Let me start this off as saying I am all for on card autos in every single product, and National Treasures is really looking good in that respect. It was already a stellar product last year, which speaks to the product’s improvement. With the exception of the ridiculous “Hats Off” set, every card they have previewed looks pretty awesome. Now that we are getting some of the completed cards as part of the previews, I think everyone is going to be quite excited at the final product.
Notable Nickname Autos
I love this idea. LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. Its been around for a while, but not in football as much. Im not crazy about the fact that these cards are vertical instead of horizontal, because you see what happens when someone really writes out a cool inscription. However, when you see that Russell Wilson didn’t sign any inscription, Im curious to see what the rest of the cards will look like.
When it comes to inscriptions, I don’t think its going to touch what we have seen out of Five Star, but these are still REALLY cool.
Check out some of the other nickname inscriptions in sets past:
2007 National Treasures Notable Nicknames – Mark “Super” Duper
2012 National Treasures Notable Nicknames – Kyrie “Uncle Drew” Irving
2012 National Treasures Notable Nicknames – Pete “Hit King” Rose
Here are some of the new ones:
Colossal Patch Autos
The Earl Campbell in this preview is awesome. Its clean, its simple, and it is really well put together. I cannot wait for the rest of the cards in this set, as it is clear that it will be a major focus of NT this year. As I have mentioned before, they are modeled after last year’s edition:
2012 National Treasures Colossal Doug Martin Auto Relic
2012 National Treasures Colossal Robert Griffin III Auto Relic
I hope that there are not a significant amount of redemptions, as that would kill the appeal of many of these cards. However, if they get all the big names to sign, its likely going to ignite a feeding frenzy for all the player collectors looking to get their guy.
National Treasures Auto Jumbo Patch Booklets
Man, these cards were some of the best of the product last year, and I am glad to see them back for another go around. They are really some clean and pretty cards for everyone that likes the booklet style.
Here are last year’s:
2012 National Treasures Andrew Luck Booklet Auto Patch
2012 National Treasures Brock Osweiler NFL Logo Auto Booklet 1/1
Here are some of the new previews:
Crown Royale Silhouettes
I cant say enough good things about this set, and from what we have seen, the cards are looking really nice. They are so vastly improved over 2012, that it might as well be night and day for these. Check out how bad they were last year:
2012 Crown Royale Andrew Luck Auto Patch Silhouette
2012 Crown Royale Ryan Tannehill Auto Patch Silhouette
The super neon foil embellishments really add a nice touch, haha.
I will be chasing all my targets here, and I am hoping and praying they wont be redemptions. To see that there may also be a veteran contingent of hard signed examples, im impressed.
Hats Off Auto Cap Patches
I cant even put into words how much I hate these cards. They are poorly laid out with the swatch window being set so high on the card surface, thus making the auto look out of place.