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National Treasures Baseball Turns into Big Hit

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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 ANTHONY DAVIS Auto Patch rc BGS 8.5/10 PELICANS
8 bids - Price: $1,186.88 - Watchers: 51
Item # 311185939888
Andrew Luck Auto 2012 Panini National Treasures Rookie Patch Autograph Gold 8/49
12 bids - Price: $2,025.00 - Watchers: 37
Item # 381065329983
2012 Panini National Treasures NFL Gear Quad Signature Andrew Luck Rc Auto 1/15
35 bids - Price: $200.00 - Watchers: 34
Item # 151486491795
Dwight Howard 2012-13 Panini National Treasures NBA Logoman 1/4 BGS
3 bids - Price: $10.99 - Watchers: 17
Item # 151489779154
2012-13 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES CHANDLER PARSONS ROOKIE PATCH AUTO /199 BGS 9
8 bids - Price: $8.50 - Watchers: 16
Item # 261672596945
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Terrence Jones RPA Rookie RC PATCH AUTO 82/99
36 bids - Price: $49.89 - Watchers: 16
Item # 381060136459
2012 Panini National Treasures Frank Thomas Auto RC Patch Book "BIG HURT"#d 2/5
2 bids - Price: $12.50 - Watchers: 15
Item # 151490924185
2012-13 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES LOGO TAG AUTO AUTOGRAPH TONY PARKER 6/8 SP
8 bids - Price: $43.33 - Watchers: 14
Item # 311185477691
2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES BASEBALL TY COBB JUMBO BAT RELIC BOOKLET 09/10
4 bids - Price: $6.50 - Watchers: 13
Item # 221616861905
Kyrie Irving Bradley Beal 2012-13 Panini National Treasures Auto 33/49
5 bids - Price: $29.05 - Watchers: 12
Item # 151488352875
MICHAEL VICK #24/25 2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES VIRTUOSO AUTO SP AUTOGRAPH
5 bids - Price: $12.50 - Watchers: 10
Item # 390983190674
2012 Panini National Treasures David Ortiz Jersey Button Autograph 3/6
1 bids - Price: $9.99 - Watchers: 9
Item # 201226223877
Jonas Valanciunas 2012/13 Panini National Treasures Gold RC Auto Patch 21/25
1 bids - Price: $49.99 - Watchers: 9
Item # 111529328793
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Brandon Knight RPA RC Letter Patch AUTO /199
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 6
Item # 361129221294
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Jared Sullinger RPA RC PATCH AUTO 130/199
12 bids - Price: $123.78 - Watchers: 4
Item # 361127787006
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