03 April 2015

2014 Panini National Treasures Jon Singleton Auto-Relic

I got this 2014 Panini National Treasures Jon Singleton auto-relic a little while back because the price was right and it's a pretty cool card, even without any logos. The signature is on a thick piece of plastic and embedded in the card. These autographs on clear plastic seem to be pretty popular right now because they are like sticker autos, but classy on account of their thickness and the way they can be embedded in the card instead of stuck to the surface of it. I am curious to see if they will fade or yellow over time. The relic swatch is pretty plain, but I can live with that. The card is numbered # 58 / 99.

I guess the other cool thing about the autographs on plastic are that you can see them in reverse on the back of the card. Some athlete needs to get creative and write 'REDRUM' as an inscription on their little piece of plastic. I am not sure what this insert is supposed to be called. My best guess is Treasure Materials - Signature, but I guess you could also make a case for Signature - Treasure Materials or Treasure Signature Materials.

Singleton didn't make the Astros' Opening Day roster, getting optioned down to AAA to work some things out after hitting just .200 in Spring Training games. He's still got promise, but he's not quite where he needs to be. Hopefully he is able to get things sorted out and join the team later this year.

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