2021 Dec, 04
You’d struggle to find a football fan who hasn’t been dazzled by the otherworldly talents of Diego Maradona at some point – and EX Sports is now giving everyone a chance to own a piece of football history connected to the legend himself.
EX Sports, a platform that allows fans to buy, trade and sell unique digital sport collectibles in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), recently launched the Maradona NFT Collection, consisting of 10 rare Maradona memorabilia, that are the first Official Maradona NFTs. On the 30th October, four Platinum NFTs were auctioned during a VIP-only event at the DMCC Crypto Centre in Dubai. The winning bidders also took ownership of some one-of-a-kind Maradona items, including
• Signed Argentina shirt from the 1986 World Cup in Mexico
• S.T. Dupont pen he used to sign his contract with Italian club Napoli in 1984,
• Best Player trophy he was awarded by El Mundo at the FIFA Youth World Cup in 1979
Each item is certified as official by World Soccer Treasures – one of the world’s largest collectors of football memorabilia, and the name and usage rights of the Maradona brand has been legally authorized by Maradona’s former manager and close friend, Stefano Ceci, who also attended the event. In total the items sold for $79,000.
EX Sports is now providing fans with a more affordable opportunity to own one of the remaining six items of Maradona memorabilia. Each physical item has a limited number of Gold NFTs associated with it, and starting from 5th December 2021 a new Gold NFT will be listed every two days on the newly launched EX Sports Marketplace.
Buyers of the Gold NFTs will automatically be entered into a competition to win the associated physical item of memorabilia and its corresponding Platinum NFT, meaning those without such high spending power still have a chance to own a physical piece of football history. The collection includes a match-worn Napoli jersey, a ball used in a game between Napoli and Spartak Moscow, and a Puma-branded captain’s armband.
“Blockchain is about giving access to the smaller guys,” says Toli Makris, CEO of EX Sports. “This campaign is a good example of how we can accomplish that.”
The lucky winners will be invited to the Grand Finale Gala Dinner in Dubai on the 13th December at the Billionaires Club Dubai, where they will receive the physical item, but even those who miss out will still own a digital collectible that will only ever exist in limited quantities, giving owners a chance to sell or trade them in the future.
All 10 items are listed on EX Sports Marketplace
where fans can join the waiting list to purchase the Gold NFTs and be in with a chance of owning the physical memorabilia too.