2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Card Guide

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Card Guide

Sketch cards have been around for a long time. And while they've become a key component of many entertainment trading card releases, they haven't totally caught on yet with sports fans. But that might be changing. 2013 Leaf Best of Hockey includes a sketch card in every box. In doing so, the release is helping to bring sketch cards closer to the mainstream with sports fans. 2013 Leaf Best of Hockey sketch cards include work from more than 30 artists, each of which bring their own sense of style.

The term "sketch card" should be used loosely with 2013 Leaf Best of Hockey. Art cards are more like it. While not all use full color, the level of detail in the vast majority of them is impressive. They also use many different techniques ranging from paints to stencils to intricate dot art. Some are ultra-realistic while other artists take a more cartoon approach. Most sit somewhere in between.

All 2013 Leaf Best of Hockey sketch cards are one-of-one pieces of artwork. That's because no two are alike. They're mini masterpieces that most often have to be held to be truly appreciated.

By including one sketch card in every box of 2013 Leaf Best of Hockey, more collectors are going to get a chance to see these types of cards up close. Chances are, many of them are going to get a sketch card for the first time.

Besides their beauty, sketch cards bring a lot to the table for the hobby. First, they allow companies like Leaf to use likenesses that they might not be able to without a license. Also, they have a wide range of appeal. Player and team collectors are more likely to chase multiples as they're all unique. In entertainment sets, many collectors go after artist sets, getting one sample from each person who worked on the set. With so many being so eye-catching, there will also be collectors who casually collect them simply because they look good are are something different.

Because of their unique nature, it's often hard to gauge a firm value on any given sketch card. Player choice is one consideration, but so too is the artist and the level of detail. Because each card is different, prices will likely be all over the place.

Besides regular sketch cards, there are also randomly inserted sketches that also come with a Gordie Howe autograph.

Below is a full list of 2013 Leaf Best of Hockey sketch card artists provided by Leaf. We've also included a sample of their work so you can get a sense of their style.

A helpful thing that Leaf has done with these cards is that they've labeled the back of each sketch card with the player and artist for easy identification when collectors pull them.

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Card Artist Visual Checklist

Below is a full list of the artists who contributed to 2013 Leaf Best of Hockey sketch cards and samples of their work.

Jason Adams

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Jason Adams 213x300 Image

Angelina Benedetti

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Dwayne Clare

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Dwayne Clare 213x300 Image

Jason Durden

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Jason Durden 214x300 Image

Rusty Gilligan

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Rusty Gilligan 214x300 Image

Dan Gorman

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Dan Gorman 215x300 Image

Ingrid Hardy

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Ingrid Hardy 213x300 Image

John Haun

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards John Haun 214x300 Image

Chris Henderson

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Chris Henderson 213x300 Image

Erik Hodson

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Erik Hodson 213x300 Image

Jason Hughes

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Jason Hughes 214x300 Image

Gavin Hunt

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Gavin Hunt 213x300 Image

Kevin-John

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Kevin John 215x300 Image

Gary Kezele

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Gary Kezele 211x300 Image

Lee Kohse

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Lee Kohse 214x300 Image

Brian Kong

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Brian Kong 211x300 Image

Jim Kyle

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Jim Kyle 260x184 Image

Elfie Lebouleux

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Elfie Lebouleuxeu 210x300 Image

Randy Martinez

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Randy Martinez 212x300 Image

Rich Molinelli

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Rich Molinelli 201x300 Image

Jay Pangan

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Jay Pangan 214x300 Image

Don Pedicini Jr.

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Don Pedicini 213x300 Image

Bill Pulkovski

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Bill Plkovski 218x300 Image

Michelle Rayner

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Michelle Raynor 213x300 Image

Scott Rorie

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Scott Rorie 214x300 Image

Juan Rosales

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Juan Rosales 213x300 Image

Steve Stanley

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Steve Stanley 213x300 Image

Adam Talley

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Adam Talley 212x300 Image

Justin Tigner

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Justin Tigner 213x300 Image

Abby Urban

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Abby Urban 213x300 Image

Brad Utterstrom

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Brad Utterstrom 213x300 Image

Wu Wei

2013 Leaf Best of Hockey Sketch Cards Wu Wei 213x300 Image

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Ryan Cracknell

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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

User Comments

  1. Hi Ryan,
    Wanted to know if the John Haun card image was pack pulled or taken from one of his own postings? I ask because I have visited 2 or three sports card sites, viewed about 12 different box breaks and have kept a close eye on eBay every day, and out of all of that I still have not seen one of my cards pulled yet?
    If anyone see one pulled and they have the time please let me know.

  2. John, there is one Pelle Lindbergh of you currently available on eBay, so your sketches were definitely put in pack. ;-)

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