Amazingly, the WNBA has only existed since 1996. Since their inauguration, the Women’s National Basketball Association has been gaining popularity every year. Now, the same company that put together NBA Top Shot, is taking the next step, by incorporating the WNBA as well.
What is WNBA Top Shot?
Though it sounds like one of those pop-shot basketball games played at your local fair, WNBA Top Shot is actually much different. Think of Top Shot as a digital form of collecting sports cards. WNBA Top Shot gets in on the NFT craze by offering it’s fans a digital collectible representing an athlete’s biggest and best highlights of their career.
Here is an NBA example of what an NFT sports collectible looks like through the lens of Top Shot.
Basically, Top Shot captures an athlete’s highlights during the game and repackages them into individual plays or what Top Shot calls ‘moments’. Fans are then able to buy packs, just like a box of basketball cards. Once packs are purchased, users can sell, trade, or buy other WNBA Top Shot NFT sports card collectibles via an online marketplace. Or if collectors want to avoid buying packs and individually buy moments featuring players from their favorite team, they can do that too.
Prices constantly fluctuate, just like they do on the open market. One benefit of collecting sports memorabilia digitally is that collectors no longer have to worry about storage or keeping their prized possessions in good shape, as they are all secured by the Blockchain in digital form.
When can collectors start buying WNBA Top Shot moments?
With less than a month left in the current WNBA season, Top Shot is introducing their latest iteration at the perfect time. Starting on Friday, fans will be able to start collecting WNBA Top Shot moments. This first offering will include moments from women’s basketball legends such as Diana Taurasi, Candace Parker, Sue Bird, and Breanna Stewart to name a few.
Packs will officially be available starting at 2 pm EDT Friday, Aug. 27. It says it’s a Common pack containing three moments, so the cost is $9. They are limited to one purchase per individual, you must have an account to purchase. Signing up is free.
Typically, the demand outweighs the supply, meaning not everyone will be able to buy a pack the first time they become available. My advice is to get into their general queue a bit earlier than 2 pm, to ensure there are no surprises or snags in the process.
Over time, better, more expensive packs will be offered, giving collectors a higher chance of pulling a Rare or Legendary moment. But for now, WNBA Top Shot is rolling out an initial offering to help get the word out among basketball collectors.
WNBA Top Shot will offer digital collectibles featuring Hall of Fame basketball players
Not only is the WNBA finally getting their own Top Shot moments to capture current and future highlights, they’re also going to be offering historic moments featuring the game’s greatest ballers of its time. This includes the biggest plays from the WNBA’s storied history of Hall of Fame players of the past. For the first time ever, WNBA fans will be able to collect their most memorable moments from their favorite players in the form of a digital collectible.
There’s a lot more to dive into once you get started with Top Shot, but for now, we can all celebrate the WNBA’s arrival to the most popular sports NFT collectible platform in the world.