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Nice Catch: Mike Trout’s National Treasures Autographs Land at Panini America HQ

February 8, 2013

Panini America NT Baseball February 8 Autos Main

Simply put (and with bad puns intended), Los Angeles Angels rookie wunderkind Mike Trout was nothing short of heavenly for the Halos last season. The 21-year-old from Millville, N.J., became the first player in league history to blast 30 home runs, swipe 45 bases and drive in 125 runs in the same season en route to winning — unanimously — 2012 Rookie of the Year honors.

He earned a Silver Slugger Award, played in the 2012 All-Star Game and finished second in AL MVP voting to Miguel Cabrera and the first Triple Crown in 45 years. As a result of all of that, Trout has become one of the biggest fish in the baseball collecting ocean. His splash, however, is about to get even bigger.

Earlier this week, Trout returned to Panini America headquarters a downright filthy stash of hard-signed, game-worn memorabilia cards certain to add a lot more treasure to the upcoming 2012 National Treasures Baseball product. In the gallery below, we’ve profiled the fronts and backs of six different Trout cards slated for the set, ranging in quantity from 99 all the way down to one.

While appreciating the beauty of the gems that follow, keep in mind that Trout’s best autograph cards from the 2009 Elite Extra Edition Baseball set carry current Beckett values of between $350 and $600. Makes you wonder what kind of staggering figures these beauties will fetch. But that’s clearly another post for another time.

For now, enjoy this tantalizing sneak peek. Oh, and just to make things a little more “Treasury,” we’ve included some other impressive recent arrivals from the likes of Cal Ripken Jr., Chipper Jones and more. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for complete coverage of the 2012 National Treasures Baseball packout and quality control processes, which begin later this month.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2013 2:57 pm

    MUST HAVE THE CHIPPER JONES AND BRETT JACKSON! They all look amazing but those two are a couple of my favorite players.

  2. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    February 8, 2013 3:04 pm

    Oh Trouty! These are some sweet pieces!

  3. February 8, 2013 3:07 pm

    Is the monochromatic photography to avoid MLB licensing issues?

  4. February 8, 2013 3:09 pm

    When is the release date?

  5. hudsonfan15 permalink
    February 8, 2013 3:27 pm

    Those look unbelievable, can’t wait to see NT live. Thanks Tracy

  6. Scott - 1978walnut permalink
    February 8, 2013 4:17 pm

    It’s almost time for Trout fishing in less than 2 months!! I have to get my hands on one of these Trout autos!! The gallery looks great Tracy, and the addition of Chipper and Ripken doesn’t hurt either!! Keep up the good work man!!

    • Scott - 1978walnut permalink
      February 8, 2013 4:19 pm

      Oh yeah, I live in Trout’s hometown of Millville, NJ too, but cannot seem to locate Mike for an auto ever! I guess I will just have to shell out the duckets, lol!

  7. Jamey permalink
    February 8, 2013 5:23 pm

    Viewing these NT Mem’-autos has been a quasi-religious experience, & the “rookie cards?” so bright, like the closing scene from “Raiders of the Lost Arc.”
    The Upper Deck SPx machine-numbered auto rcs dating from the late 90’s changed collectors’ expectations and the industry-standard. Rookie cards from every sport must now be produced in limited quantities and bear autographs if they are to have any lasting value within the secondary market. The product will certainly be priced well beyond the reach of the average collector, but it’s rarity is its appeal. The patch auto issues promise mind-boggling closed auction prices. They are simply magnificent.., museum quality and suitable for framing.
    Hackler, you brightened my blizzard!

  8. February 8, 2013 9:22 pm

    Not completely up to date on the MLB RC rules… Any rookie Indians?

    • February 8, 2013 9:32 pm

      Haven’t seen the checklist but I would assume there’s a nice young Indians presence in there.

  9. February 9, 2013 4:29 pm

    Love the colorful swatches!

  10. February 10, 2013 2:57 am

    That Middlebrooks is a must-have for this Red Sox collector. Better start saving money now I guess. haha

  11. deloreanfan81 permalink
    February 15, 2013 7:34 am

    NASTY use of patches…gonna be a great pull for someone


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