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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:

Kirk Cousins 2012 Panini National Treasures auto autograph RC SP Black 11/25
12 bids - Price: $62.00 - Watchers: 22
Item # 141420245528
Blake Griffin 2012-13 Panini National Treasures Auto Jersey #03/49
5 bids - Price: $10.50 - Watchers: 19
Item # 351184678001
2012-13 Panini Prime Mario Lemieux CYAN PRINTING PLATE 1/1 (National Treasures)
4 bids - Price: $10.00 - Watchers: 11
Item # 371149861162
2012 Panini National Treasures Timeline Joe Montana 49ers Multi Jersey 2/49
2 bids - Price: $5.66 - Watchers: 11
Item # 361065540893
2012 Panini National Treasures Century Materials Joe Montana Patch Chiefs 14/49
4 bids - Price: $5.00 - Watchers: 11
Item # 371152239247
2012 Panini National Treasures John Elway Laundry Tag /15 Beckett 9.5 Gem Mint!
4 bids - Price: $10.50 - Watchers: 10
Item # 161438310769
2012-13 Panini Prime Claude Giroux BLACK PRINTING PLATE 1/1 National Treasures
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 9
Item # 311106593903
2012 Panini National Treasures R. WILSON/N. FOLES 1/1 "NFL" Dual Patch
13 bids - Price: $334.99 - Watchers: 9
Item # 271622012461
JOE GREENE 2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES CENTURY GOLD AUTO 24/25 BGS 9 AUTO 10
2 bids - Price: $10.50 - Watchers: 9
Item # 231345874095
2012 Panini National Treasures Century Materials Joe Montana Chiefs Patch 6/49
4 bids - Price: $5.00 - Watchers: 9
Item # 361065711875
2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES HAL NEWHOUSER GAME USED AUTO JERSEY TIGERS 5/5
4 bids - Price: $18.50 - Watchers: 9
Item # 171480269316
2012 Panini National Treasures Harmon Killebrew Cut AUTO signed check /99
3 bids - Price: $11.50 - Watchers: 9
Item # 131310600921
2012-13 Panini Prime Phil Kessel MAGENTA PRINTING PLATE 1/1 (National Treasures)
3 bids - Price: $2.50 - Watchers: 8
Item # 371149861298
ADRIAN BELTRE 2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES JUMBO GAME JERSEY AUTOGRAPH /49
3 bids - Price: $4.34 - Watchers: 8
Item # 371149896866
2012 Panini National Treasures Century Materials Joe Montana Chiefs Patch 49/49
3 bids - Price: $2.25 - Watchers: 6
Item # 371152261117
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