Sunday, June 7, 2020

A start with a Legend

Today, we get back to the business at hand - spending a few days with a legend. Okay, a bit cryptic, but to spell it out maybe this will help...

Yes - a box of 2012 Leaf The Living Legend Pete Rose set. So you may be asking me, why would you pick that up because..

Is it a set I would normally collect? No.

Is it a player I collect? No.

Did I have any interest before seeing it on sale at Dave & Adam's? No.

Did I pick it up because I thought I may be lucky and close to a complete the 50 card set in the box, and also get an autograph from Pete Rose? Yeah - pretty much this one.

I am not a huge fan of Pete Rose. I wasn't around for his heyday,and wasn't around to live through the controversy. That said, I was around for his run ins with Kane in WWE, so I knew enough to figure, an autograph at a cheap price...why not!

There are no inserts other than the autographs, so this should be a low scoring box, but with the chance of a complete set if correlation is kind, isn't a bad thing.

So, the scoring...though it won't matter too much here...

2020 Box Scores Points
Base Card 1
Base Sports Card Need 3
Base Wrestling Card Need 4
Base Variation / Short Print Card Odds
Base Toronto Card 15
Base Toronto Variation / Short Print Card 5 * Odds
Insert Card Odds
Toronto Insert Card 5 * Odds
Box Bonus Cards Per Pack Odds
Error Card Double Score

Let's get right to the autograph first...

Well, I'll be darned! Pete has a pretty nice signature, and I luck out and get him in his Montreal card which is the one I would want most given the Canada connection there.

While amassing over 3,500 games, he only played 95 with Montreal. I didn't look at the checklist for the autograph cards, but I would assume there is only a couple that may be Montreal related...*takes a look*...maybe 3 of the 45.

As for the base cards...let's open a pack today for a glimpse...

I like the black and white photo look for these cards, probably also makes it easier to get rid of logos and such as needed.

I really don't like the fact the cards use the exact same photo of Pete on each and every one. Also, take a read of the descriptions - for a man who played as long and had as many accomplishments as he did, not sure that running the bases for exercise is the spectacle needed for a 50 card set, but I gather there were some limitations in what material they could use.

At least I hope that is the reason.

1 Pack, 7 Cards, 28 Points.


  1. So they airbrushed his logos off but not off the guy in the dug-out? Ha.

  2. Old Petey. I noticed the fellow in the dugout too! I like it! At least this product gives you a nice card, be it auto or redemption.

    1. Pretty much. For the price to get one auto and hopefully a complete little set, hard to pass up.

  3. Congratulations on pulling an Expos autograph of Pete. I picked up three boxes of this stuff back in 2013, because I couldn't pass up the opportunity to own 3 autographs of the Hit King for under $30.

    1. Exactly - the Canadian connection is an added bonus, but really for the price, happy getting the auto period.

  4. Nice! If you happen onto any duplicates of Expos (aside from that auto since I bet you're keeping that) you know who can use them..