- The “Genesis” NFT Collection will feature 3D and animated interpretations of the iconic athletes featured on Sports Illustrated covers.
- NFTs in the collection featuring Wayne Gretzky starts at $10.
- Additional drops of OneOf’s sports legends NFT series will take place throughout 2022.
Global e-commerce giant, eBay, today announced the launch of a series of exclusive NFTs through a strategic partnership with green NFT platform for sports, music and lifestyle, OneOf.
Its first-ever NFT collection, titled “Genesis”, will feature 3D and animated interpretations of the iconic athletes featured on Sports Illustrated covers over the years. The first drop features record-breaking Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, and is available starting today.
The collection includes 13 limited-edition digital collectibles as green, gold, platinum, and diamond tier NFTs, with up to 299 editions each in the green tier, to 15 editions only in the diamond tier. The green tier NFT is priced for the everyday fan, starting at $10.
Each NFT contains a 3D rendering or animation of Gretzky making a signature move on the ice. Additional drops of OneOf’s sports legends NFT series will take place in collaboration with eBay throughout 2022. The NFT series will feature reinterpretations of iconic Sports Illustrated covers.
“Forty years ago, I was grateful to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated, it was a monumental moment in my life,” says Wayne Gretzky, Sportsman of the Year. “I’m honored to bring this collectible experience to my hockey fans who have followed my career for decades.”
This news of eBay’s debut NFT collection comes after the company’s CEO Jamie Ianonne said in February that users are already selling NFTs on the platform. The surge in the collectibles market has fueled this first-ever collaboration between eBay and OneOf to bring NFTs to the masses.
“We are excited to partner with eBay, the largest and most trusted e-commerce platform in the world, to introduce NFTs and the power of the blockchain to eBay’s community of enthusiasts through a dynamic, user-friendly experience,” said Lin Dai, CEO, OneOf. “You don’t have to be a crypto expert to buy, sell, and collect NFTs. OneOf and eBay are bringing transformative Web3 technology to the next 100M non-crypto-native mass consumers.”
Not only is eBay an e-commerce marketplace, but it also has a massive community of trading card buyers and sellers. Last year, it introduced its Price Guide and Collection tools for trading cards, allowing collectors to view, manage, and track the value of their trading card portfolios.
It’s not known whether similar tools will be available for NFT trading cards in future.
“NFTs and blockchain technology are revolutionizing the collectibles space, and are increasingly viewed as an investment opportunity for enthusiasts,” said Dawn Block, VP Collectibles, Electronics and Home at eBay. “Through our partnership with OneOf, eBay is now making coveted NFTs more accessible to a new generation of collectors everywhere.
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