It looks like Ryan Cracknell over at the Cardboard Connection’s hunch was right.
In an email from The Leaf Trading Card Company they unveiled the Manziel with some really careful language. Here is the email.
Greetings to our customers…
First and foremost, thank you for your strong support of 2013 Leaf Metal and Leaf Valiant Football releases. As you may or may not be aware, these releases included a rare redemption card that can be exchanged for what we touted as one of the most exciting football cards in years! Leaf is pleased to announce that the cards issued as part of the redemption will begin shipping today…. As you can see, this is the first ever card depicting Johnny Manziel. This card features original 1/1 art work hand drawn/painted by the artist and an authentic cut signature. Each signature has been authenticated by PSA/DNA, and each card includes an authentication sticker on back. In addition, each card is slabbed by Beckett Grading Services for its protection.
Leaf wishes to clarify that neither the cards, the use of the signatures included in the cards, nor the artwork, is sanctioned or endorsed by the personality, his university, or any other organization or licensing body. The artwork is an original creation protected by the First Amendment. The cut signatures were obtained by Leaf from third parties. Neither Leaf nor its employees have met with, spoken to, or had any contact with the personality. The depictions on the cards are derived from unique artwork created by an artist under contract to Leaf. The cards represent the artist’s impressions of Johnny Manziel, which Leaf understands to be protected by the First Amendment.
We hope you enjoy what is certain to be one of 2013’s most exciting cards.