The set has 99 cards in its base set. 84 of these are player/manager cards. There are six cards per team with the exception of the two pennant winning teams - Hankyu and Hiroshima. Those teams both have 12 representatives. The players included are most of the big names active in NPB in 1975 - Sadaharu Oh, Shigeo Nagashima, Isao Harimoto, Katsuya Nomura, Sachio Kinugasa, Koji Yamamoto, Yutaka Fukumoto, Hiromatsu Kadota, Hisashi Yamada, Isao Shibata, Senichi Hoshino, Kenichi Yazawa, Morimichi Takagi, Koichi Tabuchi, Michio Arito, Keishi Suzuki and others. There's a handful of Westerners in the set as well - Roger Repoz, Bobby Marcano, Don Buford, John Sipin, and Gail Hopkins. Four of the managers that year are included - Nagashima, Nomura (player/manager), Shinichi Eto (player/manager) and Takeshi Koba.
My usual complaint about a set like this is who does it not include (you can see my posts for the similarly themed Epoch/OB Club sets for 1977 and 1987). In this particular case, I think BBM did a pretty good job. The biggest names I see missing are Choji Murata (who hasn't appeared in a BBM set since 2004 - other than the 2009 Legend set that I'm pretty sure was issued with a magazine), Yutaka Entasu and Osamu Higashio. There's a couple gaijin missing - Charlie Manuel, Dave Johnson, Richie Scheinblum, Ron Woods and Clarence Jones all come to mind - there's a couple of the other managers who would have been nice to see - Wally Yonamine of the Dragons and Masaichi Kaneda of the Orions for example - but overall most of the major award winners and league leaders for the 1975 season are in the set.
The photos used on the player cards all appear to be from 1975 (or thereabouts). What's nice is that it looks like BBM went into their archive and picked photos that they hadn't used for cards over and over in the past 15 years (especially for Mitsuhiro Adachi). I'm kind of curious about a couple of the Dragons cards - they appear to have been taken at a training complex. The Dragons spent spring training that season in Bradenton, Florida - is it possible the photos were taken there?
Here's some sample cards:
|Back of #82 (Sadaharu Oh)|
I want to mention that this set must be pretty popular in Japan - it took me three auctions before I was able to get one. The first auction I attempted to get the insert sets as well - I bid 3000 yen but the auction went for 10,000! As a point of comparison, I got the Fusion set for 1500 yen and last summer's Classic set for 1000 yen.