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Previewing the Majestic Booklets Coming in 2012 National Treasures Baseball (Gallery)

February 21, 2013

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Joe DiMaggio. Ty Cobb. Ted Williams. Lou Gehrig. Jackie Robinson. Rogers Hornsby. Joe Medwick. Nap Lajoie. Jimmie Foxx. If those names were chapters in a baseball history book, it likely would be the greatest read ever written. But what if they were something . . . more?

What if those names represented the legends whose game-worn and game-used memorabilia and cut autographs were used to develop some of the greatest booklet cards the baseball hobby has ever seen? Well, then, you’d likely be talking about Panini America’s 2012 National Treasures Baseball, which releases next Wednesday and will deliver one majestic memorabilia booklet card per tin — including many of the awe-inspiring specimens above and the ones you’ll see in the gallery below.

Sure to become bona fide best-sellers, the booklet cards within 2012 National Treasures Baseball will come in a wide variety of styles and will span many different eras, from last season to the last century. Stitched name tags? Check. Oversized prime memorabilia pieces behind intricate die-cut windows? Check. Large chunks of game-used bats wielded by former .400 hitters? Check. Triple Crown Winner-worn throwback flannel? Check. Pieces of sweet-spot signed baseballs? Check. Multicolored pieces of laundry tags and uniform patches? Check.

Some of the most historic cards on the 2012 National Treasures Baseball booklet checklist incorporate the last known pieces of game-worn memorabilia in existence for some players. Rarer than the cards themselves will be the chances of ever again seeing game-worn memorabilia cards from some of the following timeless legends.

Enjoy this exhaustive gallery of booklet cards that feels more like a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. And stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional sneak peeks of 2012 National Treasures Baseball.

30 Comments leave one →
  1. February 21, 2013 2:28 pm

    These are absolutely AMAZING! Great work as always Panini!!:-)

  2. Jay L. permalink
    February 21, 2013 2:28 pm

    omg so sick

  3. Kraig Ramey permalink
    February 21, 2013 2:30 pm

    Awesome Cards!!!!! I will add a box of these to my wish list.

  4. J Russell permalink
    February 21, 2013 2:33 pm

    Holy Smokes!! Incredible job guys.

  5. Lindas1st permalink
    February 21, 2013 3:14 pm

    What season’s did Harry Heilman, Willie Keeler, Joe Jackson & Bill Terry win the triple crown? I dont see it in the record books. Or did Panini come up with thier own definition of “triple crown” ?

  6. Bobbo1953 permalink
    February 21, 2013 4:33 pm

    Panini should remake the card in picture (58). Joe Jackson Triple Crown Booklet…(1) There is a piece of the card that has ripped off and is in the picture…(2) Joe Jackson did not win the Triple Crown. Great Looking Cards…inexcusable fact checking if that is indeed triple crown cards for Harry Heilman, Willie Keeler, Joe Jackson & Bill Terry.

  7. February 21, 2013 5:48 pm

    According to esteemed members of our Product Development team, those particular cards did not pack out with the product.

    • Bobbo1953 permalink
      February 21, 2013 5:53 pm

      Thanks for the follow up. Can’t wait for my 5 cases to arrive next week!!!

    • permalink
      February 21, 2013 6:38 pm

      what will happen to them? When do we get to see a full checklist?

      • February 21, 2013 8:23 pm

        Good question. Will confirm, but I would assume we’d save the mem and/or cut autos for a future product.

      • Dave permalink
        February 23, 2013 2:58 pm

        So I’m confused… Is Shoeless Joe not in the product, or is it just the Triple Crown card of his that has been removed? Thanks!

      • February 23, 2013 6:49 pm

        Shoeless Joe is absolutely in the product; in this particular instance, his Triple Crown booklet was corrected to indicate .400 club. Wait until you see the Shoeless Joe bat-knob card in this set. Wow!

      • February 23, 2013 6:55 pm

        I think I just died when I saw you say “Shoeless Joe bat-knob card”!! 😉 Lol

  8. hudsonfan15 permalink
    February 21, 2013 10:23 pm

    Very impressive gallery, the Dizzy Dean and Billy Martin mem swatches along with the Eddie Collins cut were the highlights for me due to their uniqueness. Thanks as always Tracy!

  9. Jonathan permalink
    February 21, 2013 10:31 pm

    Very nice stuff Tracy. Love the books, especially the fancy New York ones with the tags and Love the Cobb one as well. Nice job, might join a few breaks with Chad on this one.

  10. jumper48 permalink
    February 22, 2013 12:16 am

    Insane, those booklet cards are just amazing. I like that you included Jim Thorpe, he is often skipped in baseball products.

  11. Truth17 permalink
    February 22, 2013 2:59 am

    I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on this product. I’m ripping a case for myself the morning of release. As a baseball enthusiast I have been waiting a long time for a product like this. I don’t care if it is licensed or not, there are some super rare pieces of history to be had in this product. Thanks for the preview Tracy, I’m going to go wipe the drool from my mouth now…

    • February 22, 2013 9:29 am

      Appreciate the comments, Chad. Thanks for stopping by. Can’t wait to see how you do.

  12. February 22, 2013 9:13 am

    OK, so here’s the beauty of the QC process: It turns out that our folks on-site at the production facility DID notice the error and had it corrected. Those aforementioned cards of Harry Heilman, Willie Keeler, Joe Jackson and Bill Terry simply had the wrong die-cut window. They were subsequently changed — as seen in the .400 club images — to the .400 club die-cut.

    • Harvey57 permalink
      February 22, 2013 5:33 pm

      Tracy, Panini QC is too cool for words. Most companies wouldn’t take the time to check for accuracy and then change the card to something that fits. The first ever National Treasures Baseball reminds me a lot of the first edition of National Treasures Football back in 2006. Filled with Legends and will be one of the sets for all time!!!!

  13. deloreanfan81 permalink
    February 23, 2013 5:25 pm

    would love to have any one of them but I really want the Brett booklet and the Dizzy Dean I was told he played against my grandpa in his triple A days sadly he died years before I was born and could meet him and relive his days coming up with those now HOFs and legends. Thanks Tracy for the update

  14. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    February 25, 2013 5:10 am

    Holy Panini! These are sick. Great job with the first run at this product.

  15. Jason S permalink
    February 25, 2013 2:57 pm

    Hopefully these cards don’t come out as damaged as they did in Dominion Hockey. I had 3 cards pulled that were damaged and one of them happened to be a 1/1 NHL logo shield.

  16. February 25, 2013 4:09 pm

    will there be football?


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