eBay launches a collection of NFT’s dedicated to athletes

eBay has just launched a collection of non-fungible tokens on its website. This first round of tokens is dedicated to Canadian hockey legend, Wayne Gretsky. Other athletes will be honored in the coming months. This initiative aims to democratize NFT technology by targeting Internet users who are not familiar with cryptocurrencies.

The rise of non-fungible tokens (NFT) is pushing many companies to enter the market for digital works certified on the blockchain. In recent months, Meta announced the arrival of NFTs on Instagram, luxury brands like Gucci launched their own collection, and Sega confirmed the development of AAA games that include non-fungible tokens.

Anxious to ride on the success of NFTs, eBay has just launched its first collection, called Genesis. These digital collectibles are dedicated to the world’s greatest athletes, like National Hockey League legend Wayne Gretsky.


The collection includes animated versions of Gretsky, inspired by the covers of Sports Illustrated magazines. “Forty years ago, I was grateful to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated, it was a monumental moment in my life”, explains Wayne Gretsky, who claims to be “honored to bring this experience” to his fans.

eBay offers NFTs with different levels of rarity. The collection is indeed divided into 4 different levels of rarity. NFTs stamped “green” are produced in 299 copies. “Gold” NFTs are available in 199 units, platinum NFTs in 99 assets and diamond tokens in 15.

The rarer an NFT, the higher its price. The diamond, platinum and gold rarity levels are sold for $1,500, $100 and $25 respectively on the eBay platform. The rarest NFTs are already out of stock. There are only the green NFTs left, with a print run of 299 copies. “NFTs and blockchain technology are revolutionizing the collectibles space and are increasingly seen as an investment opportunity for enthusiasts,” says Dawn Block, vice president of collectibles at eBay.

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