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Old 03-17-2014, 10:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Leafs acquires the rights to Sportkings

03.17
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
LAS VEGAS – Leaf has acquired the rights to Sportkings.
Leaf CEO Brian Gray told Beckett Media at the 2014 Industry Summit that his company is working on a new release, which is slated to come out around the 2014 National Sports Collector Convention.

“We are getting all new names in the product,” Gray told Beckett Media. “We got (Michael) Phelps, he’s never been in it before. We got Ichiro in there. We’ll also have guys like (Johnny) Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney.”
Gray said the product would feature many newer names.
Sportkings, which was owned by In The Game’s Dr. Brian Price, was a re-make of a vintage set. The original appeared in 1933 featuring players from a wide range of sports such as baseball’s Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, football’s Jim Thorpe and boxing’s Jack Dempsey. The set highlighted skiers, cyclists and wrestler, too.
Last year’s offering featured autographed from Bob Griese, Don Shula, Kerri Strug and Tito Ortiz.
Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor at Beckett Media. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.
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Great news for me as I will save money now with not having to do group breaks!
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Someone please call mwheeler a paramedic....
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Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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Well that is unfortunate.
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Jadeveon Clowney, in Sportkings?

Guess I don't need to keep collecting the base set anymore. Or even think about buying any SK at all.
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I have always wondered what a Jamarkus Russell Sportkings would look like.....
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it was fun while it lasted
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it was fun while it lasted
It sure was!

I will admit that I'm sad to see it change hands. But at least the brand continues to exist. Hopefully that will be more positive than negative.

Phelps and Ichiro are deserving of the Sport Kings title. As long as these types of players dominate the product, it should do well and stand the test of time. Standing the test of time was always a main reason why I collected a product that housed the worlds greatest sports figures.
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Well im in the Minority.. Think it is a good thing...

If they can keep up with the same look as the past but add value it is a great thing
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Well im in the Minority.. Think it is a good thing...

If they can keep up with the same look as the past but add value it is a great thing
Adding value is ALWAYS a good thing.

How would you add value?
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Wheels to me the big question is....Will these be on card Auto's? I doubt it
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Adding value is ALWAYS a good thing.

How would you add value?
3-4 hits per box and not 1

80-90 dollars a box... Not a lot to ask these days

Leaf likes to add lots of hits... I think they will improve the product..

If they can keep the base set the same and add value with the hits...

im in
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Wheels to me the big question is....Will these be on card Auto's? I doubt it
That is a good question... it would have to be all on card..

stickers would be a deal breaker...
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So the NHL cards will have logos now? I guess that's a plus.
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3-4 hits per box and not 1

80-90 dollars a box... Not a lot to ask these days

Leaf likes to add lots of hits... I think they will improve the product..

If they can keep the base set the same and add value with the hits...

im in
It will be interesting to see if this can be done while keeping the costs down.

My initial thought...price will have to go up, or quality will have to go down, in order to add 2 to 3 more hits per box. I hope I'm wrong.

Maybe he won't need to add any big hits like Christy Mathewson, Bruce Lee, Martin Luther King Jr., etc. cut autos in order to keep the costs down.
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So the NHL cards will have logos now? I guess that's a plus.
how so? Upper Deck has an exclusive with the NHL, not Leaf
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how so? Upper Deck has an exclusive with the NHL, not Leaf
I dont know why I was thinking Leaf scored it....

My bad.
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Wheels to me the big question is....Will these be on card Auto's? I doubt it
Leaf said awhile back by 2015 I believe that all of their cards would be on-card. Not sure if thats still the plan.
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Sportkings has never had a sticker auto, so hopefully that tradition continues.
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Sportkings has never had a sticker auto, so hopefully that tradition continues.
I agree. Would hurt the brand massively to start a trend of sticker autographs. If anything seeing this news makes me want to scoop up previous Sportkings releases.
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I agree. Would hurt the brand massively to start a trend of sticker autographs. If anything seeing this news makes me want to scoop up previous Sportkings releases.
I have had the same exact thought.
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I agree. Would hurt the brand massively to start a trend of sticker autographs. If anything seeing this news makes me want to scoop up previous Sportkings releases.
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Here is auto checklist from leaf legends of sport...

lots of stickers but they get a lot of people to sign..

if they could get all these on cards... would be great

2012 Leaf Legends of Sport Checklist, Set Info, Boxes, Reviews, More

I really think it will be better
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I thought Leaf was banned from the Summit?
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