The American company that makes chewing gum, candy and collectibles, The Topps Company Inc., has announced the launch of the Topps MLB Inception NFT collection in 2021. Additionally, Topps is now using the Avalanche blockchain for NFTs after using the Wax blockchain for projects like the Garbage Pail Kids and Godzilla series.
Topps introduces the MLB Inception NFT series through the Avalanche Network
On Tuesday, Topps unveiled the Topps MLB Inception NFT Collection 2021, a non-fungible token collection of cards made in partnership with Major League Baseball and MLB Players, Inc.
The Topps web portal, named 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 lately, hitting 126.6% in two weeks and 223% in the last month.
Topps’ latest MLB Inception NFT series is based on the physical card series the company released in the past. According to Topps, the cards will “feature iconic Topps card designs, motion animations, facsimile signatures and relic digital content showcasing MLB newbies, rising stars, veteran mainstays and more.”
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This isn’t the first time Topps has released MLB NFTs as the company launched MLB cards on the Wax Blockchain along with numerous other brands such as Godzilla and Garbage Pail Kids (GPK) cards. In addition, the first MLB series Topps published with Wax was released in April and named the “2021 Series 1 Baseball Card Collection”.
The press release announcing the new Inception series indicates that the decision for Avalanche was due to the claimed benefits of blockchain, such as “fast, inexpensive and environmentally friendly”.
“The website eliminates the need for special wallets or token apps and provides a single place to buy, sell and explore officially licensed Topps NFT collections,” explained Topps. Evan Kaplan, managing director of MLB Players, Inc., said the release of Inception NFT was a historic milestone. “Coming at a time when so many talented young baseball players are emerging, this Topps NFT product offers collectors a new way to connect with them as their careers take shape,” noted Kaplan. The director of MLB Players, Inc. added:
This is an opportunity for fans to own a piece of baseball history to collect.
While Wax.io won’t make Topps MLB cards, the company still has well-known partners like Robotech, Atari, Funko, Capcom, Street Fighter, and Bratz. In addition, MLB ended its relationship with Topps after 74 years of working with the company. MLB has announced that it will partner with sportswear maker Fanatics in 2026 and that the company will produce MLB trading cards in the future. Topps is also releasing Bazooka Bubble Gum branded NFTs and non-fungible token collectibles for the Bundesliga.
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