Browsing posts tagged: BBM
2000 BBM O-N set

This is going to be kind of an odd story so bear with me for a minute.  I’ve been trying to make sense of something for a couple weeks and I think I finally figured it all out.According to both Engel and Sports Card Magazine, BBM issued a high end…

2003 BBM Fighters

I’ve frequently mentioned (well, complained really) that there hasn’t been an OB team set for the Fighters that covers their history before they moved to Hokkaido after 2003.  Recently I discovered that that’s not completely true – their 2003 BBM …

Package From Dani

Ryan is not the only one that I get cool stuff in the mail from.  I received a package yesterday from Dani that had a bunch of goodies in it.  We have kind of an ongoing trade in progress – I sent her a bunch of cards last year, she sent me a…

BBM on YouTube

I discovered the other day that BBM has an official YouTube Channel.  There’s only a couple videos so far – box breaks for Rookie Edition and the “Fast Break 2nd Half” basketball cards for the B.League and this video showing off the Shohei Ohtani …

2007 BBM Home Run Chronicle set

Ten years ago BBM issued a box set called “HR Chronicle” which celebrated the top home run hitters in NPB history.  I’ve been wavering on picking one up for a while (I almost bought one at Wrappers in Tokyo four years ago) but it wasn’t until I fo…

2017 BBM Farewell set

BBM’s 7th annual set for retiring players came out back in January.  As usual I don’t exactly know what to call this set – the translation of the title is something like “Regret at Parting Baseball Players” but I always refer to it as the “Farewel…

Package From Ryan

Alan Walden, the ancient newscaster on WBAL radio out of Baltimore back 15-20 years ago, used to open his morning news casts with the phrase “Good morning!  We have a lot to talk about”.  I was never a particular fan of either him or the radi…

Early Spring Releases

Something a little odd has been going on lately and I think I like it.  In the past, BBM’s website has typically been much later in announcing new sets than the card shop sites like Discount Niki and Hot Box.  But in the last week or so, new …

2016 BBM Carp Autographed Edition

For the second time in less than a year, I’ve had a seller on Yahoo! Japan Auctions include a bonus card set with the set I purchased from them.  Last summer a seller included the base set for the 2016 BBM Fighters Autographed Edition set with the…

2017 Flagship Set Announcements

Information on the first of the 2017 “flagship” sets from BBM and Calbee were released in the last week or so.- Calbee’s Series One will be released in late March (the official release date is March 27 but I would expect to see it available a few days …

New Releases For The New Year

There was a couple weeks where I was starting to wonder what was going on – there didn’t seem to have been any announcements being made about any 2017 releases.  Then about a week or so, BBM made an announcement about their annual Retirement set a…

2017 BBM Time Travel 1975

BBM didn’t do a “Historic Collection” set this year, replacing it with the Fusion set.  For those looking for their OB player fix (beyond the 55 OB players in the Fusion set that is) BBM issued a set in late December called “Time Travel 1975”. &nb…

2016 In Review – BBM

BBM issued 41 sets in 2016, down slightly from the 42 they published in 2015 (I’m counting sets that have “2016” on the front, even if they were actually published in 2015).  23 of these sets were the ones that they issue every year – the 1st and …

BBM’s Back In The Ultra High End Set Business

BBM issued the first Japanese ultra high-end set almost two years ago with a set called “Master Of Insert”.  This set was issued in packs of six cards (well, five cards plus a checklist card) for 15,000 yen.  It apparently was quite popular b…

2016 BBM Fusion

Last month BBM released a new set called Fusion.  This set apparently is taking the place of the annual “Historic Collection” sets that BBM has done since 2001.  Like the “Historic Collection” sets, the set has 144 cards but there aren’t many…

More New Stuff

A couple other upcoming releases of note:- BBM is not doing their traditional “Historic Collection” set this year but they are still going to do an OB set.  It’s called “Time Travel 1975” and as the name suggests, it’s a set dedicated to 1975. &nb…

A Couple New Items

A couple new items that got announced/released while I wasn’t looking…- BBM’s latest “Authentic Edition” box set is for the Baystars.  It’s called Evolution and will contain 28 cards – 27 cards in the base set and 1 “special” card that could be …

Late New Stuff

As usual I’ve gotten behind on new stuff.  Three of the six sets I’m going to talk about were actually released this week.- On Thursday BBM released a box set commemorating the Carp’s first Central League pennant in 25 year.  I’m not quite su…

2016 BBM Team Sets

After last year’s experiment with buying each of BBM’s pack based team sets went so well, I decided to do it again this year.  Like last year, the only way I was able to do this was because Ryan doggedly tracked down every set for me and…

Quick Post On New Stuff

I apologize for the lack of posts in the last week or so – I’ve been buried under testing at work lately and it’s not going to get any better in the immediate future.  I’m going to take this opportunity to try to catch up on a couple new releases …

Recent Box Sets

I mentioned the other day that I had gotten a package from Ryan the other day.  Among the goodies were four recent box sets – well, I say “recent’ but most of them were actually from late 2015 – early 2016.  I thought I’d talk briefly about a…

The Future Will Be In Stock

Once again I have gotten far enough behind in the new set posts that one of the sets has been released.  So let’s get caught up…

– Hitting the stores today is the latest of BBM’s Authentic Edition team box sets.  This one is called “CLIMAX” and features the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters.  Each box contains 31 cards – the 30 card base set plus one “special” card which may be an autograph or memorabilia card – including jersey and patch cards.  There are multi-player jersey cards available.  You can check out the base set at Jambalaya – the Shohei Ohtani card has him both batting and pitching.

– BBM’s putting out another team box set on September 15 – this is the latest Autograph Edition set and it’s for the Carp.  The set is entitled “Katsukoi“.  Each box contains 28 cards – a 27 card base set plus one autographed card.  Multi-player autograph cards are possibilities.

– For the third year in a row BBM is releasing a box set dedicated to a team’s cheerleader/dance squad.  This year it’s for Giants Venus, Yomiuri’s cheerleaders and is called “Original Smile“.  The box contains 44 cards – 42 cards from the base set plus two “special” cards which could be autograph cards (including multi-person autograph cards), facsimile autograph cards and memorabilia cards.  The base has 19 cards of the team members in their costumes, 19 cards of the team members wearing yukata and four cards that are group photos.  The box also contains a “raw photo” that I think is essentially a parallel of one of the 38 cards that show a single team member.  The set will be released on September 15.

– Epoch has three high end team sets coming out in the next month or so.  The Swallows “Shadow Box Edition” will be out on September 24.  It looks like one box (at 11,200 yen) only has five cards in it but it’s not clear to me what the breakdown of those five cards is.  I think there’s three base cards and two “special” cards but I’m not sure.  There are 27 possible cards in the base set and a bewildering variety of autograph and memorabilia cards available.    The Carp “Stars & Rookies” set will be released on October 8.  One box of this (MSRP of 11,200 yen) contains one 12 card pack containing 10 base set cards (of a possible 42) and either a parallel card and a “special” card or two “special” cards.  The “special” cards could be autograph or jersey cards.  The Fighters “Season Achievement” set will be out on October 22.  Each box (MSRP of 11,700 yen) contains one 10 card pack – five base set cards (of a possible 36), one regular parallel card, one holo “Spectra” card, one “Crystal” die cut cards and two “special” cards – possibly autograph or jersey.

– On the more affordable end of the spectrum, Epoch is also releasing a set for the Japan Woman’s Baseball League (JWBL) on October 10th.  This is a more traditional pack based set (each box contains 20 packs of five cards each).  There are 78 cards in the base set and possible autograph and “cheki” cards (not quite sure what those are).  This will be the first major card set for the JWBL since BBM did some sets in conjunction with the GPBL (as the JWBL was known then) back in 2010-11.

(And in case you’re wondering about the title of the post, it’s how Google translated the title of the “upcoming sets” section on Jambalaya’s web page – 今後の入荷予定)

Variants In BBM’s Flagship Sets

One of the things I’ve noticed when I’ve been leafing through Sports Card Magazine’s Price Guide listing for BBM’s baseball issues is that there are a number of variants listed among the flagship sets.  I noticed a number of times in the Price Gui…

More New Stuff

Several new sets have been announced recently:- The last time I did a “new cards post” I mentioned that Sports Graphic Number was releasing a set in September featuring Hiroki Kuroda and Takahiro Arai of the Carp to celebrate the two of them reaching t…

New Stuff

There’s several new sets coming out in the next month or so that I haven’t had a chance to write about yet so let’s get caught up:- The final BBM pack based team set for the year will be out on Wednesday of this week (the 27th).  It’s for the Chun…

2016 BBM Fighters Autographed Edition "Opening" set

BBM has been issuing a number of “Autographed Edition” box sets over the past few years.  Each of these is dedicated to a single team and typically feature 27 players from the team – usually including the manager.  Each of the cards in the se…

Recently Announced New Stuff

Just doing a quick post to get caught up on what’s been announced lately in the way of new releases{- BBM has announced two more of this year’s pack based team sets.  The Swallows set might be out as soon as I post this – it’s supposed to hit the …

Chips And Cheerleaders

A couple newly announced sets to talk about:- The checklist for this seasons’s Series Two from Calbee went up on their website in the last week or so.  Like Series One, the new set has 72 player cards (six per team) and a 12 card subset featu…

BBM’s Website Is Back!

After being down for the better part of a month, BBM’s website is back on line.  They’ve moved their list of new sets to a new page.  They’ve added info for a couple of the sets I mentioned last monththe Tatsunari Hara box set and the Carp and Baystars team sets – but not for the Lions team set and the Ohtani/Fujinami box set.  The Lions set is scheduled to be released this coming Friday so BBM better get moving.

BBM did add information for two more of the team sets – the Buffaloes and the Fighters.  Both sets have base sets of 81 cards featuring around 70 cards for the players and manager and several subsets.  Both sets have four insert sets – the Fighters have 27 cards over the four sets while the Buffaloes have 18.  Both sets have the usual collection of autograph cards available.  I’m amused that the Fighters set has an 11 card subset featuring the players in street clothes – I guess BBM felt threatened by the AI set that came out recently.  Both sets will be out in mid-June.

Epoch has also recently announced a couple new products.  The latest of the team based “Stars & Rookies” sets is for the Buffaloes and will be released on June 25.  It’s pretty much the same idea as the Lions and Baystars sets Epoch has released earlier this season – each box (that retails for 12,960 yen or roughly $118) contains two mini-boxes containing 6 cards each – one or two will be autographed cards and the others will all be base set cards.  I think it breaks down to 9 base set cards and three autograph cards per box.  There are apparently some “hot boxes” that will contain four autograph cards.  There are 27 cards in the base set and a boatload of possible autograph cards.

The other Epoch set is their latest ultra high end set done in conjunction with the OB Club (aka the Japan Baseball Promotion Association).  The theme of this one appears to be “League Leaders”.  Once again, it’s a very expensive box (16,200 yen or around $147) for a one pack box containing two base set cards, one insert/parallel card and two autograph cards.  There are 27 players featured in the set – each player has a base set card, two different insert/parallel cards, two different autograph cards and a autographed booklet card available.  The set will be out on July 9.

There’s something on Jambalaya’s upcoming release schedule that is intriguingly called “Kabaya Central League Baseball gum”.  I finally did some Googling of the Hiragana text for it (カバヤ セントラルリーグベースボールガム) and discovered that this is a Epoch set being packaged with banana flavored gum from Kabaya.  There’s 36 cards in the set (six for each of the six Central League teams).  The set is being sold in boxes of 20 1 card packs.  The boxes have an MSRP of 2160 yen (about $19.60).  I’m including this link to Amazon Japan’s listing of the set so that you can see all the cards – the boxes are not eligible to be shipped outside of Japan though.

2016 BBM 1st Version set

2016 BBM 1st Version Set SummarySize: 372 cards numbered 1-336, CF01-CF36Cards Per Team:  28 (team card, manager + 26 players)Team Card Theme:  Spring TrainingNumber Of Leader Cards:  N/AChecklists:  NoneSub…