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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 ANDREW LUCK Rookie Auto Patch /49! HOT!$!
6 bids - Price: $1,725.00 - Watchers: 59
Item # 201395301067
2012 National Treasures Roberto Clemente HOF Patch 9/10
27 bids - Price: $182.50 - Watchers: 48
Item # 371394239757
2012 National Treasures Nellie Fox HOF 3-Color Patch 4/5
21 bids - Price: $43.22 - Watchers: 23
Item # 361348717348
2012 National Treasures Old Aches & Pains Luke Appling Tag Patch 2/2
22 bids - Price: $18.50 - Watchers: 23
Item # 361348719297
2012 National Treasures Pete Rose Laundry Tag Patch 2/2 Reds
31 bids - Price: $76.88 - Watchers: 22
Item # 381340756264
2012 National Treasures Jim Rice HOF Landry Tag Patch 5/5
10 bids - Price: $9.50 - Watchers: 21
Item # 381340757550
2012-13 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES COLOSSAL JERSEY PATCH 6 CLR KARL MALONE #14/25
6 bids - Price: $12.50 - Watchers: 18
Item # 351462023808
2012-13 Panini National Treasures RPA Kenneth Faried 25/190 Denver Nuggets
14 bids - Price: $16.71 - Watchers: 18
Item # 191640703052
2012 National Treasures Bill Dickey Patch 10/10
12 bids - Price: $8.00 - Watchers: 18
Item # 361348727596
2012 National Treasures Base Burglar Lou Brock Laundry Tag Patch 1/1
27 bids - Price: $29.00 - Watchers: 18
Item # 361348728136
2012 National Treasures Brooks Robinson HOF Button Patch 1/2
27 bids - Price: $36.00 - Watchers: 17
Item # 371394234087
2012 National Treasures Lou Gehrig GU Jersey Iron Horse Pinstripe Stitch 1/25
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 17
Item # 311411814260
2012 National Treasures Rollie Fingers HOF Button Patch 2/2
16 bids - Price: $20.51 - Watchers: 15
Item # 361348720448
2012 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES RUSSELL WILSON 08/25 AUTO PATCH ROOKIE CARD RC
11 bids - Price: $100.00 - Watchers: 14
Item # 252037358479
2012 National Treasures Dizzy Dean HOF Jersey 15/25
4 bids - Price: $9.50 - Watchers: 13
Item # 361348726656

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