2021 National Treasures Football Review And Checklist

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

National Treasures 2021 Product Introduction

Get a 2021 National Treasures Football box from eBay. 

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.

 

What to Expect With The 2021 National Treasures Football Review And Checklist

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.

Hobby Box

  • 8 total cards
  • 3 autographs
  • 3 memorabilia
  • 1 base/insert
  • One base/insert parallel.

National Treasures Football Review And Checklist

Look for National Treasures /5 Emerald parallels on eBay. 

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.

Base

The base sets consists of 100 cards.

Parallels

  • Jersey Number Red – print runs vary, list below
  • Purple – /49
  • Gold – /35
  • Holo Silver – /25
  • Midnight – /20
  • Stars and Stripes – /13
  • Holo Gold – /10
  • Emerald – /5
  • Platinum – 1/1
  • Printing Plates – 1/1 (each has Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow versions)

1 Matt Ryan /99
2 Cordarrelle Patterson /99
3 Michael Vick /99
4 Brandin Cooks /99
5 Jimmy Garoppolo /99
6 Warren Moon /99
7 Kyler Murray /99
8 DeAndre Hopkins /99
9 J.J. Watt /99
10 Pat Tillman /99
11 Courtland Sutton /99
12 Noah Fant /99
13 John Elway /99
14 Darnell Mooney /99
15 David Montgomery /99
16 Walter Payton /99
17 Lamar Jackson /99
18 Mark Andrews /99
19 Ray Lewis /99
20 Dak Prescott /99
21 CeeDee Lamb /99
22 Ezekiel Elliott /99
23 Drew Pearson /99
24 Josh Allen /99
25 Stefon Diggs /99

26 Andre Reed /99
27 Sam Darnold /99
28 Christian McCaffrey /99
29 DJ Moore /99
30 Carson Wentz /99
31 Jonathan Taylor /99
32 Peyton Manning /99
33 Matthew Stafford /99
34 Cooper Kupp /99
35 Aaron Donald /99
36 Patrick Mahomes II /99
37 Travis Kelce /99
38 Tyreek Hill /99
39 Jared Goff /99
40 D’Andre Swift /99
41 Barry Sanders /99
42 Joe Burrow /99
43 Joe Mixon /99
44 Carson Palmer /99
45 Daniel Jones /99
46 Saquon Barkley /99
47 Frank Gifford /99
48 Tua Tagovailoa /99
49 Myles Gaskin /99
50 Jason Taylor /99

51 Taysom Hill /99
52 Marques Colston /99
53 Alvin Kamara /99
54 DJ Chark Jr. /99
55 James Robinson /99
56 Mark Brunell /99
57 Deebo Samuel /99
58 George Kittle /99
59 Jerry Rice /99
60 Derek Carr /99
61 Darren Waller /99
62 Josh Jacobs /99
63 Bo Jackson /99
64 Aaron Rodgers /99
65 Aaron Jones /99
66 Davante Adams /99
67 Brett Favre /99
68 Baker Mayfield /99
69 Nick Chubb /99
70 Jarvis Landry /99
71 Jalen Hurts /99
72 Dallas Goedert /99
73 Miles Sanders /99
74 Damien Harris /99
75 Drew Bledsoe /99

76 Tom Brady /99
77 Chris Godwin /99
78 Rob Gronkowski /99
79 Devin White /99
80 Ryan Tannehill /99
81 Derrick Henry /99
82 A.J. Brown /99
83 Vince Young /99
84 Russell Wilson /99
85 DK Metcalf /99
86 Kam Chancellor /99
87 Justin Herbert /99
88 Keenan Allen /99
89 Austin Ekeler /99
90 Justin Jefferson /99
91 Dalvin Cook /99
92 Randy Moss /99
93 Ben Roethlisberger /99
94 Chase Claypool /99
95 T.J. Watt /99
96 Terry McLaurin /99
97 Antonio Gibson /99
98 Sean Taylor /99
99 C.J. Mosley /99
100 Curtis Martin /99

Rookie Patch Autos

National Treasures Football RPAs are awesome. See what they have available on eBay. 

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 Mac Jones is one of the most sought-after RPAs in the release. Look for more Mac Jones RPAs on eBay. 

The RPA parallels include:

Parallels

  • Green Jersey Number – print runs vary, list below.
  • Purple – /49
  • Silver Holo – /25
  • Stars and Stripes Silver Holo – /25 (no Franks, Freiermuth, Harris, Horn)
  • Midnight – /20
  • Gold Holo – /10
  • Stars and Stripes Blue – /10 (no Franks, Freiermuth, Harris, Horn)
  • Black – /5
  • Brand Logo Red – /2
  • Stars and Stripes Brand Logo Red – /2 (no Franks, Freiermuth, Harris, Horn)
  • Platinum NFL Shield – 1/1
  • Printing Plates – 1/1 (each has Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow versions; no Nwangwu)
  • Red – 1/1
  • Red Laundry Tag – 1/1
  • Stars and Stripes Red Laundry Tag – 1/1 (no Franks, Freiermuth, Harris, Horn)
  • Stars and Stripes NFL Shield – 1/1 (no Franks, Freiermuth, Harris, Horn)

156 Trevor Lawrence /99
157 Zach Wilson /99
158 Trey Lance /99
159 Justin Fields /99
160 DeVonta Smith /99
161 Mac Jones /99
162 Ja’Marr Chase /99
163 Jaylen Waddle /99
164 Kyle Trask /99
165 Rashod Bateman /99
166 Kyle Pitts /99
167 Kadarius Toney /99
168 Najee Harris /99
169 Travis Etienne Jr. /99
170 Javonte Williams /99
171 Elijah Moore /99
172 Rondale Moore /99
173 Terrace Marshall Jr. /99
174 D’Wayne Eskridge /99
175 Tutu Atwell /99

176 Kellen Mond /99
177 Davis Mills /99
178 Dyami Brown /99
179 Trey Sermon /99
180 Chuba Hubbard /99
181 Tylan Wallace /99
182 Ian Book /99
183 Amon-Ra St. Brown /99
184 Josh Palmer /99
185 Nico Collins /99
186 Anthony Schwartz /99
187 Pat Freiermuth /99
188 Jaelon Darden /99
189 Kene Nwangwu /99
190 Michael Carter /99
191 Dez Fitzpatrick /99
192 Rhamondre Stevenson /99
193 Jacob Harris /99
194 Kenneth Gainwell /99
195 Cornell Powell /99
196 Simi Fehoko /99
197 Ihmir Smith-Marsette /99
198 Micah Parsons /99
199 Patrick Surtain II /99
200 Ty’Son Williams /99
201 Feleipe Franks /99
203 Greg Rousseau /99
204 Eli Mitchell /99
205 Jaycee Horn /99

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

2021 National Treasures Football Review And Checklist: Value

Let’s consider investing in National Treasure as a potential investment, sealed and singles.

Wax

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:

  • 2018: 7,000
  • 2019: $2,150
  • 2020: $6,500

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.

The 2020 National Treasures box is holding value well because of the rookie class. See what the current price is on eBay. 

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.

Singles

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.

Bottomline Of The 2021 National Treasures Football Review And Checklist

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.

 

Jesse Haynes

Jesse Haynes

Jesse Haynes is a novelist and content writer (contentninjamarketing.com) who has played sports and collecting trading cards almost his entire life. He just graduated from the University of Tulsa with an MBA and should probably get a “real job,” but instead hopes to continue telling stories in his pajamas for a long time.


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