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Latest non-sport set from Leaf packs pop, unfortunate circumstance and more …

By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor | Commentary

No matter what you think of Hollywood, there will be plenty to think about when 2011 Leaf Pop Century arrives this week.

Pick a name you might have read about in the news … Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Mickey Rourke, Britney Spears … they’re in there as autographs.

Also in there will be a 1/1 dual cut autograph booklet of President John F. Kennedy and the man who murdered him, Lee Harvey Oswald … a card that also includes a piece from the limo driven on that infamous day in Dallas.

And the product also includes an autographed card of Jeff Conaway, the former Grease actor, who died Friday after battling drug problems for years.

“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Taxi star Jeff Conaway,” said Leaf CEO Brian Gray after hearing the news. “I personally did the signing with Jeff, and I was shocked what a great guy he was. He was one of the few celebrities Ive worked with that acted like we were doing him a favor and not the other way around.”

Other celebrity autographs to be found in the product include Harrison Ford, Pamela Anderson, Kate Beckinsale, William Shatner, Bo Derek, Vivica A. Fox, Pam Grier, Hayden Penettiere, Kim Kardashian (and the rest of them, too), Kendra Wilkinson, Dennis Rodman, Vince Neil, Traci Lords and countless others.

There’s also a small segment of the sports world with the last two Heisman Trophy winners, Auburn’s Cam Newton and Alabama’s Mark Ingram, along with strikeout king Nolan Ryan among those signers.

No matter what you think of the scandals that have surrounded the lives of more than a few of the subjects on the list — or whether a JFK-Oswald card is tasteful — there’s no doubting that those scandals have made them household names in the tabloids or on our televisions.

And it’s that star power — however it comes — that will likely translate into sales of trading cards.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

8 Comments

Todd Gack

From a historical standpoint, the JFK/Oswald cut sig is one of the most unique cards (and controversial) cards ever created. There’s even a piece of the limo embedded in the card! While this product really doesn’t appeal to me, the quality of the stars seem to be higher than the autos put out by Panini (minus a few stars). I’m sure the more unique and limited cards will find there niche and fetch a small fortune for those who pull them.

Posted May 31, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink
Jamie Case

Talk about TRAIN WRECK ! I can think of a couple more BOOKLETS
Terrelle Pryor/Jim Tressel
Leno/Letterman
Pete Rose/Bart Giamatti

Posted May 31, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink
Larry

I need to lose weight Charlie Sheen is that crack your on or are you just a major alcoholic? You look like a zombie from Call of Duty, why anyone would want your cards is beyond me.

Posted May 31, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Permalink
s kashner

not cool.
how about a
Lincoln and Booth dual
John Lennon and Mark David Chapman dual
Robert Kennedy and Sirhan Sirhan dual
Martin luther King and James Earl Ray
Gandhi and Nathuram Godse
Oswald and Ruby dual
Hitler and Eva Bruan
would pay for a card with sigs of team members DEVGRU (seal team 6)

Posted May 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
Brian Schumacher

I wonder how they got that swatch of leather from the seat of the JFK limo. It is currently housed in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn MI (along with the chair that Lincoln was sitting in when he was assasinated and you can still see he blood on it). I can’t fathom that they would let Leaf deface a one of a kind piece of American history.

Posted June 2, 2011 at 7:24 am | Permalink
Chad

any idea on when the checklist will be on Beckett’s site? It is on Leaf’s site but in PDF form

From mod: Once a final checklist is received and verified, it should be uploaded with pricing as soon as 10 days after a product’s release date.

Posted June 2, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink
Todd W

The Kennedy/Oswald was pulled yesterday by a member of nonsportscardforum.com

Posted June 3, 2011 at 9:46 am | Permalink
DAVE M.

How come they never change it up? Why is it always dead Presidents? Why not Al Capone / Elliot Ness, Patton / Stalin, Hitler / Eisenhower, some real American history that we always neglect to mention?

Posted June 3, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

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