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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:

2012-13 Panini National Treasures JIMMY BUTLER ROOKIE PATCH AUTO JERSEY RC #/199
28 bids - Price: $274.99 - Watchers: 44
Item # 111519066839
Chris Bosh 2012-13 Panini National Treasures NBA Logoman Patch Auto 3/3 1/1
10 bids - Price: $710.00 - Watchers: 33
Item # 221609952487
2012-13 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES ROOKIE ON CARD PATCH AUTO! RPA!NIKOLA VUCEVIC!
10 bids - Price: $36.00 - Watchers: 18
Item # 201220518622
RARE! 2012 Panini National Treasures The Greatest Signatures Dan Fouts Auto /25
13 bids - Price: $36.00 - Watchers: 13
Item # 151481621645
2012 Panini National Treasures Auto Booklet Jumbo Bat Pete Reiser 04/10
5 bids - Price: $10.50 - Watchers: 12
Item # 191415971370
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Terrence Jones RPA Rookie RC PATCH AUTO 82/99
3 bids - Price: $5.50 - Watchers: 12
Item # 381060136459
Bert Bell 2012 Panini National Treasures Cut Auto /90 Philadelphia Eagles
11 bids - Price: $13.00 - Watchers: 10
Item # 151477700871
2012-13 Panini National Treasures MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST ROOKIE PATCH AUTO #/199
3 bids - Price: $26.49 - Watchers: 10
Item # 111518865614
2012 National Panini Treasures Robert Griffin III + Wright Rookie RC Patch 17/49
4 bids - Price: $3.35 - Watchers: 9
Item # 381055145817
2012 Panini National Treasures League Leaders #8 Honus Wagner HOF BAT #10/25
19 bids - Price: $43.00 - Watchers: 8
Item # 181587688537
2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES BRIAN QUICK ROOKIE AUTO 3 CLR PATCH #d/99
4 bids - Price: $11.50 - Watchers: 8
Item # 181589598715
2012-13 Panini National Treasures TRISTAN THOMPSON ROOKIE PATCH AUTO RC #/199
3 bids - Price: $28.00 - Watchers: 8
Item # 390976945497
Steve Bartkowski 2012 Panini National Treasures Auto /49 Atlanta Falcons
4 bids - Price: $5.50 - Watchers: 7
Item # 161485828865
2012 Panini National Treasures Booklet Mohamed Sanu Rookie RC JUMBO Patch 15/49
3 bids - Price: $5.50 - Watchers: 6
Item # 371191021444
2012-13 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES NBA GEAR TRIPLE JERSEY AUTO! GORDON HAYWARD!
2 bids - Price: $1.25 - Watchers: 6
Item # 201218531535
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