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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 Nick Foles RPA RC Patch AUTO 83/99 Eagles
12 bids - Price: $203.49 - Watchers: 37
Item # 361081355065
2012 Panini National Treasures Nick Foles RPA RC Patch AUTO 22/49 Eagles
12 bids - Price: $139.50 - Watchers: 35
Item # 381023531742
2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES IMMORTAL CUT SIGNATURES #8 VIN SCULLY AUTO 4/20
6 bids - Price: $26.59 - Watchers: 22
Item # 231362705543
2012/13 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES RC #158 TERRENCE ROSS JUMBO PATCH AUTO /99 3CO
9 bids - Price: $23.04 - Watchers: 13
Item # 381027709140
2012 Panini National Treasures Trent Richardson Booklet BGS 9 /49 Patch Auto Rc
10 bids - Price: $36.00 - Watchers: 12
Item # 221575358191
ENES KANTER ANTHONY DAVIS 2012-13 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES AUTO RC
8 bids - Price: $47.00 - Watchers: 11
Item # 321551253612
2012 Panini National Treasures Nick Foles On-Card Auto Jersey, Eagles #/49
3 bids - Price: $6.50 - Watchers: 11
Item # 301357753756
2012 Panini National Treasures Alfred Morris RC AUTO 65/99 PSA 10 GEM MINT Pop 2
8 bids - Price: $48.00 - Watchers: 9
Item # 381022611269
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Demar DeRozan *3/8* Dual Laundry Tag NBA Gear
4 bids - Price: $20.99 - Watchers: 8
Item # 161451598180
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Steve Nash 17/25 Autograph NBA Gear Dual Patch
1 bids - Price: $9.99 - Watchers: 7
Item # 161451614293
LARRY BIRD 2012-13 Panini NATIONAL TREASURES Colassal Materials PATCH AUTO #/15
26 bids - Price: $22.50 - Watchers: 7
Item # 301360318171
2012 Panini National Treasures Adrian Gonzalez Autographed Game Used Button /6
6 bids - Price: $23.50 - Watchers: 6
Item # 271637901342
2012-13 Panini National Treasures NBA Gear TONY PARKER 16/25 Jersey Auto
3 bids - Price: $1.29 - Watchers: 6
Item # 331351141184
2012 panini national treasures Brandon Weeden patch auto /99
6 bids - Price: $6.00 - Watchers: 5
Item # 381026122300
2012 Panini Playoff National Treasures SAM BRADFORD QB Rams Card 1/1
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 5
Item # 281470934355
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