Josh Gibson Cut Signature Highlights Leaf’s 2012 Sports Icons

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Last year it was “Shoeless Joe” Jackson.  This year it will be Josh Gibson.  Leaf Trading Cards is bringing back their Four Leaf Clover redemption cards within 2012 Leaf Cut Signature Edition Sports Icons.  Anyone who pulls a Josh Gibson Four Leaf Clover redemption card has the chance to win this beautiful cut signature pictured above.  Gibson’s one an only other cut signature ever inserted into a product was almost a decade ago in 2003 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts.  He is considered one of the best catchers and hitters baseball has ever seen.  Gibson played in the Negro Leagues and never made it to Major League Baseball.  Three months after he passed away, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.  His signatures are very rare and demand insane prices when they become available.

You can look for 2012 Leaf Cut Signature Edition Sports Icons near the end of July.  Each box comes with a slabbed cut signature.

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The estimates Leaf puts on the high-end “hits” like the Gibson and Jackson cut signatures are no where near what they will sell for.  The Jackson cut sold for $26,290.00 and the estimate was around $90,000.00.  The Gibson cut is estimated at $40,000.00 to $50,000.00, and I just don’t see this card going for that kind of money, especially if the Jackson cut didn’t even break $25,000.00.  Both signatures are ultra rare, but Jackson’s autograph is much more difficult to find considering he barely knew how to read or write.  Gibson on the other hand was a smart guy and if he hadn’t played baseball probably would have been and electrician.  Neither autograph is easy to find, but I believe Jackson’s to be worth more.

Leaf’s “Shoeless Joe” Jackson Cut Sells For $26,290.00

Last weekend Heritage Auctions sold the “Shoeless Joe” Jackson 2010 Leaf Sports Icons Update Cut Signature for $26,290.00.  That’s far from the $80,000.00 it was said to be valued at, but still not a bad sale considering the box the redemption was pulled in cost less than $100.00.

Bill Witherspoon was one of the lucky collectors to pull one of the Four Leaf Clover redemptions inserted into boxes of 2010 Leaf Sports Icons Update Cut Signature Edition.  During the National Sports Collectors Convention last summer in Chicago, Witherspoon ended up winning the Jackson cut at the Leaf booth.  He pulled the redemption from Marty’s Sports Card Exchange.  After winning the Jackson cut, he consigned the card to Heritage Auctions to sell.

This sets the bar pretty high when it comes to cut signature card prices.  I can’t help but wonder if maybe it could have gotten more if they would have left the entire document intact.  Either way, in this economy having that extra cash will be really nice.  Nice card Leaf!!!

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’11 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball & ’11 Sports Icons Box Breaks

2011 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball:
Autos
  • Andrew Susac Base Auto
  • Austin Hedges Base Auto
  • Xander Bogaerts Base Auto
  • Ramon Morla Base Auto
  • Sean Gilmartin Prismatic Auto #’ed/99
  • Robert Stephenson Prismatic Auto #’ed/99
2011 Leaf Sports Icons Cut Signature Edition:
  • Bruce Jenner/Carl Lewis Dual Cut Signature #’ed/5
I didn’t pull an Ichiro, but that’s ok.  Leaf is one of my favorite card manufacturers right now.  They truly listen to collectors.  Next weekend I’ll be meeting former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rocky Bleier at the Harrisburg Mall.  That weekend the Big 33 Foundation is holding their “Big Memorabilia & Autograph” Show.  If anyone is selling wax, I’ll see if I can find some Valiant or Pete Rose Legacy.

Check This Out Phillies Fans

Former Phillies GM and 2011 Baseball HOF inductee Pat Gillick doesn’t have a ton of cards.  Before 2011, the only card of Gillick came from the Canadian Baseball HOF in 1997.  This year Leaf included one Gillick autograph within 2011 Leaf Sports Icons Cut Signature Edition.  This is the first Gillick card that could be pulled from a pack or box.  Even though he didn’t play, Gillicks’ autographs are popular with collectors.  This cut signature sold for $81.00.  I would have pulled the trigger on this card, but I missed it.  Now lets see a Harry Kalas cut.

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Card of the Day: “Shoeless Joe” Jackson 2010 Leaf Sports Icons Cut Auto

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Leaf Unveils “Shoeless Joe” Jackson Cut Signature

Cut signatures are a great way to connect with those players that have passed on.  Yes there are cut signatures on the market featuring people that are still alive, but thats a topic for another time.  When Leaf released 2010 Sports Icons Update we kinda got an idea of what the card would look like, but it wasn’t anything definite.  It appears that the signature comes from a court document.  Jackson rarely signed his name because he was illiterate.  Most of the stuff you find will be signed by his wife.  But this is the real deal.

I know the shop owner of where one of the redemptions was pulled.  The owner offered $10,000.00 for it, but the customer turned it down.

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This is Leaf’s description of the card straight from their Facebook page:

“This is the Joe Jackson 1/1 cut signature card that will be awarded at the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention. This is Joe’s first ever cut signature card, which we expect to bring $60,000-$100,000 in the marketplace. It is available via a redemption program in 2010 Leaf Sports Icons Update packs.”

FCB has an educational thread about it too.

Card of the Day: Bud Selig 2010 Leaf Sports Icons Update Auto

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The Philly Show – March 5, 2011

Its been almost a year since I’ve been to The Philadelphia Sportscard & Memorabilia Show, which is held at the Valley Forge Convention Center.  I noticed a few less dealers, but I had fun.  I got some autographs, busted a few boxes, and did what your suppose to do at The Philly Show.  Let me tell you something.  There are two dealers at this show that do extremely well.  One is Marty’s Sportscard Exchange and the other is ESE Supplies.  Marty Davis of Marty’s Sportscard Exchange always has the best deals on wax, and Eddie of ESE Supplies has any type of holder you’d need.  I even stopped by the Louisville Slugger booth.

FYI – a few vintage sets were stolen at the show.  The announcer said the sets came from 1961 and 1971.  They did not state which sport.

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Phillies Fan Favorite Jamie Moyer – Moyer made his MLB debut the day I was born

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Art Mahaffey was the 1st Philly to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.  You can see Lenny Dykstra (my personal accountant) in the background wearing the hat.

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Former Boston Red Sox Manager and Phillies Pitching Coach Joe Kerrigan

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Hunt Auctions had an impressive display of memorabilia.  This old “Casey at the Bat” book really caught my eye.

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In the top right corner, you’ll see an issue of Beckett Baseball with Ryan Howard on the cover.  I’m actually in that issue for when I wrote a little piece on Victor Martinez’s first card.

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More memorabilia from Hunt Auctions

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One of my first stops of the day was at the Louisville Slugger booth.  I purchased a new bat with the Phillies logo and “SPORTS CARD INFO” engraved on it.  Then I got Moyer and Mahaffey to sign it.

The First “Shoeless” Joe Jackson Lucky Clover Redemption Has Been Pulled

The first “Shoeless” Joe Jackson Lucky Clover redemption has been pulled from 2010 Sports Icons Update: “The Search for Shoeless Joe”.  It was pulled by a customer at Marty’s Sports Card Exchange in Chattanooga, TN.  There are four redemption cards in total.  Three of them were inserted into boxes of 2010 Sports Icons Update: “The Search for Shoeless Joe” and the fourth will be given to the collector who presents the most completed set of 2010 Sports Icons Update.  One of the lucky collectors who receives one of these redemptions will receive a “Shoeless” Joe Jackson cut signature during the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention.  According to Brian Gray, the signature is of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, and not signed by his wife.

Marty’s Sports Card Exchange is a great place to buy wax.  He usually sets up during The National and The Philly Show.  In my opinion, he has the best prices on wax during a show.  I’ve purchased a lot from him over the years.

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Card of the Day: “Shoeless Joe” Jackson 2010 Leaf Sports Icons Update #10

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