It’s dated 2021, but Leaf Valiant Baseball was actually released not long ago.
For those who like products with plenty of autos and nothing else, Valiant does fit the bill. The five card box boasts four autographed cards plus one graded autograph card (BGS 9.5 or better) or a 1/1 pre-production slabbed autograph proof card. That’s a mouthful. The primary focus is on minor league prospects.
The first card we pulled was a Jairo Pomares autograph card (sticker) numbered to 99. Pomares played High A Ball in the Giants organization this season, batting .266 with 17 homers.
The second pull was a Lionhearted auto of shortstop Marco Luciano, also numbered to 99. Luciano was on MiLB collectors want lists and has had success in the Giants farm system over the past three seasons.
Third up to bat was an auto of Orelvis Martinez, coming in at 75 copies. A big powerful shortstop in the Blue Jay’s organization, Martinez mashed 30 homers in 2022 and 28 bombs with two minor league teams in 2021. He’s definitely someone worth keeping an eye on. His autograph consisted of only his first name, but I guess when the last five letters are E-L-V-I-S you can get away with that.
Batting cleanup was a Fearless Phenoms Harry Ford autograph numbered to 35. The light blue does pop nicely off the card here.
Playing with the Mariners Single A affiliate at Modesto, CA, Ford hit nearly .275 with 11 home runs and 23 stolen bases in 2022. Promising offensive stats for a young backstop.
The fifth and final card was a BGS 9.5 Navy Blue auto of Robert Puason, numbered to 75 copies. Puason struggled with the A’s rookie affiliate in 2022, hitting just .214 with three homers and 27 RBI in over 300 at bats. He’s still only 20 years old. I’m not sure what his auto is supposed to represent.
That’s a wrap for the box and, honestly, if you’re not a big baseball fan, you’ll most likely be very underwhelmed with this product out of the box. The straight sticker auto aspect doesn’t help either. The casual fan most likely has never heard of many (if any) of these players and it could take years for them to pan out and the big leagues.
A lot can happen between the age of 16 and getting to the majors. You are almost always playing the long game with this type if product, which could go either way. Either way, with multiple autographs, it’s a decent gamble for the $80 (or sometimes less) these boxes sell for today. Put these guys in a three row box and check back in about five years.
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