Latest NFTs from the world of sports — Magic Johnson with Top Shot, Wayne Gretzky joins forces with eBay and the return of Mars Blackmon

In this week’s NFT roundup, we have two NBA legends stepping into NFT, an NFT-based video game the NFL plans to launch next year, WNBA NFT demand increasing and more.

Let’s go.

The very first Magic Johnson NFT set

NBA Top Shot has announced the release of limited-edition NFTs celebrating the greatest moments of Magic Johnson’s career as part of their ongoing “Anthology” set. The officially licensed collectible NBA NFTs are the first official NFTs featuring Johnson.

According to Top Shot, the first drop will be available on June 7. The collection celebrates Johnson’s most exciting and historic moments during his 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.

There will be five moments released in the collection:

  • Baby hook in the 1987 NBA Finals

  • Pass from behind to Byron Scott

  • Special moment from the 1980 NBA Finals where Magic started at center

  • Fancy pass to Scott

  • Winner of the regulation game against the Boston Celtics

According to Top Shot, the set will be the first of many NBA legends to come.

The NFL presents a video game based on the NFT

The NFL and the NFL Players Association announced on May 25 a new partnership with gaming technology studio Mythical Games to introduce an NFT-based video game called NFL Rivals.

Although the game won’t launch until 2023, fans will have the opportunity to purchase a limited amount of 32 collections of NFL-themed 3D NFTs in a series of drops before the game’s release. The game will allow fans to compete as the general manager of a team in a fantasy-style environment while assembling rosters with NFTs of their favorite players through a play and possession system.

The announcement comes after Major League Baseball announced a partnership with SoRare on May 12 with a similar NFT-style game for fan interaction.

eBay launches the Wayne Gretzky NFT collection

eBay, best known as an e-commerce platform that connects millions of buyers and sellers around the world, has announced the launch of a series of exclusive NFTs through a strategic partnership with OneOf, a platform Leading green NFT for music, sports and lifestyle communities. .

eBay’s first-ever NFT “Genesis” collection will feature 3D and animated renditions of the iconic athletes featured on Sports Illustrated covers over the years, and premiering will be hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.

“Forty years ago I was grateful to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated, it was a monumental moment in my life,” Gretzky said in a statement. “I am honored to offer this collectible experience to my hockey fans who have followed my career for decades.”

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. There are only 15 coveted editions in the diamond tier.

WNBA NFT demand is on the rise

Since March 1, demand for WNBA Top Shot products has doubled every week in terms of transactions and sales.

Top teams by deals

  1. Las Vegas Aces (84,979)

  2. Dallas Wings (64,855)

  3. Atlanta Dream (63,990)

  4. Los Angeles Sparks (62,852)

  5. Washington Mystics (57,595)

Top players by trades

  1. A’ja Wilson (36,989)

  2. Marina Mabrey (19,229)

  3. Sydney Wiese (18,240)

  4. Crystal Bradford (17,630)

  5. Britney Sykes (16,453)

According to Top Shot, having the WNBA on the platform raised awareness in the league. In a Top Shot Discord survey, approximately 58% of collectors said bringing the WNBA to Top Shot made them more interested in following the league, and 62.2% of collectors said they know more about the WNBA since being added to Top Shot. .

Spike Lee Brings Back Mars Blackmon In “She’s Gotta Have It” NFT Collection

The legendary filmmaker’s first NFT collection via content incubator, The Visible Project, will include 3,945 handpicked original images from his debut film “She’s Gotta Have It.”

The film introduced the world to Lee’s character, Mars Blackmon, who eventually appeared in Nike’s Air Jordan commercials alongside Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan, where the iconic phrase, “It must be the shoes,” is born.

“It was really my kids who introduced me to NFTs,” Lee told Boardroom. “When they started talking to me about it — my daughter Satchel and my son Jackson — it was very interesting to me. It didn’t take long for me to think about [the fact] that I own the rights to my first movie, ‘She’s Gotta Have It.'”

Lee’s collection does not yet have a release date or price set.

Atlanta Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins joins NFT Genius’ Ballerz for a unique NFT auction with proceeds going to KultureCity, a nonprofit (which Wilkins chairs) on sensory accessibility and people acceptance with an invisible disability.

Per boardroom, the Wilkins NFT is a one-time exclusive that will be auctioned off with signed Wilkins memorabilia, in-person experiences with Wilkins, premium tickets to a Hawks game in Wilkins seats and more.

“It’s a great opportunity for all of us to understand now, for people with special needs, how important their lives are,” Wilkins told Boardroom. “It continues to shine a light. And the most important thing is to give opportunities to people who don’t have the possibility to improve their lives.”

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