There are benefits to owning a brand with a long-ago hobby history. For one, you get to produce modern cards in vintage designs under the same brand name. On Friday, Leaf Originals Football releases, and while you won't confuse it with the classic throwbacks, it is made with the 1948 and 1960 card designs in mind.
Make no mistake, though. This product is focused on present players.
Each box of 2014 Leaf Originals Football includes five autographed cards per box with 12 boxes per case.
Originals is a draft-based product that promised on card autographs from players like Johnny Manziel, AJ McCarron, Blake Bortles, Sammy Watkins, Kelvin Benjamin, Tajh Boyd and Jadeveon Clowney.
Beyond the unnumbered 1948-style base on-card autographs, which include multiple color parallels as limited as 1-of-1, Leaf has produced a “1948 Originals Alternate-Art” autographed subset that features the classic ’48 design with limited parallels starting at 25 and dropping down to 1. The “1960 Originals Autographs” subset once again sports the classic card design and features a throwback look at the upcoming draft class. There are all on-card autographs in this subset with colored parallels starting at 50 and winding down to 1.
Rounding out the set is a special “Masterworks” autographed art card insert lineup that include a number of 2014’s top draft picks. Every art card is an original, hand drawn piece of art and therefore registers as a 1-of-1. Finally, like last year’s offering, Leaf has included randomly seeded “Hot Rookie Redemption” cards that will be good this time around for 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston’s signed Florida State mini helmet.
While Friday was the official release date, a lot of product has already been opened. See what's for sale on eBay here.