Tuesday, April 19, 2011

2011 Leaf Ultimate Draft Football

Ryan Williams Base Auto

Schedule Release Date: May 30, 2011
Box Configuration: 1 pack per box, 4 cards per pack
SRP: $105/box

Box Break:
4 Autograph cards

Ryan Williams Metal Auto
My Thoughts:
In an interesting release from Leaf we will see 4 cards per pack/box and each card will be autographed. Each box will also contain 1 of each card from the set; 1 Base Auto, 1 Metal Auto, 1 Football Die-cut Auto and 1 Helmet Die-Cut. This is also an offensive heavy release. Oh yea, every card is ON-CARD SIGNED.

If Leaf broke down the collation so that each player signed the same amount of autographs for each insert then we should see not more than 257 total autographs per player with each player signing 64 autographs in each of the 4 inserts. But it appears that Leaf did not break down every player evenly because they state that every card is numbered to /#49 with some having parallels of /#20, /#5 and 1/1 meaning that some players will have up to 75 autographs in certain inserts. I would expect to see players like Newton, Green, Gabbert, Mallett, Locker, Ingram and possibly Julio Jones as the players with more autos.

After having seen the success of the 2011 Leaf Metal Draft release within the last month I would expect the same response from collectors, at least for now until we start to see licensed releases with the players in their pro uniforms. Leaf seemed to hit on something big here with these two releases and they hit the prime spot on the calendar (This set actually dropping on my birthday)

Ricky Stanzi Helmet Die-Cut Auto

4 cards/box and all autographed

All autos are on-card, no sticker autos here

The biggest names in the NFL Draft

Very limited product

No NFL license and no NCAA license

Die-cuts, which usually only appeal to certain types of collectors

I do not know how I feel about this product. I liked the Metal Draft release, it kind of reminds me of the old Pacific releases from the 90s but with this one I am torn.

Casey Matthews Football Die-Cut Auto


  1. sorry but that is not Ricky Stanzi's autograph

  2. These are just mockup photos released by Leaf, you will notice that all 3 of the autographs (Williams, Stanzi and Matthews) are all the same script. The live product has Stanzi's actual atuograph.