- Mark Zuckerberg made a baseball card for himself when he was 8 years old and is now getting the NFT treatment.
- Zuckerberg gave the card to a camp counselor after 30 years, and the card will be auctioned soon.
- The auctioneer sells both the physical card in USD and an NFT of it in Ether.
Ever wanted a signed Mark Zuckerberg baseball card from when he was eight years old? Now is your chance.
On Thursday, the Facebook co-founder posted on Instagram that a Little League baseball card he made in 1992 would soon become an NFT. Tag the online collectibles retailer Comic Connect that is selling the item and provide more information about it on their profile and his website.
The autographed baseball card itself will be auctioned at an undisclosed date in US dollars, but so will a unique digitally cut version that will be verified on the Ethereum blockchain and sold for Ether, a cryptocurrency. Zuckerberg’s .920 batting average at the time is listed on the card, among other stats.
The priceless artifact was previously owned by a former adviser to the billionaire’s New York camp, who presented the card after 30 years, according to the website Comic Connect. A favorite of Zuckerberg’s, the adviser playfully asked him to sign it at the time — not knowing how the card’s value would rise when the little champ became one of the most powerful and richest figures in the tech world.
“I’ve told this story for quite some time, about how I knew Mark as a camper, and it always surprises people to see that this card actually exists,” consultant Allie Tarantino told Comic Connect. “But I feel like my part of the story is over, so because of Mark’s prominence in the tech world and the fact that he’s one of the most famous people on the planet, I feel now is the right time to sell this card and put it on the market.’
NFTs are digital tokens that give you unique ownership of something. Tokens are verified on the blockchain – a shared public ledger where transactions are recorded in chunks of data known as blocks for greater transparency – and are purchased with cryptocurrency.
They have been included in the hype surrounding the boom of the metaverse, a fantasy of a decentralized internet where users can interact in a virtual environment via avatars, use cryptocurrencies for transactions, and use NFTs to assign value to virtual objects within the space.
Some enthusiasts have heralded NFT as a good thing, especially in the art world, where creators have the ability to reach clients more directly and get paid more easily.
But they have also been prone to theft, money laundering and fraud and have been dismissed as noise, even by major crypto players: said exchange giant Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao. Luck in April that NFT participants “may have lost their minds.”
NFT sales have also sunk from nearly $13 billion in January to $1 billion in June, per The guardian.
As for Zuckerberg, his company has been one of the staunchest proponents of the metaverse and began testing NFTs as posts with “digital collectibles” tags in early July.