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    2014 LEAF Q PREVIEW TONY GWYNN thoughts

    I know the "L" word always stirs up controversy, but I'm not sure what to make of this release. Nice tribute to the best hitter of my generation who passed recently or morbid opportunity to cash in on his passing. If these were inserts in an upcoming release I'd say "Nice tribute", but being sold directly by Leaf has me feeling less than warm and fuzzy. I understand card company's are in business to make money, like any other business venture, but I'm always turned off by cashing in on someone's death. Seems like a rush to cash in opportunity, especially since it is only just a week ago he passed away.



    This special offering will serve as a "sneak peak" to 2014 Leaf Q (a premium set offered by Leaf later this year). Unfortunately due to his passing, these rare cards were unable to be signed for the product. Therefore, we specially stamped these cards with the years of his life 1960-2014. These cards will be available on eBay while supplies last. Shipping is a flat $2.99. Paypal payment only... USA shipping only....



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    I'm not a huge fan of this either. But like you said, it is a business.
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    These dont bother me in the least. I do wonder why they put Authentic Signature on them though under the swatch window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fordman View Post
    These dont bother me in the least. I do wonder why they put Authentic Signature on them though under the swatch window.
    It says in the description they were made for a release later in the year but due to Gwynn's untimely passing will not be able to be signed...

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    I wonder how long before one ends up for sale signed since it says that!

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    Seems like a huge cash grab to me. There was nothing keeping these cards from being stamped and inserted into the product as planned. Without knowing what Leaf Q is, it certainly wouldn't be a set all about Tony Gwynn, so it stands to reason that there would be other signed/GU content in that set. Leaf has shown in the past the ability to make last minute changes to a release, so why do this now, so far in advance? I'm sure if Topps cleaned out the Vault of all their Gwynn pieces and threw them on ebay right after he died, I'm sure there'd be an uproar about cashing in on his death.
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    They made a set for Ron Santo after his passing and sold them direct didnt they? Maybe leaf should start making funeral cards for funeral homes also. I kid I kid.

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    It's two things: a immediate cash grab and a excellent advertising tool for the upcoming release.

    I have no problem with either as they made these cards with Tony's permission before his passing.

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    It's obviously a cash grab. You'd think [MENTION=1948]Leaf[/MENTION] would do a tribute release for Gwynn, simillar to the Pete Rose type release, etc. That would of been classy.
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    I'm back at a desktop and looking at this a little more clearly... I think this is 100% a shame. It's 10% a money grab and it's too bad really. Why couldn't they still insert in packs without the auto and with the stamp?! That makes 0 sense.

    Also, don't you think Topps could make TONS more $ if they just sold their cards themselves rather then in packs or boxes? I mean seriously... the cost of a Jeter 1/1 knob card is nothing compared to what that damn card sells for alone, plus all the cards they can make with the inners of the bat, etc.

    I think this is terrible to see for the hobby and I'd be upset and pissed if I were a Gwynn collector. That jersey they cut up was worth a fraction of what the combined sales of this all would be, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MansGame View Post
    I'm back at a desktop and looking at this a little more clearly... I think this is 100% a shame. It's 10% a money grab and it's too bad really. Why couldn't they still insert in packs without the auto and with the stamp?! That makes 0 sense.

    Also, don't you think Topps could make TONS more $ if they just sold their cards themselves rather then in packs or boxes? I mean seriously... the cost of a Jeter 1/1 knob card is nothing compared to what that damn card sells for alone, plus all the cards they can make with the inners of the bat, etc.

    I think this is terrible to see for the hobby and I'd be upset and pissed if I were a Gwynn collector. That jersey they cut up was worth a fraction of what the combined sales of this all would be, right?
    My guess is there is some danger in inserting cards that say "autographed" when they aren't. It only takes one person to get pissed about that. Selling these this way at least gets cards that had been created (with GU material) in to collectors hands who are informed about the cards not being signed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelBrad View Post
    My guess is there is some danger in inserting cards that say "autographed" when they aren't. It only takes one person to get pissed about that. Selling these this way at least gets cards that had been created (with GU material) in to collectors hands who are informed about the cards not being signed.
    I can see that but this is just tacky if you ask me. Especially with the BIN or BO structure. If it's really something where they think they have their hands tied and just need to get the product out to the market and want to do it in a fair and honest way, then set them all up as $0.99 auctions and let them ride! For them to individually judge each and every card for it's individual value like a rip/flip buyer is just stupid. Some of the identical cards with different patches vary by $10 in BIN price? I mean they're not a customer trying to max out their product... they're a manufacturer of the cards.
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    For the record, I don't want any of these cards and don't collect Gywnn... I just think it's a money grab and pretty low for them to do this IMO. Anyways, sorry to clutter the thread with my rants... just think it's so stupid.
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    I get what you're saying. Maybe the correct thing to do was destroy these after carefully removing the game used material.

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