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Panini America Provides Detailed First Look at 2012 National Treasures Baseball (Wow!)

January 7, 2013

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It’s been almost a month since legendary Atlanta Braves slugger Dale Murphy broke the news that Panini America would be producing — for the first time ever — a National Treasures-branded baseball product. And the passage of time has allowed folks inside Panini America HQ the opportunity to finalize the history-making details behind a product that releases February 13 and will deliver eight autograph or memorabilia cards per pack, including at least one on-card autograph and one booklet card.

A product that has been 12 years in the making, 2012 National Treasures Baseball features an unrivaled checklist that includes 77 of the 100 members named to baseball’s All-Century Team, 25 of the Top 40 Greatest Players of All Time, 11 Triple Crown hitters, eight .400 hitters and the first-ever memorabilia cards of such legends as Wee Willie Keeler, Jake Daubert, Goose Goslin, Pete Reiser, Dave Bancroft, Heine GrohWillie Kamm and Billy Southworth.

Among the set’s myriad highlights . . .

  • Triple Crown Winners: Memorabilia cards honoring Triple Crown champions from 1901 through 2012 — including Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Walter Johnson, Jimmie Foxx and more — numbered to 99 or less.
  • Buttons: Unique memorabilia cards incorporating buttons from jerseys worn by the likes of Satchel Paige, Rogers Hornsby, Joe DiMaggioJackie Robinson and more numbered to eight or less.
  • Bat Knobs: 1/1 masterpieces featuring oversized bat knobs cut from game-used bats wielded by such legends as Honus Wagner, Roberto Clemente, Ted Williams and more.
  • Legends Booklets: Fantastic booklet cards featuring a cut signature on one side and an oversized piece of memorabilia on the other, these museum-quality tributes honor the likes of Jim Thorpe, Dizzy Dean, Hack Wilson and so many more on cards numbered to 25 or less.
  • Legends Booklets I.D. Tags: The player I.D. tags from game-worn jerseys give the Legends Booklets a rare 1/1 version, featuring Jackie Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Reggie Jackson, Carlton Fisk and more.
  • Hall of Fame Logo and Membership Signatures: On-card autographs from the greatest baseball players in history.
  • Jumbo Die-Cut Prime Signatures: A stacked checklist of baseball’s greatest legends and biggest current superstars highlight this insert that includes an oversized piece of prime, game-worn memorabilia and an on-card autograph.
  • Rated Rookie Signature Materials Gold: On-card signed, jumbo-memorabilia Rookie Cards featuring young superstars such as Matt Moore, Will Middlebrooks, Brett Lawrie and more numbered to 25.
  • Rookie of the Year Jumbo Prime Materials Gold: This tribute to Rookie of the Year Mike Trout includes a huge swatch of game-worn memorabilia and an on-card autograph and is limited to just 25 copies.
  • Rated Rookie Prime Materials Gold: Jumbo-material Rookie Cards honoring such young superstars as Yu Darvish and Bryce Harper numbered to 25.

We’ll have tons more to share on the exciting debut of 2012 National Treasures Baseball in the coming days and weeks right here on The Knight’s Lance. After you’ve checked out the extended preview gallery below, stick around for the 2012 National Treasures Baseball PIS sheet, which we’ve included as a PDF attachment.

Here’s the PIS sheet: 12_Natl_Treasures_BB_PIS

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Mitchell permalink
    January 7, 2013 11:35 am

    Honus Wagner and Shoeless Joe Bat knobs?!?!?! That’s insane! This product looks pretty cool though. Very nice patches on the few memorabilia cards shown. Also I really like the button relic idea. Definitely unique.

  2. Zac permalink
    January 7, 2013 11:38 am

    Simple, elegant design. The potential of this product is outstanding. I can’t wait for more peeks at probably one of the most anticipated products this season.

  3. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    January 7, 2013 11:39 am

    Wowzers!! Wished I could afford a high end product. This would be a great start!

  4. January 7, 2013 11:40 am

    Im DEFINITELY in love with these! Lol Cant wait!:-)

  5. jeff permalink
    January 7, 2013 11:47 am

    Checklist?

  6. hudsonfan15 permalink
    January 7, 2013 11:56 am

    Looks like this could be the baseball release of the year, can’t wait to see what the average box yields and the look on collector’s face as they uncover some of the rarest pieces of baseball history to ever find their way onto a card. Thanks Tracy!

  7. January 7, 2013 12:19 pm

    LOVE the I.D. tags and Jumbo Die-Cut Prime Signatures. Any chance Thurman Munson will make it into this release?

  8. 1978walnut - Scott permalink
    January 7, 2013 1:14 pm

    Bat Knobs, booklets, and a tribute to American League Rookie of Year Mike Trout!! (Who is from the town of Millville, NJ which is where I reside) Can’t wait to see this stuff hit the shelves in my LCS. I am always a fan of the legend memorabilia too. Nice looking stuff Tracy!!

  9. Ed Favorite permalink
    January 7, 2013 1:17 pm

    I have been out of the baseball card market for YEARS!! This might get me to jump back in. Very clean design and I like the mix of product! Nice job!

  10. duoconflywheels permalink
    January 7, 2013 3:28 pm

    I’m speechless after looking at these images!

  11. Lucky Jim permalink
    January 7, 2013 3:28 pm

    Yu guys hit the ball out of the park with this one;) Yu intended;)

  12. January 7, 2013 6:13 pm

    WOW indeed!

  13. Brett permalink
    January 7, 2013 8:41 pm

    going to be baseballs best box this year by farrrrrr!!!!!

  14. Lindas1st permalink
    January 7, 2013 8:43 pm

    Captain Carl.

  15. Patrick Fortin permalink
    January 7, 2013 9:43 pm

    I want the Robinson card… incredible product guys!!

  16. Vincenzo Lucarelli, Milan permalink
    January 8, 2013 5:06 am

    Mamma Mia ! Buttons, Knobs and Booklets have already been on the market, but NEVER together and so good looking and in a single product. Truly a great design job.

  17. Dave permalink
    January 8, 2013 9:19 am

    Its a very simple design but its a great way to start of NT! Very cool insert sets and black and white pics call attention to the patches and memorabilia.

  18. Jonathan permalink
    January 8, 2013 10:35 am

    Looks like a extended version of Prime Cuts. The Jackie R and Mike trout cards look nice, but with no Mlb logos on these cards I find it hard to be the release of the year hudsonfan15. I like the Panini button card idea, I have a few from Dominion and they are creative cards. I juts hope for 400-500 a box, the collector pulls some cards of players they heard of. Its alot of money to spend on guys that were just okay ball players.

  19. Kollectornet permalink
    January 8, 2013 2:47 pm

    I doubt that I will have any money at the time of release. I do know that there will be alot of videos for me to enjoy though.

  20. Travis Stevens permalink
    January 8, 2013 3:24 pm

    Yes, definitely need to see a checklist, but, “Holy cow!” at bat knobs and buttons. If Panini is able to negotiate a license with MLB, will this be the first Panini baseball product with logos in 2014?

  21. deloreanfan81 permalink
    January 16, 2013 5:39 am

    SO glad to see the National Treasures name carry to baseball…cant wait to see some vids of the boxes broke…

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