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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Beeple’s Latest NFT ‘Human One’ Sells for $29M, Artist Plans to ‘Enhance the Displayed Artwork’ During His Lifetime

Beeple's Latest NFT 'Human One' Sells for $29M, Artist Plans to 'Enhance the Displayed Artwork' During His Lifetime

This year the American artist Michael Winkelmann, otherwise known as Beeple, made history when he sold his non-fungible token (NFT) artwork “Everydays” for $69.3 million on March 11. Beeple’s latest NFT called “Human One” is a life-sized NFT sculpture that sold for $29 million, and the artist will update the NFT during the course of the rest of his existence on earth.

Beeple’s ‘Human One’ NFT Fetches $29 Million, Artist Plans to Update Art Remotely for the Rest of His Life

Beeple is making headlines again after he sold another multi-million dollar non-fungible token (NFT) called “Human One” for $29 million at Christie’s 21st Century Evening Sale. Beeple (whose birth name is Michael Winkelmann) is one of the most well-known NFT artists today because his “Everydays: The First 5,000 Days” NFT sold for $69.3 million. This made Beeple’s artwork one of the most expensive pieces of art in the world and the most costly NFT sold to date.

“Everydays” was sold via a Christie’s auction on March 11, 2021, and Beeple’s latest multi-million-dollar NFT sale was also through the luxury auction house. Beeple’s new art is a life-sized 3D sculpture and an NFT that was minted on October 28, 2021. Christie’s describes it as a “kinetic video sculpture—four video screens (16k resolution), polished aluminum metal, mahogany wood frame, dual media servers; endless video with corresponding dynamic non-fungible token.”

Human One: ‘A Portrait of a Human Born in the Metaverse’

Beeple describes his latest NFT art as “the first portrait of a human born in the metaverse.” The interesting thing about Beeple’s “Human One” is that he aims to change it over the course of his lifetime.

This means that the owner, Ryan Zurrer, and any owners thereafter, may see the “Human One” artwork change to whatever Beeple wants to add. The changes could depend on his mood and could represent something the artist is thinking about.

At the moment, the life-sized 3D sculpture NFT shows an individual in a silver-colored space suit with boots, a helmet, and a backpack. The 21st Century Evening Sale auction of “Human One” ended on November 8, with a realized price of $28,985,000.

“The physical element is designed to continuously display the artwork. Beeple will maintain remote access to the physical element to ensure proper functionality and/or enhance the displayed artwork,” Christie’s concludes. “Beeple warrants that the physical element does not contain any features designed to impair the continuous display of the artwork.”

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Video Game Giant Ubisoft Launches NFT Platform, Software Firm’s Blockchain-Tech Runs on Tezos

Video Game Giant Ubisoft Launches NFT Platform, Software Firm's Blockchain-Tech Runs on Tezos

The French video game manufacturer based in Montreuil, Ubisoft Entertainment SA, has announced the company has launched a blockchain-based platform called Ubisoft Quartz. According to the company, the platform will enhance specific games with playable and energy-efficient non-fungible token (NFT) assets.

Ubisoft Quartz Revealed

For quite some time, video game companies have shown strong interest in NFT technology and blockchain-based games. Earlier this year, firms like Square Enix, Ubisoft, and Electronic Arts have been hinting at moving in the NFT direction. Now Ubisoft has announced it has launched a platform that will leverage the Tezos (XTZ) blockchain to utilize NFT technology.

“Introducing Ubisoft Quartz,” the gaming company tweeted on Tuesday. “We’re bringing the first energy-efficient NFTs playable in a AAA game to Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. Try it in the beta from December 9 with three free cosmetic drops.”

Video Game Giant Ubisoft Launches NFT Platform, Software Firm's Blockchain-Tech Runs on Tezos

Ubisoft is well known for its franchise gaming titles like “Assassin’s Creed,” “Prince of Persia,” the Tom Clancy game franchise, “Rabbids Invasion,” and “Just Dance.” The Ubisoft Quartz website notes that the platform is a “place where you can acquire Digits, the first Ubisoft NFTs (non-fungible tokens), playable in an HD game and rely[ing] on an energy-efficient technology.” The company adds:

Digits will allow you to complete your missions in style.

Tezos Native Token Skyrockets Following Ubisoft’s Announcement, Ubisoft’s Digit NFTs Aim to Be Unique

The web portal shows a few items that could help a player compete in style with NFT items like an M4A1 tactical rifle, an enhanced helmet, and enhanced pants, all of which are limited edition. Meanwhile, after Ubisoft revealed the NFT platform and disclosed the company was working with Tezos, the crypto asset XTZ skyrocketed in value during the last 24 hours. At the time of writing on Wednesday, December 8, XTZ is up 26% in USD value.

The three NFT drops for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon game are free, the web portal details, but only Ghost Recon Breakpoint Ubisoft Connect PC players can acquire and play with Digits. “Every single Digit features a serial number,” Ubisoft says. “This serial number is displayed on the collectible and on the in-game item. Each Digit will also be tied to the player names of all its previous and current owners.” Ubisoft’s NFT platform description also notes:

The combination of a serial number and ownership history makes each Digit truly unique.

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