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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:

2012 Panini National Treasures Joe Namath Autographed Hall Of Fame Patch /45
7 bids - Price: $36.99 - Watchers: 13
Item # 131331242873
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Nikola Vucevic RPA RC PATCH AUTO 190/199
5 bids - Price: $11.50 - Watchers: 13
Item # 381038109676
2012 MICHAEL CRABTREE PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES LETTERMAN LETTER PATCH AUTO 1/1
7 bids - Price: $16.51 - Watchers: 12
Item # 201201998223
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Isaiah Thomas RPA RC PATCH AUTO 182/199
5 bids - Price: $35.00 - Watchers: 12
Item # 361098590771
2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES TRIS SPEAKER GU BAT RELIC SP #/99
2 bids - Price: $8.94 - Watchers: 8
Item # 281482226074
2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES NAP LAJOIE GU BAT RELIC GREATNESS SP #/99
6 bids - Price: $14.39 - Watchers: 8
Item # 271651513595
2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES JACKIE ROBINSON ALL DECADE GU JERSEY HAT RELIC #D
3 bids - Price: $15.03 - Watchers: 7
Item # 281482228915
2012 Panini National Treasures Prime Orlando Cepeda HOF Patch 14/25 Giants
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 7
Item # 371175935038
2012 Vontaze Burfict Panini National Treasures Rookie Black /25 BGS 9 Auto 10
3 bids - Price: $3.25 - Watchers: 6
Item # 131328762097
KEVIN DURANT 13-14 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES 2012-13 IMMACULATE PRINT PLATE 1/1
3 bids - Price: $7.05 - Watchers: 6
Item # 121471314869
2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES MICHAEL EGNEW SP RC PATCH AUTO /99. JAGUARS.
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 4
Item # 390959325386
2012 Panini National Treasures Randy Johnson Laundry Tag Patch /8 Rare Game Used
6 bids - Price: $20.53 - Watchers: 4
Item # 141450829585
2013-14 Panini National Treasures GRANT HILL 2012-13 FLAWLESS PRINTING PLATE 1/1
3 bids - Price: $11.00 - Watchers: 4
Item # 390956644551
2012-13 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES BISMACK BIYOMBO PATCH ON CARD AUTO RC 144/199
3 bids - Price: $2.24 - Watchers: 4
Item # 331358666306
Ty Cobb * 2012 Panini National Treasures * # 10/99 * GU Bat Relic * Tigers * HOF
3 bids - Price: $7.27 - Watchers: 4
Item # 201207460065
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