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Friday, January 17, 2020

Uncut Sheet: Hideki Matsui

I recently had a discussion about tackling the 1995 BBM set. It's a large set to begin with, and it's full of SPs that will nickel-and-dime you to death if you're trying to finish it by hand.

There are three nine-card short printed puzzle sets included in that lot. Ichiro is the most popular, of course, followed closely by Hideki Matsui and Hideki Irabu. Packs could include one piece of a nine-card puzzle, but all three puzzles were available in some way via uncut sheets.

I got Ichiro several years ago, and now I have Hideki Matsui:
 This is the front. The nine cards show Matsui's swing progression, and I'm sure someone with more interest than I have could crop this image and turn it into a GIF of his swing.
The backs fit together to form one big image from a different angle. This reveals that the uncut sheet has extra image space; I don't have the regular cards to see if they do this as well. Actually, this raises a lot of questions. Are the regular cards like this? If so, why? If not, why is the uncut sheet like this? Also, if not, does BBM discard small strips of cardboard where the images meet? Is this how card companies due borderless cards while avoiding card edges from looking funky? Why don't I know anything about card printing processes? Do uncut sheets exist for the entire set? Where I can get one? ....

Anyway, this was another pickup from Mercari (Japan). I'm very happy to have it, though if I do tackle the full 1995 BBM set I'm not sure if I'll keep this as part of that set or try to obtain all nine regular cards.

Storing it with the regular set would be challenging. I like oversized cards, though; cards up to letter size fit easily enough in binders using different types of card pages, and large cards look great displayed behind player figurines (yes, I take my bobbleheads out of their boxes; I'm a collector, not an investor).

What do you think about oversized cards?


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  2. Generally I like oversized cards although I don't go out of my way for them necessarily. Obviously sometimes it's difficult to figure out how to store them but as you say if they're less than 8 1/2 by 11 you can store them in a binder - if nothing else you can use a one pocket sheet. My biggest problem with oversized cards are some of the premium cards that Yamakatsu had in the 70's, especially the mongo 14 by 15 1/2 inch JY5 cards. I have six of them stuffed in a plastic sleeve sitting in the closet I keep a lot of my cards in.

    1. Once they exceed binder size, they go on the wall or something. I have one of those giant round menkos and it doesn't fit anywhere, and since it's round I can't really frame it, either.

  3. Oversized cards are a pain in the butt to store... but I love them just as much as standard sized ones.