After launching as a football product last season, 2017-18 Panini Encased basketball will make its NBA debut during the upcoming playoffs.
A mid-to-higher end product, Encased is focused on autographs and memorabilia cards and takes its name from the fact that one of the two autographed cards in every five-pack box will already be graded.
Encased will come in a five-card box/pack with the two autos (both numbered to 99 or less) joined by a pair of memorabilia cards and one additional card. Box prices can be expected to land at about $200 when Encased hits the market in early May. Cases will carry eight boxes.
Also among the autograph subsets are Rookie Endorsements, Rookie Notables and Scripted Signatures, all with a design that mixes black and white backgrounds with color images.
Legendary Swatch Signatures will feature past greats such as Larry Bird and carry a memorabilia piece and an autograph. Vaulted Veterans Materials Signatures is focused on current players while Endorsements pays homage to some past greats including Reggie Miller.
Triple Jerseys Prime will be a relic subset featuring three memorabilia pieces. Substantial Swatches Prime will have single, large swatches from both veterans and rookies.