National Treasures is set to release on May 4th. It keeps a long-running tradition of high-end cards. This is one of the hottest high-end releases every year. Indeed, many collectors mark their calendars for this day, so here’s our coverage in the newly minted 2021 National Treasures Football review and checklist
Panini’s backlog of releases takes some of the wind out of the sales for this release. After all, this is coming months after the Super Bowl. However, reports of the mediocre 2022 rookie class might keep the 2021 class popular for longer than usual.
If that’s the case, this National Treasures product could be one of the hottest spring releases on the market, and with good reason.
For over a decade, National Treasures has been a high-end brand that delivers premium cards to collectors with exquisite taste (no pun intended). It’s known for eye-catching jersey cards and on-card autos of some of the best rookies and legends of the game. Furthermore, every card in the set is numbered.
For this year’s set, you can expect eight cards per box and a price tag of somewhere between $5,000 – and $7,000.
National Treasures does a great job of keeping a timeless feel to the product. Everything about it, from the art to the sets, feels elegantly antique while also seeming modern. It’s a unique, artful balance that Panini hasn’t captured in any other brand.
Looking to rip a box? Here’s what to expect.
Many of these cards will feel very familiar, thanks to the checklists they follow. However, 2021 also has a significant number of new sets. In addition, national Treasures returns with familiar on-card autographs and oversized patches of NFL rookies, stars, and legends.
The base sets consists of 100 cards.
The Rookie Patch Autographs are perhaps the single-most iconic set of rookie cards. Naturally, therefore, they have proven to hold value very well. Common versions are numbered to /99, but variations will go down to 1/1s.
The RPA parallels include:
This year also includes the popular multi-signed Treasure Chest Signature booklet cards. These cards have twelve autographs and are numbered 5 or less!
This year’s release introduces more new sets than usual, which can be fun for collectors who like variety. New in 2021 are National Archives Signatures, Signature Treasury, Heirlooms, Framed Fabric, Treasured Rookies, Crossover Rookie Patch Dual, and Rookie First Edition Signatures Booklets.
Another popular set includes Colossal Signatures: big, bold cards featuring NFL stars and legends
Let’s consider investing in National Treasure as a potential investment, sealed and singles.
Let’s assume a release price of $5,000 for this product as we try to value it as a potential investment.
With that in mind, here’s the value of sealed National Treasures boxes for the last few years:
I wanted to price 2017, but there were no recent sales on eBay.
Still, as usual, the price of the sealed boxes depends mainly on the rookies from the class. From the years above, 2018 and 2020 have strong rookie classes (Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, Lamar Jackson, and more), while 2019 is pretty weak.
If the release price is estimated at $5,000, holding a sealed box will increase your value if the 2021 rookie class looks strong. If not, you could lose quite a bit of money.
In other words, invest in sealed wax based on your belief in the class.
The other alternative is buying a box to rip. With a high-end product like National Treasures, there will always be potential for a big pull, but there’s also a massive risk in opening an 8-card box that costs several thousand dollars.
The box may be even risker than you think. Some cards don’t sell for what you’d expect, given the price of the box. For example, when writing this, the 2020 boxes were selling for about $6,000. Meanwhile, a Justin Herbert RPA /99 – arguably one of the best cards – only sold for $2,700 recently. That means you could hit big and lose money.
In other words, please don’t rip National Treasures if you aren’t in a financial position to lose thousands of dollars. You might get burned.
Investing in singles is the most sure-fire way to make money on this product. By doing so, you let other people absorb the risk by opening the boxes. Then you can find a card of a player you like. If the player does well, your card grows in value. If not? You get the picture.
If you’re investing in a single, National Treasures is perhaps the best high-end brand to invest in. But pro-tip: Don’t buy the first card to hit the market. Instead, let the newness wear off, and the prices settle, then make your move.
2021 National Treasures Football is a cornerstone of collecting. Therefore, we can’t call it a pass. Instead, I’ll say it’s a risky rip – something that could have a $50,000 card but also something that could set you back quite a bit. Rip at your own risk.
The boxes could be a good hold based on the year. Therefore, if you believe in Trevor Lawrence, Mac Jones, Zac Wilson, and co, grab a box to stash away or scoop up one of their singles. If not, there are safer investments.
This brand has a tremendously high ceiling and a pretty low floor at the price point. But hey, that’s part of the fun.