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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New Release: 2017 BBM Saitama Seibu Lions

The team sets just keep coming out. Actually, as of this writing, two BBM sets still have yet to be released, though they will be by the end of the month. This issue made its way to shelves at the end of May.
 The Lions set follows the same formula as the rest, which makes things easy. 81 cards, the first 70 being classified as "regular" as you see above. There are no parallels for this issue.
 Kicking off the subsets is Mega Impact, a 5-card set that seems to be confused as to whether it's a cartoon panel or a newspaper. I still like it for its boldness and departure from the usual.
 Next comes High Velocity, with players who run fast. Three players are on the list here. The back has a month-by month and team-by-team breakdown of stolen bases for the player - a nice collection of stats!
 The final three-card subset is New Energy, with confusing stats on the back. There are two sets of 2017 stats, one for "open" and the other for April 17th. Huh? If it hadn't have been for my horse, I wouldn't have spent that year in college.

Let's move on to the inserts. There are 18 regular inserts.
 Bright Light (6 cards).
 Shutdown Relievers (3 cards).
Center Stage Heroes (9 cards).

What those three inserts actually stand for is generally beyond me. Shutdown Relievers has the three main members of the closing staff. And Center Stage is probably the usual starting nine. Bright Light? New team members, or younger rookies, perhaps? Anyway, all three sets have three parallels each: gold (90 copies), holo (60 copies), and holo with gold (30 copies).

Phantom makes its expected appearance. Twelve Lions appear in this set serial-numbered to 25 copies each.

Finally, a series of autograph cards can be found. Regular Autographs are limited to only 50 copies or less here, Combo Autographs (two cards) are 5 copies each (a dual-mascot autograph card has 50 copies), Silver Foil cards (9 subjects) are limited to 10 copies each, with a Gold Foil parallel limited as 1/1. Three players appear in the Cross Sign cross-brand insert set, limited to 10 copies each, and Rookie Autographs cards were issued for six players, numbered to 10 copies each.


  1. I'd guess that the "open" stats are stats for the "open-sen" or spring training games and the "April 17th" stats are stats for the 2017 season through April 17th (all three weeks of it).

    Great Lewis Black reference!

    1. Good call. I considered that the stats could be for spring training, but I didn't really make the connection of open-sen and spring training. I'm still a noob when it comes to Japanese baseball terms. (And seriously, I wish BBM would stop sticking partial season stats on cards.)