Tony Gwynn Did NOT Sign His 2014 Leaf Q Cards

Leaf Trading Cards introduced a new product in 2014 called Leaf Q.

Leaf Q was a high-end, multi-sport product that cost almost $1,000/box. Each box contained (11) or (12) cards. Almost all of the cards in the box were autographed.

One of the athletes that Leaf had planned to include within this set was Tony Gwynn. Unfortunately, Tony Gwynn passed away from cancer before Leaf was able to get him to sign his cards for this product.

Leaf made the decision not to include his unsigned cards within the product. Instead they sold them on eBay shortly after his death.

Where his signature was planned to be Leaf stamped the years “1960-2014”.

These sold like hotcakes. You rarely see them resurface.

My only problem is that the words “Authentic Signature” are printed on the front. And Leaf’s autograph COA is written on the back. It wouldn’t take much for some scummy scammer to forge Tony Gwynn’s signature on one of these cards, and attempt to pass it off as the real thing. Anyone that isn’t familiar with the history of these cards could easily become a victim.

As mentioned before these cards have rarely resurfaced over the years. I’ve never seen any cards containing fake signatures, but it certainly wouldn’t take much to make it happen.

Did Pristine Auction Sell A Fake Willie Mays Autograph?

UPDATE – 12/17/2022

According to Pristine Auction “Looks like that is an auction from 2014. This may have fooled us and others back then but is more known now. We always guarantee authenticity so we would buy it back (if we didn’t already).”

An interesting card sold over at Pristine Auction that I believe is worth talking about.

The card that caught my eye is the Willie Mays 2001 Fleer Tradition Stitches In Time Autograph.

Link to the Pristine Auction listing. Screenshot for when their auction listing comes down.

Its a great looking card, unfortunately Willie Mays never signed them for Fleer.

Fleer inserted redemption cards for these Willie Mays autographs inside packs of 2001 Fleer Tradition Baseball. For some reason Willie Mays chose not to sign them. Possibly due to him not wanting to sign Negro League items.

After Fleer’s bankruptcy the non-autographed cards they had intended Willie Mays to sign surfaced. Because they were originally meant to be signed the cards come with Fleer’s autograph COA on the back.

If you come across a Willie Mays 2001 Fleer Tradition Stitches In Time card containing an autograph there are two possible outcomes.

The first outcome is that the autograph is fake. Many scammers have forged Willie Mays’s signature on these aftermarket cards, and passed them off as the real thing. Collectors who don’t know the true history behind this card will see Fleer’s COA and not think twice about it’s authenticity.

Second would be that an individual purchased the non-autographed card on the secondary market and was able to get Willie Mays to sign it in person. Difficult to do, but not completely out of the realm of possibility.

I would stay far away from any autographed versions of this card. Even the examples that come with PSA/DNA and JSA authentication. If you didn’t get Willie Mays to sign the card yourself assume that it is a fake signature.

Judging by that Pristine Auction listing Fleer’s COA is suppose to be good enough. BAD IDEA! Their description mentions nothing about this card’s history. Either they don’t know about it or just don’t care. You be the judge as to whether that autograph is real or not.

Willie Mays does have an insert and relic found in the 2001 Fleer Tradition Stitches In Time set. Both of these were pack-inserted by Fleer.

ALERT: Watch Out When Buying These 2022 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Chrome Refractor Autographs

The 2022 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Chrome set consists of (90) cards.

Collectors ripping through their packs/boxes have noticed that the Refractor parallels of these cards contain the Topps autograph COA printed on the back. The only problem is that these specific cards were never meant to have that COA printed on them.

As you can imagine it wouldn’t take much for a scammer to forge the player’s autograph on the front, and attempt to pass it off as the real thing. An individual who didn’t know any better might look at that card, see the COA, and believe the autograph is authentic.

It looks like this is isolated to just the regular non-autographed Refractor parallels. Non-autographed Orange Refractors #’ed/99, Pearl White Refractors #’ed/30, Gold Minted Refractors, and SuperFractors #’ed 1/1 do not have this COA printed on the back.

If you’re looking for an authentic 2022 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Chrome Refractor Autograph not only should it have the COA printed on the back, but the front should have the “TOPPS CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH ISSUE” message as well. It should also be serial numbered.

A similar situation took place with 2021 Topps Archives Baseball.

5 Historic Thanksgiving Day Trading Cards

Happy Thanksgiving! Time to fill your bellies with food while surrounded by friends and family. The Thanksgiving holiday is no stranger to trading cards. Tons of cards are dedicated to turkey day.

Here are my five favorite Thanksgiving-themed cards for 2022. Hope you have a nice holiday.

1983 Topps The A-Team “You Turkey!” #7

2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Historical Moments Thanksgiving Becomes Holiday #188

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Wacky Packages Thanksgiving Gary Gravy #5a

1987 Topps ALF – Stickers – Don’t Be Repulsed… It’s A Turkey! #14

2013 Topps Mars Attacks Invasion – The Last Thanksgiving #69

5 Historic Halloween Trading Cards

Happy Halloween!

Its time for costumes, candy, and scary movies.

Here are my top five scary/funny Halloween trading cards for 2022.

All Panini Redemption Cards – Pulling one of these would sure scare the hell out of me.

1989 Topps Batman – “Is It Halloween?” #81

1996 Comic Images Elvira Mistress of the Dark #63

Michael Myers 1998 Bowman Chrome Interstate Refractor #201

1994 Collect-A-Card Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Series 2 Retail Power Foil Frankenstein #86

5 Historic Bald Eagle Trading Cards

Happy Birthday America! The USA is the best country in the history of the world.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, and fireworks. America is #1!

To celebrate, here are 5 historic trading cards featuring our national bird the bald eagle.

1933 R78 Jungle Chewing Gum – Bald Eagle #37

2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids American As Apple Pie – U.S. Arnie #5a

1956 Gum, Inc. Adventure – As American As The Hot Dog #29

1992 Panini Wildlife in Danger – Bald Eagle #76

2021 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Feathered Creatures – Bald Eagle #FC-100

Remembering The Unreleased 2010 Topps Avatar Widevision 3D Set

2009’s Avatar raked in almost $3 billion worldwide. After all of these years it continues to hold the top spot. That’s incredibly impressive considering the films which have been released since then.

At the time of Avatar’s release there were no plans of a coinciding trading card set. Seeing that Avatar was the start of a new film franchise without a track record it makes sense that a card company wouldn’t want to take on the risk. If the movie bombed nobody would have purchased the cards. This is probably why we don’t have card sets for the first Rocky and Ghostbusters installments.

Upon the world getting caught up in Avatar fever, Topps decided they would produce a set of cards. Topps planned to release them around the time Avatar was coming out on DVD and Blue-Ray.

The 48-card checklist would have used a new type of 3D technology that wouldn’t require the collector to view them using those crazy 3D glasses. If you’re familiar with the 2010 Topps Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back Widevision 3D set, that is most likely what the Avatar cards would have looked like.

Autographs and sketch cards were also in the works for this set before it got canned.

Avatar’s DVD and Blue-Ray release came and went, but no cards arrived. Why was it canceled? Nobody knows for sure. Various reasons could have been the cause.

I’ve only watched one movie in 3D, and that’s Avatar. Its visually stunning. Judging by the would-be checklist this set was packed.

Checklist

Base:

  • James Cameron’s Avatar #1
  • The Planet Called Pandora #2
  • Jake Sully Reborn #3
  • Armed and Dangerous #4
  • A World of Wonder #5
  • The Forest is Alive #6
  • Hammerhead Dead Ahead #7
  • Threat of the Thanator #8
  • She is Called Neytiri #9
  • The Woodsprites #10
  • Judgement of the Na’vi #11
  • The Ways of Shahaylu #12
  • Targeting The Hometree #13
  • The Hallelujah Mountains #14
  • The Mountain Banshee #15
  • To Love an Alien #16
  • Scaling the Hallelujah Mountains #17
  • The Threat of Tsu’Tey #18
  • In the Banshee Rookery #19
  • Test of a Warrior #20
  • “Let’s Dance” #21
  • Jake Seals the Bond #22
  • Entering the Clan #23
  • Kindred Spirits #24
  • First Strike Against the Na’vi #25
  • Defending the Dreamwalker #26
  • Quaritch’s Folly #27
  • All for Jake Sully #28
  • The Future in Their Hands #29
  • Forming a United Front #30
  • The Na’vi Take a Stand #31
  • Invasion of the Sky People #32
  • Defending Pandora! #33
  • Operation Shock and Awe #34
  • An Unstoppable Force? #35
  • Pandora’s Brave Princess #36
  • Direhorse Warriors #37
  • The Battle for Pandora #38
  • Conflict in the Sky #39
  • Rocked by the Air Attack #40
  • Trudy’s Finest Hour #41
  • The Monsters from Space #42
  • March of the Ampsuits #43
  • Neytiri’s Thanator #44
  • Titan Against Titan #45
  • Foes to the Bloody End #46
  • Death of a Dark Dream #47
  • Toward a Hopeful Tomorrow #48

Autographs:

  • James Cameron – Director #1
  • Jon Landau – Producer #2
  • Sam Worthington – Jake Sully #3
  • Zoe Saldana – Neytiri #4
  • Sigourney Weaver – Dr. Grace Augustine #5
  • Stephen Lang – Col. Miles Quaritch #6
  • Joel Moore Norm – Spellman #7
  • Giovanni Ribisi – Parker Selfridge #8
  • Michelle Rodriguez – Trudy Chacon #9
  • Laz Alonso – Tsu’ Tey #10
  • Wes Studi – Eytukan #11
  • CCH Pounder – Moat #12
  • Dilpeep Rao – Dr. Max Patel #13

5 Historic Easter Trading Cards

Happy Easter Every Bunny!

Spring has arrived. Hopefully a majority of the cold weather is coming to an end.

Its time to gather with friends and family. Eat a good meal. Hunt for some candy/money-filled eggs.

In between all of that be sure to check out my top five historic Easter trading cards for 2022.

1910 E45 American Caramel – Two Rabbits/Egg Basket – Easter Series

2021 Topps Garbage Pail Kids – Food Fight – Peeping Paige #44a

1995 Dart 100 Years of Hershey’s – Chrome – Easter 1952 #C2

2019 Topps Allen & Ginter X – Egg #213

1995-96 Boston Market Florida Panthers – Hearth Honey Ham

U.S. Caramel’s Rare 1932 President William McKinley Card

U.S. Presidents are no strangers when it comes to cards. Entire sets dedicated to those who have held the highest office in the land have been made for decades. Some of these cards can be found today very easily, while others are next to impossible.

On this Presidents’ Day I’d like to talk about the 1932 U.S. Caramel Presidents set, specifically the William McKinley card.

A total of (31) cards make up the 1932 U.S. Caramel Presidents set. Each card features a U.S. President. (1) card came packaged with a caramel candy. Upon completing the set, you could redeem your cards for a 1-pound box of chocolate.

Purposely printed in fewer quantities, only a handful of William McKinley’s cards are known to exist. U.S. Caramel did this so they wouldn’t be handing out free chocolate to everyone. Plus they knew people would hunt for the McKinley card therefore selling more candy.

Why the canceled stamp and hole punch? U.S. Caramel would do this to those sets people sent in to deter them from using the same cards again and again in order to obtain free chocolate. If you wanted another box of chocolate, you would need to put the set together again.

Tactics like this were very common at the time. The Charles (Lindy) Lindstrom card from U.S. Caramel’s Famous Athletes set was printed in very few quantities as well.

If you think its cruel to purposely print fewer copies of a card to intentionally make a promotion difficult, that’s nothing. At least U.S. Caramel included those cards. Goudey completely left out Napoleon Lajoie #106 from their 1933 set in order to sell more gum. They had customers looking for a card that didn’t exist until later on.