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Hot-Button Topic: Panini America Prepares 2012 National Treasures Baseball (Gallery)

February 19, 2013

Panini America 2012 National Treasures Baseball Buttons Main

In the interest of full disclosure, know this: I didn’t get to the office until after 1 p.m. today. But I have a really good excuse: I spent my entire morning — and some of my afternoon — over at the Panini America production facility as Stephanie Carlson, Ben Ecklar, Micah Layton and Carlos Torrez put the finishing touches on packout and quality control for 2012 National Treasures Baseball.

Truth be told, there’s no place else I’d rather be following a long weekend on the road — and over the course of the next several days, you’ll understand exactly why. Today, however, we have visual proof that Panini America’s most super-premium baseball product ever is all buttoned up and ready to go.

Indeed, among the  myriad magnificent memorabilia inclusions slated for 2012 National Treasures Baseball, perhaps the most unique, most visually arresting and most likely to start a conversation are the product’s many game-worn button cards. These rare cards (most are numbered to six or less) incorporate buttons from game-worn jerseys worn as recently as last season and as far back as early in the last century.

The checklist is a generation-spanning sensation that includes — among others — Bryce Harper and Yu Darvish, Lou Gehrig and Satchel Paige, Whitey Ford and Reggie Jackson, Nolan Ryan and George Brett, Burleigh Grimes and Yogi Berra and many, many more.

Below is a button-busting gallery of just some of these gems. Enjoy this first look and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance in the coming days for more sneak peeks at 2012 National Treasures Baseball, due out in hobby shops next Wednesday.

24 Comments leave one →
  1. February 19, 2013 3:20 pm

    Love the all-decade old buttons. Again, cool stuff!!

  2. Kraig Ramey permalink
    February 19, 2013 4:15 pm

    another off the wall insert by Panini!!!!!!

  3. Eli permalink
    February 19, 2013 4:31 pm


  4. gregmalloy permalink
    February 19, 2013 4:48 pm

    Wow I don’t collect baseball but WOW!!! a whitey ford button patch would deffanatlly be a conversation starter for sure. Thanks for the gallery these are some sick cards.

  5. wally permalink
    February 19, 2013 5:09 pm


  6. Jon M permalink
    February 19, 2013 5:37 pm

    I rarely leave negative comments on here, but why oh WHY STICKER AUTOS? Your baseball fans should be treated as well as your hockey fans with far less sticker autos on cards… You know it’s a whole different feeling to know that the card itself was personally signed by the player.

  7. Nick Gauder permalink
    February 19, 2013 5:47 pm

    I love it!!!! You guys at Panini always set the bar high and that’s why you guys are the best in the business! Keep up the great work guys and my my daughters and I are SO pumped to open some National Treasures BSB!

  8. jumper48 permalink
    February 20, 2013 12:07 am

    I have not had the luck of adding a button card to my personal collection yet but there are some amazing cards here that I would love to get. My Lou Gehrig collection will never be complete but I now have one more card to add to my Gehrig Bucket List.

  9. February 20, 2013 5:27 am

    WOW, have to ask though are the cards a thinner stock so they will fit snugly into a one touch when the lid closes on the button?

    • February 20, 2013 6:53 am

      Good question. Might have to try the 180-points.

      • permalink
        February 20, 2013 9:39 am

        Tracy, will we get to see a full checklist?

  10. permalink
    February 20, 2013 9:13 am

    When do we get more peeks? I can’t wait.

  11. February 20, 2013 9:53 am

    I love the picture on the Nolan Ryan button card, very unique. He tends to look intense in photos, it’s cool to see the lighter side of the Express.

  12. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    February 20, 2013 3:16 pm

    Sweet Buttons! Innovation begins here!

  13. February 20, 2013 4:11 pm

    Panini comes up with some great ideas!! Awesome!

  14. ekalb permalink
    February 20, 2013 6:20 pm

    Not a baseball fan, but these are very cool! Well done Panini!!

  15. Zac permalink
    February 21, 2013 5:58 am

    Stickers?????? 😦 😦 😦
    When will panini listen. Nobody likes sticker autos..
    Make the cards earlier and send them to the players earlier, these very high end cards should be all on card.
    Otherwise they look great. Absolutely love the button cards. Ingenious!!!

  16. deloreanfan81 permalink
    February 21, 2013 7:06 am

    sick hits…would absolutely luv to the have the George Brett

  17. February 20, 2013 7:51 pm

    Appreciate the post.


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