2011 Leaf Metal Draft
It appears that Leaf is going to give it another go in the baseball prospect market (after their previous attempt when they were known as Razor back in 2008). Leaf Metal Draft recently released and they have another product called Leaf Valiant coming out next month. This issue features all Chrome cards, and all are autographed (there are no 'base' cards).
The design of these cards is not terrific, it's sort of bland in my opinion. But the cards are printed using Chrome technology and the physical feel and look of the cards is excellent (I do love Chrome!). As far as player selection goes, we get our first card of the Cubs #1 draft pick from 2011, Javier Baez, in this issue. We also get cards of Hak Ju Lee, and even though there are no logos on the cards or team affiliations listed, I think it is fair to say they he is depicted as a Cub. That's it for the Cubs here though, which is pretty sparse for a 100 card set. That brings the grade down a little bit from my point of view, but overall this is still a good enough addition to the yearly card lineup that I hope it makes it back next year.
Base Set - 8 Versions (All are Autos) - Base, Prismatic (#/99), Prismatic Blue (#/25), Prismatic Purple (#/25, inserted in 2011 Rookie Retro), Prismatic Red (#/5), Prismatic Gold (1/1), Player Issue (Non Auto), Gold Non Auto (#/200), plus four colors of printing plates
#HL1 Hak-Ju Lee
#JB2 Javier Baez
Ichiro Suzuki Autographed Patch Cards (#/99) - No Cubs Included