Sports Card Magazine #120 came out in Japan on Saturday. My copy showed up in my mailbox today. Here's the summary:
- Three page interview with model/actress Ami Inamura ("The Goddess Of First Pitch") about her first pitch ceremonies
- Two pages comparing autograph, memorabila, insert and rookie cards between the Carp and Fighters - the Carp won 4 cards to 3
- Two page spread showing the autograph and insert cards from the BBM Masterpiece set
- Ads for Fusion (1 1/2 pages), Shining Venus (1/2 page), Hawks Authentic Edition "Fly On" (1/2 page), Carp Central League Championship "Realization Of A Great Ambition" (1/2 page), Baystars Authentic Edition "Evolution" (1/2 page), Rising Sun (1/2 page), Time Travel 1975 (1 page), "Perfection" (Gymnastics) (1 page) and P League All Stars (Women's Bowling) (1 page) sets
Best Card Of This Month: 2016 BBM Masterpiece Naoko Takahashi Autograph Card
Best Item Of This Month: 2016 BBM Masterpiece box
Hot Card Lists
1. 2016 BBM 1st Version Shun Takayama (#238)
2. 2013 BBM 1st Version Shohei Ohtani (#183)
3. 2016 BBM 1st Version Eigoro Mogi (#158)
4. 1993 BBM Ichiro Suzuki (#239)
5. 2016 BBM 1st Version Shota Imanaga (#318)
6. 2016 BBM 1st Version Shinnosuke Ogasawara (#292)
7. 2016 BBM 1st Version Louis Okoye (#156)
8. 2016 BBM 1st Version Masataka Yoshida (#126)
9. 2016 BBM 1st Version Shinnosuke Shigenobu (#210)
10. 2016 BBM 1st Version Taiga Hirosawa (#075)
Autograph & Memorabilia:
1. 2016 BBM Genesis Shohei Ohtani Autographed ball card
2. 2016 BBM Masterpiece Naoko Takahashi Autograph Card
3. 2016 BBM Masterpiece Kyoko Iwasaki Autograph Card
4. 2016 BBM Fighters Authentic Edition "The Climax" Shohei Ohtani Autograph card
5. 2016 BBM Genesis Shohei Ohtani Patch card
6. 2016 BBM Genesis Shintaro Fujinami/Tomoya Mori Autograph card
7. 2016 BBM Masterpiece Seiji Hirao Autograph Card
8. 2016 BBM Genesis Shohei Ohtani Triple Jersey card
9. 2016 BBM Rookie Edition Premium Eigoro Mogi Autograph card
10. 2016 BBM Masterpiece Kazu Autograph Card
- What gets "fused" in the Fusion set (2 pages)
- 1975 in baseball (2 pages)
- Box Break Contest - four collectors each open a box of 2016 BBM Masterpiece and are rated on what they pulled (2 pages)
- Card Shop Navi - Prime-Time in Osaka
- New Card List contains checklists for the sets advertised in the color section
- "Vintage" Checklist and Price Guide is for Pro Wrestling and other sports cards along with recent cards for all sports
SCM Original Cards:
Fusion bonus cards - five additional "Ceremonial First Pitch" cards for Ami Inamura plus a "Leader" subset card celebrating the Fighters Nippon Series Championship.
- When I did my preview of the "Time Travel 1975" set, I predicted that four of the six cards in the "Born In 1975" subset would be Hiroki Kuroda, Koji Uehara, Kazuo Matsui and Kazuya Fukuura. Taking a look at the set checklist, I see that I was correct. The other two players are Yoshinobu Takahashi and Kenshin Kawakami which is a bit of a cheat since neither of them are still active.
- The Fusion set is "fusing" the 1st Verison update and "Ceremonial First Pitch" subsets from 2nd Version, the leader subsets from the pre-2014 sets, and the "Historic Collection" sets (including the "Legendary Player" inserts from the 2016 "The Ballpark Stories" set).
- I don't know if it's mentioned in the interview with her, but besides the seven BBM "Ceremonial First Pitch" cards she has this year (one in 2nd Version, one in Fusion and the five in this issue), she also had a card in Epoch's Japan Women's Baseball League set that came out in October.
- I think that the Masterpiece spread in the color section is for cards that were available as redemption cards which is why they weren't included in the ads for the set in SCM 119.