Hot on the heels of yet another record breaking performance, Golden State Warriors ace sharpshooter Stephen Curry has set his aim on the crypto world with his release of the “2974 Collection”, a series of 2974 non-fungible tokens featuring digital replicas of the shoes he wore when he surpassed Ray Allen on the all-time 3-point scoring record this month. Each unique NFT was priced at $499 and launched this Monday on 2974SC.com with the collection quickly selling out. Curry is planning to donate 100% of his profits to the “Eat. Learn. Play” foundation that he and wife, Ayesha Curry, established in 2019.
At the release, Curry said,
“I’m truly grateful to be able to share this moment with all of the fans, the entire Bay Area community and everyone who has supported me throughout the years.”
Each NFT is a custom-created piece of artwork hand-drawn by Andrea McDonald celebrating each of the 2,974 3-pointers made by Curry throughout his NBA career, leading up to the record-setting three made against the New York Knicks on Tuesday. McDonald designed the collection by combining a repeat “2974” print throughout the NFTs to capture a memorable and unique image from each of Curry’s made 3-pointers. Each digital piece includes the game’s location and date of the made basket along with Curry’s digital signature.
Individuals who were lucky enough to grab one of the NFTs are then entitled to digitally show-off their shoes across three different Ethereum-based metaverse platforms: Eric Schiermeyer’s Gala Games, Animoca Brands’ The Sandbox and Decentraland.
As an added bonus, Curry commissioned one of the pioneering artists of his time, Floyd Norman, to create an additional series of two storyboard animations which would be included as a bonus NFT. The bonus animations are conceptually based on Curry’s two personal favorite 3-point shots from his career. One celebrates when Curry connected on a Finals-record ninth 3-pointer to lead the Warriors to a 2-0 series lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals. The other showcases a late February visit to Oklahoma City in 2016 and the world famous “BANG!” game-winning shot to vanquish the Thunder from just across half court.
When discussing working with both artists, Curry said,
“I’m honored that two incredibly talented artists, Floyd Norman and Andrea McDonald, have been able to add their creative touches to my career.”
Curry is gifting 200 of the 2974 NFTs to organizations and individuals who have helped him along his journey. This group includes Warriors fans, Davidson University, coaches, teachers, old neighborhood friends, past mentors, Stephen’s SC30 team, teammates, rivals and Curry’s family.
All of the NFTs are equally priced excluding number 2974, the NFT highlighting the record-breaking shot, which will be auctioned for three days and go to the highest bidder.
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