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NBA Top Shots (and other NFTs discussion)

"What is NBA Top Shot? Explaining the Blockchain NBA highlight collectables
NBA Top Shot is the future of the trading card market. Virtual packs can be purchased and either 'showcased' or re-sold on the virtual marketplace with some highlights currently selling for as much as $100,000 USD.

By Kyle Irving

NBA Top Shot www.nbatopshot.com
What is NBA Top Shot?

That's a question that will be asked much more frequently in the near future.

NBA Top Shot is a blockchain-based platform that allows fans to buy, sell and trade numbered versions of specific, officially-licensed video highlights.

In a joint venture that began in July of 2019 between the National Basketball Association, the NBA Players Association and Dapper Labs have come together to create NBA Top Shot, a "revolutionary new experience in which jaw-dropping plays and unforgettable highlights become collectibles that you can own forever," per Dapper Labs Chief Executive Officer Roham Gharegozlou.

In plain terms: think of the future of the sports trading card market mixed with similar principles of cryptocurrency, but it's virtual cards that contain individual NBA highlights.

How it works: the NBA cuts the highlights and then Dapper Labs decides how many of each highlight they are going to sell and number them. They place each highlight into digital packs, just like regular trading cards, and sell the packs on the official NBA Top Shot website for prices ranging from $9 to $230. The pack prices depend on the quality of highlight, the stardom level of the player and the exclusiveness of the card. Once you purchase a pack, those highlights go into your encrypted, secure highlight wallet to be "showcased" or re-sold on the NBA Top Shot Marketplace.

According to Action Network, there have already been five sales on the global, open, peer-to-peer, always-on marketplace worth over $20,000 U.S. dollars, including a specific LeBron James highlight that recently sold for over $71,000.

While this tweet below isn't the specific highlight that sold for $71K, it gives you a better idea of what NBA Top Shot's cards look like.

Currently, there is a highlight card of Ja Morant dunking over Aron Baynes from his Rookie of the Year season last year that is being lobbied for $100,000 on the open marketplace.

If you're wondering how to get started, all of the packs are currently sold out on the NBA Top Shot website - the only place you can buy, sell or trade the virtual cards. Check back here for when packs go back on sale or check out the NBA Top Shot marketplace to start your collection by purchasing individual virtual cards.

"This takes the traditional collectible into a modern, global era," Dapper Labs CEO Gharegozlou told The Action Network. "All markets are immediate and international. No longer do you have to wait for a card to be graded, or delivered, or fear of forgeries."

"...The trading card business is worth $5-$6 billion annually," Gharegozlou stated to The Action Network. "I don't see why we can't get to a place where this business is grossing $1 billion alone.""

I bought my first pack for ~$15usd and flipped one highlight for $125usd and the remaining others are worth about $60usd collectively. My buddy also gifted me a highlight for my birthday that was worth $10 then and is now $100. Does this have anymore staying power than CryptoKitties? I would say yes as it is tied to the NBA with a global fanbase but hoping to hear what others think. We can also discuss any other NFTs (non-fungible tokens) in this thread as they represent a quickly growing market.
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Someone posted about this in the entertainment forum around the beginning of the year. I made an account but of course I didn’t decide to really look at it until this weekend when it seems to be really blowing up.

Managed to luck out and get a stress test pack and threw a few bucks in at the marketplace. Who knows where things will go if this blows up even more or when they release new sets with more mints.

For me seems like it can be a fun little distraction to look at after hours though I see a lot of people are putting in and making some serious money.

No direct withdrawal to a bank account in Canada yet though but sounds like it’s something they’re working on so have to go through a crypto wallet for now to get your money out.
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If you thought paying for porn was peak stupid, you were wrong...

Lol at anyone dumb enough to pay 70k for an video clip from a basketball game
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Isoflex117 wrote: If you thought paying for porn was peak stupid, you were wrong...

Lol at anyone dumb enough to pay 70k for an video clip from a basketball game
100% agree but the people paying that much money aren’t buying it because they value it as a collectors item. The whole thing is pretty much just a big speculators market like playing in the altcoins.

Prices of everything exploded this weekend and hard to see it getting even crazier but it might as I can see it attracting more casual sports fans, degenerate sports gamblers, and anyone caught up in the current market/crypto mania looking to make a quick buck (WSB bro types).

I’ve put in a few bucks. As a NBA fan it’s a fun distraction and I’m not planning on taking it too seriously.

If anyone is lucky enough to get a pack those are literally free money right now.
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Isoflex117 wrote: If you thought paying for porn was peak stupid, you were wrong...

Lol at anyone dumb enough to pay 70k for an video clip from a basketball game
Wait until you hear what people pay for *pictures* from a basketball game -- one recently went for $780k Face With Tears Of Joy
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Yesterday the cheapest price for an individual card was around $14/$15. Today it's $25. A $9 pack contains 3 card, so $75 flip. Is this the greater fool theory in action?

Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't mind throwing down some money for a few packs for fun, but they're nearly impossible to get.
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goob3r wrote: Yesterday the cheapest price for an individual card was around $14/$15. Today it's $25. A $9 pack contains 3 card, so $75 flip. Is this the greater fool theory in action?

Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't mind throwing down some money for a few packs for fun, but they're nearly impossible to get.
$75 if you get 3 absolute bottom tier moments but more likely there would be something half decent in the pack.

I think the odds for latest 5000 release today was like 1/12. They will have wider releases of packs like 50000 so it’s hard to gauge how this might impact the current pricing. If the user base keeps exploding though prices may be able to keep up with dilution.

There’s the real market to make real money. This is just a bit of fun and some beer money is nice.
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so many tulips blooming in this market at the same time ;)

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