1996 Leaf Baseball Cards

1996 Leaf Baseball Cards
1996 Leaf Baseball Cards

Press Proof Parallel Identification:

1996 Leaf Baseball is another set where parallels aren’t easily identifiable. Fine if you have the Silver Press Proof, sure, but if you’ve got either the Bronze or Gold, identification can be somewhat difficult. Please use this article as a guide to help you identify what you have.

I’ve bought the Gold Press Proof online several times over the years only to find that it was actually the Bronze Press Press. I just love this set though. The mirror effect of the Press Proof parallels is incredible on these cards. This is another set that offers 3 unique parallels for a total of 4 different cards for any card in the set. Let’s break it down to learn more about what’s shown here:

  • Base: This is the standard card that makes up the base set. It features flat foil.
  • Bronze Press Proof: These carry an unstated print run of 2000 and feature holo-bronze foil.
  • Silver Press Proof: These carry an unstated print run of 1000 and feature holo-silver foil. For some, this may be difficult to distinguish from the base card because it too is silver. The difference here is that the Silver Press Proof features a holo-foil mirror finish while the base does not.
  • Gold Press Proof: These carry an unstated print run of 500 and feature holo-gold foil. Unless you have this side-by-side with a Bronze Press Proof, it can be difficult to tell which is which. These are often confused as Bronze Press Proofs. The one subtle difference is that the holo-foil is slightly more yellow than that of the the Bronze Press Proof.

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Set Information:

Important Date(s)
August 15, 1996Exchange Deadline
1996 Leaf
SetTotal CardsPrint Run(s)Odds
Base220
Bronze Press Proof22020001:10
Silver Press Proof22010001:10
Gold Press Proof2205001:10
All-Star Game MVP Contenders20
All-Star Game MVP Contenders Gold215000Redemption
Gold Stars1525001:190
Hats Off850001:72 R
Picture Perfect1250001:140 H (#7-12); R (#1-6)
Picture Perfect Promo12Dealer Order Forms & Hobby Media Press Releases
Statistical Standouts825001:210 H
Thomas Greatest Hits850001:210 H (#1-4); R (#5-7); #8 via Mail
Thomas The Big Heart43500Frank Thomas Charitable Foundation
Thomas The Big Heart Autograph1Frank Thomas Charitable Foundation
Total Bases1250001:72 H
Total Bases Promo12Dealer Order Forms & Hobby Media Press Releases
1996 Leaf

Base Set Checklist:

1996 Leaf is a one-series, 220-card set. The set design features action shots printed on flat foil. Press Proof parallels: Bronze /2000; Silver /1000, and Gold /500. The odds of pulling a Press Proof parallel are the same but not for any specific version.

1996 Leaf Baseball Cards
1996 Leaf Baseball Cards

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1John Smoltz111Tim Wakefield
2Dennis Eckersley112Sammy Sosa
3Delino DeShields113Jay Buhner
4Cliff Floyd114Garret Anderson
5Chuck Finley115Edgar Martinez
6Cecil Fielder116Edgardo Alfonzo
7Tim Naehring117Billy Ashley
8Carlos Perez118Joe Carter
9Brad Ausmus119Javy Lopez
10Matt Lawton RC120Bobby Bonilla
11Alan Trammell121Ken Caminiti
12Steve Finley122Barry Larkin
13Paul O’Neill123Shannon Stewart
14Gary Sheffield124Orel Hershiser
15Mark McGwire125Jeff Conine
16Bernie Williams126Mark Grace
17Jeff Montgomery127Kenny Lofton
18Chan Ho Park128Luis Gonzalez
19Greg Vaughn129Rico Brogna
20Jeff Kent130Mo Vaughn
21Cal Ripken Jr.131Brad Radke
22Charles Johnson132Jose Herrera
23Eric Karros133Rick Aguilera
24Alex Rodriguez134Gary DiSarcina
25Chris Snopek135Andres Galarraga
26Jason Isringhausen136Carl Everett
27Chili Davis137Steve Avery
28Chipper Jones138Vinny Castilla
29Bret Saberhagen139Dennis Martinez
30Tony Clark140John Wetteland
31Marty Cordova141Alex Gonzalez
32Dwayne Hosey142Brian Jordan
33Fred McGriff143Todd Hollandsworth
34Deion Sanders144Terrell Wade
35Orlando Merced145Wilson Alvarez
36Brady Anderson146Reggie Sanders
37Ray Lankford147Will Clark
38Manny Ramirez148Hideo Nomo
39Alex Fernandez149J.T. Snow
40Greg Colbrunn150Frank Thomas
41Ken Griffey Jr.151Ivan Rodriguez
42Mickey Morandini152Jay Bell
43Chick Knoblauch153H.Nomo/M.Cordova CL
44Quinton McCracken154David Cone
45Tim Salmon155Roberto Alomar
46Jose Mesa156Carlos Delgado
47Marquis Grissom157Carlos Baerga
48G.Maddux/R.Johnson CL158Geronimo Berroa
49Raul Mondesi159Joe Vitiello
50Mark Grudzielanek160Terry Steinbach
51Ray Durham161Doug Drabek
52Matt Williams162David Segui
53Bob Hamelin163Ozzie Smith
54Lenny Dykstra164Kurt Abbott
55Jeff King165Randy Johnson
56LaTroy Hawkins166John Valentin
57Terry Pendleton167Mickey Tettleton
58Kevin Stocker168Ruben Sierra
59Ozzie Timmons169Jim Thome
60David Justice170Mike Greenwell
61Ricky Bottalico171Quilvio Veras
62Andy Ashby172Robin Ventura
63Larry Walker173Bill Pulsipher
64Jose Canseco174Rafael Palmeiro
65Bret Boone175Hal Morris
66Shawn Green176Ryan Klesko
67Chad Curtis177Eric Young
68Travis Fryman178Shane Andrews
69Roger Clemens179Brian L. Hunter
70David Bell180Brett Butler
71Rusty Greer181John Olerud
72Bob Higginson182Moises Alou
73Joey Hamilton183Glenallen Hill
74Kevin Seitzer184Ismael Valdes
75Julian Tavarez185Andy Pettitte
76Troy Percival186Yamil Benitez
77Kirby Puckett187Jason Bere
78Barry Bonds188Dean Palmer
79Michael Tucker189Jimmy Haynes
80Paul Molitor190Trevor Hoffman
81Carlos Garcia191Mike Mussina
82Johnny Damon192Greg Maddux
83Mike Hampton193Ozzie Guillen
84Ariel Prieto194Pat Listach
85Tony Tarasco195Derek Bell
86Pete Schourek196Darren Daulton
87Tom Glavine197John Mabry
88Rondell White198Ramon Martinez
89Jim Edmonds199Jeff Bagwell
90Robby Thompson200Mike Piazza
91Wade Boggs201Al Martin
92Pedro Martinez202Aaron Sele
93Gregg Jefferies203Ed Sprague
94Albert Belle204Rod Beck
95Benji Gil205T.Gwynn/E.Martinez CL
96Danny Neagle206Mike Lansing
97Mark Langston207Craig Biggio
98Sandy Alomar Jr.208Jeffrey Hammonds
99Tony Gwynn209Dave Nilsson
100Todd Hundley210D.Bichette/A.Belle CL
101Dante Bichette211Derek Jeter
102Eddie Murray212Alan Benes
103Lyle Mouton213Jason Schmidt
104John Jaha214Alex Ochoa
105B.Larkin/M.Vaughn CL215Ruben Rivera
106Jon Nunnally216Roger Cedeno
107Juan Gonzalez217Jeff Suppan
108Kevin Appier218Billy Wagner
109Brian McRae219Mark Loretta
110Lee Smith220Karim Garcia
1996 Leaf

All-Star Game MVP Contenders:

Randomly inserted into packs, 1996 Leaf All-Star MVP Contenders is a 20-card set that features possible MVP Award contenders at the 1996 All-Star Game held in Philadelphia. If the player on the card won the MVP award, the card could be sent in for an upgraded Gold MVP Contenders set, which have a print run of 5000. Since Mike Piazza won the 1996 All-Star Game MVP Award, his card was the one that could be redeemed for a Gold set. Cards that were sent in were returned with a hole punched into them along with a Gold set. A hole punched Silver Mike Piazza is considered part of the Gold set since it was required to redeem the set. The backs of both versions, strangely enough, contain the same game rules. The expiration date for this redemption program was August 15, 1996.

Mike Piazza 1996 Leaf All-Star Game MVP Contenders #2A Silver Punched /5000
Mike Piazza 1996 Leaf All-Star Game MVP Contenders #2A Silver Punched /5000

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Frank Thomas11Chipper Jones
2Mike Piazza W12Kenny Lofton
3Sammy Sosa13Manny Ramirez
4Cal Ripken Jr.14Barry Bonds
5Jeff Bagwell15Raul Mondesi
6Reggie Sanders16Kirby Puckett
7Mo Vaughn17Albert Belle
8Tony Gwynn18Ken Griffey Jr.
9Dante Bichette19Greg Maddux
10Tim Salmon20Bonus Card
1996 Leaf All-Star MVP Contenders

Gold Stars:

Inserted into hobby and retail packs at a rate of 1:190, 1996 Leaf Gold Stars is a 15-card set with a print run of 2500 that honors some of the game’s greatest players on 22k gold trim cards.

Manny Ramirez 1996 Leaf Gold Stars #14 /2500
Manny Ramirez 1996 Leaf Gold Stars #14 /2500

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Frank Thomas9Chipper Jones
2Dante Bichette10Albert Belle
3Sammy Sosa11Tony Gwynn
4Ken Griffey Jr.12Mo Vaughn
5Mike Piazza13Barry Larkin
6Tim Salmon14Manny Ramirez
7Hideo Nomo15Greg Maddux
8Cal Ripken Jr.
1996 Leaf Gold Stars

Hats Off:

Inserted into retail packs at a rate of 1:72, 1996 Leaf Hats Off is an 8-card set with a print run of 5000 features an embossed wool-like design to mimic the feel of a baseball cap.

Cal Ripken Jr. 1996 Leaf Hats Off #1 /5000
Cal Ripken Jr. 1996 Leaf Hats Off #1 /5000

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Cal Ripken Jr.5Ken Griffey Jr.
2Barry Larkin6Hideo Nomo
3Frank Thomas7Albert Belle
4Mo Vaughn8Greg Maddux
1996 Leaf Hats Off

Picture Perfect:

1996 Leaf Picture Perfect is a 12-card set with a print run of 5000 and features a real wood design with gold foil print. Cards 1-6 were inserted into hobby packs while cards 7-12 were inserted into retail packs and all at a rate of 1:140. Promo examples of each of these cards were also made.

Albert Belle 1996 Leaf Picture Perfect #8 /5000
Albert Belle 1996 Leaf Picture Perfect #8 /5000

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Frank Thomas7Ken Griffey Jr.
2Cal Ripken Jr.8Albert Belle
3Greg Maddux9Jeff Bagwell
4Manny Ramirez10Mike Piazza
5Chipper Jones11Mo Vaughn
6Tony Gwynn12Barry Bonds
1996 Leaf Picture Perfect

Statistical Standouts:

Inserted into hobby packs at a rate of 1:210, 1996 Leaf Statistical Standouts is an 8-card set with a print run of 2500 that features players who showcased statistically significant performance. The cards were printed on a material made to mimic the feel of the leather of a baseball.

Chipper Jones 1996 Leaf Statistical Standouts #8 /2500
Chipper Jones 1996 Leaf Statistical Standouts #8 /2500

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Cal Ripken Jr.5Hideo Nomo
2Tony Gwynn6Greg Maddux
3Frank Thomas7Albert Belle
4Ken Griffey Jr.8Chipper Jones
1996 Leaf Statistical Standouts

Thomas Greatest Hits:

1996 Leaf Thomas Greatest Hits is an 8-card set celebrating the career of Frank Thomas. Each card is printed on die-cut plastic to simulate compact disc, serial numbered to 5000, and features a statistic for one of Frank Thomas’ first 8 playing years. Cards 1-4 were inserted into hobby packs and cards 5-7 were inserted into retail packs all at a rate of 1:210. Card #8 was issued as a redemption.

Frank Thomas 1996 Leaf Thomas Greatest Hits #8 /5000
Frank Thomas 1996 Leaf Thomas Greatest Hits #8 /5000

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Card #YearCard #Year
1199051994
2199161995
3199271996
4199381997
1996 Leaf Thomas Greatest Hits

Thomas The Big Heart:

1996 Leaf Thomas The Big Heart is a 4-card set issued through the Frank Thomas Charitable Foundation. Just 3500 sets were produced and Frank Thomas signed an unknown but likely very small number of card #1.

Frank Thomas 1996 Leaf Thomas The Big Heart #4 /3500
Frank Thomas 1996 Leaf Thomas The Big Heart #4 /3500

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Card #ImageCard #Image
1Sitting in dugout3Glove to chest
2Leaning over4Bat in hand
1996 Leaf Thomas The Big Heart

Total Bases:

Inserted into hobby packs at a rate of 1:72, 1996 Leaf Total Bases is a 12-card set with a print run of 5000 and features top offensive stars. Promo examples of each of these cards were also made.

Barry Bonds 1996 Leaf Total Bases #4 /5000
Barry Bonds 1996 Leaf Total Bases #4 /5000

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Frank Thomas7Paul Molitor
2Albert Belle8Fred McGriff
3Rafael Palmeiro9Ken Griffey Jr.
4Barry Bonds10Carlos Baerga
5Kirby Puckett11Juan Gonzalez
6Joe Carter12Cal Ripken Jr.
1996 Leaf Total Bases

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