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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 IMMORTAL CUT SIGNATURES #8 VIN SCULLY AUTO 4/20
8 bids - Price: $41.50 - Watchers: 32
Item # 231362705543
2012/13 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES RC #158 TERRENCE ROSS JUMBO PATCH AUTO /99 3CO
11 bids - Price: $35.04 - Watchers: 25
Item # 381027709140
2012 Panini National Treasures Nick Foles On-Card Auto Jersey, Eagles #/49
8 bids - Price: $200.00 - Watchers: 16
Item # 301357753756
LARRY BIRD 2012-13 Panini NATIONAL TREASURES Colassal Materials PATCH AUTO #/15
28 bids - Price: $23.50 - Watchers: 14
Item # 301360318171
2012 Panini National Treasures Legends Booklet Ozzie Smith Auto Game Used 2/5
1 bids - Price: $50.00 - Watchers: 14
Item # 281473367481
2012 Panini National Treasures Greatness #21 Joe Jackson HOF BAT 32/49
4 bids - Price: $20.56 - Watchers: 14
Item # 381028254218
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Tobias Harris RC Auto Patch #/199 RPA Magic
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 14
Item # 291273983123
2012-13 Panini National Treasures NBA Gear TONY PARKER 16/25 Jersey Auto
4 bids - Price: $2.25 - Watchers: 10
Item # 331351141184
2012 Panini National Treasures Greatness #8 Honus Wagner HOF BAT 22/25
6 bids - Price: $17.00 - Watchers: 10
Item # 371169329178
2012 Panini National Treasures Century Autograph Auto Jason Witten SSP 1/10 RARE
2 bids - Price: $20.49 - Watchers: 9
Item # 201199913567
2012 Panini National Treasures Greatness #5 Rogers Hornsby HOF JERSEY 17/25
3 bids - Price: $10.38 - Watchers: 9
Item # 361087749231
2012 Panini National Treasures Greatness #37 Joe Medwick HOF JERSEY 01/25
2 bids - Price: $13.05 - Watchers: 9
Item # 361087752054
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Brandon Knight RC Auto Patch #/199 RPA Bucks
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 9
Item # 291273983128
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Terrence Jones RC Auto Patch #/99 RPA Rockets
2 bids - Price: $31.00 - Watchers: 9
Item # 291273997571
ANTHONY DAVIS BRANDON KNIGHT 2012-13 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES AUTO RC 07/49
6 bids - Price: $20.49 - Watchers: 8
Item # 221582281422
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