When the leaves really get to me, I use the front Dearborn blade on the old Ford. Has a rubber bottom and with the right touch plows the leaves into piles quickly.
If you decide on the lawn sweeper route, I have one that's sitting around - came with an old lawn tractor someone gave me. Very good sweeper - Parker Trailette - heavy, not anything like you would get at a store. Not sure where you're located or if it would be worth the shipping hassle though.