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Leaf Unveils Print Runs for Masterworks Auto Sketch Cards

November 12, 2013 Leave a comment

 

 

Leaf Unveils Production Numbers for its

2013 Masterworks Auto/Sketch Cards

 

More than 200 standouts featured via autographed art cards!

 

Carrollton, TX (Nov. 12, 2013) – Leaf Trading Cards is proud to announce the overall production numbers for its recently released 2013 Masterworks Set. The limited print runs announced for each of the superstars featured in the autographed sketch release will only add heightened awareness and collectibility to the cards. What’s important to note is that every single sketch card represents a 1/1 effort by the artist so that every single signed sketch card is its very own 1/1.

 

“We understand the value of scarcity at Leaf, so we wanted to make collectors aware of the extremely low print runs for each of these cards,” said Leaf President Brian Gray. “We are very proud of this effort and wanted to share this valuable information with the hobby.”

 

The official print runs for the autographed sketch cards are as follows:

 

Al Kaline

20

Joe Morgan

20

Alistair Overeem

20

Jim Otto

20

Bob Gibson

20

Jim Palmer

20

Andre Tippett

20

Joe Schmidt

20

Bob Beamon

20

Jackie Slater

20

Buster Douglas

20

Jackie Smith

20

Bob Griese

20

John Smoltz

20

Bobby Hull

14

Jan Stenerud

20

Bob Lilly

20

Joe Theismann

20

Bill Mazeroski

20

James Worthy

1

Bob McAdoo

1

Jack Youngblood

20

Bobby Mitchell

20

Karl Malone

4

Bernie Parent

3

Kellen Winslow

20

Brooks Robinson

20

Kristi Yamaguchi

20

Barry Sanders

20

Luis Aparicio

20

Billy Shaw

20

Lem Barney

20

Bob St. Clair

20

Larry Bird

9

Bruce Sutter

20

Lou Brock

20

Bill Walton

20

Lolo Jones

20

Cynthia Cooper

20

Len Dawson

20

Clyde Drexler

20

Larry Holmes

20

Carlton Fisk

20

Larry Little

20

Cliff Hagan

20

Leroy Kelly

20

Chris Hanburger

20

Lenny Moore

20

Charlie Joiner

20

Lenny Wilkens

16

Carl Lewis

20

Larry Wilson

20

Clyde Lovellette

3

Mike Ditka

15

Chris Mullin

6

Marshall Faulk

20

Carly Patterson

20

Mike Haynes

20

Cal Ripken Jr.

20

Magic Johnson

20

Charlie Sanders

20

Marv Levy

20

Charley Taylor

20

Mike Modano

20

Charley Trippi

20

Misty May-Treanor

20

Chet Walker

2

Mel Renfro

20

Carl Yastrzemski

2

Mike Singletary

20

Denny Crum

10

Mark Spitz

20

Dan Dierdorf

20

Mike Tyson

20

Dennis Eckersley

20

Nancy Kerrigan

20

Deacon Jones

20

Nancy Lieberman

1

Dick Fosbury

20

Nolan Ryan

11

Dan Hampton

20

Olga Korbut

20

Don Mattingly

18

Oscar Robertson

20

Don Maynard

20

Ozzie Smith

20

Dominique Moceanu

20

Pat Gillick

20

David Robinson

20

Paul Hamm

20

Dennis Rodman

20

Paul Krause

20

Deion Sanders

1

Paul Molitor

20

Dolph Schayes

1

Pat Riley

20

Don Shula

20

Pete Rose

20

Dwight Stephenson

20

Paul Warfield

20

Don Sutton

1

Rick Barry

20

Dave Wilcox

20

Raymond Berry

2

Dominique Wilkins

20

Riddick Bowe

20

Ernie Banks

20

Rod Carew

20

Elgin Baylor

20

Rollie Fingers

4

Elvin Bethea

20

Ric Flair

20

Earl Campbell

20

Royce Gracie

20

Eric Dickerson

20

Robert Griffin III

20

Elvin Hayes

2

Rickey Henderson

20

Eddie Murray

20

Rickey Jackson

20

Fred Biletnikoff

20

Reggie Jackson

20

Fred Dean

20

Randy Johnson

9

Frank Gifford

20

Roy Jones Jr.

20

Ferguson Jenkins

20

Ronnie Lott

20

Frank Robinson

7

Robert Parish

20

Frank Thomas

20

Ryne Sandberg

20

Gina Carano

20

Red Schoendienst

13

George Gervin

20

Roger Wehrli

20

Gail Goodrich

20

Randy White

20

Goose Gossage

4

Rod Woodson

20

Gordie Howe

20

Ron Yary

20

Greg Maddux

15

Steve Carlton

20

Gino Marchetti

20

Steve Cauthen

20

Gary Payton

20

Sam Huff

20

Gaylord Perry

10

Steve Largent

20

Harry Carson

20

Shannon Miller

20

Harry Gallatin

15

Shane Mosley

20

Hal Greer

5

Stan Musial

1

Hulk Hogan

20

Scottie Pippen

5

Hugh McElhenny

20

Steve Young

6

Hakeem Olajuwon

20

Tony Esposito

1

Hope Solo

20

Tommy Hearns

20

Ivan Rodriguez

20

Tommy Lasorda

5

Ichiro

20

Tom Mack

20

Johnny Bench

20

Tony Perez

8

Jim Bunning

20

Tom Seaver

4

Jim Calhoun

20

Thurman Thomas

19

Jose Canseco

20

Wade Boggs

20

Jean Cruguet

20

Willie Brown

20

Joe DeLamielleure

20

Will Clark

20

Jerry Rice

11

Whitey Ford

20

Janet Evans

20

Whitey Herzog

20

Jennie Finch

20

Warren Moon

20

John Hannah

20

Y.A. Tittle

20

Jimmy Johnson

20

Yogi Berra

2

Jim Kelly

20

Jack Ham

20

Jake LaMotta

1

Dave Casper

20

Jim Langer

20

Michael Moorer

20

James Lofton

20

Doug Martin

20

Joe Montana

20

Road Warrior Animal

20

Tonya Harding

20

 

About Leaf Trading Cards

 

The mission of Leaf Trading Cards is to deliver an exceptional trading card experience. For more information about Leaf and its products please visit www.leaftradingcards.com.

Categories: Press Release, Uncharted

Flashback, but some things never change.

November 4, 2013 Leave a comment

1995 Signature Rookies Tetrad Autobilia Todd Helton #87

It’s always funny to see this card that has my username on it, but it brought up a conversation I had with a local dealer. The shop at the time was located down the street from the high school me and Todd attended. The dealer had the autographed version in his case. Todd’s parents use to go to that shop, Sports Treasures (@sportstreasures), to see what new cards Todd had out. Well, apparently, Todd saw the autographed version of this card and said he never signed any of those cards. With Signature Rookies and Genuine Article (Roy Ro”d”gers forgery), that seem to have been a common issue with those old passing through card companies. After seeing so many variation of signatures, I miss the old days when a representative was present during the signings. Now, stickers are signed, then returned by the athlete or their agent.

The back of the card states, “This card was signed by Roy Ro”d”gers in the presence of a representative of the Genuine Article, Inc. The Signature is Guarenteed Authentic Unconditionally.”

Too bad the basketball player’s name is Roy Rogers (without the d) which is in the autograph.

And who could forget the 1997 UD NFL Legends Donnie Shell Autograph #AL24 which at least 1/2 to 2/3 of the cards were signed by his wife.

At least Upper Deck was honest stating, “This NFL Legends trading card was not autographed in the presence of a representative of the Upper Deck Company, LLC., but was obtained directly from Donnie Shell.”

Integrity seems to always get overlooked in order to cut cost.

Categories: Uncharted

Fake Game Worn Jersey Issue

October 28, 2013 Leave a comment

After reading the “Fake Game-Worn Jersey Issue Problematic for Sports Trading Card Manufacturers” article by Rob Bertrand (@VOTC), it gave me a flashback about a conversation I had with someone via e-mail. That person in question was the original “cardcop” who seemed to be an angry whistleblower in a sense, so his creditability was always questionable. In the email, he started it with “THIS E-MAIL IS BETWEEN YOU AND I ONLY FOR NOW AS THERE IS LEGAL ACTION PENDING.” Well, the email was on March 13, 2002, so I think its safe to discuss some of the content.

In Rob’s article, this part caught my eye:

“In talking to a former product development manager from one of the aforementioned trading card companies, he said that it would be impossible to determine which jersey swatches went into what products. After the jersey is inventoried and receives a serial number, the jersey is cut into hundreds of pieces. These pieces are then put into a bag” which may or may not at the time contain other pieces of existing game-used jersey swatches of that particular player mixed in.

However, in talking with one attorney familiar with the case, he stated that he would argue that “once the bag contains anything that’s not game-used, the trading card manufacturers can’t assert that the cards contain genuine swatches. (This would be) kind of a ‘chain of custody’ argument. The chain broke at the point they mixed in some bad stuff (jersey material), so since they can’t ID from that point what is good or not, everything afterwards has to be assumed to be tainted.””

The reason it caught my eye was because, in that March 13, 2002 email, cardcop stated, “I personally witnessed game-used jerseys being cut up, then store bought jerseys of the same player being added to the SAME BAG! I was there no more than 3 days when I saw this.”

There were a lot of interesting allegations, but they were all unrelated to this particular article. At the time, it was hard to believe half of the stuff cardcop said, but now I’m starting to believe there was some truth to this. Keep in mind, this was before they were acquired by Panini America.

While running a sports hobby site at the time, I was always in direct contact with all of the card companies. This included Donruss’ owner at the time who was very helpful and accommendating when it came to press releases, checklists, etc. I use to exchange emails with the original Fleer company after discovering errors or unreleased cards on the secondary market. For the most part, they were very transparent, but always gave the impression they were completely clueless to what went out. They solely relied on vendor notes and thats all they had to go on.

Rob’s article brought up another point, “(Jarrod Oldridge) believes that the process used by Upper Deck and Donruss invited fraud, because . . . the card companies did not require a certificate of authenticity for each of the supposed game used jerseys,

A response from Fleer I received in 2002 after discovering that the 2001 Fleer Genuine Edgar Martinez Final Cut “game worn batting glove” actually had jersey patches:

Dear Sir,

I have just looked at a few Edgar Martinez cards from Final Cut (Genuine 2001) and deduced the following:

1. You are correct to assert that the swatches you are seeing are NOT a batting glove. It appears this is an “error” card in which batting glove was supposed to be affixed and instead, game-used jersey was. I assure you that this is an honest error made at the stage when the memorabilia is adhered to the card

2. All Fleer materials are game-used and we have adequate paperwork to back this up.

3. This is the first we have heard of this particular error card and we apologize for our mistake. However, as a collector, I’m sure you are aware, there are bound to be problems from time to time. Fleer makes every effort to assure our cards are accurate and it is unfortunate when the occasional mishap occurs and results in confusion.

4. Your contention that the jersey was a spring training jersey is incorrect.

5. The jersey was NOT from 2001, but was from 2000.

 

We regret your unhappiness with Fleer as well as your stance on no longer collecting game-used cards. We make every effort to comply with and exceed our licensors’ standards for authentication and documentation of game-worn materials. This was simply an error card and was not an effort to mislead our customers.

We hope you can forgive our mistake and apologize for your displeasure.

Sincerely,

[name omitted]
Fleer Trading Cards”

So, if card companies no longer require adequate paperwork, where is the integrity? I know on a lot of game used cards, it states, “The memorabilia has been certified to us  as having been used in  an official … game”. The question is, who certified it?

Its going to be interesting to see how all of this turns out.

Categories: Uncharted

2000 Ovation Ryan Anderson WP Error SP #70

October 25, 2013 Leave a comment
Categories: Uncharted

1996 Leaf Signature Series Tim Raines Autograph

October 25, 2013 Leave a comment
Categories: Uncharted

05 Donruss Warren Spahn duel game used/auto.

October 25, 2013 Leave a comment
Categories: Uncharted

1987 ProCards Curt Schilling Greensboro Hornets

October 25, 2013 Leave a comment
Categories: Uncharted
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