Rob Gronkowski was one of the first major professional athletes to benefit from the initial NFT market boom this spring, earning $1.6 million in ETH from the sale of NFT trading cards. Now, the four-time Super Bowl champion is returning to NFTs, with new collectibles set to be released on Tom Brady’s platform.
Gronkowski will release brand new NFTs this week through Autograph, a platform co-founded by quarterback Tom Brady. Gronkowski and Brady are one of the most successful NFL duos of all time, winning titles with the New England Patriots and now the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and they’re now working together in NFTs as well.
Gronkowski posted an Instagram video of the players earlier this morning, while wearing a shirt with the Autograph logo superimposed on it. “They say blood is thicker than water—so move over, Tom Brady, I’m joining the Autograph.io family.” “My signed digital exclusives will be arriving this week,” he wrote in the caption.
An Autograph.io representative confirmed to ULTCOIN365 that Gronkowski’s new collectibles are completely new, and will be similar in style to the NFTs released by Brady alongside star athletes such as Tiger Woods, Simone Biles, Wayne Gretzky, and Naomi Osaka on the platform.
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) October 11, 2021
An NFT functions as a deed of ownership to a rare digital item, such as digital artwork, trading cards, video clips, or something entirely different. The NFT market exploded earlier this year, then surged again recently after a summer slump, with $10.67 billion in trading volume in Q3 2021 alone.
Sports collectibles have played an important role in this year’s NFT market boom, with Dapper Labs’ NBA Top Shot platform generating over $700 million in trading volume to date. Top Shot will soon have an officially licensed NFL version.
According to Dapper Labs, NFL NFTs will be’very different’ from NBA Top Shot.
Autograph’s NFT collectibles are produced on Polygon, a layer-2 scaling solution built on Ethereum, the leading NFT platform. So far, they’ve all appeared to be futuristic trading cards with a variety of price and rarity levels, including “digitally signed” versions that sell for a much higher price. The collectibles can only be purchased through the DraftKings Marketplace.
Gronkowski’s first Autograph collectibles will be available tomorrow, October 12, and will range in price from $12 to $100. The digitally signed versions will then be available on October 14 for $250 each.
His first NFT trading card launch in March yielded 830 ETH, which was worth approximately $1.6 million at the time of sale. Gronkowski chose to keep the ETH rather than convert it to US dollars, according to Sportico in May. Because the value of Ethereum has risen significantly since then, Gronk’s ETH stash from March is now worth around $3 million.
Brady, on the other hand, has become increasingly immersed in the crypto world since co-founding Autograph in April. Brady put Bitcoin “laser eyes” on his Twitter profile picture in May, and he quickly became an investor in and brand ambassador for FTX, a rising cryptocurrency exchange. Brady stated in June that he aspires to “be a pioneer” in the field of cryptocurrency.