In collaboration with the OneOf NFT marketplace, eBay has created its first-ever NFT collection. The first drop includes old, 3D animated Sports digitized collectibles of former NHL great Wayne Gretzky.
Wayne Gretzky, 61, is known widely as the greatest player of all time, having spent three decades in the NHL and winning four Stanley Cups. The Gretzky NFTs are one-of-a-kind Ethereum sidechain tokens that reflect ownership developed in cooperation with Sports Illustrated and the NFT platform OneOf.
There are 13 distinct sorts of NFTs ranging in price from $10 to $1,500, all 3D renderings of a youthful Gretzky in various stances akin to action figures. Furthermore, a few of the NFTs include Gretzky’s digitized autograph.
“I was delighted to be on the front of Sports Illustrated forty years ago; it was a monumental event in my life,” Gretzky said in a statement. “I’m excited to share this unique opportunity with my long-time hockey fans.”
OneOf has already received criticism for releasing the NFTs on Polygon rather than its normal Tezos blockchain.
The Polygon platform connects Ethereum-based projects by utilizing the Ethereum blockchain.
“We picked Polygon during the first Sports Illustrated launch (Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, and Dick Butkus) because we believe the future is multi-chain,” explains OneOf COO Joshua James. “We will be using Polygon for all the drops to preserve uniformity across the SI collection. As our recent drops indicate that we are still great Tezos fans.”
Following the release of the Gretzky, eBay announced it would extend its drive into NFTs later this year with digital reworkings of several Sports Illustrated covers.
From NBA Top Shot to Tom Brady’s Autograph, many in the sports business have become early users of crypto and NFTs. Despite the current backlash and market fall, the industry maintains its engagement in the crypto field.
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