A Magic Monday 🪄

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Featuring Magic Johnson’s Top Shot Debut, The Anthology Set, Top Shot Score First Look, Around the Sports NFT World & More

GM, NFT Warriors! Hope you had an awesome weekend, and some luck in the queue for those who lined up for the Playoff Pack Drop!
In the NBA world, Golden State has that championship swagger right now — which is pretty remarkable given the aging core, Klay’s recovery + the retooling that has taken place over the last few years.
It also helps that Andrew Wiggins has turned into MJ out of nowhere — and had one of the best dunks I’ve ever seen to just absolutely obliterate Luka Doncic (it was originally called a charge, which was thankfully overturned via challenge):
And Kendrick Perkins had a response that most of us reading this newsletter can appreciate:
Kendrick Perkins
That’s the same thing Blake Griffin did to me!!! That’s a BUCKET and a NFT. Carry the hell on…
Let’s get into all the action from the last few days:
A Magic Monday 🪄
Did you have a case of the Mondays yesterday? Well Top Shot did its best to start the week off on the right foot, with a major new announcement — Magic!
Earvin Magic Johnson
I’m really excited to partner with @nbatopshot to release my first NFTs and bring some of my favorite Moments from my career to fans everywhere. Fans get to see just a few of my favorite plays from my career! https://t.co/5hGKT6BwiJ https://t.co/7egr3xBZsv
This is a pretty exciting add to the Top Shot ecosystem, dipping far back into history to kick off a new set called ‘Anthology’.
Details on the drop coming on June 7:

Magic is coming to @nbatopshot

🧊June 7th
🧊$399 per pack
🧊1 Moment per pack
🧊1,600 packs
🧊12PM PT - Priority Queue
🧊1PM PT - General Queue

✨4 Moments
✨2 Rare moments
✨2 Legendary moments

You grabbing a pack? https://t.co/nQ9ViT57Of
Magic’s recent stretch of TV Shows/documentaries (HBO’s ‘Winning Time’ and Apple TV’s ‘They Call Me Magic’) makes this a timely release for Top Shot. After personally just finishing ‘Winning Time’ (very fun and enjoyable series IMO), this drop definitely now holds some added interest.
And for the first time in a while, we have a massive new player making his debut — and at a scarce moment count! LFG!
Also notable was the TSS requirement for the queue (150,000 for Priority Queue), which is our first reference point for the new system.
Seeing a lot of bullishness across the timeline in regards to the drop — could Magic immediately vault his way to the top echelon of the platform?
Bocker 🦹‍♂️
Let's get spicy with the takes: Magic Johnson's @nbatopshot TSD should be the most valuable Moment on the MP. Rookie badge, Debut badge, Championship badge for a bona fide top 10 (top 5?) player of all time, and only /80 with no tiered debuts like in S1.
I really hope we don’t get a competing Archive-type common moment of Magic (and looking at the numbers on this poll from Alxo, I am not alone). Let something stay scarce and desirable, please!
Around the Sports NFT World 🌎
There has been a lot of interesting NFT news from around the sports world the past week — including big partnerships, interviews and new entrants to the market. A round up:
💥 Pixel Vault announces major partnerships with the MLB, UFC (including Dana White himself unveiling the news at VeeCon this weekend) under the new Pixel Vault Sports brand
🎤 Tyrese Haliburton interviewed by Dwyane Wade about NFTs for Bleacher Report (in partnership with Coinbase)
🏒 Ebay wades into the NFT waters with the e-commerce giant’s first release, a digital collectible on the Tezos blockchain with NHL legend Wayne Gretzky
⚾️ The MLB partnered with blockchain fantasy sports company Sorare to create a free-to-play game launching this summer
🏁 DraftKings & Autograph bring the Indianapolis 500 to the NFT world with a ‘Mystery Driver’ drop
Around The First Mint 🗣
The markets are down. The coming times will be slow. Yes, its a good time to build. But as collectors, how can we contribute without founding a project project or getting a job? We dive into how and why collectors can matter during the first ever NFT winter.
Thanks for reading! — Zach @ The First Mint
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