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BASEBALL CARD WAR

Topps Sues Leaf Over

Mickey Mantle Card

8/14/2011 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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One of  the GREATEST YANKEES OF ALL-TIME has been thrust into the middle of a showdown between two HUGE baseball card companies ... TMZ has learned.

The Topps Company has filed a lawsuit in NY against Leaf Trading Cards -- claiming Leaf is using ICONIC Topps baseball cards -- including the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card -- to promote a new Leaf product.

It's sorta weird -- Leaf has a new line of cards called "2011 Best of Baseball" ... and in every pack, collectors will get 1 new, original Leaf card and 1 bonus card which, depending on your luck, could be a pre-1970 card featuring a Hall-of-Famer.

According to the lawsuit, Leaf put together a promotional ad (above) featuring some of the bonus cards -- which include the Mantle card, a 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson, a 1972 Topps Carlton Fisk card and more.

Topps claims it had warned Leaf about a similar incident in 2010 ... but now, Topps' patience has run out ... and it wants Leaf to pay up. Topps is suing for unspecified damages AND it wants a judge to force Leaf to STOP using Topps cards to promote Leaf products.

A rep for Leaf tells TMZ, "Leaf intends to vigorously defend itself against the allegations in this lawsuit.  We anticipate a just result of this matter through the legal process."

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Philly    

Best story since it has nothing to do with 2 and a half men, tila tequila, or kardashians

1113 days ago
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1112 days ago
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UNLEVINED HARVEY    

mantle was overrated due to being in ny

1112 days ago
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himminy    

surprised that this is on tmz. 99.9% of tmz viewers would find this story meaningless. i'm actually a part of the .1% who does deal in sports cards (quite successfully on ebay i might add). e'ry day i'm hustlin son! booya!

1112 days ago

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