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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.

6 Comments

  1. Todd Gack
    Posted Tuesday May 31st, 2011 at 01:07 PM | Permalink

    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.

  2. Jamie Case
    Posted Tuesday May 31st, 2011 at 02:18 PM | Permalink

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

  3. s kashner
    Posted Tuesday May 31st, 2011 at 04:18 PM | Permalink

    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)

  4. Brian Schumacher
    Posted Thursday June 2nd, 2011 at 07:24 AM | Permalink

    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.

  5. Chad
    Posted Thursday June 2nd, 2011 at 09:38 AM | Permalink

    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.

  6. Todd W
    Posted Friday June 3rd, 2011 at 09:46 AM | Permalink

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

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