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Sorare and French Football Have Teamed Up to Release NFT Cards for the Men’s National Team

This morning, Sorare announced a new licensing deal for the sale of non-fungible tokens with the French Football Federation (FFF).

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Sorare, a blockchain-based fantasy soccer game, has announced a license agreement with a national sports body to generate nonfungible tokens of its players, just in time for the Euro 2020 competition.

Sorare said that the France Football Federation, or FFF, had developed its own line of player nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, prior to the team’s match against Germany on Tuesday. The French National Team, dubbed “The Blues” owing to the color of their uniform, is presently competing in the 2020 Union of European Football Associations European Football Championship. The Euro 2020 event was postponed last year due to the epidemic.

The new digital cards for the national team will join those for more than 140 other licensed teams, including Bayern Munich, Juventus, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid.

National teams being included to the NFT collection is a logical next step for the digital collectable marketplace. With over 100,000 active monthly users from 140 countries, the network has a vast worldwide fan base to draw upon. Given that they are the defending world champions, France was an easy choice to be the first national team to work with.

After winning the European Football Championship in 1984 and 2000, France was one of the first national football associations to enter into a licensing agreement for official digital artifacts. Sorare, on the other hand, indicated that it was “discussing actively” with other organizations throughout the world.

“Today is a historic day for Sorare as we release the World Champions to the game through our unique relationship with the French Football Federation!”

said Nicolas Julia, CEO of Sorare.

“The team is on fire, and there will be a lot more coming shortly to bring you the finest of football,” he continued.

Sorare Will Tokenize French Players

The licensing agreement allows for the creation of NFT digital cards of the French men’s squad for the Euro competition. The cards will be valuable in the same manner that each player’s club version is valuable. The current supply of each player’s 111-card 2020 season release includes each NFT.

Players from the France national team, such as Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, and Hugo Lloris, will be tokenized into digital cards for the 2020 season. Based on their performance stats saved on the blockchain, player cards for the fantasy football game will have varying scores and rarity.

Beginning in Game Week 174, top players from ongoing Global Nations contests will be granted National Team cards, and their numbers will grow when teams are eliminated from play. Each event’s top three finishers will receive a randomly selected FFF Super Rare card.

Since January, Sorare has sold more than $70 million in digital cards, with 90,000 monthly active users from 140 countries. Football — or soccer, as it is known in the United States and a few other countries — is played by people in over 200 countries.

Sorare CEO Nicolas said, “We’ve onboarded the World Champions: the French team.” “This is the first of many football associations that will join us in the weeks and months ahead.”

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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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