Leaf readies first tennis release

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Leaf will bring its first tennis-only product to the market at the end of the month.

The company acquired Ace Authentic’s trading card line in December and less than six months later, 2013 Ace Authentic Signature Series Tennis will be here.

The base autographs will feature 150 cards with multiple parallels including those numbered to 10 and 1-of-1s. These cards feature many of the top tennis stars includingRafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Victoria Asarenko.

Collectors can expect to find one pack with six autographs in every box.

There are several subsets of autographs:

Perfect Partners: Dual-signed cards with multiple parallels such as Asarenko paired with Caroline Wozniacki. Up to 60 subjects will be featured.

-Top 40: Only the best tennis players in the world will be showcased in this set such as Federer and Wozniacki.

-Grand Slam Champs Autographs: Features players with Grand Slam titles.

Hall of Fame Legends Autographs: Tennis icons in the Hall of Fame such as Jim Courier and Billie Jean King.

Pre-sales boxes cost about $80. The autographs on the cards are just mock-ups.

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. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.

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5 comments

  1. TunaHead 11 April, 2013 at 07:45

    Usually I like most Leaf sets, but honestly, this is a pretty generic and boring design

  2. Steve 11 April, 2013 at 08:47

    Mixed feelings about an autograph-only set — Ace did some interesting things with patch & memorabilia cards in 2012 and 2011, and this new line seems a bit unimaginative. Looking forward to seeing Leaf put their own stamp on tennis cards in years to come.

    • Susan Lulgjuraj 11 April, 2013 at 08:53

      Leaf wanted to use up the inventory it receive from Ace. The next tennis products after this should be “Leaf” tennis and not Ace.

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