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Best NFT Sports Projects

NFT has made it possible for artists and sports organizations to work together. There are many different projects, but we will let you know about the best NFT sports projects available. Some of these NFTs come from big sports organizations like NBA, while others come from independent authors. If you want to learn how sport fits into this digital space, keep reading.

By Kresimir | December 16, 2021

Best NFT Sports Projects Reviews

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Auston Matthews x Papi (1-of-1 Edition)

Auston Matthews x Papi (1-of-1 Edition) is an NFT colelctible that’s a part ofthe Auston Matthews x The 34 Collection. Auston is a professional ice hockey center better known by his nickname “Papi”. This NFT is a unique 1-of-1 piece that won’t be minted again. It’s digitally signed by Auston and the buyer of this collectible will also receive a signed jersey with a personalized message from Austin. Also, the owner will get 2x tickets to a game they mutually agree on.

ARTIST

Auston Matthews x The 34 Collection

PRICE

$89 Thousand

TYPE

Video and physical item

MARKETPLACE

OpenSea

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4.9

Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2020 1A

Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2020 1A is an NFT that’s actually a collectible inside of the F1 Delta Time game. This collectible represents the Monaco Grand Prix that’s been a part of F1 since 1950. Grand Prix de Monaco is one of the in-game events and the owner of this NFT has received a 5% share in the entire event. In other words, the owner will receive 5% of all REVV entry fees for all races held at this in-game event.

ARTIST

F1 Delta Time

PRICE

$267 Thousand

TYPE

Collectible in blockchain game

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The Legacy

The Legacy by Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an NFT showing all the moments in Floyd’s career. You’ll receive a video that shows Floyd’s journey from his young days all the way to his fame and fortune. Other than the video preview, the buyer has also received a highres HD video that was unlocked after the purchase. The buyer also got a physical-digital art frame that can play the video and signed boxing gloves by Floyd Mayweather Jr. As that wasn’t enough, he also got a 1-on-1 with Floyd.

ARTIST

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

PRICE

$100 Thousand

TYPE

Video and physical item

MARKETPLACE

OpenSea

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4.9

LeBron James Dunk

LeBron James Dunk is an NFT that’s part of the NBA Top Shot collection. It’s a video collectible that shows the moment in which LeBron was honoring the legend baller Kobe Bryant by doing a dunk in his style. This collectible is the third most valuable card in the series. It was sold for approximately 387 thousand dollars at the time on the NBA Top Shot marketplace.

ARTIST

NBA Top Shot

PRICE

$387 Thousand

TYPE

Video collectible

MARKETPLACE

NBA Top Shot

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4.9

(1-of-1) GRONK Career Highlight Card

(1-of-1) GRONK Career Highlight Card is an NFT collectible that’s part of the Rob Gronkowski Championship Series collection. It was minted in one edition only and it represents all four championships Gronk has won. The buyer of this NFT not only got the collectible but an opportunity to meet Rob Gronkowski and VIP All-Access Tickets for Gronk Beach as well. Also, he can attend one of his football games that they mutually agreed upon.

ARTIST

Rob Gronkowski Championship Series NFTs

PRICE

$412 Thousand

TYPE

Video and physical item

MARKETPLACE

OpenSea

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70th Anniversary Edition

70th Anniversary Edition is an NFT collectible that’s part of the F1 Delta Time blockchain game. This game has officialy licensed F1 race cars. All collectibles can be used in the F1 Delta Time multiplayer racing game. There are different rarity levels with apex being the most rare one. This collectible represents a celebration of the 70th anniversary of Formula 1. It was sold for approximately 323 thousand dollars at the time on the F1 Delta Time marketplace.

ARTIST

F1 Delta Time

PRICE

$323 Thousand

TYPE

Collectible in blockchain game

MARKETPLACE

F1 Delta Time

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Unique 2020-21 Cristiano Ronaldo

Unique 2020-21 Cristiano Ronaldo is an NFT collectible in a blockchain game. Sorare is a fantasy football game operating on the blockchain technology where people can trade cards featuring real-life footballers. This game developing company became France’s most valuable startup in short time and it has a great impact on the NFT industry. This particular NFT is very rare and it was sold for approximately 289 thousand dollars worth at the time on Sorare marketplace.

ARTIST

Sorare

PRICE

$289 Thousand

TYPE

Collectible in blockchain game

MARKETPLACE

Sorare

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Lineal by Tyson Fury

Lineal by Tyson Fury is an NFT video collectible representing the worlds famous boxer Tyson Fury. Other than the collectible, the owner of this NFT will also get a 5×5 foot large painting signed by Tyson Fury. This NFT represents the moment when Tyson Fury was celebrating after a great victory against Deontay Wilder. This boxing trilogy is one of the most anticipated ones in the boxing history, so it’s awesome to see it posted as an NFT.

ARTIST

Goldstar

PRICE

$987 Thousand

TYPE

Video Collectible

MARKETPLACE

Hodooi

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Ouch Baby

Ouch Baby is an NFT that’s a part of the ZED RUN blockchain sports game. In this game, we can all have a racing horse and compete against each other. The horses can be bred a couple of times yearly. Ouch Baby is the most expensive horse in this game and it was sold for almost 200 thousand dollars on the OpenSea marketplace. It has some very rare traits that are important for this game. It’s interesting to see such a successful project on the Matic network.

ARTIST

ZED RUN

PRICE

$198 Thousand

TYPE

Collectible in blockchain game

MARKETPLACE

OpenSea

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1-of-1 Warriors 6x World Champion Ring NFT & Physical Ring

1-of-1 Warriors 6x World Champion Ring NFT & Physical Ring is an NFT by Golden State Warriors. This ring represents all six franchise championship that are combined into one ring. There is only one such item ever made. Other than a cool animation, the first owner also got a physical ring customly made by famous jeweler Jason of Beverly Hills. The ring weights over 120 and it is made out of 14k gold, 475 diamonds and sapphires.

ARTIST

Golden State Warriors Legacy Collection

PRICE

$967 Thousand

TYPE

Video and physical item

MARKETPLACE

OpenSea

How do we evaluate the best NFT sports projects?

There are many different sport NFT projects, but we cannot include all of them in our list. That’s why we had to create criteria that we’ll use to rank these projects.

  1. Impact – We give bonus points to those NFT sports projects that have an impact on the NFT or even real world. It’s important to let people know how awesome can the NFT technology be, and what’s a better way to do such a thing than create an awesome project?
  2. Artist – Who is behind this collection? Is it a strong marketplace, combination of artists, single artist or even a famous person? We favour famous artists or publishers who will help the NFT work to grow further. Still, Ouch Baby is on our second place because of how awesome and impactful the project is.
  3. Price – What price was the NFT sold for? Higher prices lead to more media coverage, which means that we favour higher sale prices. Some of the NFTs on our list have sold for nearly a million dollars.
  4. Type – What does the buyer get with this NFT? Is it purely a cosmetic item like a sports trading card or you can use it inside of a game? Do you receive a physical item or anything extra when you purchase this NFT? Obviously, we favour those NFTs that provide something on top of the art.
  5. Marketplace – Where can you purchase this NFT? Do you have to create a special wallet? We prefer art that’s selling on the best marketplaces. One reason is because the biggest marketplaces have the highest security measures. That being said, games like Sorare and F1 Delta Time have awesome marketplaces where you can purchase NFTs which you can later sell on other marketplaces like OpenSea as well.

What are NFT sports projects?

NFT sports projects are one of the most popular NFT categories on all marketplaces. In case you don’t know what’s an NFT, basically, it’s a digital asset that’s unique and you can easily verify the ownership on the blockchain.

Most people see NFTs only as collectibles, however, there are many more use cases. There are many different categories, and sport is one of them. Sports NFTs come in different types, but more about that later on.

Let’s just say that Sports NFT is a combination of the sports world and blockchain technology. This is achieved through games, collectibles, sports event tickets, and more. Basically, it’s a way to take combine sports with the latest digital technologies.

Since the start of NFTs, many sports organizations such as F1 have seen an opportunity to create something new and provide a unique experience. Such experience can be achieved with the F1 Delta Time game which was included in our rankings list.

In this game, you can virtually compete against other players on some of the most known F1 tracks. What’s so special about this game is that the vehicles in-game are actually NFTs. You can purchase different racing cars which are visible to other players.

Other than racing, people can also own all kinds of different assets in the game such as the “Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2020 1A” example we have talked about in the rankings. By purchasing such assets, players can earn a passive income from owning them.

F1 Delta Time is not the only sports game that’s on the blockchain. There is also the previously mentioned ZED RUN, but many others as well.

What types of NFT sports projects are there?

As previously mentioned, there are all kinds of different NFT sports projects available today. We’ll go through a list of the most common ones just so you know what’s the deal about.

  • Games – We have already mentioned some of the sports gaming projects such as F1 Delta Time and ZED RUN. These projects utilize the NFT technology and combine it with their game. Most usual use case is that people can purchase an NFT inside the game and use it as a cosmetic item. However, it’s also possible to create an NFT where the owner will earn a passive income. Plenty of different sport gaming use cases.
  • Trading cards – What was once found in candy and tobacco products has now found a home on the blockchain in form of an NFT. There are already several companies making trading card packs for different sports on the marketplaces. Some examples of sports that have trading cards as an NFT are Baseball, NBA, Football, UFC, etc.
  • Collectibles – You can find all kinds of different collectibles on the most NFT marketplaces. From player collections like the “Rob Gronkowski Championship Series NFTs” to one of a kind collectibles like the “Lineal by Tyson Fury”. Most of these collectibles include unique physical items that are sent to the first buyer. One example are the boxing gloves signed by one of the most famous boxers in history, Floyd Mayweather.
  • Tickets – In the future, all of the tickets may become NFTs. The reason why is because once you make a purchase of the NFT ticket, the ownership is forever stored on the blockchain. That way you can easily verify the ownership of the ticket in the future.

Of course, there are many more NFT sports types, but these are the most popular ones.

What is an NFT in football?

You might have come across projects like Sorare where users are able to purchase football NFTs. So, what is an NFT in football? Mostly, it’s a collectible that the person will collect and hold but in some cases, there is a utility attached to it.

For example, that utility in Sorare is the fantasy football game. Players will collect cards of real-world footballers and earn points based on their performance in real life. Goals, assists, playing time all count towards game points.

Sorare operates on the Ethereum blockchain and each football player card is an NFT. Players can trade those cards or use them for their team. This company became the most expensive French startup company in history.

Other examples of NFT in football are collectibles. They serve only for collection purposes only. All of these sports projects had to sign a deal either with the football leagues or the players to be able to legally sell those NFTs.

There are many more upcoming NFT football games that we have yet to see.z

Are NFTs like trading cards?

Many people believe NFTs are nothing more than trading cards, however, that’s very wrong. NFT serves as much more, and there are many different use-cases for it.

Surely, trading cards are one of the possible use-cases and there are plenty of NFT sports projects like this. That being said, this doesn’t mean that all NFTs are trading cards.

Many projects including those we have already mentioned have successfully connected NFT technology with their games and businesses.

Considering how young the NFT industry is, we can expect even more complex stuff coming out in the future. Sportswear giant Nike has made a patent on using NFT to verify the authenticity of their limited edition sneakers that also come with a digital NFT attached to them.

Tips for selling sport related NFTs

In order to be a successful NFT seller, there are some things that you have to master. One of them is marketing. You can have the best project on the marketplace, but if your marketing is not on point, you won’t be able to sell.

That’s why we have decided to help you out with some tips to become a successful seller of sport NFTs.

  • Know your audience – What sport do you want to use for your NFT? Is it football, basketball, baseball or something else? Make sure you do a good research of the AVERAGE audience. Notice how we say average, if you love watching free throws, it doesn’t mean that a majority of people do. You always have to adapt to the masses if you want to successfully sell.
  • Hire a good designer – Whatever sports NFT project you plan on making, make sure the art is on point. You might say some collectibles like CryptoPunks didn’t have a good design, yet they sold for millions of dollars. You are right, but CryptoPunks are one of the first collections published as an NFT. We have noticed a trend where NFTs with great designs sell much better. Even if you plan to do a sports project with real athletes, there are still borders and things you may add to the image/video.
  • Write a good name and description – Think of something creative like Sorare. Their name implies that there are rare cards that you may own. Your collection name is a part of your brand, so think twice before naming your sports collection “Best football collection”.
  • Pick a good price – The goal is to find the optimal price. Remember that you can set a royalty fee and earn a passive income as the project grows.

Why people pay high prices for NFT sports collectibles?

Not all sports collectibles cost a lot of money. We understand that you are bombed with headlines such as “…Top Shot Sells For Over $387000”, however, that’s not as common as you believe.

These collectibles are very rare, and someone was ready to pay for them. Some people pay high prices because they believe in the project, while others believe they can flip collectibles and earn money.

You can also ask yourself why would anyone pay millions for paintings? The same goes with NFTs. It’s a matter of supply and demand on the market. Also, there are some people using NFTs as a way to launder their money.

It’s also worth noting that there are some people who do it purely because they can. As hard it is to imagine people buying NFTs just to flex, that’s also happening.

Some NFTs offer physical items that are shipped to the first buyers only. One example is the previously mentioned “1-of-1 Warriors 6x World Champion Ring NFT & Physical Ring”. This ring is a very creative way to provide something unique to the biggest fans.

Since rings are usually given only to the athletes who are on the winning team, this is a great way for fans to get a ring of their own. Especially when there is only one ring of this kind.

Other physical items that are often included in the ownership of an NFT are signed jerseys or autographed items.

According to Consultancy, there are more than 20 million millionaires (yeah, that many), so it’s not surprising to see so many sport NFTs sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Why people pay high prices for NFT sports collectibles?

Whether you are a sports organization or an individual that loves sports, you should definitely consider creating your NFT sports project.

Why?

Because NFTs are a great way to earn extra money in the entertainment and art industry. Since sports also have that entertainment part, it’s a great way to monetize it with the help of blockchain technology.

You’ll be able to provide something new for the sports fans and earn money in the process. There are plenty of different ways you can do it, but we feel that the easiest way would be through collectibles.

However, you need to be aware that in order to use someone’s picture, you need to have his/her permission. If you are trying to draw a sports organization collection, you also need a permit for the logo of that organization.

NFTs are a great way to allow fans to hold on to something unique forever. It can be an entrance ticket, digitally signed jersey, 3d characters representing your favorite athletes. Literally, anything you can imagine can be turned into an NFT.

The best part is that the costs of creating such a project are not so high. Of course, if you are paying for the designer and not drawing yourself, these costs vary on the designer, but if you are creating something on your own, the costs are very low. We’ll go through the details of costs to create your NFT sports project later on.

Creating a sports project NFT can help both the athletes and organizations to gain additional recognition. Imagine if it was Michael’s Jordan last point ever, and you had that moment captured as a video in NFT format. That would be worth a lot to the collectors.

Let’s go through the pros and cons of creating your NFT sports project.

Pros

  • Early adoption – Help your sports organization grow before the competition is too strong. NFT space is still not so competitive and you can easily make a name for yourself, both as an artist and an organization that provides unique stuff for the fans.
  • No mediators – No more crazy commissions to third party companies providing their services. Sell directly to the buyers. Sure, there are commission fees for the marketplace, but if you compare an average 2.5% marketplace fee to the usual fee companies would charge, it’s nothing.
  • Easy to get started – You don’t need to pay super expensive developers, unless you want to do something complex such as a blockchain game. If you already had your designers create collectibles or animations, all you have to do is upload to an NFT marketplace. It’s as simple as posting something on the social media, except, now you get to choose a price.
  • Unique experience – Provide something unique for the sport fans. Take the Golden State Warriors ring example. They have combined all the championship rings into a one that any fan can purchase. This is truly unique and anybody would love to own such a thing.
  • Added value – As you may know, tickets to certain sports events that took place 20-30 years ago are now selling for a high price, and not just that. Items such as boxing gloves, even towels from famous athletes sell for crazy prices. That’s the best thing about NFTs, you can create a digital asset that will remain forever on the blockchain. If the owner ever wants to sell it to someone, he can easily prove the ownership.
  • Money – Perhaps the most important thing. Money is everywhere in the NFT space, get in while it’s hot.

Cons

As you could have guessed, there are certain cons if you want to create your sports project as an NFT. Let’s go through some of them.

  • Digital wallets is required – It may sound simple for the younger folks, but not everyone is tech-savvy. If you want to purchase an NFT, you need to have an NFT compatible digital wallet. Still, blockchain is the digital future and you will most likely need to create a such wallet sooner or later.
  • High transaction fees – Certain blockchains like Ethereum are not yet scalable. When there are too many people purchasing NFTs, that specific blockchain can get “clogged” and the transaction fees can get quite high. That being said, there are blockchains with super low transaction fees (0.00025$ – 0.01$) as an alternative.
  • Security – You need to be very careful when you use your digital wallets. There are many scammers trying to steal your funds. When you are holding your money in a bank, they are responsible for the security, however, when you are holding it in cryptocurrency, you are responsible.
  • Complexity – Even though we have previously said how it’s easy to get in, it’s not as simple as powering your computer. You’ll need a minimal knowledge about using a PC and the internet. Lucikly, marketplaces like OpenSea have got a super useful documentation that will help you through the process. Nowadays, it’s easy to find someone help you handle the “smart contract” deployment, however, it would be hard to do it yourself if you are looking to develop complex NFT projects.
  • Converting funds – Since you are paid in cryptocurrency, you’d have to find a good and reputable exchange which would exchange your cryptocurrency into fiat money (USD, EUR, CAD, etc.).

Money opportunity

Obviously, there is a HUGE money opportunity in the NFT space. People are spending millions on collectibles like CryptoPunks which would take a skilled artist an hour or two to make.

Now imagine if you had a greatly designed NFT sports project with athletes that everyone loves. People are ready to spend a lot of money on great NFT projects, you just have to create them.

There are a bunch of different ways to make money, but let’s go through some of them.

For example, you can tickets as we have previously mentioned. Instead of selling physical tickets, people can buy digital tickets that are easily scanned and once the event is done, they have proof that they were on that event, forever.

This is a great money opportunity both for sports organizations that host big sports events like the super bowl, and people who are making sports games on the blockchain.

Take F1 Delta Time for example. They have created a blockchain game where you can race with your F1 racing car NFTs. Inside the game, you can also play different events for which you have to purchase tickets. Each time a ticket is sold, they make money.

Now imagine the potential of such games and how much money you can make. As if the gaming industry didn’t make a lot of money, NFTs are taking the profit margins even further.

Another example is ZED RUN where people can buy and racehorses. What’s great about this game is that people can also breed horses. When you breed, you have a small chance of creating an ultra-rare horse that costs a lot of money.

So, it’s not just about playing these sports NFT games, and spending money. Players can earn a lot of money while playing as well.

Are there any fees to create a sport project NFT?

Let’s talk about all the fees that occur when you create your NFT sports project. As always, it’s important to know the costs before doing anything in business.

The first and the most important fee is the minting fee. Minting is a process that happens when your art gets added to the public blockchain. In other words, it’s a process when your art becomes an NFT.

Minting

How much are the minting fees?

Minting fees depend on which blockchain you want to sell your NFTs on. Naturally, you want to choose a blockchain that has the lowest fees, but not every blockchain is supported on the best NFT marketplaces.

Minting fees are nothing more than a transaction that takes place on the blockchain. You pay for the transaction that will write the smart contract for your NFT collection, and these fees can vary.

Ethereum has amongst the highest transaction costs, but it’s also the most popular NFT blockchain. Until ETH 2.0 is launched, the transaction fees can be pretty high.

Right now, the minting fees can vary from 10$ upwards 600$ on the ETH blockchain. If we compare this to the Polygon blockchain where the fees are almost close to zero, it’s clear what is your better solution.

Still, a good argument is that the majority of people will rather use ETH blockchain than Polygon blockchain since more people hold ETH in their wallets. Also, there are more NFTs on the ETH blockchain, would you rather buy in a store that has a small number of choices or a big one?

It’s up to you which blockchain you’ll sell your sports NFTs on.

Listing

Certain marketplaces will charge you a fee to post your art on their website. Most major NFT marketplaces do not charge such a fee but don’t be surprised if you see it.

This fee depends on the marketplace and the only way to bypass it is to use a different marketplace that doesn’t charge it.

Some marketplaces charge a one-time fee and you can list all of your projects later on for free. Others charge a listing fee per NFT. Obviously, it could get quite expensive if you plan on creating a collection with 10 000 items and you have to pay a fee for each item.

With so many NFT marketplaces available today, we advise against it. However, it’s up to you to decide on which marketplace you’ll sell your art on.

Transaction fees

Transaction fees are paid each time a person is sending his cryptocurrency somewhere. When you purchase an NFT, you have to send the funds to a marketplace, and that’s when transaction fees occur as well.

These transaction fees vary depending on how congested the network is and what technology is behind the blockchain you have chosen. As we have previously said, ETH tends to have higher transaction fees than Polygon, XTZ, ADA, and others.

Typically, these transaction fees are paid by the buyer rather than yourself. However, when you transfer the money from the digital wallet to an exchange, you’ll pay the transaction fee.

Commission

Commission fees are on almost every NFT marketplace. These fees range from 2.5% to 15%, some even charge 0% but those are limited-time offers mostly.

These fees are paid when you sell your NFT, for example, if your NFT costs 100$ and the commission fee is 2.5%, you’ll get 97.5$ to your wallet. The other 2.5$ goes to the marketplace providing you the service.

Generally, these fees are not that high and they are much lower when compared to real-life agencies take from you if you want to sell something.

What file types can be used for NFT sports projects?

File types that you can use to create sports projects depend on the NFT marketplace you have chosen.

For example, some of the most common file types are:

  • Images (JPG, PNG, GIF…)
  • Music (MP3, WAV)
  • Videos (MP4, M4V, WEBM)
  • 3D Objects (GLTF, GLB)

So, it doesn’t matter if you create animations, videos, digital images, or something else. As long as the format fits the supported file types on the marketplace, you are good to go.

Even if the format is not supported, you can always convert it or if that’s not possible, include it as unlockable content. Buyers can then download the content they bought from an external link.

Can I earn royalty fees from NFT sports projects?

Yes. You can implement royalty fees into all of your NFTs. Some marketplaces have a fixed percentage of royalty fees that you receive on every sale, others will even let you determine the fees.

How do royalty fees work?

Basically, you get a percentage of every successful sale of your NFT, even when it was re-sold for the 100th time. It’s a great way to earn a passive income, especially if your sports project has a re-sale value.

Why you should list your NFT sports projects on our website?

As we have previously said, we are in the NFT space since the start. While learning about new NFT trends, we figured out that the world needs an independent authority on NFTs, and that’s what we became.

We rank the best NFT projects, but also provide the readers with helpful guides and how-tos. In case you don’t understand how NFTs work, or you want to learn something new, check out our NFT University Basics.

Our readers are all from the NFT space, and that means you can directly advertise to them. We charge a small fee to list the project if you are approved. If everything is fine and our research team gives you a green light, we’ll gladly include you in our rankings list.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today.

John Criswell, Author

This part of the minting process cost is related to the blockchain, and not the marketplace. That being said, NFT Marketplaces cannot profit from gas fees, if anything, it hurts them in the long run.

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