In a press release on April 11, the MLB said it will launch its ICON Leadoff NFT collection on select dates during the 2022 MLB season. Like the MLB’s 2021 ICON NFTs, this 2022 NFT series will be available on the Ethereum-based Candy Digital platform.
According to the MLB, there will be one of 720 professional baseball players at each of the upcoming ICON Leadoff NFTs. To create a more immersive experience, each NFT includes official video clips and a “multimedia showcase” featuring each player. The MLB also says that these virtual trading cards will automatically adjust each player’s stats depending on how they perform during the 2022 season.
Each ICON Leadoff NFT has one of five rarity rankings. From the most common to the rarest, these rarity titles are as follows:
Each pack of five MLB ICON Leadoff NFTs costs $50, with the first drop set to take place on April 19 at noon EST. For those who missed the April 19 launch, the MLB will be releasing more MLB ICON Leadoff NFTs on the following days:
- 3rd of May
- May 10th
- May 24
- May 31
- 14th of June
- 21st of June
Before the release date of the MLB ICON Leadoff, Candy Digital will unlock three special NFTs in honor of Jackie Robinson. On April 14, collectors could purchase NFTs with an autographed baseball or silver bust of Jackie Robinson. There will also be a one-to-one gold Jackie Robinson bust NFT available for auction. Whoever wins this unique NFT will receive two tickets for the opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York.
In the recent MLB press release, executives also said they were working on a set of eight ultra-rare Candy World Series NFTs. However, baseball fans will have to wait for further details on when these NFTs will appear on Candy Digital.
Finally, the MLB mentioned new “Play of the Day” NFTs that will be available every day at noon EST during the 2022 season. As the name suggests, these NFTs feature video clips of famous “plays” in MLB history. Each “Play of the Day” NFT costs $15, and owners can trade them on Candy Digital’s NFT marketplace.
MLB NFTs Are A “Home Run” With Fans
Even before the MLB teamed up with Candy Digital in 2021, it saw the huge potential for digital collectibles when Topps unveiled its NFT cards on WAX. Last Independence Day, the MLB also had great success auctioning a special Lou Gehrig NFT. The bidding on this Lou Gehrig NFT started at $250 but ended at $70,400.
While sales of Candy’s Lou Gehrig NFT were historic, they pale in comparison to sales of a “Topps Timeless Series” Mickey Mantle NFT. One bidder spent 175 ETH (or $471,000) to add this rare Topps digital card to their collection.
By the way, MLB fans attending IRL matches can receive virtual tickets if they have a Candy Digital account. Like NASCAR and the NFL, the MLB says it will release commemorative card NFTs during the 2022 season.