Johnny Manziel Autographs Confirmed as Leaf Mystery Redemption

Johnny Manziel Autographs Confirmed as Leaf Mystery Redemption

Update (3/6): Leaf has confirmed that Johnny Manziel is the mystery redemption in 2013 Leaf Metal Draft Football and 2013 Leaf Valiant Football. The cards come with a cut signature and each has original art. Leaf confirmed the cards would begin shipping immediately.

Since announcing both 2013 Leaf Metal Draft and 2013 Leaf Valiant Football, the card maker has been promising a huge surprise that, according to the sell sheet, is "too big for the industry to handle." That's a pretty big claim. So who could it be? There have been a lot of rumors that it reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny Manziel. But "Johnny Football" is still with Texas A&M, so it couldn't be him, could it? Now that 2013 Leaf Metal Draft Football is out, let's look for hints. Here's a screen grab of what collectors see when they redeem one of the redemptions:

2013 Leaf Metal Draft Mystery Redemption

First off, let's look to the obvious. The card is a cut signature, which makes the possibilities endless. Leaf, and any other company, can acquire an item, cut it up and attach it to a card. That makes Johnny Manziel a possibility. But it doesn't rule out the pope, Oprah Winfrey or your neighbor either.

Next up, it's an art card. Like the cut signature, this gets around possible licensing issues. Everybody is still fair game.

But is Leaf giving us some hints. The fine print mentions "university," which likely narrows things quite a bit.

The biggest possible hints that Leaf's might have Johnny Manziel autographs on the way are also the boldest. At some point, someone had to choose the colors for the border and fonts. The maroon and white match up with Texas A&M's team colors. Coincidence?

Also notice the choice of fonts. I might be stretching it a little, but those letters are somewhat similar to the Aggies' lettering.

The screen grab says the actual cards will start shipping within a couple of weeks, after 2013 Leaf Valiant Football is released. Then the speculation can end collectors will have final confirmation as to whether it's Johnny Manziel, the pope, your neighbor or someone else. That said, if the clues line up, it looks as though Leaf is giving it away without actually giving it away.

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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.

User Comments

  1. meh.

    I realize that the ways they’ve circumvented the rules regarding the signatures and the images are kind of creative but the end result still comes off as a grand total “meh”.

    I spent a lot of money on this year’s Football cards because of the players that were in the draft.

    Currently, I’ve put aside a budget for next years football cards of about $50. That’s roughly 1/20th of my normal yearly budget.

  2. Cracks, did you even stop to think that it could be a signed love letter from Lennay Kekua? I mean that would be the ultimate thing to get from this draft class.

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