Leaf Announces Their 2018 NSCC Wrapper Redemption Programs

Its been awhile since I participated in any of Leaf’s wrapper redemption programs, but this year that might change.  Leaf plans to have three redemption programs going on during the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention.

Box Level Redemption Program

Open a box of 2018 Leaf In The Game Used Sports or 2018 Leaf Pop Century at the Leaf booth, and you’ll receive a 2-card pack of 1948 Leaf Metal cards.  These cards celebrate Leaf’s 70th anniversary.  This set covers a wide variety of sports stars such as Shohei Ohtani, Stephen Curry, Conor McGregor, Lionel Messi, Baker Mayfield, and Gordie Howe.  Watch out for low numbered parallels.

Case Level Redemption Program

Open a case of 2018 Leaf In The Game Used Sports or 2018 Leaf Pop Century at the Leaf booth, and you’ll receive a 2-card pack of 1948 Leaf Metal cards for each box in your case.  You’ll also receive a special 70th anniversary autograph #’ed/1.  These autographs include greats like Jerry Rice, Nolan Ryan, Shohei Ohtani, and Mike Tyson.

2018 Leaf Metal U.S. Army All-American Football Exclusive National Sports Collectors Convention Bonus Box Offer

Open a case of 2018 Leaf Metal U.S. Army All-American Football, and receive an exclusive 2018 National Sports Collectors Bonus Box.  Each one of these special boxes contain (12) autographs numbered to (2) or less.  (4) Metal Proof Autos, (2) Printing Plate Autos, and (6) Blank Back Autos make up a box.  Only (50) boxes will be made.

Stop by the Leaf booth every morning of the show as they will be distributing at random cards from their 39-card promo set.

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Frank Thomas ’17 Topps Luminaries Redemption Card Received

In the middle of November, I opened a box of 2017 Topps Luminaries Baseball.  Waiting inside was a redemption for a Frank Thomas Autographed Letter Book Card #’ed 1/1.  As soon as it was pulled, I redeemed it.

At 5:01 a.m. on 12/28/17 I received an e-mail from Topps informing me that my card had been shipped.  According to the tracking number it was scheduled to be delivered the same day.  By lunch time it had arrived.

This card kicks butt.  Booklet, on-card autograph, and game-worn jersey letter patch.  It didn’t really matter to me which letter they used, but I’m glad Topps chose the “T”.

When it comes to redemption cards, you never truly know how long it will take to get your card.  Everyone’s experience can differ.  Personally, I’ve never had to wait that long with Topps products.  Historically they’ve been fast and efficient for me.  The Topps website easily lets me track my redemption cards, while I find their communication skills flawless.  No problems at all.

Leaf Redemption Mailday

In July I opened a box of 2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection.  One of my “hits” was a redemption card for a Babe Ruth Game-Used Boston Bat Relic #’ed 1/1.  This card was redeemed on 7/24/17 and it arrived on 8/3/17.  Now that is the type of turnaround time all redemption cards should have.  Leaf isn’t known for issuing many redemption cards.  Until now, I had never redeemed anything from them.

According to Leaf, redemption cards were made for a few cards after they realized some of them got damaged during the manufacturing process.  It was easier to issue a redemption rather than hold up the entire product until they printed new cards to replace the damaged ones.  Only a handful of redemption cards from this product have surfaced.  A couple have sold for big money ranging anywhere from $700 and up.  Those people drastically overpaid thinking that the redeemed card would be something vastly different compared to the other 1/1 bat relics that made it into the product.  Cards like the one I received are worth about $200 to $300.  The unknown picture and what the bat piece would look like could’ve driven collectors to pay that much for those redemption cards as well.  I don’t think many will pay those prices anymore.  If you didn’t pull the cut signature, bat barrel, or bat knob, a bat relic #’ed 1/1 is the next best thing.

Card of the Day: 2005 Bowman Heritage Mystery Redemption

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Card of the Day: Usain Bolt 2012 Sportkings Series E Premium Redemption Jared Kelley Art Card

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Leaf Announces 2015 National Wrapper Redemption Plans

Leaf always has a huge presence during the National.  I’m sure this year won’t be any different.  Their booth usually takes up the most space showcasing prizes and upcoming products.

Leaf has announced it’s wrapper redemption plans for the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention.  Collectors opening up boxes of 2015 Leaf Legends of Sport, 2015 Leaf Clear Football, 2015 Leaf Pop Century, 2014-15 Leaf In The Game Used, and 2015 Leaf Masterworks: Sports Edition, will receive a 7-card pack containing exclusive cards in the classic 1990 Leaf Baseball design.  One in every seven of these packs will have an autograph.  You can get two packs if you share on video what you like about Leaf while opening your box.

Collectors opening a case of any of those products will receive a pack with an autograph inside numbered to 10 or less.  All products must be opened at the Leaf booth in front of a representative to obtain your promos.

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Upper Deck’s ’15 NSCC Wrapper Redemption Programs

One of my favorite things to report on each year are the promotional programs that go on during the National.  Because who doesn’t love free stuff?  There are a few different ways you can look at the giveaways.  The first is straight and simple.  Its the National and they’re giving away stuff to those collectors opening their products.  The second gets a little deeper into thought.  Why are those specific products required to participate in the programs?  The National is a great place for dealers to unload products that may not be moving very well.  Now, this train of thought in my opinion doesn’t flow with Upper Deck or Topps products.  They do promotional programs with popular products.  Panini on the other hand forces you to buy crap products in order to take part.  This is why I never participated in any of their programs last year.

I’m still surprised that Upper Deck has never made specially made Precious Metal Gem parallels for the National.  I think they would go over well.  They made some for the Industry Summit a few years ago.

With all that being said, here are the wrapper redemption programs that Upper Deck has planned so far for the 2015 National.  More info can be found on Upper Deck’s blog.

Prominent Cuts packs will contain randomly inserted autographed cards.  Plus Upper Deck has included six one-of-one cut signatures of deceased Chicago legends.  Unlike previous years, it is possible to put together a complete Prominent Cuts set all in one day.  Although you would have to open a lot of stuff and probably trade with others, Upper Deck isn’t giving out specific cards on certain days.

In order to receive (1) 2015 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts Promotional Pack you need to buy (5) packs of the following products from a Certified Diamond Dealer and open them at the Upper Deck booth:

  • 2014-15 NHL Fleer Showcase
  • 2014-15 NHL O-Pee-Chee Platinum
  • 2014-15 NHL Masterpieces
  • 2014-15 NHL SP Authentic
  • 2015 Goodwin Champions
  • 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs

If you buy (1) pack of the following products you will receive (3) 2015 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts Promotional Packs.

  • 2014-15 NHL SP Game-Used
  • 2014-15 NHL UD Premier

This program will start at 10:00 a.m. each day and run while supplies last.  You can use the program up to four times per person, per day.

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Cases of the following products are eligible for Upper Deck’s Case Breaker Promotion:

  • 2014-15 NHL Fleer Showcase (12 count case)
  • 2014-15 NHL O-Pee-Chee Platinum (16 count case)
  • 2014-15 NHL SP Authentic (12 box case)
  • 2014-15 NHL UD Premier (5 count case)
  • 2014-15 Goodwin Champions (16 count case)

For each case that is opened, you will receive (10) 2015 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts Promotional Packs and (1) Case Breaker Raffle Ticket.  The raffle ticket is good for a random memorabilia item, premium hobby pack/box, premium trading card, or Prominent Cuts VIP Autograph card.  Whatever you pick will be available right away.  This promo is only available to the first 75 collectors who wish to take part in it.

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