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Ten (Trade) Tickets To Paradise 🎟

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Featuring an Exciting Announcement, Trade Ticket Stress Test, Top Shot Discord Hack, Tip Off Experience and More

GM, NBA Top Shot Stress Testers! Happy Thursday! Hope you enjoyed the first two days of the NBA Season — some great games so far.
I’ve seen some other mention it, but that offseason felt so short — and a big part of that was likely due to Top Shot keeping us focused on basketball even in the end-of-Summer lull!
Let’s get into all the action from the last few days — but first, a note from our leader LG Doucet on an exciting partnership:
The First Mint x Candy Digital
What’s up everybody
Today I’m happy to announce a week-long partnership with Candy Digital! Over the next few days, we’ll be featuring content about Candy’s officially licensed Major League Baseball NFTs.
This past week, Candy unveiled the “MLB Play Of The Day”, featuring the best play from the previous night’s game. That’s right, they’re turning plays around, WITH SOUND, in less than 24 hours!
On Tuesday 10/26, Candy is dropping MLB Icons, featuring TWO sets: All Star Set (81x plays from All Stars), and Uncut Diamonds (30x plays from the top MLB prospects). We’ll be featuring the platform on the live show, podcast, and hosting a Twitter Spaces live on drop day.
If you like the sound of that, and you like baseball, sign up for Candy here.
It’s an honor to partner with Candy, and we wouldn’t be locking down these types of partnerships without the support from you guys, our awesome community (thank you). See you on the live show tonight!
- LG Doucet
Hacking Headaches 🤕
We had some scary news late Tuesday, as the NBA Top Shot Discord suffered a hack that resulted in over 14 ETH of stolen funds from the community.
The bad actors used a sophisticated tactic (which NBA Top Shot Community Rep El Dumbo details here) to gain access and post in the “announcements” channel posing as the Top Shot team — and detailing a “new NBA Top Shot ETH NFT” with a link to mint.
The Top Shot team seems to have locked things down very quickly and patched up the vulnerability — shout out to El Dumbo for the quick action!
While in hindsight it may look very fishy, in today’s NFT world of stealth launches, stress tests and minting mania, sometimes we fall into the trap of “mint now, ask questions later”. Especially when we believe its coming from a reputable source like NBA Top Shot.
TLDR — be vigilant with your security, especially when it comes to Discord and clicking links. Scammers and hackers are getting more sophisticated every day, and the decentralized nature of NFTs and Crypto means that there are far less safety nets around for those who fall victim to these bad actors.
Trade Ticket Tryout 🎟
Were back on! After postponing Monday’s original Trade Ticket Stress Test due to unforeseen issues, Top Shot announced that the drop is now scheduled for TODAY at 10 AM PDT:
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🎟 Trade Ticket Stress Test TOMORROW 🎟

⏰ 10 AM PDT
💵 10 Trade Tickets = 1 Locker Pack (10 Moments)
📦 Packs contain S2 Base Moments traded in https://t.co/ylmSgL6SPa
Note: The window for trading in moments for tickets closed this past Monday, despite the drop being delayed (was originally Tuesday). So if you didn’t have your tickets ready, you’ll have to wait until next time!
In case you need a refresher, some useful Trade Ticket info via the Top Shot Blog:
And while tomorrow’s packs will contain only Series 2 base moments from the trade-ins, take a look at “The Locker Room” that will be available for collectors to snag via Trade Tickets in the future!
Top Shot Tip-Off Recap ✈️
38 lucky collectors got to experience what looked like another awesome IRL activation from the Top Shot team on Tuesday at the Bucks/Nets opener.
Some highlights from the trip:
NBA Top Shot
Future x Fandom ⚡️

We just took 38 lucky collectors & their guests to see the @NBA champion @Bucks Tip-Off vs the @BrooklynNets

Want in? Get started today & you could be at our next once-in-a-lifetime 🏀 experience ➡️ https://t.co/I0iw4IB2cE https://t.co/9lLpmWgfyi
We also had some interesting posts trickle in from the game, including some very cool marketing tie-ins that could be a sign of things to come to on-board new users this season:
The QR code led here — an easy way to get Bucks fans hooked into the platform:
Stone
@YuriDCulus @nbatopshot For anyone wondering what that QR leads to. Now THIS is a way to on board new collectors in-arena. https://t.co/9sKxiTEwzo
I imagine we’ll be seeing PLENTY of impressive marketing to the vast NBA audience this season — and the days of Alexa G. Instagram promos may be long gone! We’ll never forget you, Alexa!
Around The First Mint 🗣
Brandon is back for Part 2, and in this episode he gives us his list of players and teams to keep an eye out for this season, and whose moments could skyrocket by season’s end.
Thanks for reading! — Zach @ The First Mint
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