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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 Andrew Luck Panini National Treasures Gladiators RC #08/15 RARE HOT
13 bids - Price: $140.00 - Watchers: 23
Item # 271590372671
12-13 2012-13 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES BRADLEY BEAL ROOKIE PATCH AUTO /199 153
6 bids - Price: $126.38 - Watchers: 20
Item # 161408810363
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Patch Auto Dual Greats Mitch Richmond 10/10
3 bids - Price: $11.62 - Watchers: 13
Item # 201161088982
2012 Andrew Luck Panini National Treasures NFL Gear Triple Prime Rookie #01/#25!
1 bids - Price: $30.00 - Watchers: 13
Item # 261575822250
2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES RC #83 DREW SMYLY LOGO PATCH AUTO 1/6 3COL
5 bids - Price: $15.59 - Watchers: 11
Item # 311072616912
2012 Panini National Treasures HOF Class of Signatures #32 Nolan Ryan 9/10 BGS 9
6 bids - Price: $34.33 - Watchers: 10
Item # 291232935302
2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES JAMAAL CHARLES TIMELINE PRIME JERSEY AUTO /5 18
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 10
Item # 141392472283
2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES MATT ADAMS ROOKIE AUTOGRAPH 1/1 VERY RARE (CARD)
5 bids - Price: $53.85 - Watchers: 9
Item # 171437602971
12-13 2012-13 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES ENES KANTER ROOKIE PATCH AUTO /99 JAZZ
4 bids - Price: $2.25 - Watchers: 9
Item # 161408739251
2012 Panini National Treasures Booklet #45 Steve Carlton Jersey AUTO 3/10
2 bids - Price: $1.29 - Watchers: 9
Item # 361038740996
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Harrison Barnes Patch Autograph 3/5 #157
7 bids - Price: $13.49 - Watchers: 9
Item # 351162050211
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Bradley Beal Patch Autograph BGS 9.5 10 #153
5 bids - Price: $59.85 - Watchers: 9
Item # 371135724960
2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES NOLAN RYAN PRIME BUTTON CARD, 2/7, #95
4 bids - Price: $76.00 - Watchers: 8
Item # 311072319205
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Doron Lamb RC Patch Auto Platinum #'D 3/5
4 bids - Price: $9.50 - Watchers: 7
Item # 321505754373
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