Issue #19
Week 3 2021

NBATopShot Explosion

NBATopShot by Dapper labs has been EXPLODING  in volume and popularity (pun intended). Explore the current stats here and market action here:

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For the past weeks, TS has been dominating on the Cryptoslam rankings and breaking moment sale record after record even on the same day!

The secondary market has also been on fire! Series 1 moments are flying off the shelves, being sold as soon as they get listed. Very few available moments for sale from the Cosmic set left in the market.

Prices are at an ATH and keep going up relentlessly so is the massive FOMO from users. The market went from 500 daily buyers to 4500 in a matter of days. Is 4500 a lot or are the newcomers still early on it?

Looking at the data and taking into consideration factors like NBA fanbase, demographics, lockdown, crypto boom then itโ€™s rather safe to incline towards the latter. Still early in on it would be the educated guess.

So the record broke from 35k which was for #1 Ja Morrant to 47500$ for a Lebron sold by Pranksy only to be broken a few hours later with a 71,455$ sale of a Lebron James again. Incredible stuff!

The demand is so great that all the base series 2 packs have been sold out for days now, and the cool cats packs are being dropped carefully while stress testing the network to ensure a more robust pack drop experience in the future.

For sure there are a lot of things to improve on, but Dapper seems to be doing things the right way and setting up strong foundations.

One could argue that this is the most healthy form of adoption. People just love the product, they donโ€™t necessarily care whatโ€™s under the hood. Like Andreas used to point out, in the early 90โ€™s in order to send an email it was complicated for the average user but once it was easy people were using the protocols without even realizing it or caring.

The same we see here, many of these users never had an NFT before, many donโ€™t even know that they own an NFT or what is an NFT, and some are getting informed and educated about it, which is great.

Who would have guessed that basketball fans will have a headstart in this great new digital economic era?

What is even more impressive is that NBATopShot is the first application that is running on Flow Blockchain. Naturally, since we were bullish on TS from early on,  we are extremely bullish on Flow Blockchain. It will definitely be a focus point for 2021.

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The rise in popularity has an avalanche-like effect and is directly correlated with the prices rocketing up high.

Users are introducing their circle in on it and what more enticing and alluring intro than a story of 100$ turned to 10k$ by trading moments?

Just imagine the excitement of a new user finding out about TopShot and what NFTs are. Double excitement! It is also great that this is the first example of NFTs they see as they can understand collectability value and also the standard is really high in all aspects of the product, which creates a great standard for the whole industry.

The project is still in open beta and there are a lot of kinks to be worked out still, so new users should be understanding when things break for now, and itโ€™s more helpful to provide feedback than trolling on discord.

Of course, our readers are no strangers to TS since we covered that project super early on and have been since then. A nice tool to use is intangible.market where you can look up an evaluation of your whole account in floor prices.

BREAKING NEWS:

Latest NBATopShot record sale a Zion Williamson HOLO #1 for 100,000$

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Alien Cryptopunk SOLD!

On January 3rd 2021 an alien punk was offered for sale for 825 ETH!

Immediately there was an overflow of excitement on the discord server and pouring into Twitter.

The listing price was just short of a million and many speculated that it would break the sales record of a single NFT currently held by Beeple, but ended up selling for 605ETH.

Of course, we are looking for a pat on the back for predicting a quick sale.

The news started breaking out, so the offers started coming in.

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And it was sold at the same day! Felt a bit rushed and also he could possibly get way more or maybe reach his original price.

The seller was the discord user SethS and the buyer is FlamingoDAO.

It is very fitting actually to see that the alien has found a new home on a DAO.

There are only 9 punk aliens in existence

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๏ปฟScott Lew is owns 3

SethS still has 2

LarvaLabs Developers have 1

FlamingoDAO has 1

And the other 2 are in separate wallets.
An interesting account to have a look is this one

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Is this the equivalent of BTC pizza on cryptopunks?

The bids on the rest of the aliens now are going strong.
News of this sale made waves fast, even cointelegraph wrote a really mediocre article about it.

And as always some people "canโ€™t get it" so they hatin. We suggest our previous articles about punks by gmoney  and pixls.eth  here: Issue#17 & Issue#15๏ปฟ

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CZ Pornhub and Souljaboy

This week the most popular porn site, Pornhub, started accepting four more cryptocurrencies as payment for their premium subscription.

Pornhub now accepts XRP, USDC, BNB, and for some reason, DOGE. With this move, Pornhub currently accepts 16 different forms of crypto payments.

Now I did take the liberty of doing some โ€œresearchโ€ for you guysโ€ฆ youโ€™re welcome. And it works, but itโ€™s a bit complicated if you donโ€™t pay with ETH.

In my experience, if you donโ€™t use ETH, you have to download the Tronlink app and transfer the coins through there. It was a very weird process, but I think that expected for a pleasure site.

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Pornhub originally made the move to crypto back in September of last year, when they announced it as an alternative payment method. But since then, Pornhub has made it their primary form of payment after they were accused of hosting videos of underage girls and nonconsenting women. After this accusation, Mastercard and Visa said, โ€œI didnโ€™t sign up for this shit,โ€ and cut ties with the company.

This full move to crypto is enormous, as the site is the 8th largest website globally, with an average of 3.6 billion monthly visitors. This move has the potential to show other porn sites that crypto is the payment method of the future, especially if card companies keep cutting ties with them.

 

CZ, CEO of Binance, also did some of his own โ€œresearchโ€ and used his own coin to buy a full year of subscription. It will be interesting to see if the acceptance of BNB will affect Binance in any way.

 

What does this bring to the DEFI space?


With Pornhub now only accepting crypto, it will now force the common man into the space as unwillingly as those girls. 

Also, this might help the shitcoin XRP now that it finally has a use! If you remember back to Issue #15, Ripple is in an ongoing lawsuit with the SEC for selling unregistered securities. This could help Rippleโ€™s case showing that XRP is not a security and is used as a currency.

This news from Pornhub probably has all of the XRP hodlers nutting themselves, especially after a tweet from superman himself, Soulja Boy, trying to get into XRP. Poor dude is new to crypto, and of course, he wants to get into XRP.

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The Shameless Shilling

ETH-MEN

Digital action figures on the #ETH blockchain. Now featuring IPFS technology!


ETH-MEN are a first of their kind NFT focussed on bringing the age-old experience of collectible action figures to the Ethereum blockchain. Each limited edition ETH-MAN comes uniquely packaged with a figure, accessories, and a nostalgic dilemma familiar to all true collectors. โ€œShould I open it?โ€

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Initially each ETH-MEN figure was purchased as a โ€˜front-cardโ€™ which consisted of the character figure and accessories. The informational โ€˜card-backโ€™ would later be sent to the owner of the front-card. Though effective, after a few figure releases a more elegant approach was discovered and implemented, ushering in ETH-MEN 2.0. All future releases now include front cards and card-backs merged into a single NFT.

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Galactic hoarders and completists can view their neatly curated ETH-MEN collections and unpack their figures at

eth-men.com

Unpacking the figure initiates a 'burning' of the original front-card package, figure, and accessories. Followed by a minting of a new replacement NFT. A 3D model (GLB-file) of the unpacked ETH-MEN figure along with itโ€™s card-back cutout.

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You should see these animated 3D models in motion. So great!!!

You can check out all of the available ETH-MEN figures here 

opensea.io/assets/eth-men
and here
opensea.io/assets/eth-men-2-0๏ปฟ

ETH-MEN Avatars

What better way to showcase your ETH-MEN allegiance than avatars! Ultra-rare, stylishly illustrated character icons. Ideal for use on Twitter, Discord, OpenSea, Rarible, all over the universe!

ETH-MEN avatars are distributed in a couple of different ways. Some are auctioned, while others are put on sale at times only announced following the release of new figures. Only 12 unique individual avatars are created per ETH-MEN figure, so you might consider joining the ETH-MEN Discord for your best shot at your favorite!

You can check out the whole collection here.

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ETH-MEN Comics

ETH-MEN action figures have already opened the inter-dimensional gateway for collectors far and wide. Now owners of the incredible ETH-MEN comic NFT can experience the epic space adventure one page-turn at a time! The release of the ETH-MEN comics is here to take YOU for a ride across 6 Galaxies! Prepare to be dazzled by excellent art, charming characters, action packed pages full of twists, turns, perhaps evenโ€ฆA treasure hunt?

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Now, letโ€™s hurry down this wormhole. Much like traditional comic releases ETH-MEN comics feature variant editions available for each release.

1. Standard Edition:

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A total of 250 copies are released for everyday reading. The packaging and cover show a bit of wear and tear. Nothing too fancy or valuable here, except this is still indeed the first ETH-MEN comic release! (Not to be confused with the First Edition)

2. First Edition:

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A total of 125 copies are released with a special โ€œFirst Editionโ€ stamp on the cover. Unlike the standard edition, these are in fact rare, valuable and desirable. Perhaps best to keep these sealed and unpack/read a Standard Edition copy!

3. Black & White Edition:

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A total of 90 copies are released in Black and White, showcasing all original illustrations without any color. These are pretty special!

4. Sketch Edition:

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The rarest edition of all, with a total of only 65 copies in existence. Amazing to see how the artist's raw sketches set the stage for the extraordinary storyline. While traditional comics seldom release their sketches, these are being made available for our most avid collectors to own a piece of digital history!

When initially purchased each comic NFT is encased and sealed as one would expect to find at your favorite comic shop. When youโ€™re ready to read simply navigate to the ETH-MEN storefront and unpack your comic. Of course once you unpack you will burn the packaging!

Once a comic is unpacked the seal is removed and all of the available comic pages will load for your immediate reading pleasure. You may notice you only have a small number of pages with a limited amount of material to read and say to yourself โ€œWhat in the Zieg is this ****!โ€. Donโ€™t get your spacesuit in a bunch. As the story progresses, more and more pages are added to the opened comic every week. Thank you IPFS!

You can check out all the ETH-MEN Comics here: opensea.io/assets/eth-men-comics

Enter Space Reavers!

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We are very excited to share our new collaboration with zakalwe-x!

We have been big fans of his artwork for some time now. So when we had our first look at his recent bounty hunter series we knew that Space Reavers belonged in the ETH-MEN universe. So weโ€™ve built a custom ERC-721 contract for Zakalwe-x which he will control entirely. Each of his original 1 of a kind NFT Space Reavers has been integrated into the ETH-MEN site, and they look simply amazing. Thank you Zakalwe-x! Almost forgot, weโ€™ll be creating a line of Space Reaver ETH-MEN action figures as well!

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The Grand Reptilian Council - A Crossover of Cosmic Proportions!

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Crucifore along with Korplore, Dildore, and Cryptore make up the Grand Reptilian Council. An ancient cabal of shapeshifters manipulating humankind! These overlords are the focus of a new animated comedy pilot โ€˜Hail Draconis!โ€™ currently in development with @trucefilms and @_dirtypuppet. Their ongoing crypto-entertainment campaign pairs with the ETH-MEN universe so well weโ€™ve agreed to an epic multidimensional crossover.

We will be releasing ETH-MEN action figures of all four of the Grand Reptilian Council, plus a special edition Lord Zieg figure based on their crossover animated Lord Zieg card. The Grand Reptilian Council also has plans to airdrop one random 1st edition โ€˜Hail Draconisโ€™ character card NFT to every unique buyer of their first crossover ETH-MEN figure.

IPFS - The Way Forward!

We love the InterPlanetary File System! (IPFS) This is a protocol and peer-to-peer network for storing and sharing data in a distributed file system. IPFS uses content-addressing to uniquely identify each file in a global namespace connecting all computing devices. We strive to get both metadata and all images on IPFS. We avoid anything HTTPS, other than the link to our website.

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About
ETH-MEN


ETH-MEN are digital action figures, collectibles, comics, pieces of unique comic art. The different contracts are ERC-721 Non-Fungible Tokens, for the avatars and subscriptions, and ERC-1155 for the ETH-MEN figures and Comics. The full collections are available on Rarible and Opensea.

Discord 
Website
Twitter
Rarible
Medium

Collections:

opensea.io/assets/eth-men (Legacy)๏ปฟ
opensea.io/assets/eth-men-2-0 (Reloaded) 
opensea.io/assets/eth-men-3d
opensea.io/assets/eth-men-avatars
opensea.io/assets/eth-men-comics
opensea.io/assets/eth-men-comics-unsealed
opensea.io/assets/eth-men-store (Voxels)
opensea.io/assets/eth-men-subscriptions

Collabs:

๏ปฟtwitter.com/naturevrm
witter.com/TsukamotoHideki
twitter.com/SAMUELE06029067
twitter.com/zakalwe_x
reptiliancoin.com/
twitter.com/pranksyNFT

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