Leaf Originals Football recalls 1948, 1960 designs


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Leaf’s football products seem to be a hit with collectors with its early 2014 offerings. Of course, the 2014 NFL prospects may help with that.

It recently released 2014 Leaf Originals featuring the 1948 Leaf design and keeping the colors simple like the original, and the 1960 Leaf design.

Johnny Manziel is easily the top player in the set with many of his autographs selling for more than $100. However, most other autographs have sold below that threshold unless the card is a 1-of-1. But getting $50-$75 for an autograph of Jadeveon Clowney or Teddy Bridgewater for a non-licensed product is not bad.

Unfortunately, many autographs are not commanding that type of cash. A quick eBay search shows more than 500 completed listings of cards that have sold for less than $5. Players on the bottom of the list include Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney, San Jose State quarterback David Fales and Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier.

To give it some originality, Leaf also included 1-of-1 sketch card of the prospects.

Each box of 2014 Leaf Originals Football contains five autographs for about $100. It seems to be a popular product out of the gate with close to 1,600 cards sold (not completed auctions, but sold) on eBay since it came out.

What do you think of 2014 Leaf Originals Football?

Johnny Manziel cards

1948 designs

1960 designs

Sketch cards

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor at Beckett Media. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.


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  1. Darren 7 April, 2014 at 10:24

    Kudos to Leaf for trying to make an unlicensed product appealing, but I’ll wait for the ‘real’ cards to roll out.

  2. Richard 7 April, 2014 at 12:30

    Calling it unlicensed is a bit unfair. Honestly, the only license I really care about is the fact the person
    on the card authorized it. I remember a time in the 70’s when Topps had to airbrush off the logos for
    many of the teams, but we still consider those legit cards, mainly because they were the only ones being
    made at the time.

    That is not to say I would not prefer to see the team logos, I would, but with the exclusive licenses being
    sold for millions, and in the case of the colleges the players seeing none of the money, I don’t expect it
    to happen the way it once did.

    The best part of these kind of products is getting the autograph at a time they are still putting some
    effort into it. It’s not unusual to see a player’s signature degrade into a scribble or even a single initial.
    Even more so once they sign a big contract. After that, you might have to wait decades to see their autos
    reappear, assuming we still care to get them at that point.

  3. Mike Pereira 13 April, 2014 at 23:53

    Agree with Richard about the first autos are the best and as the season rolls on they get crappier and crappier till they are scribbles or just intials on the best and most expensive products at the end of the year, go figure!! The industry needs to crack down on these players signing lazy crappy autos in the high end stuff.

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