Friday, February 12, 2016

2016 BBM Set is here

This is the time of year when BBM releases their annual sumo wrestling set as well as the time of year when many shops and collectors start unloading their old stock of the previous years issue as well as older sets from the late 1990s to early 2000s.  These can usually be had for a fraction of the original price so I usually wait a year or so to pick up the "latest" set.  All images for this blog I've borrowed from the internet (I've noted where I copied them from).

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The 2016 is just a moderate refresh of the previous years sumo cards with the same subsets and more-or-less the same content flow.  However, this is the first time in 13 years that the number of cards in the regular set has changed except for the 2013 Legend Glory Set and 2015 Legend Treasure Set (both 72 cards).  The 2016 regular set is complete at 90 cards when in the past this number has been 99 or more.  This year also has a 10-card autograph special set, but unfortunately has sticker autographs instead of on-card autos.  Each box contains 24 packs with 5 cards per pack.  A pack runs 300円 or 7200円 for a full box which is standard pricing for the sumo sets.

Image taken from Yahoo Auctions

The 90 cards in the regular set are broken down as follows:

#1-#70: Top Division Wrestlers
#71 and #72: New Juryo Wrestlers
#73-#75: Young Wrestler Expectation
#76-#85: Candid Shots
#86-#89: Good Luck Cards
#90: Chiyonofuji 60th Birthday Ring Entrance Card
Image taken from Yahoo Auctions

Autograph Special Cards - Active Wrestlers:
Yokozuna Kakuryu - #ed to 60
Komusubi Tochinoshin - #ed to 60
Komusubi Yoshikaze - #ed to 60
Maegashira Aoiyama - #ed to 60
Maegashira Ikioi - #ed to 58
Maegashira Kaisei - #ed to 60
Maegashira Takarafuji - #ed to 60
Maegashira Shohozan - #ed to 60
Maegashira Mitakeumi - #ed to 60

Autograph Special Cards - Retired Wrestlers
Chionofuji 60th Birthday Ring Entrance Card - #ed to 90

Beyond this there is nothing new to mention about this set.  There is no indication that BBM will issue a special set like they did in 2013 and 2015.


  1. Great looking autograph. Glad to see the male sumo wrestlers have signatures that are on the same level as Raz's female wrestlers.

  2. Joshi wrestling signatures are very unique and really cool. They really go out of their way.