Corny or cool? Leaf puts cornstalks into cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

They’ve been built, will you come looking for them?

Leaf Trading Cards revealed on Wednesday its newest creations — baseball cards with cornstalks from the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa.

They will be found in holiday bonus packs given to distributors.


There will be 14 cards showing former baseball players and two celebrities. Most of them played in a Team of Dreams game in September at the baseball field built and used in the Kevin Costner movie Field of Dreams.

“This was just another way for us to have fun and come up with something nobody has else has ever done in the hobby,” said Leaf CEO Brian Gray, who also was among the players for the game.

Actor Matthew Perry and singer Randy Owen appear on cards along with Johnny Bench, Wade Boggs, Rod Carew, Carlton Fisk, Doc Gooden, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Paul Molitor, Jim Palmer, Jim Rice, Pete Rose, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter and Frank Thomas.

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.




As an Ozzie Smith collector, I will definitely be looking for his stalk card!

Posted November 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

Mathew Perry was a “no-show” at the event…although he is part of the new ownership group.

Posted November 27, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

Event used corn. That’s a good one. I think I may like to see this concept with the lineup of baseball players that returned in Field of Dreams, Shoeless Joe, Smokey Joe Wood, Mel Ott, Gil Hodges, but not Ty Cobb! “Ty Cobb wanted to play, but none of us could stand the son-of-a-bitch when we were alive, so we told him to stick it!”

Posted November 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

I vote “Cool,” but it would be even cooler if the players and actors featured in the movie were on the cards.

Posted November 27, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

Awesome place to visit, recommend for any baseball/movie fan. Corn concept is awesome….no logo’s or team names….not so awesome.

Posted November 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

You can’t hate on this. It’s not like they’re trying to “sell” these. I don’t see much of a future for corn cards… but it’s a fun giveaway and good conversation piece.

Posted November 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

corny, but for free you can’t complain. I still don’t get why these companies with no licenses even bother. The no logo stuff is hideous.

Posted November 27, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink
Richard G.


Posted November 27, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink
Phil Regetta

They are grasping at straws…..literally!

Posted November 27, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

They are unlicensed so they are not cool. Leaf and Panini need to stop making baseball cards.

Posted November 27, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

Do I dare comment, Chris, on the two card samples you provided??? Reggie and Jim Rice are two of the most classless athletes that I encountered while working for them when their teams came to Cleveland Stadium.
Seeing these two samples automatically turns me off on this product!

Posted November 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Permalink


This sounds like something In The Game would put out…

Posted November 27, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

I’ll pass. This idea is as bad as when Upper Deck was putting insects on cards.

Posted November 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

Aw “Shucks” why didn’t I think of that idea for a card. C’mon no one thought of the shucks pun before me???
What’s next cob knob cards? Pretty ingenious idea Panini.

Posted November 27, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

Sorry I meant to say LEAF, I don’t know where Panini came from. I was thinking of the no logos I guess.

Posted November 27, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

won’t they decay?

Posted November 27, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Permalink
Card Opinionator

Great idea! Richard McWilliam would have done one of himself. I wonder if Brian Gray will?

Posted November 29, 2013 at 9:12 am | Permalink
Jason K

This should be filed under “could be cool”. Since they can’t use logos, it seems like a natural fit to include only players featured in the movie (especially since most of them didn’t have logos on their hats anyway). It especially makes sense since they are not affiliated with MLB, and can include the banned players. Either way, it’s a give away, so it’s still getting a cool vote from me.

Posted November 29, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

I disagree about the logo stuff. Maybe if Panini and Leaf keep coming up with innovative stuff, it will either force Topps to improve or nudge MLB into making reasonable deals with all the manufacturers.

By the way, is anybody else not able to access the forums? I haven’t been able to get in in three days, I keep getting a maintenance message (???)

Posted November 29, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

i will give them credit for trying

Posted November 29, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Permalink
David Quinn

You got to give them some credit… It’s different and I’ve never seen this before.

Posted December 2, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

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