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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 ANDREW LUCK NATIONAL TREASURES NFL GEAR QUAD BALL JERSEY AUTO RC #9/15
17 bids - Price: $295.99 - Watchers: 24
Item # 301677240735
2012 Panini National Treasures Joe Cronin 1/1 laundry tag
3 bids - Price: $5.50 - Watchers: 21
Item # 301676789306
2012-13 Kyrie Irving Austin Rivers National Treasures AUTO DUAL Rc 2/49 Jersey #
12 bids - Price: $35.50 - Watchers: 20
Item # 161750183218
2012 National Treasures Lamar Miller RPA RC Rookie Team Logo Patch AUTO 14/25
10 bids - Price: $52.00 - Watchers: 17
Item # 371369455632
2012 Panini National Treasures Joe Jackson Bat Relic /49
8 bids - Price: $13.07 - Watchers: 15
Item # 291506360355
2012 Panini National Treasures Lou Gehrig Jersey Relic /99
7 bids - Price: $15.00 - Watchers: 15
Item # 291506376736
2012 National Treasures JUSTIN VERLANDER Tigers 3-CLR JERSEY PATCH #'d 10/10 1/1
8 bids - Price: $4.25 - Watchers: 13
Item # 231611497114
2012/13 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES RC #176 MILES PLUMLEE NUMBERS PATCH AUTO 11/25
6 bids - Price: $6.50 - Watchers: 12
Item # 381316371771
2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES GARY CARTER LOGO PATCH 1/1
5 bids - Price: $26.00 - Watchers: 11
Item # 381317570396
2012/13 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES RC #108 KEMBA WALKER AUTO PATCH 162/199 2COL
8 bids - Price: $27.00 - Watchers: 10
Item # 361335423083
2013 National Treasures Curtis Martin HOF Class 2012 Jersey AUTO 25/50
3 bids - Price: $13.50 - Watchers: 10
Item # 371372015510
Kevin Durant 2012-13 Panini National Treasures Yellow plate 1/1
2 bids - Price: $11.61 - Watchers: 9
Item # 131546110981
2012 National Treasures PRIME Lamar Miller RPA RC Rookie Tag Patch Quad AUTO /5
7 bids - Price: $26.00 - Watchers: 9
Item # 361332603092
2012 National Treasures NFL GEAR Ryan Tannehill RPA RC Rookie Patch AUTO 21/25
6 bids - Price: $19.40 - Watchers: 9
Item # 361333071827
2012 Panini National Treasures Andrew McCutchen Autographed Button Relic 1/6
6 bids - Price: $63.00 - Watchers: 9
Item # 291506359424

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