-left and say "Copyright ORIX BUFFALOES" but they do not have a year or manufacturer information.

The 27-card set was sold in box-set form along with autographed cards. One autographed card was inserted in each box; some "hot" boxes could have multiple autographs.

The autograph issues break down as follows:

  • A seven-card regular autographed set with black ink signatures and a red ink signature parallel.
  • Two combo-signature cards with red ink parallels.
  • Four "Foreigner" signature cards with red ink parallels.
  • Six "Young Star" autographed cards with red and blue ink versions.
  • BlueWave Legends Combo cards (2 cards) with red ink parallels.
  • Six Rookie autographs with red and blue ink versions.

Note that blue ink versions might replace the black or red ink versions; it's difficult to tell. With 27 autographed cards, I think everybody appears in the set on one autographed card; the All Star members have second autographs on the two combo-signature cards, and the Legends only have combo autographs.

It appears the manufacturer of the set is named Frontier International.

The boxes are quite expensive for a small set and a single autographed card, though I guess buying a case would possibly give you a hot box or two and I'm guessing that a couple good pulls will net bulk buyers a decent profit - a single-digit serial-numbered dual-legend autograph card will bring big bucks in Japan.


  1. I've been unsuccessfully trying to track down more info on these sets for the past few months. That "ry" is difficult to decipher - I was thinking it could be "14" or "rl" also. Jason was looking into it since he has amazing skills at finding stuff online but all he was able to find was the "Frontier International" web page. He thinks that they may be a company like "Multi-Ad" that contracts with teams to make card sets. They also produced the "Athlete Magazine" Carp sets.

  2. I'm going to stick with "ry" because of the name of the set, but it'll be interesting to see if it's really something else.