Rob Gronkowski was one of the first major professional athletes to benefit from the initial NFT market boom this spring, generating $1.6 million worth of ETH from NFT trading card sales, and now the four-time Super Bowl champion is returning to the NFT with a new collection to be released through the platform of his longtime teammate Tom Brady.
Gronkowski will debut the new NFTs through Autograph, a platform co-founded by quarterback Tom Brady. Gronkowski and Brady are one of the most successful duos the NFL has ever seen, winning championships together with the New England Patriots and the current Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and now they’re teaming up in NFTs as well.
The time came when Gronkowski shared a video of the player on Instagram when he was wearing a shirt with the Autograph logo folded over it.” They say blood is thicker than water – so Tom Brady moved over and I joined the Autograph.io family. He wrote in the caption, “This week, my signature digital exclusives are coming your way.
A rep for Autograph.io confirmed to Declassified that Gronkowski’s new collection is brand new and will be similar to Brady’s NFTs released on the platform by star athletes including Tiger Woods, Simone Biles, Wayne Gretzky and Naomi Osaka.
NFTs act like ownership deeds for rare digital items, whether it’s digital artwork, trading cards, video clips, or something else entirely.The NFT market exploded in popularity earlier this year and then recently surged again after a summer slump, with $10.67 billion worth of transactions in the third quarter of 2021 alone.
Sports collectibles have been a big part of the NFT market boom this year, with Dapper Labs’ NBA Top Shot platform generating more than $700 million worth of transactions to date. An officially licensed NFL version of Top Shot is coming soon.
Dapper Labs says NFL NFTs will be “very different” from NBA Top Shots.
Autograph’s NFT collection is cast on Polygon, an Ethereum-based Layer 2 extension solution that is the leading platform for NFT. So far, they all look like future trading cards, with different prices and rarities, including a “digitally signed” version that sells for a higher price. These collectibles are sold exclusively through the DraftKings marketplace.
Gronkowski’s first signed collectibles will go on sale tomorrow (Oct. 12) for between $12 and $100 each. Then, digitally signed versions will be available on October 14, starting at $250 each.
His NFT trading card, which first launched in March, generated 830 ETH and was worth about $1.6 million at the time of the sale.Sportico reported in May that Gronkowski chose to hold ETH rather than convert it to dollars. Since then, the value of Ether has grown significantly, so if Gronkowski held his March ETH stash, it would be worth about $3 million today.
Brady, meanwhile, has become increasingly immersed in the cryptocurrency world over the past few months since co-founding Autograph in April. in May, Brady put a Bitcoin “laser eye” on his Twitter profile picture and quickly became an investor and brand ambassador for the rising cryptocurrency exchange FTX. Brady said in June that he wanted to be a “pioneer” in cryptocurrencies.