Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 11.
The box: 2012 Leaf Pete Rose The Living Legend baseball cards
The cost: Click here
What’s inside this one? Keep reading …
Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 61
Base set completion: 50 of 50 (100 percent)
Notables on base cards – Pete Rose, Pete Rose and Pete Rose … with a couple of cameo appearances by Pete Rose Jr.
Autographs/Memorabilia: 1 (in gallery below with a sampling of base cards)
Autographs (1) – Pete Rose (Card No. 50)
What’s Buzz-worthy: This was a retail sequel to a Pete Rose tribute set that Leaf did in a higher-end way the year before with memorabilia, inscriptions and some pretty creative cardboard. While those previous boxes are tougher finds (and one I’d want to rip here), this one, which includes a set in packs and then one autograph in a top-loader, is a super-cheap rip where boxes are often found for less than $10 a box. The base cards here take you through Rose’s career with photos from on the field and even some away from it in interesting, though not MLB-licensed, fashion. (He won’t be found on any MLB-approved cardboard since he’s been on its Ineligible List since 1989 after betting on baseball.) The backs are ultimately the cutlines for the photos on the fronts of the cards and each of them can be found signed. The autographed card here is one of the more-interesting ones as it’s got a good photo from a tribute day during a 1986 visit to Philadelphia, where he helped the Phillies win a World Series in 1980. Rose signs a lot — a lot — and then some more atop that, but if you don’t have an autograph from MLB’s hit king, then this is your easiest way to get one on the cheap.
Product Grade: B+
Box Grade: A
Fun Grade: B
What’s next? Stay tuned …
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Loved these at first but after putting together a base set, there isn’t any excitement to bust any more of the product even when it is on clearance.