After going away from their traditional design (putting the player names in black text in 2015 and in Japanese last year), Calbee has returned to the card design that they've pretty much used since 1997 - full bleed photo with the player's name in white text with his uniform number and team logo and name on the front. In fact the only thing I see that distinguishes these cards from say the 2014 set (other than the year listed at the top of the card) is that the player's first initial is included on the front of the card in this year's set. Previously it was only there if two players on the same team shared a last name. UPDATE - actually Calbee included the first initial on cards up to the 2012 cards - the 2013 and 2014 cards are unusual in them not having the initial.
There are six player cards for each team (6 times 12 equals 72). Like last year I've noticed that most of the big names in NPB are not included in the base cards in this set - not a big deal since there will be two later sets (Series Two usually comes out in June and Series Three usually comes out in September). Probably the biggest names in the set are Nobuhiro Matsuda, Wladimir Balentien, Motohiro Shima and Shinnosuke Abe. There are cards for several of the high profile players who changed teams over the winter - Yoshio Itoi with the Tigers, Takayuki Kishi with the Eagles and Shun Yamaguchi and Daikan Yoh with the Giants - but there are no cards for any rookies.
Traditionally one of Calbee's strengths is the great photos they use for their cards. I feel this set fall somewhat short of expectations. There's just way too many of the "batters batting, pitchers pitching" kind of photos that BBM always uses. There's only a couple cards showing someone running the bases or someone other than a catcher fielding. I'm hoping this is just a fluke and that Series Two will be back to normal.
Here's some sample player cards:
All the cards (including the inserts and the lucky card redemption box set) can be seen at Jambalaya.