Now this is a step in the right direction for Panini when it comes to their main weapon in the high-end football card market. National Treasures is Panini’s version of Five Star. Although its been right up there in price, many collectors would agree that National Treasures hasn’t been quite up to par when compared to its counterpart. This is how its been for a least the last few years. Over on The Knight’s Lance today we got out first look at 2012 National Treasures and I must say Panini has drastically made a change for the best.
So far what they’ve decided to show doesn’t look to be overly designed and/or covered in foil. Judging from the pictures there seems to be many on-card autographs which should be the case considering what you’ll spend for a box. Not only that, but look at all the white that allow the colorful relics and signatures to pop. Panini looks to be taking a few pages from the Topps playbook, and in there is nothing wrong with that.
I’m still not sure what the fascination is about being able to pull out the autograph.
In case you haven’t heard, it look as if Panini is making National Treasures Baseball.
I’m not too sure how this one will pan out, but the silhouette patches are a personal favorite. Dale Murphy tweeted this picture a few days ago.