After NBA fans and collectors showed unprecedented interest in Top Shot, a series of non-fungible tokens (NFT) that can be purchased and collected, the trading card company Topps is set to launch a similar series for the MLB.
Topps announced Monday it will release the 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball NFT, in partnership with Major League Baseball and MLB Players, Inc. This will mark the first Topps offering of NFTs. The series will launch April 20 at 1 p.m. ET.
"Our MLB blockchain NFT series debut marks a historic moment in the modern evolution of collecting for both traditional and new collectors," Tobin Lent, vice president and general manager of Topps Digital Sports & Entertainment said in a release. "We’re excited to bring almost a decade’s worth of digital collectibles innovations to 2021 Topps Series 1 and provide another fun avenue for fans to collect their favorite heroes and moments with secure digital ownership on the blockchain."
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The release will offer packs that are both standard and premium and will also feature rarer cards that carry higher value. The NFTs will include motion graphics, conventional card templates and other digital features.
In all, there will be 1,986 cards that will be available for purchase. The standard pack size contain six cards, while the premium brings 45. All cards are pre-minted before the opening begins.
The cards will be stored on the Worldwide Asset Exchange Blockchain.
The first 10,000 collectors who sign up to get alerts for the NFTs will be eligible to receive a free Topps MLB Opening Day NFT Pack.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Topps to launch NFT baseball card series with MLB and players