Magic Johnson unveiled a new NFT line this week. Sport and NFTs continue to challenge the limits of technology, with American franchises at the forefront of the trend into the virtual domain.
The legendary basketball player is the most recent athlete to enter the digital art market with the release of “The anthology: Magic Johnson” NFT collection on NBA Top Shot.
The NFT collection will release on June 7 and will showcase rare and legendary moments from the career of Johnson.
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Magic Johnson Rare Moments On NFT
There will be a total of 1,600 anthology packs issued, and each will cost $399. Each pack will have one of four Magic Johnson moments from seasons in which the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Championship.
Each pack will include one guaranteed Magic Johnson Moment NFT at either the Rare or Legendary rarity level.
US sports franchises and sportsmen have embraced Web3, with a number of prominent athletes serving as advocates for key global exchanges.
Johnson is a five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA Finals MVP, and three-time NBA MVP (Sports Illustrated).
In 2020, the NBA and Dapper Labs unveiled Top Shot, an NBA NFT marketplace built on the Flow (FLOW) blockchain.
Since then, the sports organization has implemented a number of initiatives to increase fan involvement and interest, including the establishment of NBAxNFT, an NBA Discord for interacting with NBA fans on all things Web3.
Johnson stated on Monday in a tweet:
“I’m thrilled to join with @nbatopshot to release my first NFTs and provide fans with some of my favorite career moments.”
The company stated that 1,200 packs will be airdropped to players with a Top Shot score of at least 150,000, while the remaining 400 packs will be freely available to all buyers, regardless of their Top Shot score.
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Magic, The NBA Legend
Johnson is a five-time NBA champion, three-time MVP of the NBA Finals, three-time NBA MVP, 12-time NBA All-Star, and member of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team.
“I already have faith in NBA Top Shot. I know how they operate,” remarked Johnson. “They always perform correctly. For both myself and them, it was a no-brainer.”
The Hall of Fame guard also views NFTs as a new method for fans to collect a piece of his career and is eager to see his contemporaries from previous generations join Top Shot in similar agreements.
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In a related development, eBay announced its own NFT drop on Monday, honoring NHL legend Wayne Gretsky.
The Polygon (MATIC)-based NFTs have four distinct rarity tiers. Only green-tier NFTs were available for purchase. The Gold, Platinum, and Diamond levels are completely sold out.
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