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2012 Leaf Best of Baseball Cards

2012 Leaf Best of Baseball Cards

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Despite some legal issues surrounding 2011 Leaf Best of Baseball (that were later settled amicably), the set was a hit with collectors. 2012 Leaf Best of Baseball sees the return of slabbed buybacks but with a slightly different configuration. Every single-pack box still comes with a buyback. Last year, boxes also came with cut signatures. These have been replaced with either an exclusive autograph or sketch card.

Buybacks in 2012 Leaf Best of Baseball are either professionally graded or come in a third-party authentication slab. Options range from vintage players like Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle and Roberto Clemente all the way up to recent releases featuring Bryce Harper and Yu Darvish. Rookie cards continue to be a major focus of the buybacks, which Leaf has purchased off the secondary market. Vintage packs and boxes are also randomly inserted in the product. Choice vintage hits include a PSA 5 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle and T206 Ty Cobb PSA 6. Modern cards are highlighted by a 1993 SP Derek Jeter rookie BGS 9.5, 1994 SP Alex Rodriguez rookie card BGS 9.5, and a 2011 Bowman Chrome Red Refractor Autograph BGS 9. Even a 2012 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Yu Darvish BGS 9.5 made it into the product.

2012 Leaf Best of Baseball autographs come with a new design. Confirmed signers include Ichiro, Pete Rose, Lou Brock, Witey Ford and Jim Bunning.

Sketch cards feature original artwork from Kevin-John. Each is different and subjects include some of the most iconic players in baseball history.

Product Configuration: 2 Cards Per Box
Price Point: High-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Hit Seekers, Rookie Card Collectors, Vintage Card Collectors, Autograph Collectors, Sketch Card Collectors

2012 Leaf Best of Baseball Box Break

  • 1 Slabbed or Professionally Graded Buyback Card
  • Either 1 Autograph or 1 Sketch Card
  • 2 Total Cards

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His 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.

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I bought a case and pulled a BGS 10 autograph and card of……
Bowman gold border Yu Darvish!!!

Nice! Congrats!


I bought a few boxes in the last few months, but nothing to get my money back until last week. I pulled the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 5. My best pull ever.


I love the sketch cards in this set, I think it’s sweet to have 3 different styles to collect from! I’m very happy with my 3 boxes! And from what I’m seeing half the value on eBay is in the sketch cards. Leaf made another solid set! kudos!


rolled the dice and bought a box. Pulled a 1965 PSA 8 Pete Rose. Really stoked!

Chris H
Chris H

there are some nice ones but I’m seeing some pretty bad sketches for a $225 box.

It’s a roll of the dice, but how else can you pull some of these NASTY hits! EPIC! Oh, and the ROI is not to shabby either!

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