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Case in Point: Panini America Breaks a Case of 2012 National Treasures Baseball

February 26, 2013

Panini America 2012 National Treasures Baseball Case (68)

Call it a case of national intrigue. On this, the eve of Panini America’s ballyhooed 2012 National Treasures Baseball product releasing tomorrow, the suspense has reached its crescendo and the anticipation is palpable. With thoughts of bat knobs and booklets and buttons bouncing around baseball collecting’s collective conscious, we thought now would be the perfect time to take you card-by-card through one four-box case of the history-soaked stunner.

This particular case was first scrutinized by Ben Ecklar, Mike Payne, David Sharp and Carlos Torrez late last week as part of the Quality Control process. So after they finished but before the cards went back into packout, I went through the contents pack-by-pack with my trusty iPhone camera in tow. The following gallery should shed additional light on what 2012 National Treasures Baseball has in store.

Enjoy this virtual break — and stay tuned for what promises to be a must-see edition of Panini Unwrapped soon.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Tyler Lambert permalink
    February 26, 2013 2:53 pm

    Love the Simmons auto, as an ATL fan he has the ability to become the best shortstop in MLB. And that 1/1 is absurd. Reeeeally want to get a box of these.

  2. February 26, 2013 2:54 pm

    Love all these cards! Nice Job Panini!

  3. Kevin permalink
    February 26, 2013 2:54 pm

    Nice pull in box 3! The Old Flash!

    The button cards are really cool, making full use out of the entire uniform.

  4. chris permalink
    February 26, 2013 3:06 pm

    Look at all those Rated Rookies that you purposely hid from the previews…

    • February 26, 2013 3:14 pm

      This post is a preview.

      • Todd permalink
        February 27, 2013 3:44 pm

        Great looking product. I just busted open a case and pulled the 1/1 button card of Ernie Banks and a Quad Bat of Honus Wagner, Eddie Collins, Ty Cobb and Nap Lajoie. I got a few redemptions and wanted to see the print run on those cards. Any idea when the checklist will be live?

  5. February 26, 2013 3:06 pm

    That Frisch cut is amazing and the Verlander button is very cool, but I wouldn’t be happy with a single color jersey swatch as my book hit (unless it’s a legend). The Rated Rookie cards look like leftovers from Signature Series. This looks like a fun break considering all of the greats, but I’m anxious to see how the secondary market reacts. Anyone from Panini suffer any splinter injuries with all of the bat shredding?

  6. doug hacker permalink
    February 26, 2013 3:08 pm

    Great old timers…best part of collecting!!

  7. geoffgoebel permalink
    February 26, 2013 3:25 pm

    beautiful and elegant design. The signatures are clean and crisp and the patches are very nice. I know everyone wants a lot of flash but the classic style is the only way to go to honor the legends of the game. Ready to see more. Thanks Tracy

  8. Jason Taylor permalink
    February 26, 2013 3:38 pm

    High End Products are always fun. Personally I can’t afford buying high end products but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying collecting.

  9. Truth17 permalink
    February 26, 2013 4:14 pm

    A little surprised and honestly disappointed that the manufactured patch rated rookies found their way into this product. They don’t look like they belong, actually look like leftovers from the failed signature series product. I really like the look and feel of all the other cards, but ugghhh why are those manu patches in there???

    • Ross Robertson permalink
      February 27, 2013 6:26 pm

      I really have to agree with Chad and the others that have brought this up, and why wasn’t the inclusion of these cards made aware to the consumer more than a day before release? The cards have the product brand “Prime Signatures” printed right on the front. I do like the product except for the inclusion of these re-released cards from a CHEAPER product. Despite all this I have still bought 2 spots in Chads case breaks. We’ll have to see how it goes

  10. New York Fan permalink
    February 26, 2013 4:28 pm

    Fordham Flash to New York

  11. hudsonfan15 permalink
    February 26, 2013 4:30 pm

    Pretty solid first case, definitely a couple “oh wow” cards in there that we’ve come to expect from NT. Thanks for the preview Tracy!

  12. Robfjr1978 permalink
    February 26, 2013 5:32 pm

    I agree Chad those rated rookies should be left out ,or have been thrown in as a bonus not a regular hit

  13. deloreanfan81 permalink
    February 26, 2013 6:08 pm

    great first live look at this sick product..thanks guys

  14. February 26, 2013 6:13 pm

    Would love to get my hands on some Threasure but ,my sons CS comes b4 my collecton!!!

  15. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    February 27, 2013 1:38 pm

    Sweet stuff! Great job

  16. Robert Howell permalink
    February 27, 2013 3:48 pm

    Oh so love that Verlander! Lets go Tigers 2013 we can do it!

  17. Greg Long permalink
    February 27, 2013 7:45 pm


  18. February 28, 2013 7:03 am

    Any chance a checklist will be available soon with teams associated with each card (as normally you do)? I see that has access to it, but group break hosts and others who actually purchase your products from distributors still are unable to properly analyze the strengths of the teams in the products. Thank You!

    By the way, I think this product (minus the signature series cards) is a great product despite not having MLB team logos. Obviously, we hope one day that a product like this will be able to have the team logos, but until then, we could get used to products like this. Topps can learn alot from this. Just from the player checklist alone.

  19. Dave permalink
    February 28, 2013 9:46 am

    I beat Panini up when they do wrong and I praise Panini when they do right! Panini: EXCELLENT job on this stuff! It’s loaded with a huge amount of prospects and HOF’ers. Really a prodcut for everyone who can afford it. I busted 2 Boxes last night and couldn’t believe my eyes! The best non-licensed product I’ve ever seen!


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