What: 2017 Leaf Signature Series tennis cards
Arrives: Aug. 15
Box Basics: 10 autographed cards per box (12 boxes per case)
What’s Buzz-worthy: Leaf Trading Cards takes to the court once again with a product that “features a very strong checklist including the addition of a number of elite new names” while also having a small print run.
Keep reading for more as well as a gallery.
What: 2016 Leaf Metal tennis cards
Box basics: Five autographed cards per box (12 boxes per case)
What’s buzz-worthy: Tennis gets the Metal rainbow for the first time with autographs of Serena Williams, Roger Federer and plenty of the other top names in the game in a product that arrives just in time to be a wrapper redemption at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.
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It’s February and that means that we’re set for the Super Bowl and some mass-marketing from SI.com over the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
And in reality the hype for both already has begun.
The last time we saw Ronda Rousey, she was suffering the first loss of her UFC career. Up next she’ll be in the annual issue for the second year in a row. More publicity won’t hurt her already-in-high-demand cardboard. She’s one of a long list of athletes to appear in the issue and part of an even longer list of models who appear on cards and have certified autographs and even memorabilia cards for collectors to chase.
For the traditional models, there actually were SI Swimsuit card sets released each year from 2003 to 2009 from Stellar Collectibles and then a later retrospective set. In those sets, we got autographs, memorabilia cards and even paint cards from photoshoots. Meanwhile, for many of the athletes who have appeared in the issue since, there are autograph appearances in sets like Topps’ Allen & Ginter (and many other sets) where collectors can also sometimes find the models. Kate Upton and Chrissy Teigen have been found there for example, and they sell very well.
Here’s a rundown of a few sports stars who we’ve seen in the issue.
What: 2015 Leaf Ultimate tennis cards
Arrives: Dec. 18
Hobby box basics: Five autographed cards per box. Twelve boxes per case.
What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Trading Cards is taking tennis high-end once again with the arrival of 2015 Leaf Ultimate, a hits-driven brand that will include many past and present stars from the court. Some of them have not appeared on trading cards before.
See a gallery and more … below.