2011 Leaf Pete Rose Legacy (2) Box X-Mas Break + Holiday Bonus Packs

Auto/Relics

  • Pete Rose Red Ink “Hit King 4256” #AB-16 Auto Bat #’ed/10
  • Pete Rose Red Ink “Hit King 4256” #AJ-21 Auto Jersey #’ed/10

Base

  • (2) Familiar Faces #48
  • Old Teammates #27
  • Press Interview (1978) #22
  • Foul Ball!? #19
  • Team Captain #5
  • Spring Training (1979) 31
  • Grounded #8
  • 1963 Rookie Of The Year #2
  • More Than Just Baseball #25

2012 Leaf Holiday Bonus Packs

  • Michael Kelly 2012 Leaf Metal Draft Auto
  • 2012 Leaf Ali: The Greatest Black Plate #’ed 1/1 #FW-16 – Un-Autographed Printing Plate From The Fight Worn Card Set

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Phillies Dream Scene Concept Art Included Pete Rose

Jaime Cooper’s Phillies “Dream Scene” masterpiece that hangs inside the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park is a must see when visiting.  The 14′ painting shows the best Phillies players from various generations all hanging out in the locker room.  The only player not seen in physical form is Pete Rose.  He was left out and is represented in spirit by having a rose sitting on the table.

Recently some Phillies “Dream Scene” concept art popped-up for sale which you can see includes Pete Rose.  Rose can be seen off to the right and standing in front of Gary Maddox.

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Unfortunately Rose didn’t make the final cut.  Too bad.  I think he deserves to be in there.  This isn’t the only difference, but it is the most significant.  Larry Bowa is standing in a different position, and so is Paul “Pope” Owens.  I’m sure there are even more differences if you sat and looked at it longer.

For those of you that haven’t seen the real thing.  Here it is.  I’ve split it up in two parts so you can get a closer look.  Prints are available and for more information please feel free to contact Jaime Cooper at: jamie@jcap.com.au

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Pujols and Pete Highlight Leaf Metal Baseball This Year

Last year it was Ichiro.  This year Albert Pujols and Pete Rose, along with members of the 2012 prospect class, will highlight Leaf Metal Baseball.  I think Pujols will be more of the highlight than Rose considering all of the Rose signatures Leaf has issued within the past year.

2011 Leaf Pete Rose Legacy 2 Box Birthday Break

This product continues to be one of my favorites.  I received two boxes for my birthday today.

Autos

  • Pete Rose #A-16 Auto #’ed/30
  • Pete Rose #A-3 Auto #’ed/30
Base
  • 1970 Series #6
  • Talking To The Press #7
  • Batting Practice #17
  • Getting Ready To Play #33
  • Tied With Stan #40
  • Racing The Ball To Third #15
  • Old Teammates #27
  • Former Teammates #35
  • 1975 Sportsman Of The Year #13
  • Atlanta (1978) #23

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2012 Leaf Pete Rose – The Living Legend Preview

If you’ve been reading Sports Card Info, you know what a fan I am of 2011 Leaf Pete Rose Legacy.  For under $90.00 you get five base cards (if your lucky maybe a reverse negative), and one Pete Rose autograph.  There are tons of inscriptions and relics to pull too.  It was one of my favorite products last year.

This year, Leaf is bringing another Pete Rose themed product to market – 2012 Pete Rose – The Living Legend.  For $30.00 you get ten packs plus one Pete Rose autograph.  Boxes will look like blasters.  Collectors can also look for redemptions that can be redeemed for Pete Rose signed baseballs, bats, and jerseys.  Some baseballs come inscribed “I’m sorry I bet on baseball”.

I’m not too sure about this product.  This product is much cheaper than its 2011 predecessor, but it comes with a lot more base cards – 60.  If your a Pete Rose collector on a budget, this should be right up your alley.  As for me, I think I’d stick to the 2011 boxes for now.  Nobody has come front yet and said they pulled the Rose autograph that states you’ve won a batting lesson with him.  Pete Rose signatures are really getting watered down.  Rose will soon be up there with Bob Feller for having the most autographed cards.

2012 Leaf Pete Rose – The Living Legend is scheduled to be released in August.

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2011 Leaf Pete Rose Legacy Box Break

Auto

  • Rose-isms – “Some Players You Pat Their Butts, Kick Their Butts, Or Leave Them Alone” Green Ink Auto #’ed/5
Base
  • Headed For The Bleachers #3
  • Press Interview (1978) #22
  • Pete Rose (1975) #12
  • Baseball’s All-Time Hit King #54
  • Pete & Coach #36

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Card of the Day: Pete Banaszak 1969 Topps RC #30

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Card of the Day: Pete Rose 1985 Donruss #254

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Christmas Break: 2 Boxes of 2011 Leaf Pete Rose Legacy

Merry Christmas!!!  I got a couple boxes of my favorite product this year, 2011 Leaf Pete Rose Legacy, for Christmas.  I absolutely love this product, and there really isn’t a bad box.  Each one is fun to open.  I’m really looking forward to some of Leaf’s 2012 products such as Golf Metal and Lombardi Legacy.  Next, I would like to see Leaf dedicate an entire product to the Phillies.  They could pull it off even without a MLB license.

Autos

  • Pete Rose #A-4 Blue Ink Auto #’ed 2/30
  • Pete Rose #A-18 Blue Ink Auto #’ed 26/30
Base
  • College Break #21
  • 1970 Series #6
  • Spring Training (1979) 31
  • Pete & Coach #36
  • The League’s Leading Batter #26
  • Los Angeles (1982) #46
  • Eighth Inning Grounder #39
  • Fual For A Big Game #24
  • Series Champions (1980) #34
  • Rained Out #29

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2011 Leaf Pete Rose Legacy – 2 Box Break & Review

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Leaf made use of some great photographs where airbrushing didn’t have to be done in order to avoid seeing the team name and/or logo.  Sure, there are some airbrushed photographs in the set, but its not that big of a deal.

On the reverse side of the base cards, Leaf made sure to put a nice description of the photograph that is on the front.  I think that’s extremely educational on their part and its not something every manufacturer would do.  Leaf took their time.

Leaf allowed Rose to use various ink colors while signing all these cards.  They look fantastic considering the area of the cards Rose signed are all white.  The white background makes all those signatures and inscriptions standout.  The autographs are all on-card too.

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I picked-up my two boxes for $85.00 each, but I’m fairly confident you can find them for cheaper.

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Each box contains an autograph of Pete Rose.  At the very least your “hit” will have an autograph without an inscription serial numbered to 30.  That’s not bad.  Collectors can look for low numbered autographs with rare inscriptions.  Be sure to check the base cards too.  You may have a reverse negative.  My two boxes contained the following:

Autos

  • Pete Rose #A-9 Red Ink Auto w/ “Hit King” inscription #’ed/10
  • Pete Rose #CHA-11 Green Ink Auto w/ “17x All Star” inscription #’ed/5

Base

  • Pete & Coach #36
  • Practice Makes Perfect #14
  • “The Hit King” #56
  • Pete Rose And “Harry” Pete Rose #4
  • 1985 Man of the Year #53
  • Grounded #8
  • Atlanta (1978) #23
  • One Heck Of A Try #38
  • 1970 Series #6
  • Baseball’s All-Time Hit King #54

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Overall, I give 2011 Leaf Pete Rose Legacy 4.5 baseballs out of 5 (1=poor and 5=perfect).  Leaf did an excellent job with this product.  If I had it my way, I’d make this product of the year.  There are so many products out there based on the Yankees, Red Sox, and Cowboys.  Its nice to see a product based on something a little different.  Pete Rose is one of the most important baseball players in history.  He rightfully deserves his own product, and you can’t beat an autograph inside each box.  I could open boxes of this stuff all day.

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