Flashback Product of the Week: 2005 Donruss Timeless Treasures

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At the end of the year in 2004, I had two of the biggest pulls of my collecting career.  While opening a box of 2004 Fleer Greats of the Game Football I pulled a Steve Young Letterman “U” Game-Used Patch #’ed/5.  A few days later I tried a pack of 2004 Topps Tribute Cut Signature Edition and pulled a Willie Mays Cut Signature #’ed 1/1.  That Mays autograph got me into an issue of Beckett.  At that time collectors still read the magazine, and I sent them an e-mail letting them know what I pulled.  Within that issue of Beckett, I saw the first preview of 2005 Donruss Timeless Treasures.

For the most part, 2005 Donruss Timeless Treasures is your run of the mill product.  Inside each tin you’ll find (1) pack with a “hit” numbered to 100 or less.  You also get (2) base cards and (1) insert.  Its not really known for rookies, but there are a few in here.  Justin Verlander is probably the most notable rookie you could pull.  Since the time this product was released, many of the other rookies have burned out.  Current stars of the day, and retired/HOFers is what you’ll find.  From a design standpoint, its alright.  There are a ton of foil sticker autographs.

The unique thing about 2005 Donruss Timeless Treasures is that it includes the first Jim Thorpe baseball relic cards.  At least that’s what we thought.  Although he is known mostly for football, Jim Thorpe played professional baseball from 1913 to 1919.  We had seen Jim Thorpe football relics for years, but never baseball.  As you can imagine, these cards were hot items when they came out.  Unfortunately, every single Jim Thorpe baseball relic card made starting with this product doesn’t have a happy ending.  None of them are authentic despite what the back of the card says.  The jersey was eventually determined never to have been used by Jim Thorpe at all.  You would think that Panini would address this issue head on with collectors, but that’s never happened.  Panini just sweeps it under the rug as if everything is fine.  People wanting to add these cards to their collection continue to spend hundreds of dollars on them because they think they’re real.  THEY AREN’T!!!  Even though Donruss/Playoff was the purchaser of the jersey, Panini still used it to make cards after they bought them.  Ignoring the issue is what makes me mad the most.

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Card of the Day: Ty Cobb/Babe Ruth/Honus Wagner 2002 Upper Deck Vintage Timeless Teams Pants Relic

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Card of the Day: 2011 Timeless Treasures Hall Of Fame Materials Quads Clark/Grange/Baugh/Thorpe

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Card of the Day: Roger Maris 2001 Upper Deck Vintage Timeless Teams Jersey

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Timeless Treasures Auto Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to alphasigma74 on being the lucky winner of the Steve Smith 12-13 Timeless Treasures – Timeless Signatures Auto #’ed/199.  Once alphasigma74 sends me their mailing address I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Timeless Treasures Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Steve Smith 12-13 Timeless Treasures – Timeless Signatures Auto #’ed/199.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m. EST
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post
  • You can enter once per day
  • The winner will be selected at random
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

2012-2013 Timeless Treasures Basketball Box Break & Review

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The 150-card base set is all printed on thick card stock.  I’m not sure what Panini means when it comes to the Glass Rookie signatures that claim to be using “never-before-seen autograph technology”.  They’re nothing more than a sticker autograph placed on a clear piece of plastic.  I say if you’re going to make a card with a see-through element, make the entire card see-through using acetate.  Panini has started to use larger sticker autographs for certain cards.  I noticed this with 12-13 Absolute.  If you make the sticker as big as the card itself, is it considered an on-card autograph?  Probably not.  Also, Panini claims that each box should have one on-card autograph.  All three autographs I pulled are stickers.

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Boxes are currently selling for $100.00.

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You should find three “hits” inside each tin.

I pulled the following:

Autos

  • Steve Smith Timeless Signatures #’ed/199
  • Tyler Honeycutt Glass Rookie Auto #’ed/499
  • Harrison Barnes Glass Rookie Auto #’ed/499

Base

  • Carlos Boozer #34
  • Steve Nash #46
  • Jason Kidd #90
  • Brook Lopez #96

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Overall, I give 2012-2013 Timeless Treasures 2.5 basketballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  I see it as your average Panini quick-thrill basketball product.  This product does have its share of on-card autographs that don’t look half bad – Time To Shine and Treasured Ink.  Some will have that boxed-in feeling more than others.  It was fun to break!

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