National Treasures officially goes live today, even though there have been a slow trickle up until this point over the last few days. I think that this year’s product is much nicer than we have ever seen in the previous few years of this set, and though there are still some glaring errors that should not have been done, its a great product.
Its likely that the rookie patch auto cards, despite my negative feelings on their design, will be the most expensive cards of the year, and we have already seen huge asking prices start to pop up.
Overall, my feelings aside, this product is a tough buy at 575 a pop. After making some deals to free up some cash, I was able to get a box from Sports Cards Plus earlier today. I pulled some REALLY nice cards in the box, but even after hitting a Robert Griffin III auto jumbo jersey, I am still likely 150 dollars short of making my complete box price back. That is difficult to stomach for many people out there, especially when you hit one of the best rookies you can, and still come up short.
Dont get me wrong, I am still extremely happy that I came away with what I did, as I did not pull a single card that was as ugly as it has been in the past. The white dominated design this year is right in my wheelhouse, and I am still in the process of searching down some of the Peterson autos that I am chasing.
If I were Panini, I walk away from 2012 NT feeling better than I ever have, but in the same vein, I start making plans for next year to make the design better, and to cut out the stickers that make this product’s potential much less appealing.