Opulence is defined as great wealth or luxuriousness. When 2017-2018 Panini Opulence Basketball debuts the first week of August, collectors will need some wealth to buy the 10-card hobby box — but the dividends could be luxurious, with seven autographs or memorabilia cards per box with an expected cost of somewhere around $1,000.
Some of the hits will include on-card autographs, premium patches and booklets. The booklets are certainly high-end.
NBA Finals Booklets will feature jerseys worn by members of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 2 of the 2016-2017 NBA Finals, along with an NBA Logoman version for Kevin Durant. Octo Rookie Booklets will be numbered to 10 and will showcase autographs of the top rookies from the 2017 NBA draft, including Lonzo Ball, Donovan Mitchell, Markelle Fultz, Jayson Tatum, De’Aaron Fox, Dennis Smith Jr., Kyle Kuzma and Lauri Markkanen.
Hard-signed Rookie Autographs and the generously large Rookie Patch Autographs are numbered to 79 and feature the NBA’s top first-year players.
Opulence is not just limited to rookies, as veterans and retired NBA superstars will be well-represented. That will include their presence in subsets like Golden Autograph Memorabilia, Precious Swatch Signatures, Opulent Autographs, Gold Medal Autographs, Championship Hall Signatures and Gold Records Signatures.
The designs of Golden Autographed Memorabilia and Precious Swatch Signatures will complement each other. Both sets will feature an on-card autograph and a swatch, but Golden Autographed Memorabilia will sport a vertical design while Precious Swatch Signatures will feature a horizontal look. In fact, you’ll see a lot of gold in a product that may remind you of Gold Standard, another Panini line that’s not quite as pricey.
Championship Hall Signatures will be limited to autographs of Hall of Famers, while Gold Medal Autographs will focus on Olympic standouts; the Gold Medal cards will feature 14-karat gold discs.
The designs appear to be luxurious and there is a wealth of talent featured in 2017-2018 Opulence. That could be a winning combination for collectors looking for high-end product.