Thursday, October 4, 2012

Preview: 2012 Leaf Cut Signature Edition

John Lennon
Leaf’s next cut signature product to be released will be the 2012 Leaf Cut Signature Edition, set to hit shelves on November 15, 2012 with boxes running between $85-100 each. Boxes will contain one card, which will be encapsulated by Beckett.
Previous releases contained a variety of popular culture figures and this release is no different. This product will include cut signatures from musicians, politicians, actors, authors, comedians and major cultural figures.
Some of the announced signatures on the checklist:
Tupac Shakur
John Lennon
Bill Clinton
U.S. Grant
Steve McQueen
George Reeves
Ernest Hemingway
W.C. Fields
Brigham Young
Walt Disney

There will also be dual cut signatures, some of the announced cuts on the checklist:
Stan Laurel/Oliver Hardy
Pat Nixon/Richard Nixon
Muhammad Ali/Will Smith

Jimi Hendrix

Janis Joplin

Nelson Mandela

Elvis Presley

Tupac Shakur
I apologize about the quality of the images, I took them from Leaf's sales materials so they are a bit pixelated.

Sadly without images of the personality the design is lacking that appeal that collectors are looking for in a cut signature. There are some amazing people here but they may be overlooked due to the design. If you look at previous releases you will notice that there are not many active auctions, only a handful have bids and most of those are below $100 for the card. I am not saying that they do not sell but you have to wonder if the prices are below where they should be.
The other issue with products such as this is finding the right buyer for those signatures from personalities outside of the main stream. When it comes to pro athletes, major movie stars or politicians you can usually sell your card with little issue but when you pull an Alfred Lord Tennyson or Rudyard Kipling you are put in a very different position when it comes to sales. Even Judy Garland, H.G. Wells, Laurel and Hardy or Abbott and Costello could be difficult to sell.

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