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[4/7/2015] 2015 NPB Baseball Card Information

by on Apr.07, 2015 @ 5:54 pm, under Baseball Cards
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A general list of 2015 NPB baseball cards. I'll try to keep the list updated over the course of the season.

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Baseball Magazine 2015 Baseball Cards (sets announced since January 1)

2015 Baseball Card 1st Version official link Mid April One pack of ten cards, 300 yen
One box of twenty packs, 6,000 yen
One carton of fifteen boxes
Baseball Card Set 2015 Icons -Ace- official link Late March One set, thirty-six cards plus one special, 4,000 yen
Limited to 3,000 sets
2015 Baseball Card Premium Master of Insert official link Late February One box of six cards, 15,000 yen
Limited to 1,350 sets
2015 Baseball Card Rookie Edition official link Mid February One pack of eight cards, 400 yen
One box of fifteen packs, 6,000 yen
2015 Baseball Card Set Sekibetsu Kyujin official link Late January One set, thirty-six cards plus on special, 4,000 yen
Limited to 3,000 sets
Softbank Hawks Baseball Card 2015 official link Late April One pack of six cards, 400 yen
One box of twenty packs, 8,000 yen
One carton of twelve boxes
2015 Softbank Hawks 10th Anniversary official link Late February One pack of six cards, 400 yen
One box of twenty packs, 8,000 yen
One carton of twelve boxes
Orix Buffaloes Baseball Card 2015 official link Early April One pack of six cards, 400 yen
One box of twenty packs, 8,000 yen
One carton of twelve boxes
Nippon Ham Fighters Card Set 2015 Horizon official link Late March One set, twenty-seven cards plus one special, 6,000 yen
Limited to 2,000 sets
Rakuten Eagles Baseball Card 2015 official link Late March One pack of six cards, 400 yen
One box of twenty packs, 8,000 yen
One carton of twelve boxes
Yomiuri Giants Baseball Card Set 2015 Giant Step official link Late March One set, twenty-seven cards plus one special, 2,500 yen
Limited to 3,000 sets
2015 Hanshin Tigers 80th Anniversary Card official link Late April One pack of six cards, 400 yen
One box of twenty packs, 8,000 yen
One carton of twelve boxes
Hiroshima Carp Baseball Card 2015 official link Late May One pack of six cards, 400 yen
One box of twenty packs, 8,000 yen
One carton of twelve boxes
Yakult Swallows Baseball Card 2015 official link Late March One pack of six cards, 400 yen
One box of twenty packs, 8,000 yen

Calbee 2015 Pro Yakyu Chips (official link)

Regular, Version 1 official link March 23 One bag, two cards, price varies
Online Shop Special Box, Version 1 official link   One set of four bags of chips and thirty-two cards, 1,264 yen (Sold out)

Version 1 Card List

[6/25/2013] Rookie cards to appear in 2nd Round of Calbee potato chips

by on Jun.25, 2013 @ 6:41 pm, under Baseball Cards
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The 2nd Round of 2013 Pro Yakyu Chips went on sale on Monday.  Cards for the twelve number one 2012 draft picks will be appearing in this round of chips.  These are images of the Shohei Otani card, courtesy Sponichi.

Card list: 1st Round, 2nd Round (in Japanese)

Shintaro Fujinami’s autographed rookie card could be worth up to 60,000 yen

by on Dec.22, 2012 @ 12:05 am, under Baseball Cards
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According to Sanspo, trading card shop MINT in Osaka is predicting 1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujimami's autographed baseball card will be worth between 20,000 to 30,000 yen.  If the serial number on the card is a one or a nineteen, it could push the price up to between 50,000 to 60,000 yen.

Source: Sanspo 12/21/2012

Randy Bass to appear in an Owners League TV commercial

by on Sep.08, 2011 @ 5:14 pm, under Baseball Cards, Video Games
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Randy Bass will be appearing in an Owners League TV commercial that will be shown in the Kanto and Kansai regions, beginning on 9/10 (two spots, one 15 seconds long and the other 30 seconds long).  Bass, and 5 other foreign players that made their mark in the NPB, will be included in the 3rd set of Owners League cards, set to hit store shelves on 9/16.

Randy Bass' card: front and back

Shots from the commercial: 4Gamer.net and Oricon Style

2011 Calbee Pro Yakyu Chips to hit store shelves in Kansai, Hokkaido

by on Apr.06, 2011 @ 11:27 am, under Baseball Cards
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With all that's been going on, I completely forgot to look into what was going to happen to the Calbee Pro Yakyu Chips this year.

In looking at the official Calbee site, I see the chips were delayed and will only be available in the Kansai (beginning on 4/11) and Hokkaido (4/18) regions.  As of 3/22 (when the Calbee page was lasted updated) there is no scheduled release date for the Tohoku, Kanto, and Koshietsu regions.

2010 Fighters Victory Card Set

by on Mar.25, 2010 @ 12:18 am, under Baseball Cards
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The Fighters announced the start of their Victory Card set (to go on sale on the 25th).

What, exactly, is the Victory Card set?

For every game the Fighters win this year, they will print up a special baseball card.  The picture side will feature one key player from the game;  the back of the card will contain a summary of the game along with the final score and any other pertinent data from that particular game.

That means there is no set number of cards and the size of the set will only be limited by the number of games the Fighters' win.

The set for the entire year will cost 7,980 yen (includes shipping, packaging, and tax).  The first 4,000 people to order the set will also get a folder for the cards.

Cards purchased by the month will cost 105 yen per card.  Shipping will cost an additional 160 yen.

Interested fans can also purchase the folder for 1,890 yen.

It should also be noted that purchases can only be made via credit card.