The American firm that manufactures chewing gum, candy, and collectibles, The Topps Company Inc., has announced the launch of the 2021 Topps MLB Inception NFT collection. Furthermore, Topps is now leveraging the Avalanche blockchain for NFTs after the company was using the Wax blockchain for tasks like the Garbage Pail Kids and Godzilla sequence.
Topps Launches MLB Inception NFT Series via the Avalanche Network
On Tuesday, Topps revealed the agency’s 2021 Topps MLB Inception NFT Collection, a non-fungible token assortment of cards launched in conjunction with Major League Baseball and MLB Players, Inc.
Topps web portal, called Toppsnfts.com, will host the new series of NFT baseball cards this September and the NFTs will be minted on the Avalanche (AVAX) blockchain. The avalanche token has seen massive gains in recent times, capturing 126.6% in two weeks and 223% during the last month.
The newest Topps’ MLB Inception NFT series is based on the physical card series the corporate has launched previously. Topps says the cards will feature “iconic Topps card designs, movement animations, facsimile signatures and digital relic content that showcases MLB rookies, emerging stars, veteran mainstays and more.”
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This isn’t Topps’ first time releasing MLB NFTs, as the corporate launched MLB cards on the Wax Blockchain, alongside quite a few different manufacturers like Godzilla, and Garbage Pail Kids (GPK) cards. Moreover, the primary MLB sequence Topps launched with Wax was printed in April and called the “2021 Series 1 Baseball Card Collection.”
The press release saying the new Inception sequence signifies that the selection to make use of Avalanche is due to the blockchain’s claimed advantages like being “fast, low cost, and eco-friendly.”
“The positioning removes the necessity for particular wallets or token apps and offers a single location to buy, sell and explore formally licensed Topps NFT collections,” Topps detailed. Evan Kaplan, managing director of MLB Players, Inc., mentioned the Inception NFT release is a historical milestone. “This Topps NFT product comes at a time when so many talented young players are rising in baseball and provides collectors with a new option to connect with them as their careers take shape,” Kaplan remarked. The MLB Gamers, Inc. director added:
This is an opportunity for fans to own a piece of collectible baseball history.
While Wax.io won’t be producing Topps MLB cards, the corporate still has well-known partners like Robotech, Atari, Funko, Capcom, Street Fighter, and Bratz. Moreover, MLB is ending its relationship with Topps after 74 years of working with the agency. MLB has disclosed that it’s going to partner with sports attire maker Fanatics in 2026 and the company will produce MLB trading cards going forward. Topps is also releasing Bazooka bubble gum-brand NFTs and non-fungible token collectibles for Bundesliga.