Die-hard baseball fans who may also be passionate about digital collecting and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are in for quite a treat as Topps is set to auction an iconic Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle Card NFT. The highly anticipated auction will go live on OpenSea on March 1, 2022, at 1 PM EST. It will end on March 4 at 1 PM EST. The Topps Timeless Series is a celebration of Topps’ most storied baseball cards through exclusive, premium 1-of-1 NFT digital collectibles.
The NFT will be minted as an ERC-721 token and is a stunning recreation of the iconic Topps baseball card, complete with a video of historical imagery and memorabilia that showcase and celebrate Mickey Mantle’s legacy. Any bid that will be placed in the last 10 minutes of the set deadline will automatically extend the auction for another 10 minutes. The winner of the upcoming auction will also be rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have a 30-minute video interview with Mickey Mantle’s sons, Danny and David Mantle.
The Topps Timeless Series is officially licensed by Major League Baseball and the Mantle Estate. Best known for his nicknames “The Commerce Comet” and “The Mick,” Mantle was only 19 years old when he first joined professional baseball with the New York Yankees. The Yankees became his home throughout his illustrious career from 1951 to 1968. He played as a center fielder, right fielder, and first baseman. He has a record of 536 homers and 2,415 hits with a batting average of 298. Overall, he had 1,509 runs batted in. Mantle was voted American League’s Most Valuable Player in 1956, 1957, and 1962. He won the American League triple crown in 1956, with 52 home runs, 130 runs batted in, and a .353 batting average.
The bidding process for the auction is quite simple. Interested bidders need to connect their wallets to the opensea.com page on the top right corner of toppstimeless.com. They would then need to convert their ETH to WETH using UNISWAP. Bidders are strongly urged to check their transactions carefully as they may be prompted to pay gas or transaction swap fees. The next step would be to click “place bid” and select the price. The bidder must place a bid higher than the present amount to take the lead in the auction. Finally, bidders must confirm their bids.