Leaf Unveils “Shoeless” Joe Jackson Cut Signature Autograph Image
Many cut signature cards have been made over the past few years. When card companies first started making them, these cards gave manufacturers a way to insert autographs of deceased athletes and personalities into packs and products. Today, almost everyone who has made an impact in their respective sports has had a cut signature card, whether they've died or still playing. So it's especially notable when a company manages to get a big-name player their first autograph card. Leaf did just that today, releasing the first images of their "Shoeless" Joe Jackson cut signature card.
Jackson, banned from baseball for allegedly receiving a bribe to throw the 1919 World Series, cannot appear in any MLB-licensed sets. Couple that with the extreme rarity and cost of authentic Jackson signatures and you've got the answer as to why it's taken so long for the first card to be made.
Leaf will be awarding the card to one lucky collector at the upcoming National, which will be held in Chicago this August. Three sweepstakes cards were inserted into packs of 2010 Leaf Sports Icons Update packs. A fourth spot is being saved for a collector with the most complete set of cards Sports Icons Update.
Leaf estimates that if sold on the open market, the Jackson card could fetch anywhere from $60,000 to $100,000.