One set I missed this year when it was originally released was the 2017 BBM set titled Rising Sun. While it is identified as a 2017 release, the set came out last December - about one year ago, to be exact. It wasn't until this fall that I finally got a card for my type collection, but you won't see that card; it was filed away without being scanned!
With a price point of 13,000 yen per box and only six cards per box, this is a gamble, similar to US products. But, since I'm in Japan, card prices tend to stay relatively high. Unlike America, where that $150 box will most likely net you $20 in cards.
Only 1500 boxes total were produced, which means only 9000 cards total were made for this issue. That includes all base, parallel, insert, and hit cards. BBM advertises that each box contains six cards - one is an insert card, while another is an autograph or memorabilia card. Based on print runs, you'll get 2.4 base cards, 1.2 parallels, 1.4 inserts, and one hit. (If my math is correct, 55 boxes contain two hits.)
Sure, pulling a Shohei Ohtani autograph (only 5 copies) or relic (180 copies total among three cards, two with patch parallels) would give you pretty good value for your investment. And that Matsui ball probably would pay for the box and maybe then some. But I honestly can't seeing this being a smart break. Yes, you'll get some additional money - better than in the States - for the other five cards. Oh well, it's not like I'll ever drop 13,000 yen on a 6-card box anyway!
Note that all images used in this post are promotional images from BBM. I don't have any of these cards.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
It's been forever since my last post. I've been busy... again. Let's see if I can get caught up on 2017's sets before 2018!
Similar to the 1st Version set, 2nd Version has some "secret" variations - one per team. The Yamasaki card above is a variation I pulled from a pack.
Gold Signature parallels are serial-numbered to 100 copies.
Red foil is serial-numbered to 25, while green foil signatures are numbered to only 10.
BBM's checklist states that these cards are available in parallels of 200 and 50 cards as well as autographed versions. Additionally, one of the subjects has a secret variation, bringing the total in the set to fourteen.
Friday, September 1, 2017
The Tigers set from Epoch has a little bit more to its design than the others - actual fading and interaction between the photo and its borders. I think it's a bit nicer than the other sets, though at the same time I like cards that don't hide the background.
Epoch has been issuing sets with up to six variation levels. However, the Tigers set is the first to have two different photo variations. Jambalaya doesn't have three-star variations, so Epoch might have stopped with just three sets of variations.
Signature Parallel cards have facsimile autographs in three variations: Red (PA- prefix), Silver (PB-), and Gold (PC-). An image of the gold facsimile can be seen below. (Note that two parallels of print signature cards would give this set just two-fewer variation/parallel sets.) I wasn't able to find any facsimile autographs when I visited the shop, but that's because they appear to be much less common than the other print signature cards Epoch has released; in fact, based on images online, I believe they're on foilboard and about as rare as the insert sets.