Wayne Gretzky goes digital; launches first ever NFT ranging from $12 to $1500

The Great One, Wayne Gretzky has released his first ever set of Digital Cards in conjunction with Upper Deck and Autograph.io. today. On sale now at the DraftKings Marketplace is his Premier Edition.

What do you get? Your own digital piece of history. Each Gretzky NFT will feature his photo and a digital autograph.

Gretzky NFT on sale now

“I’m thrilled to get into the NFT space with Autograph and expand into Canada, having fans engage with great moments from my hockey career in new, revolutionary ways,” hockey all-time leading scorer said in a statement. “I’ve been committed to sharing and developing the game further for all hockey fans, and I’m proud to work and advise with Autograph, making the space more accessible and streamlined for new and longtime collectors.”

There are different levels that can be purchased and since its release at 3 PM ET, many have sold out. The lowest priced NFT for $12 went quickly as 5000 collector’s swooped into to purchase the Wayne Gretzky Carbon Premier NFT.

Wayne Gretzky NFT
Wayne Gretzky Ruby Signed NFT (Upper Deck and Autographh.io)

For the real collectors, on 8/20 at 7 PM ET you could be one of only 12 people to own the Wayne Gretzky Ruby Signed NFT for $1500 (pictured above).

The Wayne Gretzky Ruby Signed is an official Autograph Preseason Access Pass. Each edition includes Wayne Gretzky’s authentic signature, signed individually and personally by Wayne Gretzky. Holders will be granted VIP access to our first Limited Edition Wayne Gretzky Drop and gain access to Autograph’s private community on Discord. Terms per Autograph’s Terms Of Service.


What is an NFT?

Non-fungible token. That’s what NFT stands for and thanks to blockchain technology, it’s opened the door for you to exclusively own digital content.

While some of the older collectors will miss opening up a pack a cards and chewing that 20 year-old stick of gum inside, we are moving into the digital era.

Per Forbes:

An NFT is a digital asset that represents real-world objects like art, music, in-game items and videos. They are bought and sold online, frequently with cryptocurrency, and they are generally encoded with the same underlying software as many cryptos.

Although they’ve been around since 2014, NFTs are gaining notoriety now because they are becoming an increasingly popular way to buy and sell digital artwork. A staggering $174 million has been spent on NFTs since November 2017.

Will they be worth something one day?

One thing is for sure, they are hot right now. Will that be the case 10 years from now? I really don’t know. What people are buying is digital art when it comes to these Gretzky NFTs. Just like traditional cards, scarcity will determine value, and if there’s a demand for such an item.

From my point of view, NFTs will have a positive impact on those who hold physical items autographed by Wayne Gretzky. As we move away from print items like comic books, novels, trading cards, and vinyl records they will all go up.

It makes you wonder if a digital autographed item that could be lost forever if you forget your password will hold the same value one day.