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Following in the footsteps of Topps’ release of the Series 1 NFT collection in April and the Inception NFT collection released on September 9th, which was released on September 9th, Series 2 includes thousands of unique NFTs in both classic and modern Topps designs with the biggest names in baseball, rising stars and more are celebrating an unforgettable 2021 season. “
“Our Topps MLB NFT products have created a fun and easy-to-use collecting experience for many who have already collected NFTs and those looking to make their first purchase,” said Tobin Lent, Vice President and Global General Manager of Topps Digital Sports & Entertainment at The Topps Company, according to a press release. “Series 2 Baseball offers an annual snapshot of many of the twists and turns of an MLB season, and this release offers collectors an opportunity to collect those memorable moments in a unique new way.”
The Series 2 release will feature both Standard and Premium Packs, with card rarities ranging from common to legendary. Standard packs contain eight cards per pack, with one rare card guaranteed, while premium packs contain 10 cards per pack, three guaranteed epic cards, and all-star and 70th anniversary platinum facsimile signatures exclusive to premium packs contain.
Like Inception, Series 2 will be launched on ToppsNFTs.com. Series 1 was published on the WAX blockchain, but Topps realized, prior to Inception’s fall, that there were benefits to consumers buying packs on their own website.
“We found it made sense to switch to our own platform at some point, as we had a more aggressive release schedule and we wanted a more aggressive cadence for new content releases,” Topps Digital Marketing Director Gino Ferrazzano told MLB.com. “[Topps is] also allow credit card transactions instead of converting money into WAX and then buying the packs. So I think this will definitely be a different experience just because it’s on our own platform. “
Also new in Series 2 are various card templates that were not available in Series 1. This includes the all-star variant, which, according to Hera Andre-Bergmann, the sports content product manager for the blockchain, is used “to show who” worked well this season “and” keep it on time, instead of just making gamblers to make gamblers. ”There is also the vintage stick variant that works as a tribute to past cards and offers“ really cool digital enhancements with a kind of old-fashioned feel ”to mark the 70th anniversary celebrate.
Topps will continue to build on the experience of opening a physical pack of baseball cards in the NFT version, while incorporating motion designs and other digital “twists” not possible with the physical product. The tiered card rarity system is also still in the game, and Topps hopes it will continue to educate collectors during their NFT buying experience.
“That’s why we really put this system in place, just to educate people that they don’t need a lot of previous hobbies to understand what they’re getting out of the box,” said Alex Chen, director of content. “The average collector understands the players and the teams, but we’ve put a lot of different looks into this, a lot of different things. We just want to make sure they have these guideposts to understand what the collectibles are because then they add more value to the collector himself, right?
“If I pull something very rare, I’ll like that because it feels like I’ve got something more exclusive that other people don’t necessarily have.”
The digital market has given Topps more creative freedom in designing baseball cards. Ferrazzano believes this has given the market a “second renaissance” of collecting, and Topps’ work will continue to appeal to all types of collectors.
“I think if you had asked about collecting cards five, ten years ago, you’d just think it was someone who is either middle-aged or getting a little older,” he said. “Hera saw it at the National [Sports Collectors Convention from July 28-Aug. 1] too, but it was probably the most popular I’ve seen in over six years with Topps. That used to be a very comfortable guy who would sit at a table and sell his cards in plates and frames and end the day, but it was so much more energetic and so many different people from different walks of life and ages.
“And I think card collecting is here to stay. Baseball cards or something else, collecting as a hobby has really exploded in my opinion. “