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The Past Week in Crypto (Jan. 12th): Klay Thompson’s BTC Salary and More

Welcome to the latest edition of “The Past Week in Crypto“, a weekly recap of companies, institutions, organizations, and individuals who are beginning to adopt crypto as a payment/work platform. With the crypto industry becoming more and more dynamic, this weekly report is meant to help you stay in the loop. The last few days saw crypto becoming more mainstream, implemented by some of the world’s most prominent organizations across different industries.

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1. Samsung enters the metaverse through collaboration with Decentraland

South Korean electronics company Samsung has officially entered the metaverse. This was announced by Decentraland, the metaverse platform where the store will be created. Officially called “873X Store”, the store will be open for a limited time and feature performances and experiences from different artists available for the visitors. With Samsung planning to create more similar stores in the future and its plans to support NFTs through its TV products, it seems that one of the largest electronics companies in the world is betting on metaverse being a beneficial technology for them. 

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2. Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala will take a part of their salary in Bitcoin

Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala join the growing list of athletes who will take a part of their salary in Bitcoin. Klay Thompson announced on Twitter that he and Andre Iguodala will be receiving a part of their salary in Bitcoin. They will also be giving out $1 million in Bitcoin through their collaboration with Cash App. The growing list of athletes across all sports who are accepting Bitcoin as payment is a sign of belief in the idea of crypto, and it is likely that we will see more athletes doing the same.

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3. PayPal exploring the creation of its own stablecoin

PayPal, one of the largest internet-based financial companies in the world, is exploring the creation of its own stablecoin. This was discussed by individuals on Twitter and then later confirmed by PayPal officials. While details are still unknown, it is now clear that the company is actively looking for ways to implement its own coin, expanding its interests in the cryptocurrency space after they announced features such as the ability to buy and sell crypto.

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4. Meek Mill asks fans to create Ethereum addresses in order to listen to his new album

Meek Mill is officially hyping up crypto. The Philly rapper asked his fans to open Ethereum addresses in order to be able to listen to his music, suggesting that he may mint the album on the blockchain. He appeared to be particularly happy about this choice, as he stated “Now I can really rap.” Music is an area that many crypto enthusiasts believe will be disrupted by crypto innovation. It remains to be seen what Meek Mill will do exactly. 

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5. Cash App integrates Lightning Network

Cash App, one of the most popular money-transfer apps in the US has integrated Lightning Network. The integration of the Layer 2 solution was not announced by the company itself, but users of the app published screenshots of the message they received in the app itself, which let users know that Cash App now supports the Lightning Network. This will improve the speed with which BTC transfers are sent 

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Behind The Scenes with Gilang Bogy, the Artist Behind CryptoStrikers

Gilang Bogy didn’t think much of it when he was commissioned back in 2018 to create art for CryptoStrikers, the first soccer NFT project. It was a standard commission and he didn’t know what an NFT was at the time. 

3 years later, a single piece of artwork he created for the project sold for 39.96 ETH (~$159,000).

In total, his limited-edition Iconics artwork has sold for over 300 ETH (~$1.2 million) since CryptoStrikers was rediscovered in August of this year. 

This past fall, Gilang was commissioned for a Halloween-themed VeeFriends mini-drop, Spooky Vees. Spooky Vees is a collection of 31 NFTs featuring Halloween characters and currently has a floor price of 5.5 ETH. 

It’s been a whirlwind with the explosion of NFTs but has given Gilang a chance to get much greater exposure for his artwork. I sat down with him to talk about the beginning of his career, what drove him to pursue art, and what’s next for this under-the-radar artist behind the artwork of two successful sub-sets of NFT projects. 

Gilang’s story is inspirational for both artists and aspiring artists as we break down how he went from a college student learning a new art style to being commissioned for widely recognized NFT projects. 

How Gilang Got His Start As An Artist

Gilang’s art career started back in 2013 after a friend in college suggested he learn a particular illustration style. It was Indonesian-based and called WPAP, which was popularized in the late 1990s by Wedha Abdul Rasyid

The WPAP (Wedha’s Pop Art Portrait) style is characterized by vibrant colors and sharp lines. Often, it is used to transform photography into a cubed explosion of bright colors recreating reality with art one layer at a time. 

Diving into this new art style helped Gilang rediscover a childhood passion. He remembered as a child when his fellow students were drawing simple mountains and rainbows, he was drawing detailed Dragon Ball Z characters under the guidance of his father, who taught him the basics of drawing. 

It finally clicked for Gilang when a friend of his requested a commission for a piece of art. He realized he could earn an income by pursuing his passion, which wasn’t something Gilang knew was possible, and that’s when he decided to make art his career. 

Gilang Bogy

I figured I could earn money from art to help my family, pay myself and pay my tuition.

At first, his family wanted him to look for a “proper job” with a regular, predictable wage, especially because Gilang studied Economics. However, his struggles in finding a job further validated his vision to pursue a career in art. 

Gilang went on to say that his father, who makes furniture, had a business that was struggling. This only added to Gilang’s motivation as he wanted to use his art as a way to give back and support his family. 

Getting Commissions for High-Profile Brands and Projects

In 2014, Gilang submitted his WPAP artwork to a contest hosted by the WPAP Community Facebook Group with a special event focus on the 2014 World Cup. He ended up winning an award for the work and decided to share it on Behance, a network that allows creators to share their work and get discovered. In 2015, Coca-Cola contacted Gilang about a commission opportunity for a product that would be released a year later. 

In 2016, just 3 years after teaching himself illustration with the WPAP technique, Gilang’s design commission for 24 pieces of art of the German National team players was featured on limited edition Cola-Cola cans for Euro 2016

Gilang Goby via Behance
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He continued to earn an income by freelancing while picking up various commissions, including AIG Japan to do illustrations that covered their office interior as part of the company’s 100th anniversary. 

His artwork has also been printed on a bus in Indonesia, he was commissioned by Eurosport.com to create artwork for their website, and his artwork was used for a published book about Kobe Bryant titled Kobe: Life Lessons from a Legend

Castle Point Books (Artwork by Gilang Bogy)

There’s a second forthcoming book that will feature his artwork, “Michael Jordan: Life Lessons from His Airness” that will arrive in the spring of 2022. 

Gilang remains grateful that his friend told him about artwork and that he took action when he felt his reignited passion. Sharing his work with others got him initial exposure and ultimately snowballed into more opportunities as he took on high-profile commission projects. 

Although he missed the chance to receive an NFT from CryptoStrikers, the project’s creators gifted him 4 NFTs as a thank you for his work. They also connected him to Gary Vaynerchuk who Gilang now works with on VeeFriends, using his unique style to bring a different angle to some of the project’s artwork. 

Growing as an Artist Through the NFT Space

Gilang demonstrated a lot of success when he went from self-taught artist to commissioning pieces for Coca-Cola and other brands, but he sees the ability to create scaled value from his work in the NFT space. 

The application for Gilang’s talent has broadened significantly with the increased interest in NFTs now that a market had formed around digital artwork.

Just four months ago, when his first-ever NFT artwork took off in value, it caught the eye of a prolific entrepreneur and NFT creator, Gary Vaynerchuk. 

Gilang explained that this exposure opened a life-changing door for him, one that would put him under the mentorship of a successful creator after a Facetime call. 

His first project, Spooky Vees, was a bit of a different style than he was used to, but he welcomed the opportunity to grow his skill-set to meet the needs of an NFT creator and explore how he could apply his talent further as part of additional NFT projects. 

Gilang was also commissioned by the Nifty Gateway founder to produce the art for accomplished MMA fighter Cris Cyborg’s NFT project. The project is currently sold out. 

Gilang’s goal is to maintain the mindset he had as a curious college student to grow his abilities as an artist as he grows within the NFT space. 

What’s Next for Gilang in the NFT Space

Gilang has built up an incredible talent and style (you can check out more of his artwork here), but his main concern is how to navigate copyright law. 

His style of artwork transforms photography of famous athletes, movie characters, and recognizable people, but he’s hesitant to release his own NFT project that borrows another individual’s likeness. 

It fits well for the type of work he’s been commissioned for in the past but presents challenges when selling the artwork directly without permission or a license. 

Many artists may find themselves in similar positions because they’ve been creating work their entire lives that are privately commissioned or are done for a brand that has the licensing agreement. 

Gilang said his solution to navigate this uncertainty is to go back into learning mode. He’s excited to learn under Gary Vaynerchuk and is willing to adapt how he produces art to ensure that it is safe and protected in the future.

He also expressed that he’s more than willing to be patient as the NFT space develops and that his style and talent will continue to grow with it. 

His success is credited to curiosity, execution, and not being afraid to share his work. There are plenty of artists who have adopted the WPAP style, but his track record with high-profile projects and willingness to evolve gives him an edge as his career moves forward. 

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Jack Settleman and Snapback Sports Start Creator Agency

Don’t say we didn’t tell ya so. 

For months, ONE37pm has collaborated with Jack Settleman and Alex Sheinman on numerous blogs that break down the world of NFTs and the incorporation of them in sports. These include blogs on NBA Top Shot, Zed.run, and the hottest NFT projects being released by athletes.

But now, the two come with bigger news. 

First off, what these two have built is nothing short of incredible. Neither has hit 30 years of age and this week, they launched “Snapback Agency.” 

The agency will serve as a home for young, social creators. Alex and Jack have built a sensational platform for themselves, and now want to provide that platform for others. 

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“I’ve been working with Jack for two years, helping build his brand and Snapback’s sports brand. We saw an opportunity to grow. And we wanted to deliver this to other creators. Jack is passionate about this space and I thought this was a really unique opportunity to grow other talent and help them succeed,” said Alex Sheinman, the co-founder of Snapback Agency.

Reception

ONE37PM: What has the reception been like?

“It’s been really good. We work with a ton of brand sponsors. They want to continue to scale their business and they are excited too. We’ve always tried to over-deliver on our brand deals. And then Jack has built a great community by helping other creators build and get brand deals. We have a lot of momentum right now, but we are taking a strategic approach.”

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ONE37PM: What is a one-year goal? What is a five-year goal? 

“One year from now, we want a robust client roster. There are a few categories that we are really interested in. Sports betting, NFTs, and crypto…. Which we already do a lot of. But there is so much room for creators. We can go deeper in all of those categories and next year, we will be in a great position to help creators grow and succeed.” 

“The five-year plan is to be the premier agency that represents creatives. Instead of boutiques and CAA… carving out a little room… we want to be a major leader in this space. There are so many different levels to creators… you have creators on Tik Tok, Youtube, Snapchat…. They have been so focused on creating… they didn’t have time for brand deals. They couldn’t get the right resources. That’s where we will separate ourselves. We don’t want to be in their way. We want them to have a free lane and do what they do best,” said Settleman.

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From Soccer Influencer to NFT “Degen” — A Conversation with Daniel Got Hits

The term “degen”, short for degenerate, typically has a negative connotation, but in the crypto community, it’s a term that is celebrated. As cryptocurrencies and NFTs become more mainstream, early adopters take pride in their convictions despite years of criticism.

All of that is starting to change now, as Bitcoin and Ethereum recently hit all-time highs and celebrities like Jimmy Fallon are actively researching and buying NFTs.  

Over the past 9 months, the NFT market has matured significantly. Sales volume on Opensea has dropped and it appears buyers are starting to become more thoughtful in their evaluation of NFT projects before they ape-in. 

Despite NFTs getting more expensive (which poses more risk to new entrants), the market is still relatively small with a lot of room to grow. 

For example, in the last 30 days, there were ~227,000 active users on Opensea. To put this in perspective, Coinbase announced a forthcoming NFT trading platform and amassed 1 million waitlist sign-ups in just 24 hours. 

Given the impending expansion of NFT buyers and sellers, I chatted with soccer influencer Daniel Got Hits about his experience in the market and how to educate yourself to navigate the rapidly growing world of NFTs. 

Please remember, this is not financial advice. It’s important to do your own research and never spend money you cannot afford to lose.

Discovering NFTs after Sustaining a Knee Injury
Daniel Got Hits

Stay open-minded even if it goes against your own investment ; it’s not good to be stubborn.

Daniel Got Hits is a soccer influencer by day with 356,000 followers on Instagram, but when a knee injury in the spring sidelined him for 4–5 months, it was his perfect opportunity to dive deep into NFTs. 

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His interest in crypto started a few years earlier, driven by the idea of an economy that reduced friction for transactions and had a global reach. Daniel has family all over the world, so the idea of cryptocurrencies resonated with him. 

He caught wind of CryptoPunks by LarvaLabs in 2020, but by then they were out of his reach. It wasn’t until May of 2021 that he minted his first NFT, a Meebit, which was created and released by LarvaLabs. 

Because he was so new to NFTs, Daniel had to go on Twitter to figure out how to view the Meebit he had minted, which is how he discovered Opensea. The same day of the mint, someone sold a rare Meebit for a few hundred thousand dollars and it clicked for Daniel that there could be life-changing opportunities in the NFT market. 

He knew those types of gains in a short period of time wouldn’t last long as the market would become more saturated, so he committed to diving deeper. 

He bought and sold a few NFTs and eventually stumbled across Bored Ape Yacht Club, which now has a floor (minimum) price of about $200,000. 

After purchasing 3 Bored Apes, he sold 2 of them and used the profits to buy Curio Cards, the first NFT art project on Ethereum.  

After doing well with Curio Cards, he wanted to learn about other historical NFT projects that were released before CryptoPunks. He started receiving message after message encouraging him to look into RarePepes, an NFT project released on Counterparty in 2016, which sat on top of Bitcoin. 

He ignored the project first, but so many people reached out that he couldn’t ignore it any longer and went deep on RarePepe research. The key lesson from his experience is that he didn’t blindly buy into the project — he spent many hours learning, jumped into the Discord group to interact with the community, and got educated before buying assets from the project.

Daniel Got Tips — For Navigating a Maturing NFT Market
Daniel Got Hits

Don’t trust me, anyone, celebrities, and even people that have given good advice before. Do a lot of research, and believe in yourself. Your own thoughts are valid

Bored Ape Yacht Club now has a floor price of roughly $200,000, but back in April, you could mint 1 for .08 ETH ($200 at the time). Many quality NFTs could be purchased for under $1,000 in the Spring and Summer, until the market exploded. 

New projects launch every day, and it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. Developing conviction takes time, and Daniel reminded me that he will sometimes spend 10–12 hours per day on Twitter, Opensea, and in Discord groups learning and watching for trends. 

He credited his early gains to “sheer luck and timing” but said that the market is much more challenging now. People might think that there’s easy and quick money to be made, but don’t fully comprehend how many hours are behind the success of those making the right moves. 

His specific recommendation to NFT newcomers, or those who want to up their game, is to find Twitter users with Punk avatars, Bored Ape avatars, .ETH Twitter names, and read. As you come across things you don’t understand, utilize the Twitter search bar to find your answers. 

Daniel Got Hits

Twitter search bar is underrated.

Daniel has over 22,000 Twitter followers and has a knack for posting interesting content about NFTs, but has emphasized that he wants people to think for themselves. 

A lot of influencers on Twitter remain anonymous, but he’s chosen to identify himself publicly and it motivates him to maintain his reputation while creating content to help people learn more about various NFT projects and offer his takes. 

NFTs and decentralized finance have inspired people to learn fundamental market behaviors like no other time in history. Daniel commented that many likely “wouldn’t learn it if there were numbers on a chart” but the art makes it fun. 

This means that there are a lot of intelligent and informed people on the internet sharing thoughts and opinions, but listening to your inner voice and trusting your gut after spending significant time researching is still a better move.

How Daniel Plans to Further Integrate NFT Culture in His Daily Life

There are people quitting their day jobs to go full-time into NFTs, and many more are thinking through how to integrate the new phenomenon into their everyday lives outside of just buying and selling. 

Daniel Got Hits

I grew up listening to hip hop, and hip hop was about being ahead of the curve, being first to the newest thing that’s popping. I like having my finger on the pulse and staying up to date on what’s cutting edge.

Daniel happens to be in a very interesting position — he’s a successful soccer influencer and creates engaging content that has built an audience. His goal is to mix soccer and NFTs to make lifestyle content. He said it would be fun to get a 3D render of his Bored Ape and include the Ape in his soccer content. When he does this, the growing Bored Ape Yacht Club brand will lend itself to Daniel’s personal brand. 

The majority of current NFT activity is research, making connections and friends, learning the technology, buying, and selling, but we are beginning to enter a new phase. 

As NFTs trend toward mainstream exposure, it’s likely that we will see them show up more in our daily lives and careers. The potential for creativity is an open canvas — many people now own assets that are part of a larger community and brand. 

Like many others, Daniel wants to integrate his prized NFT assets into part of his identity. Just looking at the roster of celebrities who own a Bored Ape, there’s a lot of social proof for non-celebrity owners who can proudly display their assets as a Twitter profile picture (pfp). 

But Twitter PFPs are just the beginning. 

Timbaland is using a group of Bored Apes to form a group that will perform and produce music. And it won’t just be celebrities that capitalize on the Bored Ape (or other NFTs) brands, others can use the assets they own as they please.

For someone like Daniel, incorporating an NFT that’s part of a project owned by Jimmy Fallon, Post Malone, Steph Curry, and others into his own content will likely help him grow his audience and could lead to bigger opportunities in the future.

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The Top 25 Most Expensive Soccer NFTs Ever Sold

A few weeks ago, we published the 25 Most Expensive Soccer Cards Ever Sold, and now, it’s time to turn our attention to the most expensive Soccer NFTs ever sold. NFTs, non-fungible-tokens, have the potential to disrupt the sports world and some of the sales on this list are comparable to the most expensive physical trading cards ever sold. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, but because it isn’t one of the top sports in the United States, its trading card prices don’t compare to baseball, basketball, and football. 

NFT “rookie cards” have a much better chance of global access, because anyone with an internet connection can purchase and store these digital assets. 

We will look at the top 25 most expensive soccer NFTs ever sold from projects like Sorare, Wrapped Strikers, and collections released from players themselves (for example, Messiverse). 

Prices for sales are listed in US Dollars based on the value of Ethereum at the time. 

1. Lionel Messi: “The Golden One” — $1,128,815
Ethernity.io

This past August, a licensed NFT collection called “Messiverse” containing NFT assets that feature soccer legend Lionel Messi was auctioned to the public. The collection included this 1/1 “The Golden One” designed by Bosslogic, a famous artist known for his work on Marvel Studios projects. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson even reached out to BossLogic to create some art for one of his upcoming movies. 

This 1/1 Messi NFT had a reserve price set at $50,000 but rocketed to over $1 million in bids. While the final sale price hasn’t been recorded on Ethernity’s website, the last bid that was published hit $1.12 million, which is 161% of the value of the most expensive physical soccer rookie card ever sold.

The NFT is currently listed for 3,303,030 ETH on Opensea, an NFT buying and selling platform. 3,303,030 ETH is currently valued at ~$55,028,479. 

2. Cristiano Ronaldo: Unique Sorare — $265,275.55
Cryptoslam.io

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Unique 1 of 1 Sorare card sold for $265,275.55 just 7 months ago. Sorare is an NFT based fantasy soccer game that allows its players to buy, sell, trade, and manage a team built with digital playing cards, virtually. 

Ronaldo may be the most popular soccer player in the world, and this Unique 1/1 NFT sold for just 15% less than the most expensive physical Ronaldo rookie card (last sold for $312,000). 

3. Kevin De Bruyne: Unique Sorare — $167,469
Cryptoslam.io

Kevin De Bruyne is a 30-year-old Midfielder and some argue he’s one of the best players in the world, if not the best player in the world based on recent play. He’s a decorated player, including 3 Premier League Titles, and has been the player of the year in England, Germany, and Belgium. His 1/1 Unique Sorare card was sold 2 months ago for 52 ETH or $167,469. 

4. Mohamed Salah: Wrapped Strikers, Iconics /7 — $141,560.31
Cryptoslam.io

Mohamed Salah is a 29-year-old Forward for Liverpool F.C. He’s scored 10 goals in 11 games in the English Premier League and his Wrapped Strikers Iconics card (numbered to just 7 copies) sold two weeks ago for a record 35 ETH after a 3-goal performance against Manchester united. 

The Crypto Strikers project, now called Wrapped Strikers on Opensea, was created in 2018 in anticipation of the 2018 World Cup. It is the first known soccer NFT project and was created by two founders with a passion for sports cards. 

During the release of the project, there was a “card of the day” which featured top players in the 2018 World Cup and had a significantly lower supply than the typical cards in the set (featuring work from a different artist). This is the most expensive Wrapped Striker card that has been sold. You can learn more about the set and its history here

5. Lionel Messi: Wrapped CryptoStrikers, Iconics /13 — $128,512
Cryptoslam.io

There are just 13 Lionel Messi Iconics NFTs from the Wrapped Strikers set and one sold two months ago for 39.96 ETH or $128,512. There are actually fewer copies of this NFT (13) than Messi’s rookie Mega Cracks PSA 10 (20), but the latter sold for $336,000 in June this past year. 

Messi holds the title for most expensive NFT ever sold, but this is the earliest known Messi NFT (and the rarest from the set). While it’s not a licensed product, the history of the set is intriguing and is clearly valued on the open market. 

6. Cristiano Ronaldo: Wrapped Strikers, Iconics /12 — $120,685
Cryptoslam.io

Ronaldo’s Wrapped Striker Iconics NFT has 1 less copy than Messi’s and sold two weeks ago for 29.95 ETH or $120,685. There are 38 copies of Ronaldo’s Mega Craques physical rookie cards and a copy sold this past October for $312,000. 

So far, we’ve generally seen physical trading cards outprice traditional rookie cards, but this is a significant sale for an NFT “rookie” card of the most popular soccer player in the world.

7. Vinícius Júnior: Sorare Unique — $114,634
Cryptoslam.io

Vinícius Júnior is 21 years old and is a Forward for Real Madrid. He was named the UEFA Champions League player of the week this past August and scored 7 goals in 10 games in LaLiga. He’s a young player with a lot of potential. His 1/1 Unique Sorare sold 1 month ago for 39 ETH, or $114,634. 

For comparison, Júnior’s PSA 10 /25 Black Velocity Optic rookie card recently sold for $1,900.

8. Antoine Griezmann: Sorare Unique — $110,668
Cryptoslam.io

Antoine Griezmann is a 30-year-old forward for Atlético Madrid. In 2018, he won the Silver Boot after as the 2nd highest goal scorer in the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament. He scored 4 goals in the tournament and helped France win the World Cup. Greizemann’s 1 of 1 Unique Sorare sold 4 months ago for 50.88 ETH, which at the time was worth $110,668. 

As a price comparison, a Griezmann 1 of 1 Immaculate Autograph (non-rookie and not graded) sold for $1,500 in October. 

9. Paul Pogba: Sorare Unique — $92,491
Cryptoslam.io

Paul Pogba is a 28-year-old Midfielder for Manchester United and was also a member of the France national team that won the 2018 World Cup. Pogba scored a goal in the final game to help France secure its championship over Croatia. Pogba is also a two-time English League Cup winner and one-time Europa League winner. His 1/1 Sorare Unique sold 4 months ago for 39.09 ETH, worth $92,491 at the time. 

10. Kylian Mbappé: Sorare Super Rare — $88,064
Cryptoslam.io

Like Griezmann and Pogba, Kylian Mbappé won a World Cup with France in 2018 and scored a goal in the final match against Croatia. Mbappé is a popular young soccer player in the physical sports card market, with two copies of his Gold Prizm World Cup rookie card making the top 25 most expensive soccer cards ever sold list. Mbappé is 22 years old and plays forward for Paris Saint-Germain.

Mbappé’s /10 Super Rare Sorare NFT sold 1 month ago for 40 ETH, valued at $88,064. Mbappé’s Gold Prizm /10 physical rookie card sold for $161,130 in October, about 82% more than the /10 NFT card pictured above.

11. Kylian Mbappé: Sorare Super Rare — $85,159
Cryptoslam.io

Multiple copies of Mbappés Super Rare NFT have sold at amounts to make this top 25 list. 8 months ago, this Super Rare sold for 58.56 ETH, which was valued at $85,159.

One major difference between physical trading cards and NFT trading cards is that traditional trading cards are purchased in US dollars or other fiat currency, whereas NFTs are purchased in Ethereum, which can fluctuate in value. 

At the time of this purchase, Ethereum was worth $1,454. At the time of this writing, 1 Ethereum is worth $4,798. If the seller held those funds, they would be worth $280,970 today.

12. Kylian Mbappé: Sorare Super Rare — $84,075
Cryptoslam.io

It’s telling that multiple copies of the 10 Super Rare Mbappé cards sold at different times in the past 12 months for healthy amounts of money. There was enough demand to support multiple copies of this NFT being sold. This copy sold 1 month ago for 28 ETH, worth $84,075 at the time.

13. Luis Sinisterra: Sorare Unique — $80,527
Cryptoslam.io

Luis Sinisterra is a 21-year-old winger who plays for Feyenoord Rotterdam, a Dutch professional soccer team. Sinisterra’s 1/1 Unique Sorare NFT sold 2 weeks ago for 20 ETH, valued at $80,527. Sinisterra is a young player with potential but has only just begun his professional career. Sorare does have a utility advantage over the earlier Wrapped Strikers NFTs in that players can earn money by creating rosters from cards they own of particular players. It’s interesting to see that dynamic play out especially when comparing a price like this NFT to the next one in the list from Cristiano Ronaldo.

14. Cristiano Ronaldo: Wrapped Strikers, Iconics /12— $79,200
Cryptoslam.io

Two months ago, this Cristiano Ronaldo’s Iconic /12 sold 25 ETH, valued at $79,200. The Wrapped Strikers NFT project was created in 2018 and has historical value relative to Sorare. In 2018, the cards were used as a fantasy game, much like Sorare is used today. 

15. Kylian Mbappé: Sorare Rare — $74,558
Cryptoslam.io

Despite 100 copies issued of this NFT, Kylian Mbappé’s Sorare Rare sold 8 months ago for 49.99 ETH, worth $74,558 at the time. Mbappé Sorares show up multiple times on this list, but this is the only Rare /100 in the top 25 soccer NFT sales. Given that it sold 8 months ago, it’s likely it was one of the first of the Rare cards to hit the market.

16. Kylian Mbappé: Sorare Super Rare — $70,679
Cryptoslam.io

4 months ago, this Mbappé /10 Super Rare sold for 32.5 ETH, valued at $70,679. This is $14,000 less than the next highest sale of this NFT but sold for 4.5 more ETH. Keep in mind, the price of Ethereum moves up and down. Although this sale ranks lower in terms of US dollars, some may argue it was a more valuable sale given the higher ETH price.

17. Kylian Mbappé: Sorare Super Rare — $69,172
Cryptoslam.io

A second Mbappé Super Rare sold 4 months ago for 32.18 ETH. As is the case for the previous Super Rare sale, this card had a higher sale price in terms of ETH, but ETH was worth less at the time of the sale. 

18. Marquinhos: Sorare Unique — $68,606
Cryptoslam.io

Marquinhos is a 27-year-old Defender for Paris Saint-Germain and plays for the Brazilian national team. He’s won 6 Ligue 1 titles with Paris Saint-Germain and signed one of the most lucrative deals for a player under 20 at the time.  His Sorare Unique 1/1 sold 5 months ago for 24 ETH ($68,606). 

19. Lionel Messi: Wrapped CryptoStrikers, Iconics /13 — $66,309
Cryptoslam.io

Lionel Messi’s Wrapped Strikers Iconics /13 sold for 39.96 ETH 2 months ago, worth $66,309 at the time. This is the rarest Messi NFT in the 2018 NFT set. The lowest available Messi Iconic for sale is currently listed at 80 ETH ($384,611).

20. Cristiano Ronaldo: Wrapped CryptoStrikers, Iconics — $66,292
Cryptoslam.io

There are just 2 Cristiano Ronaldo Iconics listed for sale on Opensea with the lowest price at 55 ETH ($264,420). This copy sold for 29.95 ETH ($66,292) just two weeks ago. 29.95 ETH is now worth $143,733 at the time of this writing. 

21. Sebastian Syzmanski: Sorare Unique — $63,935
Cryptoslam.io

Sebastian Syzmanski is 22 years old and currently plays for FC Dynamo Moscow as a Midfielder. In 2018, he made Poland’s preliminary World Cup team but did not make the final cut. He recently signed a 5-year contract with Dynamo and was voted player of the month by Dynamo fans in July of 2021. It’s fascinating to see how well 1/1 Unique Sorares have done in the market, even for lesser-known players. 2 weeks ago, his 1/1 Unique Sorare sold for 15 ETH ($63,935).

22. Neymar: Wrapped Strikers, Iconics /9 — $63,287
Cryptoslam.io

Neymar is a 29-year-old Forward who currently plays for Paris St. Germain and the Brazilian national team. He is the third-highest Brazilian goal-scorer of all time and is on pace to beat Pele and Ronaldo’s records. Neymar is a popular player (163 million Instagram followers and was named Brazil’s most marketable athlete), but he’s been criticized for his lack of a World Cup victory. 

There are just 9 Neymar Iconics NFTs and one sold for 20 ETH ($63,297) 2 months ago. Neymar is often in the same conversion with Messi and Ronaldo as one of the greatest players of his generation and is ranked 3rd in global player popularity. 

23. Kylian Mbappé: Sorare Unique — $62,817
Cryptoslam.io

Kylian Mbappé’s 1/1 Unique Sorare sold 11 months ago for 116.15 ETH ($62,817). This is by far the highest Mbappé Sorare sold in terms of ETH, but the value of ETH was much lower 11 months ago. 116.15 ETH is currently worth $557,403. Given higher sales (in terms of US dollar amounts) for less rare cards, it would be interesting to see what would happen if this 1/1 hit the market again. 

24. Kylian Mbappé: Sorare Super Rare— $62,144
Cryptoslam.io

This is the sixth and final copy of Mbappé’s Super Rare Sorare /10 to make this list and sold 4 months ago for 32.18 ETH ($62,144). 8 of Mbappé’s NFTs made this list, the highest number out of any other player. 

25. Bruno Fernandes: Sorare Unique — $60,642
Cryptoslam.io

Bruno Fernandes is a 27-year-old Midfielder for Manchester United. Last season, he finished as the team’s top goalscorer and did so as a Midfielder. He has played 80 games for Manchester United and has scored 40 goals. Fernandes’ 2019 Unique 1/1 Sorare sold for 99 ETH ($60,642) 10 months ago. 99 ETH is currently worth $475,101.

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October 25th’s, 2021 NF3 Recap: Candy MLB, Mastercard and NFT Kicks

Thanks for joining us today for another legendary NF3 recap. If this is your first time tuning in, make sure to check out our previous NF3 recap.

In today’s news, Candy MLB is dropping their first MLB icon packs in NFT form. Mastercard announced that any bank or merchant on their list can offer crypto soon. Plus, we take a look at Flowers for Society, which combines NFTs with kicks. All of that and some other cool stuff in today’s NF3 recap. Let’s go!

This article does not constitute formal financial advice. Always do your own research before investing.

1. Candy drops the first digital MLB icon packs
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Candy.com is the future of digital collectibles. Candy is known for their sports fandom NFTs, such as the first college athlete NFT series. Well, today Candy dropped their first MLB Icon Packs. At 12 PM ET, 5,000 All-Star MLB Icon Packs were available, but only for early adopters. Then again at 2 PM, another 5,000 packs became available for early access Discord members. The public access drop starts tomorrow 10/26 at 12 PM ET.

Each pack includes 3 Candy MLB Icons which displays some of the best players in the league as well as some up-and-coming stars. There are 5 types of rarities that will be offered to the public. Core, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary.

The MLB Icon packs are split into two types, All-Star Packs, which contain 3 of the 2021 MLB-All Stars, or you can choose the Uncut Diamond packs, which contain 3 of the top prospects in the MLB. 

If you are an MLB fan and you love collecting, this drop is for you!

2. Mastercard says any bank or merchant on their list can soon offer crypto
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Mastercard is a pioneer when it comes to payment innovation and technology, hence today’s announcement that they will be partnering with a crypto firm, Bakkt Holdings Inc, to offer cryptocurrency card transactions.

 Banks and other merchants of Mastercard will be able to offer consumers crypto debit and credit cards that allow folks to make payments and earn rewards in Bitcoin. Of course, more cryptocurrencies are sure to be offered in the future. 

As far as how this will all work, Bakkt will convert the cryptocurrency into a currency that the merchant accepts before being sent over the Mastercard network. All of the consumer’s cryptocurrency will be safely stored in a wallet with Bakkt.

I don’t know about you, but to me, this seems like one giant step into the future of cryptocurrency technology being readily available for everyone to spend, earn, and trade easily.

3. Flowers for Society reveals their first NFT sneaker designs
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Flowers for Society is an innovative sneaker company combining the love of collecting sneakers with the love of collecting NFTs. The brand is still very new having just dropped their first sneaker design as well as how the entire concept works today. To be perfectly honest, this one has me excited. 

Every Flowers for Society drop will be available through pre-orders only, and each pair of shoes will be directly linked to the NFT. Wait, there’s more! If you purchase their first sneakers, the NFT will give you access to their unique metaverse community, which will also give collectors access to future collabs, releases, and limited edition products.

I’m excited about this project mainly because I really like sneakers and I love NFTs. With that being said, please be sure to always do your own research before investing your time and money into any NFT.

Other cool stuff

In other cool news, Jordan Belfort, American entrepreneur, announced on Twitter: “WOW! I LOVE NFT TWITTER! AND NOW THAT I’M HERE, I’M NOT FUCKING LEAVING! Gn”

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Which he posted shortly after Jordan had uploaded a picture of PUNK #6033 to his Twitter, along with the acronym “WGMI” (if you don’t know NFT Twitter terminology, you can learn it all here). I believe that this flex of his is further proof that NFTs are becoming an asset to be reckoned with.

In other fun NFT news, Axie Infinity posted their very first TikTok video, officially announcing their presence on the video-sharing social app. It looks like Axie may begin to use TikTok to leverage their popular NFT brand even further, and perhaps reach some people that they have never made contact with before.

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Ultimately, only time will tell where all this amazing news will take us in the near future. Make sure to be on the lookout for our next NF3 as we uncover the day’s most important NFT related updates.

If there’s something you’d like to see covered more often, please let us know in the comments section below, or join us in our Discord community and chat with us in real-time. Until next time NF3 fam.

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The NFL Partners with Dapper Labs, the Creators of NBA Top Shot

About a year ago, Dapper Labs shook up the NFT landscape by launching NBA Top Shot. The platform that Top Shot introduced a new economy, mering sports and NFTs. And the ripple effect can be felt all the way into the National Football League.

What is NBA Top Shot?

NBA Top Shot is an NFT (non-fungible token) marketplace that lets users buy, sell and trade NBA moments. These moments are packaged highlights of players hitting 3 pointers, buzzer beaters, and other exciting video clips. These highlights are packaged together into a specialized trading card that users can interact with. On the platform, users can check the prices of their items, look at rarity and see what the last sales for their items were. They can also purchase more packs—some of which are limited releases or limited to specific players. Packs are like trading card packs; they are opened and permanently destroyed to reveal the moments inside. Packs are purchased through the platform and can then be opened by the user.

What Network Is Top Shot On?

Unlike a majority of other projects and NFTs, this project is actually located on Flow blockchain as opposed to being on Ethereum. The Flow blockchain is a blockchain that is designed to be proof of stake. Proof of stake is when users stake or lock their crypto in order to earn rewards/interest and help support the network, which helps it act more efficiently and minimizes the carbon footprint. 

https://nbatopshot.com/listings/pack/d41a48ba-4e8a-4cef-b7d5-f484424a789c
NBA Top Shot

Who Made NBA Top Shot?

The creator of NBA Top Shot, Dapper Labs, was established in 2018 as a company that focuses on delivering blockchain-based experiences. They cater to an audience that does not come from a primarily crypto background.  

Their mission statement states:

“But for this [blockchain] technology to realize its real-world potential, it needs to, y’know, be used. By people. Real people, in the real world—not just industry insiders and early adopters.”

Blockchain technology has been a very niche small group that has slowly grown in popularity. 

Dapper Labs has already inked deals with huge brands both in and out of the crypto/blockchain sphere. It helps that their CEO helped build one of the first NFT projects, Cryptokitties. Dapper Labs has become a pioneer in the space, with a growing market share due to their connections and friendliness with users that are not initially super knowledgeable about crypto. While you can use popular crypto like ETH, Bitcoin, and stable coins, you can also use a credit card to purchase packs on the platform. And with some packs being sold for $9, it’s more accessible for people who want to dip their toes in the water instead of chasing pfp (profile picture) NFTs like CryptoPunks that are worth more than most houses, with the current floor price being 107 ETH or more than $300,000.

Most people do not even know what the ‘F’ in NFT stands for, and that affects adoption. NBA Top Shot and Dapper Labs have engineered a platform that enables users to trade and interact with NFTs without them needing months and months of experience in the space.

Professional sports leagues like the NBA have driven people into Top Shots that may have otherwise never looked at NFTs. Sports card collectors and other hobbyists have been part of an industry for decades that relied on the human/in-person element of card trading. That includes going to shows, showing off new card pulls, and of course going to the card shop 

The pandemic has limited the ability for collectors to meet in person to trade and pick up new packs and boxes of packs to open. With NBA Top Shot completely online, this had let long-time collectors feel the rush of opening new packs and flipping cards all from the comfort of their house. As this new streamlined method became more normalized, users began to look at other NFTs to flip.

What should we expect from the NFL version?

And now that excitement has started to trickle into other sports. In recent memory, DraftKings has created its own marketplace of NFTs of prominent athletes across multiple sports. But that marketplace as it stands is focused on individual athletes from multiple sports.

Today it was announced that Dapper Labs is going endzone deep into the gridiron.

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It’s too early to guess exactly what the platform will look like. But we can use NBA Top Shot as a great guide. There may be specific packs and release special seasons and historic game collections. Top Shot is releasing a version of 2005-2006 Dwyane Wade, so it stands to reason that the NFL will dip into its archives of decades of spectacular plays and historic moments from the immaculate reception to Tom Brady’s seventh ring. Or maybe they’ll even have player-specific packs for legends like Warren Moon or whichever rookie becomes the next league MVP.

Just this past Sunday we had a game end with an NFL record-breaking field goal. Imagine opening a pack with this amazing moment.

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Sorry Lions fans.

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Campus Legends Partner With the University of Florida for NFT Collection

Paul “Bear” Bryant was one of the greatest coaches ever to walk the sidelines in college football history. When he and his wife moved to Tuscaloosa (home of the Alabama Crimson Tide), a local preacher was visiting. She remarked to him that they seem to take football seriously down here; it’s almost like a religion. The preacher allegedly responded matter of factly, “Oh no, it’s bigger than that.”

College Football is a way of life for millions of Americans. Their entire year dedicated to how will my team look this fall? 

And like it or not, one team is a good chunk of modern football’s foundation.

The University of Florida is a cornerstone of College Football. From the invention of Gatorade to Spurrier’s Fun and Gun offense. And in recent memory, Tim Tebow was the first sophomore ever to win the Heisman Trophy. They have always been innovators changing what afternoons in the fall look like both on and off the field. So it is only natural that they would be one of the first universities to adopt NFTs.

Speaking of Gainesville’s favorite son, Tim Tebow is chomping at the bit for Campus Legends.

Here is his video talking about Campus Legends first NFT drop.

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What is Campus Legends?

Campus Legends is a socially driven community that blended two of my favorite things, college football, and NFTs. 

Their first collegiate partnership is with my alma mater, the University Of Florida. Which was announced just last week. The CEO Greg Simon put it best;

“Campus Legends will offer a truly groundbreaking and unique experience for the collector, the athlete, the school, and the college sports fan. We are thrilled that our very first partner is such an iconic brand in the University of Florida. Through this partnership, we will be able to bring the technology of blockchain and digital collectibles to connect Florida’s current and alumni athletes to fans and collectors all around the world. “

They are positioning themselves similar to what DraftKings is doing with their drops for big-name pros like Tom Brady and Tony Hawk. What separates them is they are trying to add a social network experience. So you’ll be able to participate in polls, talk to fans, trade and sell items and create that social connection about a shared passion. 

Right now the current drops are time-sensitive meant to be commemorative with gamedays. For example, just for signing up, I was able to get this gorgeous one for the game that just happened this past Saturday. Users will be able to collect NFTs only if they are users the day of and claim the drop. Fans will be able to have NFTs that act as a flex as they start to collect them in the secondary markets.

Current players can benefit from this platform and the new wave of tech thanks to the new NIL laws.

NIL?

NIL stands for name, image, likeness. For years players have been barred from being paid or earning anything that was tied to their name, image, or likeness.

One former player was famously “kicked” from playing because he had a youtube channel.

He had to choose between earning on Youtube and playing for UCF. Campus Legends has a mission to help players past and present who missed out due to NCAA regulations. 

 Players past and present can now get a share of the revenue from secondary transactions from people on the app. Placing UF at the cutting edge of where technology and culture meet—giving the University a first movers advantage during this new transition period for college football.

This could very well create a domino effect where players can show off their highlights as an NFT.  NBA Top Shot has already shown us there is a market for player highlights packaged together and tradeable.

If you were to combine that with some of the crazy moments from college sports like the “heave to cleve”.

To quote the voice of the gators Mick Hubert. “OH MY”

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US Open Launches First NFT Initiative

The US Tennis Association announced today that the Open would be launching its first-ever NFT collection, intended to manifest a whole new world of fan engagement for the sport. From art projects to celebrity-backed collections, NFTs in 2021 have offered a unique world of community engagement never seen before. For the world of sports, these tokens foster a more dynamic and ongoing relationship between fans and their beloved athletes; the US Open’s tokens are available now.

“Enabling fans worldwide to engage with the US Open in the NFT space is an exciting step, because it offers a number of accessible, modern and in some cases extraordinary ways to interact with the event and its champions in an increasingly popular digital realm,” said Kirsten Corio, Managing Director, Ticketing and Digital Strategy, USTA.

The NFTs

The tokens available in the coming days will fall into a level system, providing collectors of all investment levels an opportunity to get involved.

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  • The first level is comprised of an unlimited amount of tokens, featuring key US Open artwork. While mints are unlimited, the tokens will only be available during the main draw from August 30-September 12. There will then be another level of token available exclusively to in-person attendees of the 2021 US Open – a creative ‘virtual ticket stub’ – claimable for free on USOpen.org the day following their attendance.
https://nft.usopen.org/
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  • There will also be an exclusive level of ‘Champion’ tokens, which will be limited in quantity and will feature trading cards of legendary US Open champions: Billie Jean King, Andy Roddick, Stan Smith, Venus Williams and Bob and Mike Bryan. For each of the Champions, there will be only 20 numbered ‘Legendary’ trading cards and one ‘Golden Ace’ available for bid with both U.S. dollars and Ethereum.
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  • Finally, the highest-level ‘Golden Ace’ card will provide some crazy utility. Limited to one per Champion, this exclusive NFT will come with several once-in-a-lifetime experiences for the winning bidder, including: an opportunity to play tennis inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, a meet-and-greet with a tennis star at the US Open, their name engraved on the US Open grounds, courtside tickets to the 2022 US Open men’s or women’s singles championship, autographed memorabilia and a limited-edition US Open merchandise pack. Talk about bonuses.

NFTs are opening up a whole new world of opportunity for relationships between fans and their beloved sport. The US Open’s first NFT initiative is masterfully building on the growing trend—incorporating elements of sports card culture and the accessibility elements built in to many recent NFT drops—to bring the fans closer to the court.

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How Curtis McDowald and USA Fencing Took “CryptoPunks” to the Tokyo Olympics

When Curtis McDowald drew his épée at his first Olympics, he had already made history. There would be the hard-fought bouts to place him 24th overall, and later, 9th in the team event, where he and two teammates wore pink face masks to protest another teammate accused of sexual assault. But the moment the Jamaica, Queens native stepped onto the piste, he did so with CryptoPunk #9362 on all of his social media profiles, becoming the first Olympian to bring the iconic NFTs to the greatest stage in the world.

#Olympunks—which McDowald says is not a protest, but a demonstration of who he is and what he’s about—began when Joshua Doner, CEO of virtual NFT gallery platform Mynt.La, met McDowald through their mutual friend Spencer. Doner asked him if he’d set his profile picture to a CryptoPunk as an experiment in social capital during his Olympics run.

McDowald immediately understood. He made the change, and within hours, his Twitter followers soared—Gary Vaynerchuk among his new captive audience.

For McDowald, a CryptoPunk goes beyond pure novelty; it is digital identity. The act of wearing one is an expression of self, and brand, when many athletes at the Games have few avenues for self-promotion.

“Fencing, like many other Olympic sports, is really an amateur sport. And there aren’t many ways to bring value to your brand,” McDowald told ONE37pm.

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He is referring to Rule 40 of the International Olympic Committee’s Charter, which restricts athletes from using their name, image or likeness in Olympic-branded advertising right before and during competition. Despite looser regulations in Tokyo, the by-law remains controversial, and athletes found violating the rule may still face punishment as harsh as being stripped of their medals.

McDowald, who removed even the cloth tags from his steel fencing mask to hide the name of his equipment sponsor, never worried that he’d broken the rule with Punk #9362. “You’re afraid of what you don’t understand,” he said. “What we were able to do with Josh is so above the IOC and their scope of thinking—this was a way to be ‘sponsored’ by Josh’s NFT and his community. That had never been done before.”

“Curtis couldn’t have taken any other brand with him. But he could point to his Punk and say, ‘hey, actually, that’s my identity.’ And that’s a powerful thing,” Doner added.

The six Olympians—among them, sabre fencer Dagmara “Daga” Wozniak—began sporting CryptoPunks after Doner matched them with Punk owners who answered an open call on Twitter. Punk #1629 had just finished a stint beside the Museum of Modern Art when its owner, AI collaborative artist Claire Silver, offered to lend it to Wozniak.

Days later, Silver cheered into an online stream as Wozniak battled her opponent in her third Olympic Games.

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“She was injured twice, and just fought straight through it. And I love that tenacity,” Silver said. “It’s this new generation of prime athletes on the cutting edge of their fields. And I feel the same way about Punks, with regard to digital identity and NFTs.”

The overlap between expensive jpegs and Olympic fencers was unexpected, but far from unfathomable. For athletes like McDowald and Wozniak who compete in a sport where fancy salaries are all but satire, digital identity can be critical to one’s livelihood.

“If you do anything besides train and compete, people will tell you you’re distracting yourself,” McDowald said. “But the reality is that this allows me to continue what I’m doing. Me building my brand and having support from a very active community makes it much easier for me to compete.”

According to McDowald, the network effects of #Olympunks also stood in contrast to a deeper issue in traditional Olympics coverage. Despite the hashtag trending on Crypto Twitter, and announcements about each of the six fencer’s upcoming bouts, would-be viewers struggled to find broadcasts of the athletes. McDowald himself was no exception.

“When I wanted to watch my teammates,” McDowald said, “I actually called my friend and they FaceTimed me—that’s how I was able to watch the matches.” He added, “This is the time where I’m going to have the biggest platform and the most marketability, and this is the hardest time for people to watch. It’s just kind of crazy.”

Now that Olympic fencing has ended, McDowald is back home in New York, where he resumes his 90-minute subway commute from Queens to Fencer’s Club in Midtown, Manhattan. But his Twitter feed remains an ode to sport and culture, himself included. There are his photos with fellow Olympians Kevin Durant, an investor in OpenSea who dabbles in basketball, and Slovenian hooper Luka Dončić. A GQ profile featuring a shirtless McDowald calls him an “electric presence” turning the fencing world on its head. And then there are the tweets and retweets about the various CryptoPunks who went to Tokyo—lots of them.

Perhaps most striking of all is his newest profile picture from today, which features the same Punk #9362, this time wearing a pink face mask.

It’s a lot to take in for the average Twitter user, or even the fencing fanatic, but if you can make it to his first tweet from April 14, it all starts to make sense. It reads, “You know us as athletes. We’re so much more. We are artists, activists, dreamers, and doers.”

“And we are unstoppable.”