NFL veteran Rob Gronkowski is the latest big name sportsman to cash in on the NFT craze after auctioning off digital trading cards for $1.8mln worth of Ether.
As originally reported by Decrypt, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end entered the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in March as he partnered with Open Sea to mint a collection of trading cards.
Gronkowski’s Championship Series NFTs are an homage to his four NFL titles while the fifth and final “Career Highlight Refractor Card” was created as a tribute to those four successful campaigns. Gronkowski won three NFL titles with the New England Patriots while his fourth NFL win came alongside quarterback Tom Brady after the pair joined the Buccaneers in 2020.
The four Championship Cards have 87 digital editions that were up for auction, while the fifth Career Highlight card was a single, stand-alone NFT.
Considering that fact, it is unsurprising that the one-off “Career Highlight Refractor Card” netted the highest amount at auction, selling for 229 ETH valued at around $435,000.
The auction lasted for two days and saw a total 349 trading cards sold at auction as well as the one-off Career highlight card to 95 different owners. The total trading value of the auction was 1,014 ETH valued at $1.8 mln.
NFTs are booming in 2021
The NFT space has emerged as one of the biggest highlights of 2021 as various creators have made massive amounts of money auctioning off various digital collectibles.
The biggest sale of the year currently belongs to digital artist Mike Winkelmann, better known by his nickname Beeple, who sold off a digital collage of a collection of his work titled “EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS” at renowned auction house Christie’s for a total of $69,346,250.
Perhaps more telling is the fact that the digital art piece was the highest amount ever made off an auction at Christie’s. The sale is a big milestone for the NFT and cryptocurrency space and adds credence to the value of digital scarcity that is being championed by various takes on non-fungible tokens.