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Gallery & Checklist: Panini America Cracks First Box of 2012-13 National Treasures

July 30, 2013

Panini America 2012-13 National Treasures Teaser (5)

The time for sneak-peek galleries and additional pre-release hype is over. This time tomorrow, Panini America’s 2012-13 National Treasures Basketball will be live in hobby shops across North America and on the National Sports Collectors Convention show floor. Easily one of the most celebrated and anticipated sports card releases of the year, National Treasures returns to the court after almost two years away intent on making up for lost time.

To that end, the product delivers four autographs, three memorabilia cards and at least one (but usually two) Printing Plate 1/1s. Just minutes ago, we grabbed the first box we saw and opened it up while holding our breath and hanging on the edge of our seat. What follows is a card-by-card thrill ride through that box. Stick around after the gallery for the complete 2012-13 National Treasures Basketball checklist.


Here’s the checklist: 2012-13 National Treasures BK Checklist

59 Comments leave one →
  1. Stalstyle21 permalink
    July 30, 2013 2:24 pm

    Is there a checklist for the Printing Plates? I don’t think I saw one on the official checklist.

  2. July 30, 2013 2:27 pm

    Thank you!

  3. PinoyKD35 permalink
    July 30, 2013 2:27 pm

    i like what im seeing
    love the plates and love the patches
    is it one patch per box? true value for collectors
    than plain jersey… and i see a curry auto
    so hopefully a semi-star auto per box to ease
    the pain of not getting your class a autos
    (kobe/KD/kyrie etc)

    is it panini national treasures or playoff national

    thanks for the preview..

  4. PinoyKingJames permalink
    July 30, 2013 2:27 pm

    So many Mojos!
    I cant wait to get my hands on these and open them up!
    Thanks for the preview tracy!
    Those plates look so awesome!
    I cant wait to fill my collection with them!

  5. Tony m permalink
    July 30, 2013 2:28 pm

    How can I win that brandon jennings card as he is my pc & I am a huge fan? Thank u so much

  6. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    July 30, 2013 2:28 pm

    Really cool printing plate of Kobe!

    Sweet mem pieces as well! Those you can def call prime!

  7. July 30, 2013 2:29 pm

    Is there a checklist of the plates inserted? I don’t believe that Hall of Fame set cards were included in the original list of plates, just wondering what other new additions there may be.

  8. July 30, 2013 2:32 pm

    Awesome looking cards! Why do some of them say “Panini National Treasures” while others say “Playoff National Treasures”?

    • Andy permalink
      July 31, 2013 12:35 pm

      Why have other comments been responded to, but this has gone ignored?

  9. harynjk permalink
    July 30, 2013 2:40 pm

    Nice, really nice! Will you make an Unwrapped video about National Treasure? Are you planning some kind of a contest where you give away a few box? It would be nice.

  10. July 30, 2013 2:45 pm

    Yes, curious on the Printing Plates checklist as well. Thanks for sharing!

  11. July 30, 2013 2:54 pm

    Can’t wait to video break this live at Wax Czar in Woodland Hills, CA!

  12. ThePinoyMamba Eric/Joshua permalink
    July 30, 2013 2:59 pm

    Nice break! Would love to see video of it!
    Enjoy the Nationals!
    Love The Beal auto!
    Kobe Printing Plate! Nice!
    Thanks For not pulling a Logoman!
    Take care and God Bless!

  13. pete permalink
    July 30, 2013 3:09 pm

    More Kim English and Jan Vesely in a $600 product!?! Nice beal and Kobe plate tho!

  14. Brobocop permalink
    July 30, 2013 3:12 pm

    Tracy I could not help but notice that the box states that there are nine card included with every box while the sale sheet stated ten on the first page. Should we still expect ten cards as was advertised or is nine now the standard? I only ask because you have people out there who are participating in hit drafts with 30 spots based on the sales solicitation who may now not get a card if there are only nine cards in some boxes.

    • July 30, 2013 3:14 pm

      It’s a minimum of 10 cards; if there are two plates (which most include) it’s 11.

  15. Jeffery permalink
    July 30, 2013 3:35 pm

    Hehe I don’t think anyone else has commented on this yet but the box itself is pretty cool!

  16. gregmalloy permalink
    July 30, 2013 3:41 pm

    Is there one Kobe anthology card per box? no packs?

  17. Wally permalink
    July 30, 2013 3:55 pm

    Very cool looking cards. Will be a fun break for those who can afford to pay $62.50 per card! As others noted, why are there cards that say Panini and others that say Playoff – using the cards you produced for 2011/12 that didn’t get packed out, add a couple of plates and call it 2012/13?

  18. July 30, 2013 4:25 pm

    I’ll be honest. I was extremely anxious for this year’s NT, but after seeing this box break, I have to admit that I’m less excited about the product. I’m still excited, but maybe 35% less excited now.

    I’ve never been a printing plate fan, so the fact that a printing plate counts as one of the originally mentioned ‘ten cards per box’ is a bit disappointing. But this is just me, since I’m more a fan of a finished/completed product.

    Seems like getting the recent R.O.Y, Damian Lillard, to participate with signings have been difficult. I was really looking forward to his RPA in this year’s NT, but it seems like he’s falling into the base/common category again (Select, Prizm, etc). Too bad there wasn’t at least a redemption card made for this to make his RPA available.

    I do absolutely love the designs for this year’s NT, and the cards, patch pieces, etc look amazing! *Had to leave at least one positive comment.

    Still, great job and still looking forward to NT tomorrow.

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  20. Dan G permalink
    July 30, 2013 4:47 pm

    Nice stuff! Love the preview breaks!

  21. July 30, 2013 5:23 pm

    No Print Plate Checklist?

  22. gotsheed permalink
    July 30, 2013 5:42 pm

    Printing plates is alright to me if they were only from the actual product.a must for plates is that they have to be framed.I mean its such an expensive product then the plates should atleast look cool.

    After going through the checklist and not noticing any Rasheed Wallace , iam a bit disappointed.I really thought he would have a logoman or tagmen,since you made a few patch cards in other products already.

    the cards I like the most are the colossal patches and the logoman without autos.

  23. Jamey Feuer permalink
    July 30, 2013 6:46 pm

    I simply can’t afford National Treasures.
    However, were I willing to endure the legal pettiness that would arise from non-payment of my mortgage and the accompanying “You bought WHAT?!?” from my lovely wife (and Wells-Fargo)? I’d purchase the product in a heart-beat! Those cards are off the chain…2 Printing Plates! Assessing a box break is a very subjective endeavor given the nature of fandom, but the quality and breakdown of this NT box is hard to knock.

    Beautiful stuff, Panini.

    • July 30, 2013 6:59 pm

      Eloquent as ever, my good man. Thanks for the kind words.

    • July 30, 2013 7:02 pm

      By the way, Jamey, sounds like your wife and my wife would get along quite well.

      • Jamey Feuer permalink
        July 30, 2013 8:45 pm

        LOL They just don’t understand our priorities, Hackler.
        I realize that I need not miss a mortgage payment, I can sell an organ instead! Any idea how much blood I can safely sell in a day?

  24. Max H permalink
    July 30, 2013 7:46 pm

    Is Harden going to be in a rockets or thunder jersey in this product?

  25. Richard Sandanam permalink
    July 30, 2013 10:47 pm

    I dont know if its just me but there seems like there has been a slew of NBA products by Panini. Dont get me wrong, its not a bad thing but I feel like its a bit much in a short span of time.

  26. harynjk permalink
    July 31, 2013 4:28 am

    I thought it will be released today, but i just saw 12/13NT cards on ebay already(it is 11.25CET now = 5:25am US eastern time). Was it released earlier?

  27. July 31, 2013 6:03 am

    Looks like a triumphant return for NT based on this box, gregmalloy addressed the one question I had above about the Kobe anthology series. I think that’s a good move as it will put a premium on those specific cards found in NT on the secondary market for those collectors who have been chasing the set this year. Excellent box overall. Thanks Tracy!

  28. Kevin permalink
    July 31, 2013 9:08 am

    Only one base per pack! This will make it tough for those set builders.

    Love the gallery. Can’t wait to see some youtube breaks and see them pulled.

  29. Sam permalink
    July 31, 2013 11:20 am

    Great looking cards. Great packaging and really like the wood box (like 1st year of Domonion).

  30. harynjk permalink
    July 31, 2013 3:17 pm

    I just watched a couple of box breaks…. fantastic job Panini! Those cards really deserve the name National Treasure!

  31. Dan Piehl permalink
    July 31, 2013 3:27 pm

    Seeing this make me remember the box I got to open with you at the National two years ago. Maybe I can pick one up and swing by your booth to open it with you again this year. Keep up the fantastic work.

  32. August 1, 2013 7:26 am

    Hey Tracy!

    Just opened to boxes, and pulled a monster hit, Draymond Green True RC 1/1 Logoman Auto, was so high on adrenaline! But I do have a question, why weren’t there any Moe Harkless RPAs? He was my side PC, and kind of disappointed he didn’t have one. And any reason why some of the patches for RPAs don’t match the current jerseys? I know some are because they were recently traded, but the Nikola Vucevic RPA has a Sixers patch with him in his Magic uniform, but both Preferred & GS had Magic patches.. Thanks again Tracy!

  33. George Elgart permalink
    August 1, 2013 8:05 am

    Seriously, using sticker autos on.such a high end product is disappointing. Less autos but on card even if it meant a lot of redemptions is better

  34. lhalsportscardsandcollectiblesblog permalink
    August 1, 2013 8:05 am

    Reblogged this on LHAL Sportscards & Collectibles Blog.

  35. Dave permalink
    August 1, 2013 10:37 am

    Tracy I gotta be honest, i went in on a case this year and while I definitely enjoyed the break, there were just too many produced this year. RPAs /199 dumb down the value of the product. If NT is really Panini’s top dog, then you can’t have RPAs #d to less than Preferred! Why not just buy Preferred or GS at that point? Also if you pull a dual logoman and it isn’t a true 1/1, then something is wrong. There should not be 3 Rose/Pippen duals. If this trend continues next year, these buyers aren’t stupid, price point will drop.. Go back to /99 next year and true 1/1s unless u want a subset like colossal logoman as in the past.

  36. Don Ramsay permalink
    June 10, 2014 10:56 pm

    Why is Nikola Vucevic’s rookie cards in 2012-13 instead if 2011-12?


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