20 January 2018

A Few Curling Autographs

About 11 months ago, I posted about the 2016 BBM Curling: Chess on Ice set. I mentioned that there were a variety of autographs available for the curlers in the set, with each individual getting four different variations. There are base black ink autographs in both vertical and horizontal formats, and then colored ink (blue for men, red for women) variations for each format. In the box I opened for that post, I got a base horizontal card and a base vertical card. I went on Yahoo! Auctions and picked up a couple of other variations to add some variety to my collection.


The horizontal cards are most common, with 49-50 black ink and 25-26 blue or red ink autographs per subject. There weren't a whole lot of these for sale at the time, but I managed to find a couple. I haven't checked to see what availability is like more recently. I wound up with two autographs from Yuna Kotani. Unfortunately, I can't find a lot of information about her online. Her name pops up on a handful of curling sites, but that's about it. This horizontal red ink autograph is numbered # 11 / 25.


Here is the vertical autograph I got for her. These are harder to find than the horizontal cards, as there are only 20 copies of each black ink cards and 10 copies of each red/blue ink card. This particular autograph is numbered # 02 / 10.


I also picked up a horizontal black ink autograph for a male curler, Yuta Matsumura. He's got a Wikipedia entry, but it's not very robust. This one is numbered # 27 / 50.

I haven't seen any news about another curling release from BBM, but if they release one I might check it out.

8 comments:

  1. Yuna has a nice auto on those cards. I was actually surprised that I didn't see any BBM releases focused on the Olympics as I would have loved to grab some ski jumping, curling, or bobsledding cards that you normally wouldn't otherwise see. This is where I think BBM has stagnated in their creativity department.

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    1. Her signature isn't as elaborate as some, but it is a nice autograph. It would be nice to see some more variety out of BBM, but maybe there's not enough money in it. It does seem like some of their oddball releases sell pretty well, though. There might still be time for an Olympics set.

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  2. Ah, curling. The most hypnotic of all sports.

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    1. If only they wouldn't yell so much!

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  3. I love curling and I watched mucho curling when I lived in Michigan-can't watch so much in CA. Nice cards.

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    1. Yeah, I can't imagine curling is a top sport in California.

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  4. This product proves that there's truly a market for any sport in existence. I love it!

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    1. Baseball cards are a lot of fun, but it's nice to stretch those horizons a bit from time to time!

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