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 ROOKIE AUTO 3-CLR PATCH /199 (PWCC)
14 bids - Price: $1,800.00 - Watchers: 50
Item #401068555610
2012-13 BLAKE GRIFFIN STEPHEN CURRY NATIONAL TREASURES ROOKIE AUTO PATCH LOT
6 bids - Price: $43.00 - Watchers: 16
Item #141899109540
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Meyers Leonard RC auto Nasty patch #'ed 30/99
2 bids - Price: $1.25 - Watchers: 15
Item #111898940138
2012 NATIONAL TREASURES CAL RIPKEN JR ORIOLES HOF JUMBO AUTO RELIC #D /25
7 bids - Price: $36.00 - Watchers: 14
Item #351647362459
MARCUS MORRIS 2012-13 NATIONAL TREASURES 3 COLOR PATCH AUTO RC 14/25 SP SUNS
2 bids - Price: $2.02 - Watchers: 13
Item #141896582170
2012-2013 National Treasures Carmelo Anthony Patch# 5/6
14 bids - Price: $161.50 - Watchers: 10
Item #272125404046
2012-13 Panini NATIONAL TREASURES Draymond Green j. Fredette ROOKIE AUTO 23/25!!
2 bids - Price: $5.50 - Watchers: 10
Item #262282303628
Isaiah Thomas 2012-13 Panini National Treasures Rookie Auto Sick Patch RPA
7 bids - Price: $28.00 - Watchers: 10
Item #272127455849
2012 NATIONAL TREASURES RANDY JOHNSON 2 COLOR AUTO PATCH 22/25
1 bids - Price: $9.99 - Watchers: 10
Item #151965194623
2012 Panini Signature Series National Treasures Matt Harvey RC Patch Auto 66/99
3 bids - Price: $6.50 - Watchers: 10
Item #182017363462
JUSTIN UPTON 2012 National Treasures BOOK Auto Jrsy /25 Autograph DETROIT TIGERS
2 bids - Price: $1.25 - Watchers: 9
Item #262280966280
2012 Panini National Treasures Luke Appling LAUNDRY TAG PATCH 1/1 #23 (PWCC)
12 bids - Price: $32.00 - Watchers: 9
Item #141895829044
2012-13 National Treasures Kenneth Faried RPA RC 4-Color Patch AUTO 38/199
4 bids - Price: $5.52 - Watchers: 9
Item #361486999451

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