Thursday, February 15, 2018

2018 BBM Sumo Wrestling Box Break

It is hard to believe another year has passed and BBM's annual sumo set has arrived at the doorstep again.  This year's format hasn't changed since 2015 with a 90-card base set and a 10-card autograph insert set.  These inserts have usually fallen 1 card per 2-3 boxes, but I am not an autograph chaser so as long as I can get close to a base set I will be happy.  The main "drama" with this year's set is the retirement of Yokozuna Harumafuji due to an abuse scandal.  He was forced to retire at the beginning of December so BBM had to scramble to erase all memories of him from this 2018 set since they were probably in the final stages of production.  Consequently, there are only 69 rikishi cards along with 31 other subset cards.  I am not sure which new subset cards they had to add due to his removal, but I'm sure it wouldn't have been trivial.  I won't post all the cards I pulled, just some of the more memorable ones.

#12: Takakeisho is definitely one to watch.

#79: Beer and Sumo

#80:  I love these "First Pitch Cards"

#26: Chiyomaru...he is almost hitting 400 pounds!

#51: Abi..all wrestlers can do this...even at a relatively light 300 pounds!

#72: Onosho.  I love these colorful yukata.  I did a post about yukata from the 1960s and the cards they included with the fabric.  Compared to the 1960s, the fabrics these days are very colorful!

#02: Yokozuna Kisenosato...the first Japanese Yokozuna in a long time.

#84:  Ichinojo..... great way to gain weight.

#01: Yokozuna Hakuho....the all time tournament win champion with 40!

#60: Hidenoumi....real men wear pink!

#03: Yokozuna Kakuryu....the last of the Yokozuna cards in this set.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

2018 Japanese Olympic Curling Team - 2017 BBM Infinity Set

Let's face it...there needs to be more curling card sets produced.  This sport seem to be gaining more and more popularity each and every Olympics.  I remember that before the 1998 Nagano Olympics the majority of people had never heard of curling (me included).  After it was first televised that year, it became almost an instant hit and each and every Olympics it is one sport I really look forward to watching.  The Japanese team is ranked in the Top 10 worldwide in both men's and women's curling, but are not favored to medal in the Olympics this year.  Regardless, they have a pretty solid team.  The Japanese did not do an Olympic set this year, but they did manage to capture the Japanese Olympic team in the 2017 BBM Infinity Set.  Sadly, I don't have all the 10 curling cards in the set, but here are the six that I do have.

#80: Yusuke Morozumi - not shown
#81: Tetsuro Shimizu
#82: Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi
#83: Kosuke Morozumi
#84: Kosuke Hirata
#85: Satsuki Fujisawa - not shown
#86: Chinami Yoshida
#87: Yumi Suzuki - not shown
#88: Yurika Yoshida
#89: Mari Motohashi - not shown

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New Sumo Wrestling Set / 1937 Rikishi Left Box 5 (R3711)

I was able to finally remove one of my lone sole cards and match it to this new set that I picked up.  This is the 1937 Rikishi Left Box 5 set (Catalog # R3711).  It has one of Yokozuna Minanogawa's first Yokozuna menko in it and Shinkai's last menko as well.  It also contains a rare gyoji card.  Each menko measure about 1.0" x 2.25" and has some pretty cool gold gilding on the front.  Unfortunately some ambitious kid wrote on the back of them, but it definitely gives them character.