Wednesday, September 8, 2010

2010 Leaf MMA

Schedule Release Date: September 15, 2010
Box Configuration: 8 packs per box, 8 cards per pack (7 base cards plus 1 autograph)

SRP: $120/box

Box Break:
8 Autographs (1 per pack)

My Thoughts:
I know that Leaf is just a re-branding of Razor Collectibles but as a martial artist and a fan of MMA I feel that Leaf got this right. Topps has done a decent job with their UFC license but I really thing that Brian Gray did right by this product.

The cards are clean and the designs that are used work well with the seriousness of the sport. You get to see the fighters and only the fighters, which is the reason you want this product. The sticker autographs are a bit if a downer, hopefully Leaf learns from this and goes on card autographs next year.

Includes a competent checklist ranging from up and coming fighters to established and even proven winners.

Amazing close-up photos, so close you can see the fighter’s determination

1 autograph card per pack
Mutli-signed autographs including dual and quad-signed cards

Only 1 type of insert and that is autographs but there are parallels of each autograph set.

$15 a pack may be a bit high for fair weather fans/collectors

Sticker autographs

The National Pride autograph set is only available in the “International” release and not in the US release

I give this set a very solid 4 out of 5 because of how well Leaf did putting it together. Leaf says the set has been a year in the making and it looks like they did their homework and put out a winner. Had the cards been on-card autographs I would have rated this at least a 4 ½ if not a 5 on my scale.

A quick listing of some of the fighters from the checklist:
Randy Couture
Chuck Liddell
Gina Carano
Brock Lesnar
Georges St-Pierre
Rich Franklin
Anderson Silva
Frank Mir

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