A Top Shot Christmas Miracle 🎄
Featuring Hot Packs, WishList, Employee Purchases, Pack Giveaway, and a new section called Making Moves.
Editorial Note: This Saturday edition of the newsletter recaps the week in web3. It features highlights from our fave projects, top Moments in the community, and a NEW SECTION titled “Making Moves”, with actionable moves to make (and how it takes to do each one!)
As we approach the season of merriment, I want to start this week’s recap by saying that I hope you find some time to relax this December.
It has not been an easy year in the NFT space (or in the world in general), and although the holidays are a naturally stressful time, we don’t need to add unnecessary pain by overthinking what we can’t control.
The market tanked. We lost value. Many people left. There’s nothing we can do about that over the coming weeks. And worrying about our bags won’t help.
The bull will rise again. And until then, we have to take rest while its available, and take it easy on ourselves.
Because after all, no matter how down bad you are, it can’t possible be down any worse than this man right here.
Yes, that’s a real ad.
And yes, the collection hit #1 on OpenSea yesterday.
We have literally hit bottom, folks.
So lets get into all the action from this past week of web3 x sports.
A TOP SHOT CHRISTMAS MIRACLE🎄
Last year it was rakeback (we all got some Dapper $).
This year its Hoopsmas.
On Thursday morning Top Shot rolled out their holiday community campaign, and it was quite the event. I woke up late and was greeted by pure chaos - kind of like the good old days 🥲
Here’s a full list of what went down:
$10 for a starter, $25 for a booster. Each with different Rookie Debuts, Mixed Commons, and small % at Rare/Legendaries.
I ripped 10x on stream and landed Paolo Banchero + Shaedon Sharpe Debuts (!!)
Top Shot Secret Santa
Where collectors “gift” a Moment to the Secret Santa account, and will automatically received a random Moment in return, and ALSO be entered to win prizes.
List of what can be won:
Basically an NFL ALL DAY-style playbook that last 20 days and rolls out a new “play” every 24 hours. There is a Rookie option (Easy) and Veteran option (Hard).
Holiday “Wish List”
Where collectors add Moments to their Wishlist (already a feature in TS) and then athletes and Dapper staff randomly buy + gift some of these moments to them. Like Make-A-Wish, but for Moments.
What The Community Had To Say
These announcement hit collectors with a flurry, and by the time the dust settled, many had FOMO’d into the hot packs.
The reaction was overwhelmingly positive (great!), but it is Top Shot, and thus doubt quickly crept in across the ecosystem.
Many were quick to point out that by releasing these packs unannounced, TS purposely avoided negative pack value projections (that was the word on the street).
Later, JBB projected these packs at $8.87 for the $10, and $13.81 for the $25.
And others turned the attention back to questions of supply, and highlighted that Dapper was extracting more money from the market.
Personally, I thought it was pretty good, and will reserve full judgement until Christmas is over.
I hear what these peeps are saying, but I still went ahead and ripped 10x packs on stream yesterday and had a good time doing it (despite the barrage of useless 8k mint Moments in my packs).
I think the playbook has massive potential and is a long awaited feature. Wether TS is adding users or not, its vital for current collectors to have something to do on the site almost every day. And the playbook is that start of that, and hopefully the dawn of a new day on the vibes front.
Heck, they’re giving away NBA Jam Arcade Machines! Pretty sweet.
Not To Be Missed: The Dapper Play Policy
Buried deep in this avalanche came a few sneaky bits of long-awaited news.
Dapper released its Employee Play Policy, which had been originally shared with the community last Summer (harshly rejected), which has now gone live.
That’s right - employees can now buy stuff.
TLDR; employees of Dapper Labs can buy Moments and that’s about it (until they are no longer employees of course).
This news also began to answer one of Top Shot’s other long awaited riddles:
What will happen to the 2,673 Moments in Roham’s account?
As per Evaluate, Roham’s account is worth north of $4M and ranks 5th amongst all collectors. He owns multiple grail Moments, including 5x Ja Morant Cosmics.
Word on the street is that he’ll also be BUYING some Moments off the floor to gift. And he may have already started!
The play policy will have other interesting unforeseen effects. Such as dapper employees openly buying their own grails.
Which I think is awesome.
Finally, the people running the restaurant will get to at the very least sample the cooking.
What did YOU think of the Hoopsmas rollout?
Comment on the Twitter question below for a chance at a Moment from a Series 3 Throwdowns pack!
We’ll run the draw next week.
NEW SECTION: ⚡Making Moves⚡
This is a new section that recaps immediate action items in web3 x sports.
And I want to remind everyone that none of this is financial advice. Please make your own decisions! This is simply a list of stuff you might have missed!
On tap right now:
🟢 Join Our Sorare League | 30 seconds
Sorare has rolled out a “Play With Friends” format, where you can join organized leagues (just for fun!). We have over 55 people in ours so far (limit is 100)
🟢 FREE Manchester United NFT | 60 seconds
This link should still be live by the time you’re reading this. Manchester United is putting out a free fandom NFT, and the site will mint you a new wallet upon sign up.
🟢 Top Shot Secret Santa | 60 seconds
‘tis the season on Top Shot, and for every Moment you send to the Secret Santa account, you’ll get 1x Moment back and a chance to win tons of cool prizes!
🟢 OTM Rumble Week 15 | 2 minutes
🟢 ALL DAY Playbook Week 15 | 2 minutes
Easy path to 65 yards gets you 2x free packs, and it starts by predicting a few Sunday games. Only 3x more weeks left in the season after this!
🔵 Tax Harvest Your Illiquid NFTs | 10 minutes
The NFT Loss Harvestooor is a site that will buy your illiquid ethereum NFTs for pennies, allowing you to realize large losses. Get ‘er done by Dec 31!
🔵 ALL DAY Drop For Ultimate Moment | Tuesday @ 1pm ET
Note: Over time, we will expand this section to include stuff beyond our circles and much more than just challenges. We mainly just don’t want you to miss anything vital! So stay tuned.
📸 HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
So. Kawhi is back.
And earlier this week the Clippers beat the league-leading Celtics by 20 points.
Meanwhile in the land of the Mavericks, Luka just doing Luka things:
And in Chicago, Caruso got dropped on this Jalen Brunson bucket (Knicks been on fire lately):
Ok this one is NOT a sports highlight, but its worth watching.
The guy running the FTX hearing referred to Sam Bankman-Fried as “Inmate #14372”
🌐 AROUND THE METAVERSE
Notable highlights from the last seven days.
Sorare continues to ship and there might be MORE on the way | Nicolas Julia
FLOW held its first-ever town hall | highlight from bz_bbclub
Gamers are more interested in earning Bitcoin than NFTs | CoinTelegraph
Reddit Users Have Minted More Than 5 Million NFTs on Polygon | Decrypt
Full Video Recap of 2022 in web3 | Metaversal
The Weekly Chart
In this week’s chart, AD bounced back up to 2nd and Candy fell off from their surge last week. Adidas is about to fall off the chart, and its likely that Nike will follow next week.
💀 TOP MEMES
No context needed for these beauties.
And finally, a word from a very special sponsor:
The World Cup is about to end, but LaLiga has launched its own video digital collectibles platform: LaLiga Golazos, developed on the Flow blockchain by Dapper Labs, just like NBA Top Shot and NFL ALL DAY.
What is LaLiga Golazos? It’s a new way to enjoy soccer and your favorite current and former stars by reviving their best Moments and highlights through video digital collectibles, that you can own.
LaLiga Golazos is now live with one of the best drops in the history of soccer: KINGS OF THE WORLD. The drop is open until January 4th and features 40 of the biggest stars in LaLiga who have had memorable performances in the World Cups including 20 World Cup Champions! Ronaldinho, Diego Forlán, James Rodríguez, Thierry Henry, Ronaldo El Fenomeno, Luis Suárez, David Villa, Iván Rakitić and many many more.
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**This is not financial advice. Nothing in this newsletter, podcast, or publication should be considered financial or trading advice of any kind. Please do your own thorough research and make your own trading decisions. This is not advice.”
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