Peyton Manning, Eli Manning launching digital NFT artwork company

By Andrew Buller-Russ

The Manning brothers have found another way to compete with Tom Brady. Recently, TB12 announced his part in a new NFT artwork platform, Autograph

Now Peyton and Eli Manning are becoming the first retired players to present their own digital artwork in the form of a crypto collectible asset. Fans of the Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks will soon be able to own up to eight different pieces of digital art commemorating their legendary careers.

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Eli Manning and Peyton Manning are NFT artwork artists?

So, Eli Manning and Peyton Manning are spending their retirement days creating art now? Not exactly. 

As much as football fans have eaten up content from the Mannings over the years, they knew art was not their forte. Eli and Peyton brought in artists JK5 and Micah Johnson to do their thing.

From Peyton’s famous “Omaha” audible (or playful misdirection) to David Tyree’s helmet catch from Eli in Super Bowl XLII, true enthusiasts of the Manning family will be eager to add these unique pieces to their sports collection.

Manning Legacy Collection releases April 16

Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, NFT artwork
May 4, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning watch the game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Now that Eli Manning has explained to Peyton what NFTs are, MakersPlace is set to sell the Mannings’ digital memorabilia on April 16th. The auction winner of each digital piece will also receive the original physical form of artwork.

Even further, a small number of collectors will have the chance to receive additional items. On top of the digital collectibles, a select few can win physical artwork, signed memorabilia and virtual meet-and-greets with the star quarterbacks.

Best of all, some of the proceeds are being donated to charity. Proceeds from the sales will go to the Tackle Kids Cancer initiative (an Eli Manning-backed charity) and the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent in Indianapolis.

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What digital pieces are included in the NFT artwork?

While we still haven’t been able to feast our eyes upon the art ourselves, here is a rough idea of what the collection will include:

Artist Joseph Ari Aloi (JK5) created:

  • Individual pieces of both Eli and Peyton
  • A shared historic moment between the Manning brothers (Eli and Peyton)
  • Collage including football father Archie Manning

Former baseball player, current NFT artwork artist Micah Johnson and his team created:

  • An art piece honoring each of the Mannings’ two aforementioned charities
  • Animation capturing Peyton’s signature “Omaha” audible phrase
  • Eli to David Tyree Super Bowl XLII Helmet Catch animation

If you’re hoping to add any of these exciting pieces of memorabilia to your sports collection, April 16th is just around the corner.