First Look: 2015 Leaf Best of Hockey
By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor
Buyback products have gathered a strong following in the hobby in recent years and Leaf Trading Cards has been one of the leaders among manufacturers in bringing these releases to store shelves. Back in 2013, the company issued its first Best of Hockey effort and it is back again with a new twist for 2015.
Instead of a one-of-one sketch card being placed into packs this time, Leaf has decided to make the most of its partnership with In The Game and will be putting one card from a past release into packs of 2015 Leaf Best of Hockey instead. Considering the vast array of memorabilia cards that the company produced over the years, the odds are strong of pulling an excellent piece featuring some of biggest names from the past and present. The foil stamp will indicate that these are one-of-one cards as well.
As expected, the company will also be putting one slabbed and graded buyback card from throughout the history of hockey cards in packs as well. There is the potential to pull major rookie cards, autographed cards of major stars in addition to many other high ends pieces.
Leaf has stated that production for this product has been cut by 20 percent compared to the previous edition and there will be four boxes per case. It is expected to hit store shelves in late February.
Stephen Laroche is the editor of Beckett Hockey and Beckett Basketball magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at SLaroche@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen_Laroche.