Aces, Jokers, and NFTs: Playing Card Manufacturer Bicycle Launches NFT Genesis Collection

Aces, Jokers, and NFTs: Playing Card Manufacturer Bicycle Launches NFT Genesis Collection

The well known playing card manufacturer Bicycle has announced the launch of the company’s first non-fungible token (NFT) collection. The NFT card collectibles called the “Genesis Collection” were designed by the artist Adrian Valenzuela and the first drop of NFTs were officially revealed via the NFT marketplace Kolectiv on Thursday.

Bicycle Playing Card Manufacturer Aims to Bridge the Gap Between Tradition and Innovation

When it comes to playing cards, the name Bicycle has been a popular brand since the company’s inception in 1885. The card’s official name Bicycle was chosen because the bicycle was an extremely popular invention at the end of the 19th century. Now close to 136 years later, Bicycle is entering the world of blockchain technology with its first non-fungible token (NFT) collection. The artwork designed by Adrian Valenzuela represents iconic Bicycle playing cards but they transformed into cards from 1,000 years into the future.

“At Bicycle, we’re a heritage brand that has been at the forefront of playing cards for over 135 years and this NFT launch marks a special moment in our history where we’re bridging the gap between tradition and innovation,” Stefaan Merckx, the CEO of Bicycle said in a statement. “Looking ahead, we’ll continue to reach new consumers and generations, while also staying true to our history.”

Aces, Jokers, and NFTs: Playing Card Manufacturer Bicycle Launches NFT Genesis Collection

According to the firm, the new collection will start the collector on a “journey alongside Bicycle, from continued support to perks including access to exclusive events, presales, and whitelists of future Bicycle NFTs.” Essentially, the cards will serve as VIP membership, Bicycle details, to an “elite club of Bicycle collectors.” However, Bicycle does disclose that the primary sale benefit will not be “extended for NFT buyers on [the] secondary market.” The auction started on Thursday via the NFT marketplace Kolectiv.

Bicycle Joins a Slew of Well Known Brands Jumping on the NFT Bandwagon

Bicycle cards, ten through the Ace, and the Jokers, will be dropped in groups every couple of days. Jokers will be issued in a surprise fashion and Bicycle intends to drop 8,008 NFT items for sale on December 16th as well. These specific cards will feature “an animated card tuck case and unique mint numbers from 1 through 8,008,” Bicycle explains. Besides crypto payments, the Bicycle card NFTs can be purchased with USD via a Shopify plug-in.

“The NFT launch demonstrates how Bicycle is leading the way for others as we continue to innovate and, in addition to introducing new tools that make our cards more digital and accessible, segue into a new era targeting younger generations,” said Ann Viaene, Bicycle’s CMO. “We’re focused on unlocking magical moments that foster connection and delighting our fans with new releases.”

Bicycle follows a slew of well known companies getting into NFTs like Pepsi-Cola, Budweiser, Adidas, Coca-Cola, Rolling Stone, TIME, Arizona Iced Tea, Ubisoft, AMC, Sony, Fox Entertainment, WWE, Studio 54, Disney, Marvel, DC Comics, and more. Since the start of 2021 and leading up to the end of the year, NFTs have become a multi-billion dollar industry.

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Ross Ulbricht NFT Collection Raises Over $6 Million in Ethereum, Free Ross DAO Wins Auction

Ross Ulbricht NFT Collection Raises Over $6 Million in Ethereum, Free Ross DAO Wins Auction

The Ross Ulbricht Genesis non-fungible token (NFT) collection auction has come to an end and the auction winner was the “Free Ross DAO,” backed by the Pleasrdao project. The NFT collection raised 1,446 ether or $6.27 million at the time of settlement.

Free Ross Decentralized Autonomous Organization Wins Ross Ulbricht’s NFT Auction, DAO Plans to Fractionalize NFT Collection

  • Four days ago, Bitcoin.com News reported on the Ross Ulbricht Genesis NFT collection amassing millions of dollars worth of ethereum (ETH) bids on the Superrare NFT marketplace.
  • At the time, there were some very high bids from an individual called “@toxicbitcoinmaxi.” However, the report also explained that the Pleasrdao project also got involved in the bidding war for the collection and formed a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) called the “Free Ross DAO.”
  • The Free Ross DAO raised 1,446 ETH or $6.27 million at the time of exchange. According to the DAO, the NFT collection will be “fractionalized between the 500 Free Ross DAO contributors.”
  • The NFT collection was an assortment of writings and ten artworks produced by Ross Ulbricht and it includes an animation developed by the NFT artist Levitate. Ulbricht also did the voice-over for the animated work. The NFT collection was curated by Entoptic and proceeds will be handed by the Art4giving fund, and efforts to free Ulbricht.
  • “From the beginning with this NFT, I’ve wanted to help kids travel to see their moms and dads in prison,” Ulbricht said. “But with such high bids, we can now have a real impact on many other important causes as well.”
  • Information concerning Ross Ulbricht’s case can be found at freeross.org and Ulbricht’s clemency petition hosted on change.org is getting awfully close to reaching 500,000 signatures. The petition is 42,014 signatures away from reaching the half-million signature milestone.

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Pepsi-Cola Celebrates the Soft Drink’s Birth Year With 1,893 Generative NFTs

Pepsi-Cola Celebrates the Soft Drink's Birth Year With 1,893 Generative NFTs

The carbonated soft drink manufacturer Pepsi has revealed the company is stepping into the world of blockchain with its first collection of non-fungible token (NFT) assets. Pepsi introduced the “Pepsi Mic Drop” genesis NFT collection on Thursday, which features 1,893 generative NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain. Pepsi aims to create a real-time community of NFT holders with the NFTs that feature designs like the classic blue Pepsi, silver Diet Pepsi, red Pepsi Wild Cherry, black Pepsi Zero Sugar, and Crystal Pepsi.

Pepsi Introduces the Company’s First NFT Collection

Pepsi-Cola is a well-known soft drink manufacturer that was created and developed back in 1893 by Caleb Bradham. When the soft drink first came out it was called “Brad’s Drink,” but was rebranded to Pepsi-Cola in 1898. These days both Pepsi-Cola and Coca-Cola are the two most popular cola-flavored drinks on the market.

In order to celebrate the birth year of Pepsi-Cola, Pepsi has launched a genesis collection of non-fungible token (NFT) collectibles. The collection is called the “Pepsi Mic Drop” genesis NFT collection and features 1,893 unique generative NFTs that feature variations of a microphone visual and iconic Pepsi flavors.

Pepsi-Cola Celebrates the Soft Drink's Birth Year With 1,893 Generative NFTs

The NFT collection from Pepsi is hosted on the web portal micdrop.pepsi.com and Vaynernft helped the company produce the NFT collectibles. The waitlist for a wallet will start on Friday, December 10 at 12:00 p.m. (EST) and the “approved will be able to mint their Pepsi Mic Drop genesis NFT free of charge (not including Ethereum gas fees) on Tuesday, December 14 at 12:30 p.m. (EST).”

“The exclusive generative traits of the Pepsi Mic Drop genesis NFT collection, generated randomly by an algorithm so each NFT is totally unique and different, pay homage to the brand’s storied history in music and the suite of Pepsi flavors that have captivated unapologetic cola-loving consumers for decades,” Pepsi’s NFT announcement details.

“Pepsi has always been a brand with a strong heritage in music and pop culture, so it’s only fitting for us to bring that legacy into the new world of NFTs with a ‘mic drop’ of epic proportions,” Todd Kaplan, Pepsi’s vice president of marketing said in a statement sent to Bitcoin.com News. Kaplan further added:

We created the Pepsi Mic Drop genesis NFT collection for our fans, putting their interests and needs at the forefront by ensuring the NFTs are all free of charge and presented equitably as an inclusive and accessible opportunity for anyone to experience the exciting world of NFTs. This collectible series of microphones is not only inspired by our history, but also represents the scale and scope of how accessible we see this space becoming in the future.

Pepsi follows the many brands getting into the NFT space including Arizona Iced Tea, Budweiser, Coca Cola, and more. For instance, the popular American-style pale lager produced by Anheuser-Busch, Budweiser, launched 1,936 NFTs last week to celebrate the birth of the Budweiser beer can.

Adidas revealed last week as well that the sneaker and sportswear company was teaming up with Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC). Concluding the announcement, Pepsi says that the firm is “implementing a carbon offset program for the launch of the Pepsi Mic Drop NFT to ensure a net carbon footprint of zero.”

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