2015 National Treasures football returns Friday with its annual assortment of large patches, on-card signatures and booklets containing multi-signatures.
Just be prepared to shell out some cash, or get that credit card ready. National Treasures is pricey, in the $500 range for a hobby box that sports an 8-card pack. A full checklist is linked below.
Panini promises three autographs and three relic cards in every hobby box. There are two base cards — one of them is a parallel, and both are numbered 99 or less — but collectors spending that kind of money are certainly not interested in the 100 cards making up the base sets. Unless, of course, they pull blue 1/1 parallels or 1/1 printing plates.
Here are some of the cards that will turn a box break into a nice score: Treasure Chest booklet cards, which will feature either 12 autographs or 24 pieces of memorabilia. Tributes to the two iconic football teams — the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys — are featured in autograph sets called Steel Curtain and America’s Team. These cards will feature some of the greats from the 1970s through the present. Hall of Famers to watch for include Terry Bradshaw, Joe Greene, John Stallworth and Jerome Bettis (Steelers); and Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, Mike Ditka and Tom Landry (Cowboys). There are memorabilia and autograph versions of both subsets.
Parallels for Steel Curtain and America’s team will feature Prime numbered to 25 or less for memorabilia and 1/1 laundry tags; and Gold (numbered to 5) and 1/1 Magma for the autograph cards.
Rookie Patch Autographs return, a 39-card set numbered to 99 or less. These cards will feature jumbo prime memorabilia from rookies that attended the 2015 NFLPA Rookie Premiere. Parallels will be offered in green (numbered to 88 or less), silver (25), gold (10), black (5), laundry tag red (3) and brand logo red (2). There are 1/1 versions of blue parallels, printing plates and NFL shield red.
Collectors can find more relics in the Brand Logo, NFL Shields, NFL Shields Dual, NFL Captain’s Patch, and NFL Gear combo.
NFL Rookie Leather & Lace pairs actual pieces of a football, including the laces. And the Draft Treasures Signature Booklet will contain combo autographed jerseys and will be numbered to 25; Prime versions will be numbered to 10, Brand Logos to 2, and there are 1/1 Laundry Tags and NFL Shields.
Personalized Treasures and Notable Nicknames pair signatures and inscriptions and are numbered to 25 or less.
Tampa Bay Bucs fans with cash to spend will be interested to find that there are plenty of Jameis Winston offerings — more than 45 — in National Treasures. Other top rookies like Marcus Mariota, Todd Gurley and Amari Cooper also have plenty of presence in the set.
Some autographs are signed directly on card while others are on stickers.
When Panini releases its 2016 football products beginning next month, the company will be into its new contract as the exclusive partner of the NFL and NFLPA.
You can see 2015 National Treasures Football on eBay here.