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National Treasures Baseball Turns into Big Hit

Does it matter if you have a league license to produce trading cards?  Panini America may be proving the answer is no as long as you pack your packs full of historic relics and autographs.  If sales and interest are any indication  2012 Panini National Treasures Baseball may be an early contender for product of the year despite not having any team or league logos on its caNational Treasures 2012 baseball boxrds.

A popular product in football and to a lesser extent, basketball, National Treasures is heavy on deceased Hall of Famers Relic Ted Williams book cardbut also contains a supply of autographed cards from current era stars like Mike Trout.  Currently selling for around $400-$450 per box/pack, the product contains eight cards.  That’s a minimum of $50 per card but the big gamble has paid off at times.

Released a little over a week ago, numerous hits from National Treasures hit eBay and have been bringing strong returns for those lucky enough to pull the right cards.

Each pack contains a booklet card, a minimum of  one on-card autograph and six other cards containing autographs or memorabilia.

The 1/1 bat knob cards have proven to be hot because of the checklist, although baseball historians and vintage memorabilia collectors may turn squeamish at the National Treasures Gehrig bat knob cardthought of bats carrying the names of Joe Jackson, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Honus Wagner having been chopped up.

Among the National Treasures sales already recorded on eBay:

  • Lou Gehrig bat knob  listed for $4,999 and sold for best offer
  • Joe DiMaggio jersey button listed at $2,999 and sold for best offer
  • Lou Gehrig prime patch  listed at $1,999 sold for best offer
  • Nap Lajoie cut autograph/bat book  $1,599 (sold Tuesday)
  • Mike Trout on card auto patch numbered to 10  $908

Here’s a look at the current ‘most watched’ 2012 Panini National Treasures cards on eBay:

1/1 BROCK OSWEILER 2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES BRONCOS LOGO PATCH PLATE AUTO
6 bids - Price: $14.48 - Watchers: 45
Item # 131299288032
2012 Panini National Treasures Kirk Cousins Gold Rookie Signatures #29/49 RC
15 bids - Price: $61.00 - Watchers: 30
Item # 151411616667
1/1 RYAN TANNEHILL 2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES DOLPHINS LOGO PATCH PLATE AUTO
6 bids - Price: $18.25 - Watchers: 26
Item # 131299300960
2012 DAVID WRIGHT PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES GU BAT KNOB S/N 1/1
10 bids - Price: $162.50 - Watchers: 22
Item # 161421465257
BGS 9.5 AUTO 10 ROBERT GRIFFIN III 2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES RC PATCH /99
6 bids - Price: $118.50 - Watchers: 22
Item # 221548355184
Kemba Walker 2012-13 Panini NATIONAL TREASURES RC Gold Patch Auto 3/5 SSP Rookie
13 bids - Price: $471.00 - Watchers: 20
Item # 131298355803
Kemba Walker 2012-13 Panini NATIONAL TREASURES RC Patch Auto 116/199
11 bids - Price: $46.00 - Watchers: 20
Item # 141410217424
MIGUEL CABRERA 2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES JUMBO DETROIT TIGERS PATCH AUTO /5
7 bids - Price: $27.00 - Watchers: 17
Item # 141411401629
Warren Moon - 2012 Panini National Treasures Legend- Auto/Jersey #18/25
4 bids - Price: $5.50 - Watchers: 13
Item # 181528957189
ANDRE IGUODALA 2012-13 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES NBA GEAR AUTO PATCH 18/25
10 bids - Price: $5.24 - Watchers: 11
Item # 301314488905
TONY ROMO 2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES CENTURY DALLAS COWBOYS JERSEY AUTO #/25
12 bids - Price: $20.00 - Watchers: 9
Item # 131299308970
2012 Panini National Treasures Paul Waner Bat Relic 28/49
2 bids - Price: $1.04 - Watchers: 8
Item # 191328788749
2012 NICK FOLES Panini NATIONAL TREASURES Rookie AUTO! 15 /15 MINT! Eagles
10 bids - Price: $55.00 - Watchers: 8
Item # 251648167170
KOBE BRYANT 2012-13 Panini National Treasures 1/1 Printing Plate Black LAKERS
25 bids - Price: $42.00 - Watchers: 7
Item # 221549578828
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