Panini Throws Everything Into 2012 National Treasures Baseball

We’ve had glimpses of what Panini has in store for the initial release of 2012 National Treasures Baseball, but now we have a larger picture.  Costing around 400.00 per box, this product is not for those collectors on a tight budget.  Every box will have (8) autographs/memorabilia cards and (1) booklet.  Bat knobs, buttons, and cut signatures highlight some of the high-end “hits”.  Panini is really taking advantage of the color white and allowing the relics/signatures to pop.

This is easily one of the most expensive non-MLB licensed products to hit the market.  If it weren’t for Panini’s agreement with the Baseball Hall of Fame, I doubt this product would see the light of day.  $400.00 is a lot of money, and I’ve got the feeling having all these on-card autographs that look good will probably yield many redemptions.  Let’s not forget a good chunk of these players already have plenty of autographs on the market, i.e. Fisk, Bench, Boggs, Yastrzemski, etc…

According to Panini, they’ve included the first memorabilia cards of the following stars: Wee Willie Keeler, Jake Daubert, Goose Goslin, Pete Reiser, Dave Bancroft, Heine Groh, Willie Kamm and Billy Southworth.  It also sounds like they’ve got memorabilia cards of Walter Johnson.  Johnson has had cut signatures in the past, but no game-used memorabilia cards.  Panini is throwing everything into 2012 National Treasures Baseball attempting to compete with Topps.  It should be interesting to see what else Panini has planned for this product.

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Buttons include: Gehrig, Paige, Hornsby, Clemente, DiMaggio, Robinson, Gehringer, Dickey, Grimes, Thorpe & Campanella

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Bat Knobs include: Wagner, Gehrig, Clemente, Hornsby, Williams, Cobb, Pujols, Cabrera, Wilson, Collins, Jackson, Heilmann, Lajoie, DiMaggio, Keeler, Waner, Foxx, Klein, Speaker & Goslin

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Legends Booklets include: Shoeless Joe Jackson, Thorpe, Wagner, Lajoie, Gehrig, Huggins, Cobb, Hornsby, DiMaggio, Williams, Clemente, Foxx, Dean, Robinson, Paige, Simmons, Dickey, Grimes, Wilson, Campanella, Heilmann, Speaker, Gehringer, Klein, Bancroft, Collins, Frisch, Goslin & Ott

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Legends Booklet ID Tags include: Robinson, Ryan, Jackson, Rose, Henderson, Sandberg, Dickey, Reese, Fisk & Schmidt

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Card of the Day: Henry Hynoski 2011 National Treasures RC Auto

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2012 National Treasures Baseball Anyone?

Thanks to a tweet from Dale Murphy the other week, we discovered Panini is working on a baseball version of National Treasures.  Panini decided to show off a chunk of what this product will look like.  Although we don’t know too much about it, I think we can all agree it will be a high-end product.  I’m not sure if a high-end product can work without logos, but some of this stuff looks good.  Panini seems to have gotten the hint that white works well when it comes to card design.

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These look really great!  Lots of white, no boxed in autograph, and a brightly colored patch.

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Anytime you can incorporate the Hall of Fame building on a high-end card is fine with me.

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I’m not too sure how I feel about the photography when it comes to these cards.  I like the silhouette patches.

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2012 National Treasures Football Peek

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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.

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I’m still not sure what the fascination is about being able to pull out the autograph.

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In case you haven’t heard, it look as if Panini is making National Treasures Baseball.

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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.

Card of the Day: Colin Kaepernick 2011 National Treasures RC Patch Auto

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2011 National Treasures Football Preview

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This Thorpe booklet is gorgeous.  Thorpe cuts and relics are becoming so scarce.

The last few National Treasures releases haven’t been much to talk about.  Each one got watered down more and more with plain colored jersey relics that looked like they were made for a product like Prestige versus a $400.00+ box of cards.  The 2011 set looks a little better.  I’ve never busted a box because the cost is way out of my price range.  The high-end cards look great, but I think Topps Five Star will win it over.

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Four Horsemen Cut

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There might be a little too much decoration around the relic window here.  You can barely read the word “Rookie”.

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Cards containing pieces of goal post from the 1958 Championship game are new.  Old relics are always nice to include.

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Card of the Day: Jim Thorpe 2011 Timeless Treasures Cut Signature & Relic

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2010 National Treasures Looks Fantastic

All I can say is 2010 National Treasures looks out of this world.  I love cards that have a lot of white on them, because I think it helps the relics standout more.  National Treasures is for serious collectors only.  It costs over $350.00 per pack.

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’10 National Treasures Is Heating Up

2010 National Treasures Football keeps getting better looking all the time.  Take a look at this Suh autographed NFL shield.  Thats an on-card autograph right there.  I like the design of these cards.  Having a white background is always better for signatures, I don’t care what anyone else says.  It isn’t overly designed and confusing either.  Just plain and simple.  Its about time someone realizes that less is more.

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’10/’11 Timeless Treasures Basketball Box Break & Review

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Colors are bright, and the card stock is thick.  The base cards would be great to use for in-person autographs.  I’m glad Panini decided to use white leather for their Rookie Recruits Signatures.  It would seem natural to use orange basketball material, but signatures just don’t show that well on those.

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One tin will cost about $90.00.  This product doesn’t quite have the best bang-for-the-buck, but its all a gamble.

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Each tin will yield (3) autographs or memorabilia cards.  I pulled the following:

  • Eric Bledsoe Rookie Recruits Signatures Redemption #’ed/299
  • Greivis Vasquez NBA Apprentice Jersey/Auto #’ed/50
  • Ekpe Udoh / Gordon Hayward NBA Apprentice Jersey #’ed/99

A lot of collectors have been complaining about the number of redemptions being pulled from recently released Panini products.  Yesterday Panini posted this message on their official blog about redemptions.  Personally, I don’t think you should include a player within a product if they haven’t returned their signatures.

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Overall, I give 2010-2011 Timeless Treasures 3.5 basketballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  Its a quick thrill for any basketball fan.