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Giorgio Chiellini, the captain of the Italian football team, has released an NFT collection

Giorgio Chiellini, the captain of the Italian national football team, has released a new series of non-fungible tokens.

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On July 9, the series premiered on Blockasset, as the footballer prepared to lead Italy in the UEFA Euro 2020 championships versus England at Wembley Stadium. It was Italy’s first Euro final since 2012 and England’s first final since 1966 when they won the World Cup. Chiellini and his team were victorious, conquering Europe after 1968.

The collection would, according to rumors, embody the captain’s “gladiatorial spirit.”

The Gladiator, a one-of-a-kind NFT starring Chiellini in Ancient Roman garb. The Gladiator’s highest bidder will also have the opportunity to meet Chiellini and receive one of his match-worn shirts, signed by the player himself. They will also receive two tickets to witness the captain play, either for Italy or Juventus, his home club. The highest (and only) offer on Blockasset at the time of publication was $965.

There are 25 editions of The Leader in the NFT collection. With the Roman Coliseum in the background, this artwork depicts the Italian captain tackling a gladiator. The collection is completed by 100 editions of The Captain and 1,000 editions of The Icon.

The NFT bidding is exclusively hosted by Blockasset and not just for Chiellini’s collection. David Trezeguet, a former player for Chiellini’s current club Juventus, is launching an NFT line on the site. Blockasset claims to have collaborated with Trezeguet to provide his followers with a piece of a legendary moment in his career. Specifically, the goal that helped France win the Euro 2000 Championships.

NFTs Continue to Conquer the Sports World

Chiellini and Trezeguet are only two of the athletes releasing Blockasset collections. In addition, the NFT series with boxing champion Terence Crawford and MMA stars Darren Till and Leon Edwards will be held on the new platform and marketplace, which was created on Solana.

The platform caters solely to athletes and is one of the most recent developments in the relationship between NFTs and the sporting world. Other recent announcements include the release of NFT collections by two Washington sports clubs, as announced on July 10. In collaboration with Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals will release the NFT series.

This month, the Capitals aren’t the only NHL team to jump on the NFT bandwagon. They made their announcement immediately after the Las Vegas Golden Knights. On July 4, their auction of seven one-of-a-kind NFTs came to a close.

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Naomi Osaka’s NFT to Raise Awareness About Athlete Mental Health

An auction on Basic.Space will resell a rare NFT produced by tennis champion Naomi Osaka.

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In April, Osaka collaborated with her sister Mari on a six-piece collection. On Basic.Space, the first five were auctioned off. They sold for about $600,000 in total, with one fetching over $200,000. Meanwhile, the sixth Osaka NFT was raffled off to the general public. As a result, the NFT is now available for sale in a global auction by the winner of that raffle. The silent auction will begin on July 26 at 9 a.m. ET.

“Finding What Was Lost” is the title of the digital artwork being auctioned. Naomi’s favorite of the six, according to Osaka’s sister. The NFTs for the Osakas were developed on the Flow blockchain, which is best known for its NBA Top Shots NFTs.

Mental Health Awareness

A part of the net earnings will raise mental health awareness and assist athletes all across the world. Donations to NGOs like Athletes for Hope fall within this category. In addition, the money will go to the organization’s newly announced Whole Being Athlete initiative. The project’s goal is to encourage athletes while also raising mental health awareness.

Jason Belinkie, COO of Athletes for Hope, stated that athletes are battling with their mental health now more than ever. “With one in every five individuals being diagnosed with a mental illness, it’s become the most sought cause for advocacy, connection, and support from our athlete network,” he said. Belinkie expressed his company’s “pleasure” at assisting Osaka in “continuing this critical effort in the mental health space.”

The NFT Influence

According to Shea Newkirk, founder of CryptoStache.com, the sale of the piece has special relevance for sports NFTs. “While professional athletes have sold some huge NFTs in the last six months, Naomi Osaka’s constant and positive presence in the public spotlight will almost certainly propel this auction to a new NFT record,” he said.

Boxer Tyson Fury established the NFT sales record for an athlete last week, selling a single-edition piece for $987,000. Fury has a history of releasing NFTs, dating back to earlier this year. Patrick Mahomes, a football player, sold an NFT for $247,000 in March, which Rob Gronkowski later surpassed with a sale of $430,000.

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Physical and NFT Versions of Steve Jobs’ 1973 Job Application are up for auction.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ 1973 employment application form is up for auction, with both physical and digital versions available.

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Steve Jobs’ 1973 handwritten application for an unknown job is up for sale once more. It’s unclear what position Jobs was applying for, where he applied, or whether he was hired. What is known is that this piece of paper has been sold for a large sum of money several times in recent years. It was sold for $18,750 in March 2017, $174,757 in 2018, and $222,400 in March 2021.

Jobs wrote the three-page application three years before he and Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple. Jobs is skilled with computers and calculators, but not so much with type machines, according to the application.

Physical and Digital Collectibles are Pitted Against Each Other Face-to-Face

The addition of a non-fungible token to this auction sets it apart from prior auctions. Both the original physical copy and a digital counterpart in the form of an NFT will be sold side by side, according to the listing. According to auctioneer Olly Joshi, the purpose is to see which version has the most value in the current market. In a statement, Joshi said, “The Steve Jobs hand-written 1973 job application auction intends to illustrate the modern shift in perceived worth — the physical or the digital.”

The auctions will take place on various platforms, with the digital edition available on Rarible and the physical version available on Joshi’s own website.

The auctions will last seven days and began on July 22 at 9:41 a.m. PT. That time was chosen because it was the time chosen by Jobs to unveil new Apple products at formal events, and it is also the time displayed on Apple product clocks.

The hard copy of the application currently has a price of $14,000, while the digital version has a bid of $635 at the time of writing. The Cancer Research Institute and the One Laptop Per Child organizations will each receive a percentage of the proceeds from the final sale.

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Dolce & Gabbana Will Debut an Exclusive NFT Collection

In collaboration with luxury marketplace UNXD, Dolce & Gabbana unveiled the first in a series of NFTs.

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Dolce & Gabbana has announced the debut of an exclusive NFT collection in conjunction with UNXD, a digital marketplace powered by the Polygon Network that aspires to be the premier destination for digital luxury and culture.

Collezione Genesi, or Genesis Collection, will be the fashion label’s debut NFT collection. The collection will be shown at Dolce & Gabbana’s upcoming Alta Moda, Alta Sartoria, and Alta Goilleria exhibitions in Venice at the end of August. According to the press release, the collection focuses on Venice’s deep-rooted artistic traditions.

L’abito Dei Sogni, or Dress from a Dream, is the first concept in the collection, inspired by a dream by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. In the weeks leading up to the Alta Moda, Alta Sartoria, and Alta Goilleria exhibitions, other NFTs from the Collezione Genesi collection will be shown. All will be auctioned exclusively on UNXD.

Dolce & Gabanna’s NFT isn’t the first high-end brand to venture into the NFT industry. A few NFTs will be available from designers participating in Paris Fashion Week, with Gucci believed to be joining the NFT sector as well.

NFTs have stayed robust even as the prices of various cryptocurrencies have fallen, with more and more entries to the market. For example, LABS Group recently merged real estate with NFTs, allowing individuals to invest in its resort using the popular token technology. In addition, as more corporations, organizations, and foundations join the burgeoning market, artists like Muse have created more NFTs.

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