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Thursday, May 31, 2018

New Release: 2018 Epoch Buffaloes Rookies & Stars

This set was released on May 12th, with 5 cards per 400-yen pack, 20 packs per box, and 12 boxes per case.
 Base cards have a tan/gold top border that fades to white. Backs include prior year and career statistics.
 Rookies get a special logo on the front, and rookie designation in place of the statistics on the back.

There are 90 cards in the base set, but cards are numbered 1-70. As you see in the above card, 20 players have multiple cards with image variations; those players have "a" and "b" card numbers.
The most common insert set is titled Rookies & Stars, and features 27 cards. Like BBM's insert sets, Epoch doesn't put much thought into their inserts beyond "make it shiny."
The Holografika insert set is serial-numbered to 64 copies each. And there are two autographed sets. Autographs A features 29 subjects (997 total cards), while Autographs B has 16 (155 total cards). All of the players in B are in A, so B serves as a sort of parallel. B does have a smaller print run; A is #/50 or less, with B #/10 or less. The above image is a promo from Epoch; I believe the top two cards are "B" autographs, with "A" in the middle. The bottom two cards are Holografika.

Each box contains 100 cards, which Epoch claims is 95 base cards, 4 inserts, and one autograph. You would expect a full base set in each box, but I've never tested Epoch's collation. With 1152 total autographs by my count, there are thus only 1152 boxes, or 96 cases. And with about one set per box, there are fewer sets of this product than most BBM "limited" box sets.

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