1996 Leaf Signature Series

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Description

1996 Leaf Signature Series is a 150-card set released in two series. The first 100 cards were issued as part of the Leaf Signature Series set in August, 1996; while the final 50 cards came out in January, 1997 as part of the Extended Series.

Leaf Signature was one of the more significant products ever issued as it was the first to include an autographed card in every pack. A limited number of Signature Series packs were sold to mass-market retail outlets in "Blaster"-style boxes.

The production of the Extended Series was less than half of the first series and each pack contained two autographs and one pack in every 12-pack Hobby box yielded four autographs. Extended Series packs had a selected of base cards from both series, making the Extended Series base cards very difficult to find.

Distribution

Signature Series: 12 packs per box, four cards per pack (MSRP: $9.99).

Extended Series: 12 packs per box, four cards per pack (MSRP: $9.99). Hobby only

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Signature Series Odds Extended Series Odds
Base 150 - ? ?
Signature Series base set 100 - ? ?
Extended Series base set 50 - N/A ?
Gold Press Proofs 150 - 1:12 1:8
Platinum Press Proofs 150 150 N/A 1:24
Bronze Autographs 254 3500 ? N/A
Silver Autographs 254 1000 ? N/A
Gold Autographs 254 500 ? N/A
Extended Series Autographs 218 5000 N/A 2:1
Extended Series Autographs Century Marks 31 100 N/A ?

Checklist

Base Set

Signature Series

1 Mike Piazza

2 Juan Gonzalez

3 Greg Maddux

4 Marc Newfield

5 Wade Boggs

6 Ray Lankford

7 Frank Thomas

8 Rico Brogna

9 Tim Salmon

10 Ken Griffey, Jr.

11 Manny Ramirez

12 Cecil Fielder

13 Gregg Jefferies

14 Rondell White

15 Cal Ripken, Jr.

16 Alex Rodriguez

17 Bernie Williams

18 Andres Galarraga

19 Mike Mussina

20 Chuck Knoblauch

21 Joe Carter

22 Jeff Bagwell

23 Mark McGwire

24 Sammy Sosa

25 Reggie Sanders

26 Chipper Jones

27 Jeff Cirillo

28 Roger Clemens

29 Craig Biggio

30 Gary Sheffield

31 Paul O'Neill

32 Johnny Damon

33 Jason Isringhausen

34 Jay Bell

35 Henry Rodriguez

36 Matt Williams

37 Randy Johnson

38 Fred McGriff

39 Jason Giambi

40 Ivan Rodriguez

41 Raul Mondesi

42 Barry Larkin

43 Ryan Klesko

44 Joey Hamilton

45 Todd Hundley

46 Jim Edmonds

47 Dante Bichette

48 Roberto Alomar

49 Mark Grace

50 Brady Anderson

51 Hideo Nomo

52 Ozzie Smith

53 Robin Ventura

54 Andy Pettitte

55 Kenny Lofton

56 John Mabry

57 Paul Molitor

58 Rey Ordonez

59 Albert Belle

60 Charles Johnson

61 Edgar Martinez

62 Derek Bell

63 Carlos Delgado

64 Raul Casanova

65 Ismael Valdes

66 J.T. Snow

67 Derek Jeter

68 Jason Kendall

69 John Smoltz

70 Chad Mottola

71 Jim Thome

72 Will Clark

73 Mo Vaughn

74 John Wasdin

75 Rafael Palmeiro

76 Mark Grudzielanek

77 Larry Walker

78 Alan Benes

79 Michael Tucker

80 Billy Wagner

81 Paul Wilson

82 Greg Vaughn

83 Dean Palmer

84 Ryne Sandberg

85 Eric Young

86 Jay Buhner

87 Tony Clark

88 Jermaine Dye

89 Barry Bonds

90 Ugueth Urbina

91 Charles Nagy

92 Ruben Rivera

93 Todd Hollandsworth

94 Darin Erstad RC

95 Brooks Kieschnick

96 Edgar Renteria

97 Lenny Dykstra

98 Tony Gwynn

99 Kirby Puckett

100 Checklist


Extended Series

101 Andruw Jones

102 Alex Ochoa

103 David Cone

104 Rusty Greer

105 Jose Canseco

106 Ken Caminiti

107 Mariano Rivera

108 Ron Gant

109 Darryl Strawberry

110 Vladimir Guerrero

111 George Arias

112 Jeff Conine

113 Bob Higginson

114 Eric Karros

115 Brian Hunter

116 Eddie Murray

117 Todd Walker

118 Chan Ho Park

119 John Jaha

120 Dave Justice

121 Mac Suzuki

122 Scott Rolen

123 Tino Martinez

124 Kimera Bartee

125 Garret Anderson

126 Brian Jordan

127 Andre Dawson

128 Javy Lopez

129 Bill Pulsipher

130 Dwight Gooden

131 Al Martin

132 Terrell Wade

133 Steve Gibralter

134 Tom Glavine

135 Kevin Appier

136 Tim Raines

137 Curtis Pride

138 Todd Greene

139 Bobby Bonilla

140 Trey Beamon

141 Marty Cordova

142 Rickey Henderson

143 Ellis Burks

144 Dennis Eckersley

145 Kevin Brown

146 Carlos Baerga

147 Brett Butler

148 Marquis Grissom

149 Karim Garcia

150 Frank Thomas CL


Parallels

Each of the 150 base cards are available in the following parallels.

  • Gold Press Proof
  • Platinum Press Proof (serial-numbered to 150 copies, Extended Series packs only)

Autographs & Game-Used

Autographs

With some exceptions, each player signed 5000 cards for insertion into Signature Series packs. Each card is stamped with either a Bronze, Silver, or Gold foil stamp with the first 3500 cards stamped in Bronze, 1000 in Silver, and the remaining 500 in Gold.

Ten "marquee" players (indicated with an "SP" in the checklist below) signed only 1000 cards, with 700 Bronze, 200 Silver, and 100 Gold.

Seven players (designated with an "*" in the checklist below) did not return their autographs to Donruss in time for the release of Signature Series. Six of those cards were randomly inserted into packs of Extended Series. The seventh player, Otis Nixon, never bothered to return his cards; however, some Nixon Autographs have surfaced on the secondary market.

Jim Thome did not sign any Bronze autographs, but erroneously signed 410 Silver and 514 Gold Autographs.

All cards were signed in black ink; however, Alex Rodriguez, Michael Tucker, and Carlos Delgado signed some of their cards in blue ink.

Kurt Abbott

Juan Acevedo

Terry Adams

Manny Alexander

Roberto Alomar SP

Moises Alou

Wilson Alvarez

Garret Anderson

Shane Andrews

Andy Ashby

Pedro Astacio

Brad Ausmus

Bobby Ayala

Carlos Baerga

Harold Baines

Jason Bates

Allen Battle

Rich Becker

David Bell

Rafael Belliard

Andy Benes

Armando Benitez

Jason Bere

Geronimo Berroa

Willie Blair

Mike Blowers

Wade Boggs SP

Ricky Bones

Mike Bordick

Toby Borland

Ricky Bottalico

Darren Bragg

Jeff Branson

Tilson Brito

Rico Brogna

Scott Brosius

Damon Buford

Mike Busby

Tom Candiotti

Frank Castillo

Andujar Cedeno

Domingo Cedeno

Roger Cedeno

Norm Charlton

Jeff Cirillo

Will Clark

Jeff Conine

Steve Cooke

Joey Cora

Marty Cordova

Rheal Cormier

Felipe Crespo

Chad Curtis

Johnny Damon

Russ Davis

Andre Dawson

Carlos Delgado *

Doug Drabek

Darren Dreifort

Shawon Dunston

Ray Durham

Jim Edmonds

Joey Eischen

Jim Eisenreich

Sal Fasano

Jeff Fassero

Alex Fernandez

Darrin Fletcher

Chad Fonville

Kevin Foster

John Franco

Julio Franco

Marvin Freeman

Travis Fryman

Gary Gaetti

Carlos Garcia

Jason Giambi

Benji Gil

Greg Gohr

Chris Gomez

Leo Gomez

Tom Goodwin

Mike Grace

Mike Greenwell

Rusty Greer

Mark Grudzielanek

Mark Gubicza

Juan Guzman

Darryl Hamilton

Joey Hamilton

Chris Hammond

Mike Hampton

Chris Haney

Todd Haney

Erik Hanson

Pete Harnisch

LaTroy Hawkins

Charlie Hayes

Jimmy Haynes

Roberto Hernandez

Bob Higginson

Glenallen Hill

Ken Hill

Sterling Hitchcock

Trevor Hoffman

Dave Hollins

Dwayne Hosey

Thomas Howard

Steve Howe

John Hudek

Rex Hudler

Brian L. Hunter *

Butch Huskey

Mark Hutton

Jason Jacome

John Jaha

Reggie Jefferson

Derek Jeter SP

Bobby Jones

Todd Jones

Brian Jordan

Kevin Jordan

Jeff Juden

Ron Karkovice

Roberto Kelly

Mark Kiefer

Brooks Kieschnick

Jeff King

Mike Lansing

Matt Lawton

Al Leiter

Mark Leiter

Curtis Leskanic

Darren Lewis

Mark Lewis

Felipe Lira

Pat Listach

Keith Lockhart

Kenny Lofton SP

John Mabry

Mike Macfarlane

Kirt Manwaring

Al Martin

Norberto Martin

Dennis Martinez

Pedro Martinez

Sandy Martinez

Mike Matheny

T.J. Mathews

David McCarty

Ben McDonald

Pat Meares

Orlando Merced

Jose Mesa

Matt Mieske

Orlando Miller

Mike Mimbs

Paul Molitor SP

Raul Mondesi SP

Jeff Montgomery

Mickey Morandini

Lyle Mouton

James Mouton

Jamie Moyer

Rodney Myers

Denny Neagle

Robb Nen

Marc Newfield

Dave Nilsson

Otis Nixon *

Jon Nunnally

Chad Ogea

Troy O'Leary

Rey Ordonez

Jayhawk Owens

Tom Pagnozzi

Dean Palmer

Roger Pavlik

Troy Percival

Carlos Perez

Robert Perez

Andy Pettitte

Phil Plantier *

Mike Potts

Curtis Pride

Ariel Prieto

Bill Pulsipher

Brad Radke

Manny Ramirez SP

Joe Randa

Pat Rapp

Bryan Rekar

Shane Reynolds

Arthur Rhodes

Mariano Rivera

Alex Rodriguez SP

Frank Rodriguez

Mel Rojas

Ken Ryan

Bret Saberhagen

Tim Salmon

Rey Sanchez

Scott Sanders

Steve Scarsone

Curt Schilling

Jason Schmidt

David Segui

Kevin Seitzer

Scott Servais

Don Slaught

Zane Smith

Paul Sorrento

Scott Stahoviak

Mike Stanley

Terry Steinbach

Kevin Stocker

Jeff Suppan

Bill Swift

Greg Swindell

Kevin Tapani

Danny Tartabull

Julian Tavarez

Frank Thomas SP

Ozzie Timmons

Michael Tucker

Ismael Valdes

Jose Valentin

Todd Van Poppel

Mo Vaughn SP

Quilvio Veras

Fernando Vina

Joe Vitiello

Jose Vizcaino

Omar Vizquel

Terrell Wade *

Paul Wagner

Matt Walbeck

Jerome Walton

Turner Ward

Allen Watson

David Weathers

Walt Weiss

Turk Wendell

Rondell White

Brian Williams

George Williams

Paul Wilson

Bobby Witt

Bob Wolcott

Eric Young

Ernie Young *

Greg Zaun

Jim Thome (gold)

Jim Thome (silver)


Extended Series Autographs

As in the Signature Series, most players signed 5000 cards. Unlike the Signature Series, there are not foil parallels.

NOTES:

  • 31 "marquee" players (designated by an "SP" in the checklist below) signed noticeably fewer cards. The cards are limited, but not serial-numbered, to the product figures listed below. The odds of finding a "marquee" autograph is 1:9 Extended Series packs.
  • Three of the "marquee" players did not turn in their cards in time for inclusion; therefore, redemption cards were issued. The redemption cards expired December 31, 1998.
  • Blue ink variations exist for five of the "marquee" players: Andruw Jones, Ryan Klesko, Andy Pettitte, Kirby Puckett and Frank Thomas.
  • Two non-marquee players signed fewer than 5000 cards. Steve Parris signed only 1800 cards, while Doug Creek autographed 1950.

Scott Aldred

Mike Aldrete

Rich Amaral

Alex Arias

Paul Assenmacher

Roger Bailey

Erik Bennett

Sean Bergman

Doug Bochtler

Tim Bogar

Pat Borders

Pedro Borbon

Shawn Boskie

Rafael Bournigal

Mark Brandenburg

John Briscoe

Jorge Brito

Doug Brocail

Jay Buhner SP 1000

Scott Bullett

Dave Burba

Ken Caminiti SP 1000

John Cangelosi

Cris Carpenter

Chuck Carr

Larry Casian

Tony Castillo

Jason Christiansen

Archi Cianfrocco

Mark Clark

Terry Clark

Roger Clemens SP 1000

Jim Converse

Dennis Cook

Francisco Cordova

Jim Corsi

Tim Crabtree

Doug Creek 1950

John Cummings

Omar Daal

Rich DeLucia

Mark Dewey

Alex Diaz

Jermaine Dye SP 2500

Ken Edenfield

Mark Eichhorn

John Ericks

Darin Erstad

Alvaro Espinoza

Jorge Fabregas

Mike Fetters

John Flaherty

Bryce Florie

Tony Fossas

Lou Frazier

Mike Gallego

Karim Garcia SP 2500

Jason Giambi

Ed Giovanola

Tom Glavine SP 1250

Juan Gonzalez SP EXCH 1000

Craig Grebeck

Buddy Groom

Kevin Gross

Eddie Guardado

Mark Guthrie

Tony Gwynn SP 1000

Chip Hale

Darren Hall

Lee Hancock

Dave Hansen

Bryan Harvey

Bill Haselman

Mike Henneman

Doug Henry

Gil Heredia

Carlos Hernandez

Jose Hernandez

Darren Holmes

Mark Holzemer

Rick Honeycutt

Chris Hook

Chris Howard

Jack Howell

David Hulse

Edwin Hurtado

Jeff Huson

Mike James

Derek Jeter SP 1000

Brian Johnson

Randy Johnson SP 1000

Mark Johnson

Andruw Jones SP EXCH 2000

Chris Jones

Ricky Jordan

Matt Karchner

Scott Karl

Jason Kendall SP 2500

Brian Keyser

Mike Kingery

Wayne Kirby

Ryan Klesko SP 1000

Chuck Knoblauch SP 1000

Chad Kreuter

Tom Lampkin

Scott Leius

Jon Lieber

Nelson Liriano

Scott Livingstone

Graeme Lloyd

Kenny Lofton SP 1000

Luis Lopez

Torey Lovullo

Greg Maddux SP 500

Mike Maddux

Dave Magadan

Mike Magnante

Joe Magrane

Pat Mahomes

Matt Mantei

John Marzano

Terry Mathews

Chuck McElroy

Fred McGriff SP 1000

Mark McLemore

Greg McMichael

Blas Minor

Dave Mlicki

Mike Mohler

Paul Molitor SP 1000

Steve Montgomery

Mike Mordecai

Mike Morgan

Mike Munoz

Greg Myers

Jimmy Myers

Mike Myers

Bob Natal

Dan Naulty

Jeff Nelson

Warren Newson

Chris Nichting

Melvin Nieves

Charlie O'Brien

Alex Ochoa

Omar Olivares

Joe Oliver

Lance Painter

Rafael Palmeiro SP 2500

Mark Parent

Steve Parris 1800

Bob Patterson

Tony Pena

Eddie Perez

Yorkis Perez

Robert Person

Mark Petkovsek

Andy Pettitte SP 1000

J.R. Phillips

Hipolito Pichardo

Eric Plunk

Jimmy Poole

Kirby Puckett SP 1000

Paul Quantrill

Tom Quinlan

Jeff Reboulet

Jeff Reed

Steve Reed

Carlos Reyes

Bill Risley

Kevin Ritz

Kevin Roberson

Rich Robertson

Alex Rodriguez SP EXCH 500

Ivan Rodriguez SP 1250

Bruce Ruffin

Juan Samuel

Tim Scott

Kevin Sefcik

Jeff Shaw

Danny Sheaffer

Craig Shipley

Dave Silvestri

Aaron Small

John Smoltz SP 1000

Luis Sojo

Sammy Sosa SP 1000

Steve Sparks

Tim Spehr

Russ Springer

Matt Stairs

Andy Stankiewicz

Mike Stanton

Kelly Stinnett

Doug Strange

Mark Sweeney

Jeff Tabaka

Jesus Tavarez

Frank Thomas SP 1000

Larry Thomas

Mark Thompson

Mike Timlin

Steve Trachsel

Tom Urbani

Julio Valera

Dave Valle

William VanLandingham

Mo Vaughn SP 1000

Dave Veres

Ed Vosberg

Don Wengert

Matt Whiteside

Bob Wickman

Matt Williams SP 1250

Mike Williams

Woody Williams

Craig Worthington


Extended Series Autographs Century Marks

Century Marks is a partial-parallel of the 31 "marquee" autographs. Each card is stamped in blue foil and is limited (but not serial-numbered) to 100 copies.

  • Five players did not sign their cards in time for inclusion into packs, and redemption cards were issued.

Jay Buhner

Ken Caminiti

Roger Clemens

Jermaine Dye

Darin Erstad

Karim Garcia

Jason Giambi

Tom Glavine

Juan Gonzalez EXCH

Tony Gwynn

Derek Jeter EXCH

Randy Johnson

Andruw Jones EXCH

Jason Kendall

Ryan Klesko

Chuck Knoblauch

Kenny Lofton

Greg Maddux

Fred McGriff

Paul Molitor

Alex Ochoa

Rafael Palmeiro EXCH

Andy Pettitte

Kirby Puckett

Alex Rodriguez EXCH

Ivan Rodriguez

John Smoltz

Sammy Sosa

Frank Thomas

Mo Vaughn

Matt Williams


Frank Thomas Jumbo Autographs

As a gift to dealers who ordered Extended Series, Donruss produced jumbo-sized versions of both Frank Thomas Autographs. Dealers received one Frank Thomas Jumbo Autograph for each Extended Series case they ordered.

Both cards are serial-numbered to 1500 copies.

Frank Thomas EXT

Frank Thomas SIG