After a one-year hiatus, 2014 Panini National Treasures Baseball arrived in hobby shops on the next to last day of the year, with the high-end product promising eight autograph and/or relic cards per eight card box at an online price of around $450. At least four of the hits are autographs and there is one booklet card are in each box.
National Treasures is a mix of current players, retired greats and Hall of Famers. This year, Panini promised the first-ever memorabilia cards of Frank Chance, Roger Bresnahan, Rick Ferrell, Gabby Hartnett, Tony Lazzeri, Bob Meusel, Earl Averill, George Sisler, Sam Crawford, Herb Pennock and Lefty Gomez.
They also pledged more on card autographs this year including rookie signatures from Jose Abreu, George Springer, Gregory Polanco, Xander Bogaerts, Taijuan Walker,Nick Castellanos, Yordano Ventura, Andrew Heaney, Rougned Odor, Billy Hamilton, Marcus Stroman, Kolten Wong, Chris Owings, Rafael Montero, Mookie Betts, Jake Marisnick, Jon Singleton, Jimmy Nelson, Arismendy Alcantara and Matt Shoemaker.
Among the big hits are Legendary Bat Knobs (#’d/1), Bat Barrels (#’d/1), Buttons (#’d/8 or less), Brand Logos (#’d/1), Laundry Tags (#’d/10 or less) and Flawless Gem Cards (#’d/20 or less).
Collectors and dealers who were first to open boxes on the first day of release have been listing some of those pulls on eBay. Check out the most current watched list below, which updates automatically.