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Buck Leonard
(b. September 8, 1907 - d. November 27, 1997)
In the Negro Leagues, Walter Leonard played Lou Gehrig to teammate Josh Gibson's Babe Ruth. Leonard played for the Homestead Grays and helped lead them to nine consecutive pennants. He was a lefthanded power hitter and clutch RBI man who hit for high average. He twice led the NNl in hitting, peaking a.410 in 1947. In 1952, at age 45, Leonard turned down an offer from Bill Veeck to play for the St. Louis Browns.
Inducted in 1972
1992 Front Row Buck Leonard #1 PSA 10 GEM MT
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Comments: Many Negro Leaguers don't have baseball cards issued during their career or they are extremely expensive. Buck Leonard is a good example so I went with a tribute card. The 1992 Front Row set includes five cards, one of which is the perfect shoulders and above portrait. I purchased a complete set in May, 2004 in hopes of getting a nice example of the card. I submitted the item to PSA and it was returned to me in July graded MINT 9. In March, 2012 I purchased five more sets for $6.47 including S&H. I submitted a few of them to PSA and am waiting for the results. Hopefully the submission includes a GEM MT card.

UPDATE: In late May, 2013 I sent PSA a group of 175 raw cards that I had purchased at shows and on eBay over the course of several years for grading/authentication. I waited two plus months for the submission and during that time decided to have a little fun. Normally, I get the email from PSA indicating grades are available and I go online to review the results. When I receive the package I open it up look through the cards and start the scanning process. The entertainment ends there. This time I decided to do things a little differently but it would take extreme discipline. I didn't go online to look at the grades and the package arrived for pickup on August 23, 2013. I asked my wife to open the box and randomly distribute the contents into a large storage bin. The bin went into the closet and each day for the next 6 months my kids would take turns pulling out a card for me. One card at a time, it was like Christmas every day. I'm involved in a private chatroom of sportscard collectors where I would post a picture of "The Card of the Day" for the guys to follow along. The kids loved it too! It was so fun I tagged on two more submissions (one for 15 cards received back in early Dec, 2013 and another 53 card submission returned in Feb, 2014) and lumped them in with the other cards as they came back from PSA. The original 175-day quest has now turned into almost a year-long adventure.

On Day #154 my daughter surprised me with a 10. I yelled out, "Yes!". I really wanted this one....that's the good news! The bad news...every submission has some drama. I looked at the top right corner and it was dinged. But, it wasn't dinged when I sent it in. Pretty frustrated, I asked my wife to look through the bin and see if the other Leonards I submitted graded 10. I didn't want to wait another XX days to find out; and had to cheat. Of course the answer was NOPE - two 9's. I believe PSA owes me a 10. I understand this is about a $2 card. But, I spend the same amount of time on the cheap cards in my collection as I do with the true rarities. Ticks me off that someone made a mistake, dropped the card on their table, and then still stuck it in a slab to try and slide it by. Not cool.

UPDATE: At the 2014 National, I presented the situation to PSA. I ended up with the PSA 10 shown (serial number 21584247).

Card Details Below:  
Year(s): 1992
ACC Set Designation:
Set Name: Front Row
Country: United States