Rob Gronkowski #87 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers spikes the ball after scoring a 17 yard landing within the second quarter towards the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.
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Rob Gronkowski is getting into the digital collectible house and releasing his personal NFTs.
The National Football League tight finish partnered with non-fungible tokens (NFTs) market OpenSea to launch 5 digital buying and selling playing cards that includes Super Bowl moments. The NFTs will function Gronkowski’s profession highlights and are designed by visible arts studio Black Madre.
Gronkowski NFTs will not embrace NFL workforce logos as OpenSea doesn’t have licensing permission from the league. The hand illustrations will emulate iconic performs created from Super Bowls he participated in, and Gronkowski will signal the digital playing cards.
In an interview with CNBC on Monday, Gronkowski mentioned he heard in regards to the digital collectible house in the course of the 2020 NFL season. He referenced Mark Cuban’s endorsement of NFTs as another excuse he needed to enter the house.
“I see what going on, and it’s just exploding,” Gronkowski mentioned. “I wanted my fans that are living in the digital world to be able to get a piece of this action.”
NFTs are gaining popularity within the sports activities world, particularly for the reason that National Basketball Association’s partnership with Dapper Labs gained traction after recording greater than $230 million in gross sales.
The digital collectibles are tied to a blockchain, a digital ledger just like the blockchains used for digital currencies like bitcoin. This successfully offers every NFT a singular and non-hackable certificates of authenticity. Gronkowski is simply the newest notable identify to leap on the NFT development. For instance, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is promoting his first tweet as a NFT, with bids as excessive as $2.5 million. Taco Bell even joined the development this week, promoting a digital work of artwork that includes tacos.
Gronkowski’s NFTs will be out there on the Ethereum blockchain, the place Dapper began its CryptoKitties sport. The collectibles are 4 moments, 87 editions every, from Gronkowski’s appearances in Super Bowl XLIX, Super Bowl LI, Super Bowl LIII and February’s Super Bowl LV.
Along with the 348 NFTs, one “refractor card” will be auctioned, too. The proprietor of this NFT will obtain a meet and greet with Gronkowski at an NFL sport subsequent season.
“I think what’s unique about the way Rob is approaching his particular NFT is how he’s commemorating the four Super Bowls and hand signing them. It creates a unique offering different from everything else out there,” Joe Silberzweig, co-founder of Medium Rare, a administration and occasions firm that works with Gronkowski.
“I think when Rob saw the success of NBA Top Shot do millions of dollars, he had the entrepreneurial itch to take it into his own hands and create something for himself and his fans,” Silberzweig added.
Gronkowski, 31, is an unrestricted free agent after spending final season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who received Super Bowl LV. Asked if he plans to re-sign with the Bucs and return to play with Tom Brady, he mentioned it is “a great possibility.”
“I’m a free agent, so I’m not going to sit here and say I’m 100% going to be back in Tampa,” Gronkowski added. “That’s where I want to be, and I’m hoping that’s where they want me to be, too. You still have to go through that process, but I’m definitely going to be playing football [in 2021].”
Gronkowski has made $62 million in his profession, incomes roughly $9 million final season with the Bucs. His investments embrace a health merchandise firm – Gronk Fitness – and an Italian restaurant (Rocca) positioned in Tampa, Florida. Gronkowski additionally has an endorsement with T-Mobile.
Gronkowski’s NFTs will be out there on Thursday by way of Gronknft.com. Consumers can buy the digital art work utilizing Ethereum’s forex. The public sale will conclude Saturday.