Online auction giant eBay is getting into the NFT market with the launch of its first NFT collection, one that will feature legendary hockey player Wayne Gretzky. The collection comprises 13 limited-edition digital art pieces developed in partnership with OneOf, a Web3 platform, each of which consists of a 3-D animated rendition of one of Gretzky’s signature moves. OneOf and eBay plan to launch additional NFT series throughout the year that will similarly feature some of the most prominent athletes who have graced the pages of Sports Illustrated magazine. Each piece will be priced at $10 and be available for purchase on OneOf.
“Forty years ago, I was grateful to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated, it was a monumental moment in my life,” Gretzky said in a statement. “I’m honored to bring this collectible experience to my hockey fans who have followed my career for decades.”
“NFTs and blockchain technology are revolutionizing the collectibles space, and are increasingly viewed as an investment opportunity for enthusiasts,” said Dawn Block, vice president of collectibles, electronics and home at eBay. “Through our partnership with OneOf, eBay is now making coveted NFTs more accessible to a new generation of collectors everywhere.”
The company announced Monday that it’s launching 13 limited-edition digital collectibles in partnership with Web3 platform OneOf, each of which contains a 3-D animated rendering of Gretzky making one of his signature moves on the ice.
NFTs are a type of digital asset created to track ownership of a virtual item using blockchain technology. Such unique items could be artwork or sports trading cards. Each NFT is unique and can’t be replicated and accrues value independently, stored in digital wallets as collectors’ items.