The Razor/Leaf Company will jump into the pre-draft Football Card market with the inaugural 2011 Leaf Metal Draft set scheduled to be released on March 30. It's a simple and straight forward product that will feature 70 of the top prospects in the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft. All the cards in the set are autographed with each one pack box netting four autographs from the set.
Sage Hit and Press Pass in that they do not own the rights to use logos or team names from the NFL or NCAA. The result is three really simple sets with limited photography. Sales of these cards usually start out hot on eBay but taper off as new sets from Panini and Topps get released. By the time a player gets hot, tons of sets have been released and collectors tend to shy away from the non-licensed sets like Leaf Metal Draft. If you sell online, sometimes you can take advantage of early hype by "pre-selling" boxes but that usually only pays off with a hot draft class. This years crop of talent is luke warm at best with only a few players getting much love for now. Cam Newton, A.J. Green, Julio Jones, and Blaine Gabbert will be the cards that garner the highest price online when the set does release.
There is not a lot of substance to the Leaf Metal Draft set, just the 70 card base set with three inserts sets. Out of the three non-licensed sets - this might be the one to go with if you like these types of products. All three will be priced similarly, between $70-$90 per box. But I'd advise waiting for offerings from Topps and Panini before getting involved heavily in any of the non-licensed stuff.
2011 Leaf Metal Draft
Release Date: March 30, 2011
1 Pack Per Box - 4 Cards Per Pack
Every Card Is Autographed