I am not a fan of Leaf cards of late. That being said, I actually like the idea behind Leaf’s latest release Best in Baseball. The idea is simple, Leaf buys back a graded iconic card and packs it with a cut autograph. The MSRP is $239.99 I believe, and here is a sample box break:
From the break, the dollar value per box is:
Box 1: PSA 10 Greg Maddux 1987 Donress (ebay value is 55-70), Ken Griffey Jr. Stone auto (ebay value 32). Loss of $138
Box 2: PSA 8 1958 Mantle All Star (ebay value 208), Greg Maddux signed stone (ebay value 22). Loss of $10 not too bad!
Box 3: BGS 9.5 Mike Trout 2009 Bowman Blue Refractor #/150 (ebay value ~225), Hank Aaron cut auto (ebay value 60). Gain of $45.
Overall a loss of $103 not bad and the cards are really nice!
Here is the sell sheet that Topps is suing over:
Topps is suing because Leaf is using it’s cards to market an item. Correct me if I’m wrong but Tri-Star did this for years, with their Chase for the . . . blasters. This isn’t even the first time Razor has done this, they have had a few of these repacked releases. I’m sorry but to me this is a non issue. Leaf went out and bought all of these cards, it’s not like they went to Topps HQ and hi-jacked them.
To extrapolate this further, what’s the difference between this and you selling your graded Topps card on eBay? You own it, you want to sell it, you put a picture up, see where I’m going with this. I hope that this gets thrown out of court and Topps gets reprimanded for another frivolous law suit.
What is your take on a) the product itself and b) the lawsuit?