The NFT House of Kibaa has announced an auction to sell three non-financial “legendary” NBA Top Shot tokens with slams from acclaimed professional basketball player LeBron James.
The auction is held in association with Heritage Auctions and will run from May 6 to 20. The three NFTs are auctioned as a group. Both icons were released during the first season of NBA Top Shot, and they all have a legendary flaw – the rarest icons a NBA Top Shot collector can have.
NBA Top Shot has skyrocketed in popularity since launching a closed beta in June 2020 and moving to an open beta three months later.
In March 2021, NBA Top Shot’s total sales exceeded $ 230 million. According to Cryptoslam, the NBA’s Top Shot secondary peer-to-peer marketplace accepts more than $ 1.8 million in trades per day, based on a 30-day moving average, and legendary token prices have been in six figures in recent months.
Representative of Qebaa House T. Lau described the show as “the largest auction sale in NBA history,” noting that each symbolic moment has serial numbers “of great significance to the late Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant.” Tokens offered for auction have serial numbers 26, 41, and 42.
Marker # 26 depicts James’s “Kobe Bryant Tribute” on February 6, as James performed the same “take-off, reverse mill, two-handed immersion” that Bryant popularized about 19 years ago in the same arena.
Series # 26 also references the date of Bryant’s death on January 26, 2020. The announcement indicates that Series # 26 will not be broadcast again for the “Kobe Tribute” Top Shot moment in the NBA.
The Serial Legendary Badge # 3, depicting the same honor from the same series, set a new record for the most expensive NBA Top Shot sold the moment it was auctioned for $ 387,600 on April 16th.
NFT # 42 shows James leading the Lakers to his seventeenth championship in the 2020 NBA Championship Final. This victory secured the Lakers their first championship since Bryant won his fifth and final NBA title with the team nearly ten years ago, and James promised to win in honor of Bryant’s legacy. Bryant was 42 years old at the time, which added value to the NFT serial number.
The last symbol to go up for auction was Serial Number 41 and it was the first legendary LeBron James icon to feature NBA Top Shot. NFT shows a pack James made two days before he and Bryant pictured together for the Lakers’ next match. At the time of the immersion, Bryant was 41 years old.
The auction continues on May 15 with Bryant posthumously inaugurating the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.