A New Moment Tier 🥳
The First Mint
Featuring Fandom Tier, Summer League Experience, Fest Hype and More
Good Morning, NBA Top Shot Squad! Happy Thursday, and happy Day 3 of First Mint Fest! For those attending, we hope you’ve enjoyed the sessions so far, and hope the knowledge has encouraged you to take a deeper dive into the wider world of NFTs!
Don’t forget — we’ll be closing out the fest with our Unofficial Top Shot Collector’s Choice Awards tonight at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PDT, featuring some familiar faces from around the community:
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First Mint Fest Featured Sponsor: NBA Top Shot
If you’re reading this newsletter, you probably know all about NBA Top Shot — the home for NBA fans to collect Moments of their favorite stars and team.
Moments are Online Digital Collectables of a players highlight, secured by the blockchain and licensed by the NBA and NBPA.
The 'Fandom Tier' 🎉
The main development over the past week was a major announcement regarding NBA Summer League — and the introduction of a new tier of moments.
Our live thread on the developments:
☀️ @nbatopshot Summer Thread ☀️
🏟 In-Arena moment purchases at #NBASummerLeague
⛱ 'Summer of 21' Set will feature 5 moments — 3 avail. in-arena, 1 challenge, 1 quest
📦 1 play per day from Summer League action
📊 Dynamic Mint — based on in-arena demand, min. 1000
Cont'd 🔻 https://t.co/v9cB01w53I
A TLDR summary:
🔹Top Shot is sending collectors to Las Vegas for its next experience at the NBA Summer League from August 8-10.
🔹There will be Summer League moments available for purchase exclusively at the arena — and will be dynamically minted based on the demand. The in-arena moments will not feature the incoming rookie class, to preserve their Top Shot Debuts.
🔹These moments will fall into the ‘Fandom’ Tier, a new subset in between Common and Rare that will be utilized going forward for in-event releases and other dynamically minted moments (i.e. Quest rewards, promotional releases like The Gift, etc. — though previous releases will not be reclassified).
Additionally, a few interesting things to note from the ‘Fandom’ blog:
This unique tier will allow for some Quests that fit different themes, with different levels of rewards – ranging from very easy to more difficult. It will also allow for smaller unique drops in the future and fun twists and improvements on the status quo.
This is a potentially exciting development, as it allows for a wider and less predictable range of moments and combinations for future Quests. There are a million ways to create fun challenges going forward with more flexibility (for any FIFA Ultimate Team players, think Squad Building Challenges).
Another fun tidbit, from the ‘Summer of 21’ blog regarding perks for the lucky collectors who are eventually selected for the Vegas Experience:
Primary access to NBA Top Shot’s first official merchandise.
Are we ready for Top Shot merch? While Dapper Labs CEO Roham Gharegozlou has hinted at merchandise in the past, we’ve never seen even a hint of it coming until now. Can’t wait to see what the first iterations look like, and how something like Collector Score could give exclusive access to particular items.
First Mint Fest — Day 3 Schedule 🗓
Collab.Land - Unlocking the Power of Crypto: NFTs and DAOs
4:00pm - 4:30pm EST / 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
An overview of the utility of crypto through NFTs and DAOs. Feat. Collab.Land Founder, James Young
The Sandbox - How The Sandbox is Empowering Creators Through Gaming & Blockchain
4:30pm - 5:00pm EST / 1:30pm - 2:00pm PDT
Marcus Blasche, Marketing Director at The Sandbox, will discuss how TSB managed to build a bridge between gaming and blockchain through creator empowerment and monetization.
Panel - Building Tools for Top Shot
5:30pm - 6:00pm EST / 2:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
With hundreds of thousands of users onboarded since January, the NBA Top Shot ecosystem has organically developed a variety of world class analytics tools. For the first time, we’ll hear from all of them in one (digital) room. Feat. Christian from Evaluate.Market, TJ Laessig from Own The Moment, Danny Adkins from Moment Ranks, and Alex from Live Token.
Sturdy.Exchange - Introducing Sturdy Exchange
6:30pm - 7:00pm EST / 3:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Walking through the pain points any artist has felt in their respective industries over the last 15 years, and how “digital” has failed to realize many of the potential benefits of an online presence. Here’s how companies like Sturdy Exchange are here to fix that. Feat. Sturdy Exchange CEO, Matt Goulet
Infinite Objects: Bridging the Physical and the Digital
7:00pm - 7:30pm EST / 4:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Show off your NFTs in your house. That’s a sentence many of us had never even thought of until this past year. But thanks to Infinite Objects, we can now move NFTs into real life. Feat. Infinite Objects Founder & CEO, Joe Saavedra & COO Roxy Fata.
Unofficial NBA Top Shot Collector’s Choice Awards
9:00pm - 10:00pm EST / 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
What is the best dunk? Who has the best Debut? On Awards night, these debates will be laid to rest as we crown the best Moments in NBA Top Shot. We’ll feature 10 different categories, and the winners will be decided by none other than NBA Top Shot collectors. Join us for the FINAL event of First Mint Fest. Presented by The First Mint, Packrip Media, and Moment Nerd. Feat. The First Mint’s LG Doucet & The Reel Phil D, and the NBA Top Shot Community.
10:00pm - 10:15pm EST / 7:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
The Raffle to end them all. We’ll close up shop on the Discord and do a massive raffle that rewards those who participated the MOST in First Mint Fest.
Thanks for reading! — Zach @ The First Mint
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