In this week’s NFT roundup, we have appearances from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Ronald Acuna Jr., as well as Paige Bueckers testing NFTs via Meta and a new initiative by a pair of USC Trojans.
Paige Bueckers, Instagram influencer
Meta (the company formerly known as Facebook) will begin allowing users to post NFTs on Instagram through a test with 16 influencers, including basketball star UConn Huskies.
“I’m thrilled to be among the first creators to be able to share NFTs on Instagram and it’s an honor for me to have acquired an amazing piece from @swopes Sunrise Art Club @ilovesunriseart,” Bueckers said in her post.
“The chance to be part of a global community that celebrates justice, opportunity, and community and centers education and wellness in empowering the WOC through projects and representation in the NFT community is wonderful. . I’m here to learn and I’m so inspired by all the artists, designers and collectors I meet. This image depicting the dawn of a new day moves me.”
According to Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s CEO, “similar features” will soon be available on Facebook as well.
The “Voice of the 2022 NBA Playoffs” on NBA Top Shot
On May 9, NBA Top Shot (the Association’s hub for NFTs) announced that ESPN broadcaster Doris Burke had officially become the voice of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on Top Shot.
Today, the voice of Doris Burke officially becomes The Voice of the NBA 2022 Playoffs on NBA Top Shot 🗣️
Learn more ➡️ https://t.co/D67kCfySKb pic.twitter.com/IW7RKDvprt
— NBA Top Shot (@nbatopshot) May 9, 2022
“Every moment in the playoffs tells a story, and from round one to the final, some of those stories will come to life with new narration from Doris in our first-ever broadcast partnership,” the platform said in a statement. “She selects her favorite games and moments at every turn to share her enthusiasm and expertise with NBA Top Shot fans and collectors, making each officially licensed NFT capturing NBA history even more special.”
Heritage ‘Hall of GOATS’
Former USC Trojans Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Matt Leinart is teaming up with current Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams to launch a new NFT platform called “Hall of GOATs” for college athletes to generate digital collectibles via their name, likeness, and likeness (NIL) rights.
The first step to getting GOAT’d starts here. Join Hall of GOATs now to own a next-generation piece of legendary athletes’ greatest achievements on and off the court. @MattLeinartQB @CALEBcsw pic.twitter.com/d8c5SfkOjF
— Goats Hall (@GOATS_hall) May 2, 2022
On the platform’s homepage, it says it was “created for amateur athletes to connect with their most loyal fans and provide ownership and access to future experiences.”
Leinart told Boardroom, “All athletes grow up dreaming of becoming the all-time greatest in their sport, but as we know few, if any, reach that title,” he said. “The lifespan of an athlete’s career at the high school, college and professional levels is so short that it’s imperative to make the most of the limited window to build your personal brand on and off the court.”
NFT Collection “The Future Is…”
On May 4, Autograph (the Web3 brand co-founded by Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady) announced its sports partners “The Future is…”, which are also featured in a new brand campaign.
The group includes Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu, American tennis star Coco Gauff, American professional golfer Collin Morikawa and Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert.
The first collection of the program was that of Ionescu on May 10.
MLB stars post NFTs via DraftKings Marketplace
Two of baseball’s biggest stars – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays and Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves – have been featured in DraftKings collaboration with Metabilia.
Guerrero’s collection was released on May 3, while Acuña’s was released on May 11.
Metabilia Passes and Event-Based NFTs consist of three rarities (in order of rarity): Black, Platinum, and Green. Athlete-specific releases allow owners to continue to receive event-based NFTs throughout the season.