Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka sees the value in cryptocurrency and NFTs. The 23-year-old four-time Grand Slam champion released her second collection of non-fungible tokens this week via Tom Brady‘s NFT platform Autograph and has joined the upstart company’s board of advisors.
The blockchain-based Naomi Osaka Preseason Access Pass collection includes the Carbon Premier, Platinum Premier, Emerald Premier, Sapphire Premier and Ruby Premier versions, which vary in exclusivity and price. Currently, the Ruby signed pass is on the site’s marketplace ranging in price from $11,000 to $21,500. Autograph states all of Osaka’s first offerings with the company include authentic signatures, signed individually and personally by the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl. Fans lucky enough to get their hands on the passes will be granted VIP access to Autograph’s future Naomi Osaka drops and an invite to their private community on Discord.
“I think NFTs and crypto are here to stay, and it’s something I want to embrace,” Osaka told Yahoo Sports. “This is the same fervor of collecting cards, but this time it’s digital which is so in-line with my generation and how we behave.”
In April, Osaka and her sister Mari released a joint collection of NFTs called “The Colors of Naomi Osaka.” The sisters auctioned off six pieces of art and gave proceeds to Naomi’s foundation The Play Academy. Hypebeast reported the first five NFTs in the “The Colors of Naomi Osaka” collection sold for nearly $600,000 and the last design was awarded through a $5 raffle.
“My sister dropped a collection of NFTs a few months ago, and it was exciting to see how well they did,” Osaka told Yahoo Sports. “With NFTs, I’m able to choose special moments of my life to share directly with fans, which I find really empowering. Plus it’s an awesome way to be creative and tap into my passion for art.”
Check out Naomi’s latest NFTs below:
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