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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:

2012-13 Panini National Treasures Anthony Davis RPA RC Rookie PATCH AUTO 135/199
14 bids - Price: $1,101.11 - Watchers: 68
Item # 380879435069
Klay Thompson 2012/13 Panini National Treasures Auto Autograph Patch 104/199 RC
11 bids - Price: $67.00 - Watchers: 36
Item # 181378985374
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Ty Lawson Logoman Signatures Auto 2/3 BGS 9
30 bids - Price: $356.00 - Watchers: 29
Item # 231203260813
2012 Panini National Treasures Virtuoso Signatures #51 Dez Bryant 17/50
22 bids - Price: $25.00 - Watchers: 15
Item # 271450147739
2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES #248 JOSH GORDON AUTO 14/49 RC GEM MINT PSA 10
5 bids - Price: $22.60 - Watchers: 15
Item # 201073135637
2013 Panini National Treasures Dermontti Dawson HOF Class of 2012 Auto
6 bids - Price: $29.55 - Watchers: 13
Item # 400691877059
2012 Panini National Treasures Virtuoso Signatures #48 DeMarco Murray #9/50
2 bids - Price: $3.25 - Watchers: 13
Item # 301152179209
2012-13 Panini National Treasures Tony Wroten Gold Rookie Patch Auto 2/5
10 bids - Price: $79.88 - Watchers: 11
Item # 331176237216
2012 Panini National Treasures HOF Class of '80 Signatures, AL KALINE Auto /25!
13 bids - Price: $7.50 - Watchers: 11
Item # 261449649229
2012-13 Panini National Treasures DAVID ROBINSON/ PATRICK EWING PATCH 11/25
4 bids - Price: $2.25 - Watchers: 11
Item # 231204311888
2012-13 Panini National Treasures YAO MING springfield bound AUTO 28/49
5 bids - Price: $22.50 - Watchers: 10
Item # 231204339012
2012 VICK BALLARD PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES PLATINUM 1/5 = 1/1 AUTO RC COLTS
8 bids - Price: $10.49 - Watchers: 9
Item # 371040817826
2012-13 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES DAMIAN LILLARD NAMES JERSEY /99
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 9
Item # 161274852393
2012-13 Panini National Treasures NBA Gear Kobe Bryant 9/25 Multi Patch
4 bids - Price: $28.27 - Watchers: 9
Item # 360908036770
2012-13 Panini National Treasures RAY ALLEN NBA gear AUTO 11/25
5 bids - Price: $15.50 - Watchers: 8
Item # 231204335660
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