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NFTs Are NOT Dead, According to Jack Settleman

I Promise… NFT’s Are Not Dead

I’m not sure people understand how early on we are in this NFT movement. 

The total Top Shot market cap is at 605 million dollars. 

At one point, it was over a billion dollars, so naturally, people are showing concern.

Did I mention that we are early?

Clearly, the public perception is that NFT’s are dead. But I am here to tell you they are not. We are seeing a pullback. We are seeing similar reactions to the dot.com era, where 99 percent of websites failed. But the one percent that survived (Amazon, Google) became monsters. 

Quick reminder, we are early. 

What is important is that NFT’s, celebrity cash grabs are gone… which we’ve been saying. But the tech of NFT’s is going to be the thing of the next decade. As of now, all people know are the youtube clips they are watching. But we are still so early, people don’t understand what this wave can be.

The general idea from Top Shot fans is that it re-engaged them with the NBA. Who captures your attention? That is what matters. The MLB does a terrible job with it. The UFC is making a Dapper Labs product… and is asking you to pay for the viewing experience and give them your time. With the NFL, they own Sunday and Monday… but even our generation watches RedZone. Once again, the tech and utility of NFT’s are an attention and engagement capture. 

Over the next decade, the competition will be over people’s time and attention. 

To finalize things, we are super early in this. It could be five years before we see the fruits of NFT technology.

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Sports Strength

Kansas City Royals’ Minor Leaguer Daniel Tillo Is All About Trading Cards

Daniel Tillo, a minor league starting pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization, was drafted in the third round of the 2017 MLB Draft. Earlier this month, he purchased the most valuable and sought after baseball card of himself on eBay, a 2017 Bowman Chrome Superfractor, which is serial numbered 1/1. Superfractors are regarded as the most sought after Bowman Chrome card in the sports card world. Once Tillo purchased it, he tweeted out that he had just bought the card of himself.

Tillo had seen his Superfractor listed on eBay for about a month and was going back and forth with the seller trying to obtain the card. “I ended up getting the card for around $325,” said Tillo. Almost immediately, he received reactions about the tweet of him buying this unique card of himself. These reactions included many sports card enthusiasts throughout the world, including Gary Vaynerchuk, Kansas City Royals fans and other sports card collectors and buyers.

One Royals fan, Terry Gardner, even offered Tillo another similar card of the pitcher, serial numbered 1/1, the Bowman Black base version. “When I saw his tweet, I thought it was cool that he had bought his own card and liked collecting. I got to thinking about it and remembered that I had one of his cards,” said Gardner. Eventually, Tillo and Gardner were able to connect through Twitter. “I just tweeted to Daniel I had one of his cards and wanted him to have it. He offered to buy it, but I did not want money for it. He has since put a signed baseball in the mail for me and my son,” said Gardner. Tillo also suggested in a tweet that he may be able to obtain game tickets for Gardner and his son should he receives a call up to the majors in 2020. Gardner got back into sports cards starting in 2011 and has been collecting Royals ever since.

Tillo has always been interested in sports cards dating back to his childhood: “I have been collecting since I was ten years old, my older brother first got me into sports cards,” says Tillo. The process of having your own baseball card being created is an exciting experience for an athlete. “Once I realized I was going to be a high draft pick, I realized I was going to get a card of myself,” said Tillo.

Sportscard collectors or buyers collect a wide variety of players and products, and the same applies to Tillo. “I collect all sports, especially football, Prizm football is my favorite product and Optic is growing on me,” said Tillo. One of Tillo’s favorite football players is Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Baker Mayfield. “The way he goes about himself just fires me up,” said Tillo.

Similar to a lot of sports card collectors or buyers, Tillo is collecting as a hobby but also wants to start buying players cards that can increase in value. “I enjoy buying and collecting as a hobby, but now also investing in players that I think will jump in value. Keston Hiura is a guy I like a lot to go up a lot in value for the 2020 season,” said Tillo.

In the past, Tillo has had an excellent eye for spotting future stardom as he played against Mets superstar Pete Alonso who won N.L. Rookie of the Year in 2019 and hit 53 home runs. “I had mentioned at the start of last year that Pete Alonso could be special, he was crushing the baseball when I had played against him in college,” said Tillo.

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Many sports card collectors or buyers are always wanting to expand on what they are buying, and the same applies to Tillo. “I started expanding more into buying more baseball and basketball cards. Once I signed my contract is when I started buying more cards again, ripping more packs and getting hobby boxes,” said Tillo. Since Tillo invested in sports cards, are there more professional athletes doing the same thing? “I haven’t seen too many other professional baseball players buying sports cards that I know of, I know Phil Hughes does a lot and many of my teammates want to show me their old cards,” said Tillo. There is still a big unknown if other athletes like Tillo are buying sports cards, let alone cards of themselves. Will other professional athletes start buying sports cards more or possibly invest in a high-end sports card of themselves similar to Tillo? Only time will tell.

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Sports Strength

The 25 Best Players In Baseball Right Now, Ranked

Welcome to ONE37pm’s weekly MLB player rankings. These are the top 25 best performing players in MLB as of this minute. It’s not the best players in the league, or who we think has the best end of season numbers (sorry, Mike Trout).. it’s who is en fuego right now. This ranking takes into account everything from Sep. 6 until today.

This list is curated by members of our team: Drew Balis, Chris Choyce, Bobby Glennon, Carter Snyder and Dave Zhang. We’ll be updating this list every week, so keep it bookmarked and definitely let us know what you think of the rankings on our Twitter @137pm.

01. Gerrit Cole – HOU, SP (was #3 last week)

What else can we say about Gerrit Cole? Double digit K’s in his last eight starts, a 19-5 record for the year, and a big payday to come. The AL Cy Young vote between him and Verlander will be fascinating.

02. Yordan Alvarez – HOU, 1B (#25)

Learn his name now so you’re prepared for October. J.J. Watt already knows it. Alvarez’ 25 home runs and elite .421 on-base percentage holds up both to the naked eye and when you dive deeper into the analytics. 

03. Alex Bregman – HOU, 3B (unranked)

Bregman is putting up an MVP contending season—currently hitting .296 with 110 RBI and 40 HR for the Astros.

04. Tommy Edman – STL, 2B (#24)

Edman’s productivity has spiked in September, and while the power may fade (four homers in the last two weeks), his contact skills are legit… and so is his speed. His 29.4 ft/second sprint speed actually ranks him in the top 4% of the league, making his pristine SB success rate sustainable (14-for-15 so far).

05. Jacob DeGrom – NYM, SP (unranked)

DeGrom will end the season in Cy Young contention, again. He wasn’t quite as elite as last year, but man has he been good. Zero ER over his last three starts with 24 Ks and a FIP under 1.50. The Mets may continue to crush your hopes and dreams, but at least Jacob is here to shake your hand and wish you well for next year.

06. Yu Darvish – CHC, SP (#1)

07. Zack Greinke – HOU, SP (unranked)

After just barely missing a no-hitter on Wednesday, one of our favorite players finally makes his season debut on the list. But it sounds like we’ll have to wait until Game 3 of the ALDS to see an eephus like this again.

08. Eloy Jiminez (unranked)

One of the top prospects heading into the year, Jiminez has been up-and-down this season but is scorching the ball over the past two weeks (hitting .412 with five home runs).

09. Ozzie Albies – ATL, 2B (#15)

10. Trey Mancini – BAL, OF (unranked)

His 224 wRC+ is top-five over the past three weeks, and he’s been an RBI machine, which is kinda tough considering the AAAA lineup the Orioles trout out there every day. Mancini is a legit sleeper for next year if he can keep his power gains from this year (his season long 23.1% HR/FB is easily repeatable and improvable!). With a better lineup around him and his 35-40 HR power, maybe he’ll be the next 40 HR 120/120 R/RBI guy??

11. Jack Flaherty – STL, SP (#21)

12. Zack Wheeler – NYM, SP (#12)

13. Mitch Moreland – BOS, 1B (unranked)

14. Garrett Hampson – COL, SS (unranked)

If you follow the Rockies at all, you know they hate their rookies. But Hampson is finally getting to play every day and he’s showing that upside. Over the past month he’s put up a 155 wRC+ with 5 HRs and 9 SBs.

Will he have a job next year? No idea! But welcome to the list, Mr. Hampson! Enjoy your couple days in the sun.

15. Eduardo Rodriguez – BOS, SP (#13)

16. Corey Seager – LAD, SS (unranked)

Seager has five home runs over his past 15 games. Fully healthy for the first time since 2017, he’ll be a key part of the Dodgers lineup as they enter October. 

17. Marcus Semien – OAK, SS (#2)

18. Kyle Schwarber – CHC, OF (unranked)

The slugger has hit more HR in a single season than any Cubs’ lefty since Billy Williams. Schwarber has been a bright spot for the Cubs this year, with a .337 OBP and 37 HR.

19. Eugenio Suarez – CIN, 3B (#11)

20. Rick Porcello – BOS, SP (unranked)

Porcello hasn’t had the finest season overall, but a 2.25 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his last 17 innings has been an impressive way to close things out as he enters free agency this winter. 

21. Yoan Moncada – CWS, 3B (#20)

22. Christian Vazquez – BOS, C (unranked)

After a rough 2018 Christian Vazquez has arrived in a big way this season. The Red Sox haven’t done much over the past two weeks, but don’t blame their star catcher who’s hitting .343 with four home runs and two (!) stolen bases.

23. Justin Verlander – HOU, SP (#4)

24. Nelson Cruz – MIN, OF (unranked)

Nellie is back! After a List hiatus for injury, he’s back and leading the Twinies into the post-season. 39 years-old, with 40 bombs and over 100 RBIs. Good job man! Sporting a 184 wRC+ over the last three weeks, he’s showing no signs of slowing down. We’re excited to see what he and Twins bring into the post season. 

25. Cavan Biggio – TOR, 2B (#6)

Cooled Off

Austin Meadows (#5), (#6), Matt Olson (#8), Kris Bryant (#9), Chris Paddack (#10), Ketel Marte (#11), Marcus Strohman (#14), Rougned Odor (#16), Adam Wainwright (#17), Chad Green (#18), Gleyber Torres (#19), Yasmani Grandal (#22), James Paxton (#23)

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5 Babe Ruth Memorabilia Items With Eye-Popping Price Tags

The Sultan of Swat. The King of Crash. The Colossus of Clout. The Great Bambino.

If that just gave you intense flashbacks to watching The Sandlot in your elementary school classroom, join the club. Eighty-four years after he retired from the game, Babe Ruth’s legacy is immortalized in the Baseball Hall of Fame, countless films and books, Baby Ruth candy bars and a number of prized collectibles that he left behind. 

A Babe Ruth jersey recently sold for $5.64 million, smashing the previous $4.4 million record (also held by The Babe) for the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold. His home run ball, all-star jersey and more are among the most valuable baseball keepsakes. And unsurprisingly so. Babe Ruth’s storied rise to international fame and lasting impact on America’s pastime is the stuff of legends. 

For those dreaming of owning a piece of Babe’s personal collection, get your wallets ready because these items are not for the amateur collector. All with prices in the millions, here are the five most expensive Babe Ruth collectibles ever sold. 

1. New York Yankees Jersey From 1928-1930
Hunt Auctions

Sold: $5.64 million

This record-setting Babe Ruth heirloom joined a small collection of items sold at Yankee Stadium by Hunt Auctions. The auction gathered pieces from third-party collectors as well as Babe Ruth’s surviving family members. The legend’s granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti, said, “Babe’s collection has remained largely unknown to the general public and we felt it was time to bring these amazing pieces of his life to light.”

2. New York Yankees Jersey From 1920
SCP Auctions

Sold: $4.4 million

Before the 1928-1930 jersey (above), this circa 1920 Babe jersey held the record for the most expensive sports memorabilia ever sold. The item sold in 2012 to Lelands.com, a sports memorabilia auction house, and a spokesperson said they would sell the jersey privately. It is the earliest existing jersey known to be worn by The Babe, and it had previously lived at The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum in Baltimore.

3. Contract That Moved Him to the Yankees
Lelands

Sold: $2.3 million

After six seasons with the Red Sox and three World Series wins, Babe Ruth found a new home with the Yankees in a historic purchase. For only $125,000 (or around $1.66 million today adjusted for inflation), the Yankees bought the player who would accrue enough revenue to move the team to the new Yankee Stadium, “the house that Ruth built.” An original copy of the contract, previously owned by Charlie Sheen, sold in 2017 for twice the amount that the other original copy did in 2005. 

4. World Series Ring
Lelands

Sold: $2.1 million

The Yankees dominated the 1927 World Series by sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates in four games, and Babe Ruth contributed two crucial home runs in the series-clinching game. His ring—inscribed with “G H Ruth” (for George Herman Ruth)—also belonged to Sheen. It sold for more than four times the price of any other sports ring auctioned previously. Sheen owned both the ring and the contract for approximately 20 years and said he “felt it was time for a new owner.”

5. Bat From First Home Run at Yankee Stadium
Mario Tama/Getty Images

Sold: $1.3 million 

Babe Ruth hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium against none other than the Red Sox—a team plagued by the supposed “Curse of the Bambino” for 86 years. Ruth is quoted as saying, “I’d give a year of my life if I can hit a home run in the first game in this new park.” On April 18, 1923, he got his wish on the stadium’s opening day. A Chicago sports memorabilia company, Mastronet, Inc., purchased the bat in 2004—the same year Boston’s decades-long drought is said to have ended. 

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