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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 Ryan Tannehill RPA Rookie RC PATCH AUTO 23/99
11 bids - Price: $202.50 - Watchers: 40
Item # 371107333161
2012 Panini National Treasures Brock Osweiler AUTO Broncos Patch WOW #15/25 (MF)
13 bids - Price: $105.50 - Watchers: 32
Item # 361002927820
2012 Panini National Treasures Barry Sanders Auto 12/25! GREATEST SIGNAGTURES
5 bids - Price: $188.09 - Watchers: 30
Item # 251597158891
2012 Panini National Treasures Legends Booklet Rod Carew 4/5 Jumbo Bat AUTO
9 bids - Price: $27.58 - Watchers: 21
Item # 361001614675
Patriots 2012 Panini National Treasures Shane Vereen Auto/Dual Laundry Tag
8 bids - Price: $4.25 - Watchers: 16
Item # 301258715134
2012 Panini National Treasures Superbowl Champion Autos #1 Robert Newhouse 3/25
8 bids - Price: $9.50 - Watchers: 16
Item # 301258680524
2012 Panini National Treasures Booklet Dennis Eckersley 5/5 Jersey AUTO
6 bids - Price: $23.50 - Watchers: 10
Item # 380958806501
2012 Panini National Treasures Booklet Derek Jeter Yankees 97/99 Jumbo Jersey
11 bids - Price: $20.00 - Watchers: 10
Item # 380958831984
2012 Panini National Treasures Booklet Mark Teixeira Yankees 16/25 Jumbo Bat
4 bids - Price: $1.54 - Watchers: 8
Item # 380958797538
2012 Panini National Treasures Booklet Robinson Cano Yankees 57/99 Jumbo Jersey
4 bids - Price: $3.25 - Watchers: 7
Item # 371108107455
Panini 2012-13 National Treasures Timberwolves Kevin Love 13/49 JSY AUTO
5 bids - Price: $1.79 - Watchers: 7
Item # 201136617474
2012 Panini National Treasures Booklet Justin Upton 18/25 Jumbo Bat AUTO
17 bids - Price: $14.50 - Watchers: 5
Item # 361001616712
2012 Panini National Treasures Booklet Evan Longoria Rays 43/99 Jersey
6 bids - Price: $2.37 - Watchers: 5
Item # 361001693469
2012 Panini National Treasures Booklet Jimmy Rollins Phillies 96/99 Jersey
3 bids - Price: $1.36 - Watchers: 5
Item # 371108097203
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