First look: 2012 Leaf Legends of Sport

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Bringing together an iconic group of athletes to sign for a product is an ambitious task, but one Leaf has taken on again.

In 2012 Legends of Sport, Leaf has assembled popular athletes and pop culture figures to fill out the set, including international baseball stars, Olympic athletes and even a former Vice Presidential hopeful.

The set includes more than 150 subjects.

Legends of Sport is scheduled to come out at the end of January and each box will contain three autograph cards.

The base set of autographs includes names such as soccer star Hope Solo, baseball’s Ichiro Suzuki and football’s Robert Griffin III. There is even a Sarah Palin autograph thrown in the mix.

There is a large focus on Olympic athletes. However, maybe none greater than a booklet card featuring 16 autographs from members of the 1980 men’s hockey Olympic goal medal team – the men who brought the country the “Miracle on Ice.” Autographs on the booklet include Mike Eruzione and Jim Craig.

The autograph subsets include nickname cards, cards numbered to a player’s respective jersey number, Award Winner Autographs and We are the Champions Autographs.

In addition, there are Signature Swatches Autographs featuring gear used by the athlete.

Here’s a sample of the names included in this product (check out the gallery below):
– Mike Tyson
– Roy Jones Jr.

– Damian Lillard
– Bill Russell
– Scottie Pippen
– Karl Malone

– Ichiro
– Albert Pujols
– Greg Maddux
– Cal Ripken Jr.

– Doug Martin
– Robert Griffin III
– Deion Sanders

– Lolo Jones
– Hope Solo
– Nancy Kerrigan

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here.


  1. Vince
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Got a problem with this set…are these supposed to be autographed by the individuals depicted on the cards? The reason I ask is because all of the autographs pictured are clearly done by the same hand. For example, the “M” in Magic Johnson and Mike Tyson are the same style…the “N” in Nolan Ryan and Nancy Kerrigan are the same style…the “R” in Robert Griffin III and Ric Flair are the same style…etc…Am I the only one who notices this? I sincerely hope this is just an example they put together of the autographs and not the actual product because if so, this is a card set people should stay away from.

  2. Susan Lulgjuraj
    Posted December 29, 2012 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    Vince, these are just mockups that the companies produce for sell sheets. Nearly every company does this.

  3. Posted December 29, 2012 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Vince, totally not needed, slamming a product for somethink that was obvious as this. read the discription before you type. states that theses are examples

  4. johnny Cakes
    Posted December 29, 2012 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Really Vince?

  5. Matt
    Posted December 29, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    That 16-Auto Booklet of the 1980 hockey team is crazy! Imagine pulling that thing!

  6. Merovius
    Posted December 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a decent improvement. Still sticker autos however :(

    Im especially excited about the “Iron” Mike and 1980 Team USA card, I met Mike on a train to NY from Albany over a decade ago and was at the Miracle On Ice game in Lake Placid. It would be really special if they added a Brooks cut auto.

  7. zotster
    Posted December 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    The fact you can actually read the names is (in most cases) a dead giveaway that these are mock-ups …

  8. Richard
    Posted December 30, 2012 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    stickers = low interest by me especially given the likely costs of the product and the relative
    availability of these people to leaf.

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