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2013 Leaf Trinity Baseball Set for Release; Company Purchases Non-Sport Brand from ITG

Leaf has released its final baseball product of the year and completed a purchase of another manufacturer’s brand.

2013 Leaf Trinity Baseball starts shipping this week with three specific elements: “Pure (Glass) Autographs,” a 49-player, multi-tiered lineup (60-25-5-1) showcasing the Katoh InscriptionsLeaf Trinity Pure Oscar Taveras Appel Patchtop prospects with stunning, glass-style transparent cards featuring all on-card autographs; “Inscription Autographs,” a 62-player, multi-tiered assortment (30-10-5-3-1) of draft picks who have added some very unique inscriptions to each of their cards; and “Patch Autos,” which includes another multi-tiered delivery of 40 players with jersey patch swatches as low as 1-of-1.

Unlike the earlier Trinity football release, every Patch Auto in Trinity has been signed on card.  1-of-1 printing plates of every player in both the “Inscription Autographs” and “Patch Auto” collections are there for the taking.

In addition to already proven professional prospects like Byron Buxton and Oscar Taveras, as well as New York Yankees up-and-comer Gosuke Katoh, the set includes the Top 5 picks from the 2013 MLB Draft: RHP Mark Appel (No. 1); third baseman Kris Bryant (2); RHP Jonathan Gray (3); RHP Kohl Stewart (4); and outfielder Clint Frazier (No.5).

Each box contains five autographed cards and production for 2013 Leaf Trinity Baseball was limited to 250 10-box cases.

Here’s a list of short prints in the 2013 Leaf Trinity issue:

Base Version (Unnumbered) Patch Autos

(Base Version is Typically 60) (Only base version is short-printed):

Aaron Judge        30

Angelo Gumbs    28

Billy McKinney    43

Carlos Correa     36

Chris Anderson   18

Clint Frazier         27

Eric Jagielo          33

Ian Clarkin           24

Jorge Soler          5

Kris Bryant           4

Maikel Franco    44

Marco Gonzales 17

Mark Appel         40

Oscar Taveras    29

Rob Kaminsky     20

Tim Anderson     22

Oscar Mercado  21

Leaf has also announced it has acquired the assets of the Famous Fabrics non-sports line from In the Game. Leaf has agreed to complete any projects already underway by Famous Fabrics and will then assimilate future Famous Fabrics undertakings into Leaf’s assorted “non-sport” line of products.

In The Game’s Dr. Brian Price says he gave up the brand in hopes of obtaining an NHL and NHLPA license soon and giving up Famous Fabrics “will allow our group to focus on our core business, which is hockey cards.”

Leaf’s control of the Famous Fabrics line is effective immediately.

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