The Topps Company announced the release of 2021 Topps Series 1 Major League Baseball NFT (non-fungible token) collectibles, which will go on sale via the WAX blockchain Tuesday, April 20, at 10 a.m. PT. It marks the first time a Topps baseball card set will be on a blockchain.
Artwork from the physical 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball release will be digitally enhanced as officially licensed Topps MLB NFT collectibles.
“The partnership between Major League Baseball, MLB Players, Inc. and Topps has delighted collectors and fans for generations, celebrating the legendary players and iconic moments that have defined America’s Pastime,” VP & General Manager of Topps Digital Sports & Entertainment at The Topps Company Tobin Lent said.
“Our MLB blockchain NFT series debut marks a historic moment in the modern evolution of collecting for both traditional and new collectors.
“We’re excited to bring almost a decade’s worth of digital collectibles innovations to 2021 Topps Series 1 and provide another fun avenue for fans to collect their favorite heroes and moments with secure digital ownership on the blockchain.”
The Topps Series 1 Baseball NFT release will feature standard and premium collectible packs for purchase. A total of 50,000 standard packs will be sold for $5 each and consist of six pre-minted cards.
Meanwhile, only 24,090 premium packs will be sold for $100 each and contain 45 pre-minted cards. Collectors that buy a premium pack will have better odds to pull cards from upper-tier rarities.
What’s more, each pack will hold different types of NFT collectibles. Among the variety of cards that can be pulled include motion graphics, nostalgic card templates and other digital flourishes.
Topps has been producing digital collectibles since 2012, beginning with the launch of their flagship baseball app, Topps BUNT.
Founded in 1938, the company’s physical sports and entertainment products include MLB, Major League Soccer, the National Hockey League, Formula 1, Star Wars and WWE, among others.
Which Dodgers cards will be part of 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball release?
The defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to be strongly represented in the 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball release.
The company has advertised that a Clayton Kershaw card will be included in packs, and a Corey Seager artwork was previously revealed.
Topps hasn’t released the full list of cards that will be part of the upcoming release, but it’s safe to say other Dodgers players are going to be featured as well.
How to obtain free Topps MLB Opening Day NFT Pack
With packs going on sale next week, Topps announced that the first 10,000 people who sign up to receive email alerts for Topps Series 1 are eligible to receive a free, exclusive Topps MLB Opening Day NFT Pack.
For more information about the release and how to enroll in the Opening Day NFT Pack air drop event, collectors can visit this link.
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