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Monday, December 16, 2019

Set: Completed (and another, and another, and another...)

I'm separated from my cards and the ability to scan for a while, so unfortunately you're stuck with me making idle chatter. But one card I scanned a few months ago brings to a close one of the more challenging BBM sets.

The last post I made before my disappearance was about a set that was nearing completion, and a couple months later, I finally got this card:
The Carp are always a popular team, and Maeda and Etoh were big names back in the 1990s. So it makes a bit of sense that this card would be tough to find. How about that card title? Red Scare?

With that card, the 1994 set is complete. The other big BBM set is 1995 - it's the largest single-series set at 651 cards, and most expensive, with a "book" value of about $550. I haven't started that set, and might not. The set doesn't seem to have any super big-dollar cards in it (I could be wrong... I have no price guide in front of me), but the overall size plus short prints is where its value lies. Of course, the set has plenty of Ichiro and Hideki Matsui cards. As for other BBM sets I need, those, too, are tough to find, though not as pricey. However, my eyes are open for deals.

While I don't have scans of other sets (see above), I have had a good bit of luck picking up some recent Calbee sets.

Until next time...

10 comments:

  1. 1995 BBM is a pain. There are three short printed 9 card puzzle subsets featuring Ichiro, Hideki Matsui and Hideki Irabu. The Ichiro and Matsui ones are very pricey. There's also a "Late Series" card for Kevin Mitchell which is rare and expensive. I'm pretty close to completing several BBM sets from the 1990's but I don't think I'm ever going to make a serious run at this set.

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    1. The puzzles are a concern, but I think I've told you before that I have the uncut sheet for Ichiro, and I just found the Matsui a couple days ago. Irabu is out there, too... I just haven't committed yet. I would be satisfied using the uncut sheets as part of my complete set.

      But overall I'm not sure I'll ever start that set. I'd love to have a full run of BBM (Calbee is out of the question), but there are more important things on my list.

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  2. Great to see, you left the blog with a kind of cliffhanger back in March, good job on completing that one!

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    1. Thank you! It was an odd post to disappear on, but it is what it is.

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  3. Congratulations on completing the 1994 set. $550 for a set without any super big dollar card seems kinda crazy. Best of luck should you decide to take on that set.

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    1. Thanks. Yes, there aren't really any super-high dollar cards, but as NPB Card Guy mentioned, there are some short-printed puzzles which add up fast, and there is Kevin Mitchell. I doubt I'd ever take on the set. I might, instead, just pick up the whole thing at once. If I want to drop that much money.

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