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Box Busters: 2010 Leaf Sports Icons Update by Chris Olds
January 9, 2011, 12:51 pm
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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2010 Leaf Sports Icons Update boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Leaf preps Muhammad Ali card set by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

He’s the baddest.

The greatest there ever was.

Now, he’s coming to a new a trading card product.

Leaf Trading Cards has taken another step to add to Muhammad Ali’s legacy by bringing fans closer to the iconic boxer. Leaf is creating a set dedicated to Ali, which will feature all on-card autographs from Ali and others, including many exclusive features.

Each box will include four base cards, one Ali hit and two other autos.

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Two Days at The National: A Photo Gallery by Tracy Hackler

BALTIMORE — Following two and a half days immersed in the 31st National Sports Collectors Convention, I bittersweetly boarded a plane in Baltimore Friday afternoon to head back home. Bitter: I had to leave The National! Enough said. Sweet: I was mere hours away from reuniting with my sainted wife and two sons.

Not to worry: The ever-capable Chris Olds and a superstar slew of Beckett folks remained in Baltimore, as did an inordinate amount of personal highlights, including four maddeningly delicious crab cakes, quality time well spent with loyal Beckett customers, longtime friends and neat new ones.

I saw tons of cool autographed Tim Tebow memorabilia, but not nearly enough Tebow singles. I saw a bunch of excited collectors pulling some absolute cornerstone cards while participating in redemption programs for In The Game, the new Leaf, Panini America, Press Pass, Topps and Upper Deck. I saw a Brett Favre lookalike (Gary Williams from Kentucky) on Thursday morning, a walk-off Orioles victory from the cozy confines of Camden Yards on Thursday night (Tom and Mindy Noonan, you people are saints),  and enough cool Babe Ruth memorabilia to last until, well, at least a year — until the 32nd National in Chicago.

Heck, I even signed a few autographs (no, really, I did) and made an appearance on the Card Corner Club radio show. Indeed, I left Baltimore with tons of great memories — and an iPhone full of photos . . .

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Brian Gray revives Leaf brand at The National by Chris Olds
August 4, 2010, 2:43 pm
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The gates of the National Sports Collectors Convention are about to open and there’s already a few nuggets of news with the return of an old, familiar name.

Brian Gray, formerly of the Razor Entertainment Group has launched Leaf Trading Cards, one of the past brand names commonly associated with Donruss products in the 1980s. However, Panini America does not own the Leaf trademark as part of the Donruss-Playoff umbrella.

“When I saw that the Leaf brand was available, I immediately recognized it was the perfect match for my new endeavor,” said Gray in a prepared statement. “The Leaf brand is synonymous with high quality and longevity, pre-dating any current manufacturer. My vision is to produce the highest quality cards with an irresistible value, while maintaining a long-term commitment to improving this industry.”

Leaf has acquired all non-baseball brands of the Razor Entertainment Group.

Its first release will be 2010 Leaf MMA available in late September 2010.

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And the Paul Lempa painting card winners are … by Chris Olds


For Beckett Baseball No. 45, we had baseball artist Paul Lempa produce four baseball card-sized paintings of some memorable baseball cards to give away to our lucky readers.

And a fifth reader got to select a custom-painted card for the New Jersey-based artist to create.

All they had to do was tell us who their favorite sports artist is — and the winners were selected based on what they wrote.

Four winners will receive at random one of the cards shown after the jump, which are paintings of Ted Williams’ 1948-49 Leaf card, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson‘s 1915 Cracker Jack, Lou Gehrig‘s 1933 Goudey and Willie Mays‘ 1952 Bowman cards.

Lempa was profiled in a past issue of Beckett Baseball and has produced Sketch Cards for several Topps products in the last year or so. He also has signed on for Topps’ upcoming National Chicle football card set.

These intricately designed paintings take hours to complete and the scans do them no justice, but they’ll be joining the collections of a few lucky collectors.

And the winners are …

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2008 Leaf Rookies and Stars Boxbusters by ejahnke

I know you love it…

Leaf Rookies & Stars Football has good Team Chemistry by Chris Olds

Sometimes, it’s the simple additions to an insert set that make it a bit stronger.

In the case of the Team Chemistry cards in the upcoming 2008 Leaf Rookies & Stars Football set, all that hinges on just a little ink.

Check out these cards from the product, which hits store shelves next Wednesday, after the jump.

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