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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 National Treasures Notable Nicknames HARRISON BARNES RC 1/1 PSA10 POP1
2 bids - Price: $51.00 - Watchers: 21
Item # 271973613170
BILL RUSSELL 2012-13 PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES AUTO AUTOGRAPH #D 17/24 CELTICS
7 bids - Price: $56.00 - Watchers: 17
Item # 351497422662
2012 National Treasures Nick Foles RPA RC Patch AUTO 61/99 PSA 10 GEM MINT
22 bids - Price: $316.00 - Watchers: 15
Item # 381377949678
2012 National Treasures Nick Foles Eagles RPA RC Rookie Patch AUTO 23/49
13 bids - Price: $242.49 - Watchers: 13
Item # 361375881191
2012-13 National Treasures NOTABLE NICKNAMES Julius Erving AUTO 24/25 BGS 9.5
9 bids - Price: $72.87 - Watchers: 13
Item # 361378570138
2012-13 NATIONAL TREASURES KEVIN DURANT COLOSSAL MATERIAL JERSEY NUMBERS 2/25
6 bids - Price: $25.00 - Watchers: 12
Item # 281787705770
2012 National Treasures Nick Foles Eagles RPA RC Rookie Patch AUTO 48/99
16 bids - Price: $207.50 - Watchers: 11
Item # 361375882072
Paul Konerko 2012 Panini National Treasures Logo Patch Tag 1/2 1/1 White Sox
3 bids - Price: $17.11 - Watchers: 10
Item # 262030632419
2012 Panini National Treasures Ronnie Hillman Broncos Auto Dual Tag Ball 10/10
5 bids - Price: $7.50 - Watchers: 8
Item # 331639530558
2012-13 NATIONAL TREASURES GORDON HAYWARD NBA GEAR AUTO PRIME PATCH 6/25
2 bids - Price: $6.49 - Watchers: 8
Item # 281785355577
2012 National Treasures KELLEN MOORE RC AUTO #22/99 BGS 9.5 w/10 AUTO POP 1
3 bids - Price: $1.80 - Watchers: 7
Item # 231670360422
2012 Panini National Treasures Burleigh Grimes Jersey Relic 01/25
6 bids - Price: $41.00 - Watchers: 7
Item # 291551576968
2012 Panini National Treasures Ronnie Hillman Broncos Auto Jersey Ball 17/49
4 bids - Price: $5.50 - Watchers: 6
Item # 331639527046
2012 Panini National Treasures Ronnie Hillman Broncos Quad Patch Ball 12/15
2 bids - Price: $1.25 - Watchers: 5
Item # 371423274741
2012 Panini National Treasures Wade Miley Jumbo Jersey Patch/10
2 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 5
Item # 291551646096

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