Ebay has just announced plans to launch its debut NFT collection featuring hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. According to CNBC, eBay will launch13 limited-edition digital collectibles in partnership with OneOf, each of which contains a 3-D animated rendering of Gretzky.
NFTs or non-fungible tokens are a type of digital asset created to track ownership of a virtual item using blockchain technology. Each NFT is unique and can’t be replicated and accrues value independently, stored in digital wallets as collectors’ items.
“Forty years ago, I was grateful to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated, it was a monumental moment in my life,” said Gretzky. “I’m honored to bring this collectible experience to my hockey fans who have followed my career for decades.”
“NFTs and blockchain technology are revolutionizing the collectibles space, and are increasingly viewed as an investment opportunity for enthusiasts,” said Dawn Block, vice president of collectibles, electronics, and home at eBay. “Through our partnership with OneOf, eBay is now making coveted NFTs more accessible to a new generation of collectors everywhere.”
OneOf plans to drop additional NFT series’ in partnership with eBay throughout the year, featuring iconic athletes and reinterpreting iconic Sports Illustrated covers.