Its no longer a mystery. Johnny Manziel or “Johnny Football” is the subject matter on the mystery art/cut signature card that has had collectors scratching their heads ever since the release of 2013 Leaf Metal Football and 2013 Leaf Valiant Football. There was quite a bit of speculation that this mystery redemption was going to be of Manziel, but today it was all confirmed by Leaf. Each one of those redemption cards is good for one of these very early cards of the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. They all come certified by PSA/DNA and are encased in a BGS holder. Leaf is one of my favorite manufacturers because they aren’t afraid to push the envelope and try something new. I wouldn’t mind seeing more art/cut signature cards in the future, especially of deceased players.
Leaf CEO, Brian Gray, mentioned that he recently purchased a Bear Bryant jacket from Heritage Auctions. He didn’t say if it was for his personal collection or for use in a future product. An all Alabama product wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility. Last year Leaf released Lombardi Legacy and it didn’t contain one Green Bay Packers logo.
I don’t think they look too bad, considering all the legalities they probably had to work through in order to make them.