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Collector Goes Green with National Treasures ‘Noise Toy’ by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Some might say that the trading card industry is notoriously not “green.” However, as featured on Panini America’s blog, Delaware collector Amarin Cogburn has proven otherwise.

Scouring the internet and seeking expertise from an engineering-minded friend, Cogburn managed to repurpose a 2007 National Treasures Football box as “noise toy.” Specifically, Cogburn created a functioning amplifier with the collectible wooden box, a soldering iron and a few spare parts along the way.

Originally intended as a tinker-based offering for a white elephant gift exchange,  the recycled high-end hobby container was a success. “The amp was  a hit among my friends and I ended up building two more in the following month,” Cogburn said on The Knight’s Lance.

Ideally, this type of DIY spirit can permeate throughout the hobby, leading to more recycled collecting ingenuity. Considering the winter weather, who is willing to make the first foil-wrapper overcoat? Continue reading

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First look: 2010 National Treasures Football by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Those sneaky card guys over at Panini America couldn’t hang on to photos of 2010 National Treasures Football any longer. They couldn’t keep the lid on the final and most expensive product in their 2010 football line.

National Treasures is consistently one of the most anticipated sets since it debuted in 2006. The high-end product features sharp photos, beautiful patches and a good mix of legend, veteran and rookie autographs.

The product isn’t due out until March 2, 2011, but Panini just couldn’t hide its preview photos any longer.

A $400-pack gets you eight cards. The preview photos show players such as Tom Brady, Johnny Unitas and Sam Bradford, all guys at the top of the game or quickly on the rise.

See the gallery — and more — after the jump.

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At The National: Collect ’em all! by Chris Olds
August 9, 2010, 5:06 pm
Filed under: NFL, Panini | Tags: , , , ,

One collector’s quest started with a pair of Prime swatch cards and then it became something more … an item worthy of display in Panini’s booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Panini’s Scott Prusha discusses the item …



Box Busters: 2009-10 National Treasures basketball cards by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Keith Hower as they rip into a pair of 2009-10 National Treasures boxes from Panini America in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside each $400 box?

Watch and find out …



Preview Gallery: 2009-10 National Treasures Basketball by Chris Olds

Panini America‘s first National Treasures basketball set is ready to arrive in just under a month and the high-end product is chock-full of autographs and autographed patch cards.

Treasures will include eight cards in each $400 pack when it arrives on Aug. 4 with each box including six autographs and memorabilia cards along with just one base card numbered to 99.

Get a look at some of what’s in store after the jump.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (1-29) Contest No. 5 — A Knowshon Moreno 2009 Playoff National Treasures Colossal Autograph Jersey card (only 50 exist) by Chris Olds

***NOW CLOSED***
We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — and it starts now.

We’re launching five contests tonight — but look for a few more possibly on Friday afternoon — because we know that plenty of you are fans of  Free Stuff Friday, our weekly contests that let you have a chance at landing cool stuff. What make them cooler? We’re running them all weekend.

logoHow can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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Checklist: 2009 Playoff National Treasures Souvenir Cuts by Chris Olds

With the 2009 Playoff National Treasures football card set little over a week away from release, we’ve gotten a look at what the checklist will be packing.

It’s got plenty of what one would expect — but it’s also got a deep checklist of Souvenir Cuts autographs, a checklist that includes several important figures in U.S. history and pop culture as well as football greats like Sammy Baugh (above on his Century insert) and even coaching legends like Paul Brown, Paul “Bear” Bryant and Vince Lombardi.

See the Souvenir Cuts checklist after the jump.

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