Leaf’s Little Packers Project – 2012 Vince Lombardi Collection

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In early 2012 Leaf plans to release a product entitled Vince Lombardi Collection.  It will be much like their ’11 Pete Rose Legacy, but instead the majority of the cards will be geared towards the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers are one of the most established and distinguished football franchises in history.  Being founded in 1919 there is almost 100 years of history to cover.  There are a lot of players and events to cover over that time period, most notably their 13 World Championships.

According to Leaf, they have 80% of the autographs needed.  Leaf was able to get a bunch while they were in Chicago for the Sun Times Show.  Collectors will be able to look for rare inscriptions.  The Packers are 10-0 so far and Aaron Rodges can do no wrong.  He is truly playing like a gridiron god.  If the Packers keep this pace and go all the way, Leaf could score big with a product like this.  I think Leaf will score big anyway, but having the Packers win the Super Bowl couldn’t hurt.

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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Leaf’s Ichiro Metal Draft Patch Autos Ready To Ship

Well here you go.  All of the Ichiro 2011 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball Ultimate Patch Autographs have been signed and are ready to be shipped.  I think they look fantastic!

Brian Gray announced yesterday that Leaf has never purchased anything from those six dealers involved in the fraud case that was unveiled this week.  Leaf was the first manufacturer to come out and state their position and I think it is something that all manufacturers should do.  For a relic to be 100% authentic I think it should come from the team, league, or individual athlete.  Not these off-the-wall dealers that sit behind a computer all day printing off meaningless COAs.  The day might come where we have league run card manufacturers to make sure everything is authentic.  Or perhaps the day will come where we only have one manufacturer that deals directly with each league.  It sure sounds like a monopoly, but it could work.

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