Collectors may have been confused when Panini announced this week that it would feature Portland star Damian Lillard in some of its upcoming basketball products. Leaf has held an exclusive autograph contract with the young star, so what gives?
“I just wanted to clear up any confusion as to why these autographs will start appearing in other manufacturers’ products shortly,” said Leaf President Brian Gray. “Basically, it’s because of a unique arrangement I spearheaded in order to make one of basketball’s brightest stars available to consumers on other companies’ cards.”
In short, Leaf’s deal with Lillard remains but they have agreed to farm out some of his autographs to other companies.
“Leaf Trading Cards has been built on the notion of doing what’s best for the industry and for the consumers who make this industry great,” Gray said. ”I personally feel this move is best for the hobby by giving consumers a choice.”
Tommy Lasorda, Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, pitcher Kenley Jansen and former Mets, Dodgers, Giants and Yankees star Darryl Strawberry will meet fans and sign autographs on Saturday, September 28 during the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo.
Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1997, Lasorda will sign autographs from 10 am to Noon. The cost is $89 per item and an additional $39 for a personalized inscription.
Ellis and Jansen, will sign from 11 am to 12:30 pm. The autograph fees for Ellis are $29 and $10 additional for an inscription, and $35 and $10 respectively for Jansen. Strawberry, who hit 28 home runs his first year with the Dodgers in 1991, will be available from Noon to 1:30 pm. The cost is $39 for an autograph and $15 for an inscription.
The show will be open to the public Thursday and Friday, September 26 and 27, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, September 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For additional information or to pre-purchase autograph tickets, call the Long Beach Expo at (888) 743-9316 or email at [email protected]
As time capsules go, it wasn’t that old. The community of Yorktown, IN buried a box full of items from 1987 with plans to open it up in time for the town’s centennial this year. Among the items buried 26 years ago? Baseball cards. Someone, no doubt, thought they’d be worth a fortune in 2013 but as we all know, that’s not the case.
And they’re worth even less when the thing isn’t sealed up the way it should and…well…take a look.