According to an announcement by Worldwide Asset eXchange, William Shatner, a veteran actor sold a cache of memorabilia in digital form and they sold out in 9 minutes. The actor’s memorabilia was available to the public via the Worldwide Asset eXchange™ (WAX) Blockchain.
The sale was conducted on July 30, 2020, and 10,000 initial packs containing around 125,000 digital photos sold out in 9 minutes. Sales on secondary markets for the memorabilia have already started. Anyone can now trade in the legendary actor’s personal life and acting career.
Shatner is one of the most beloved personalities in the film and television world. His career spans over 60 years. The star has won numerous Emmy and Golden Globe awards during his long career. He has starred in numerous roles with one of the most memorable being Captain Kirk in the beloved Star Trek Sci-Fi series.
Details of the Digital Collectibles
Some of the scenes contained in the digital series on the WAX Blockchain are pictures of Shatner's moments after he was notified of his daughter’s birth, and a photo of him hugging Leonard Nimoy, a fellow cast member on Star Trek. There are even images of Shatner’s dental X-rays, which is the first such digital collectible in the blockchain world.
Two types of packs were availed to the public for sale on July 30, 2020, via shatnercards.io. The packs were 3000 Mega Packs that contained 30 digital collectibles, which sold out in three minutes. There were also 7000 Standard Packs, which contained five digital collectibles. They sold out in nine minutes.
Shatner’s Reaction to the Sale
Commenting on the issue, Shatner said that he was astonished at the record nine minutes in which the digital collectibles of his memorabilia sold out. Shatner hopes that trade in the digital collectibles will help people make friends that they would have otherwise never made. The star said:
"The cards themselves represent a beautiful past. The verification of being on the blockchains represents a great future. So we have the past and the future mixing together."
The sale represents the third sales of Non-Fungible Tokens on the WAX Blockchain with the first sale being held back in May 2020.
William Shatner Has Been a Long-Time Advocate of Blockchain Technology
William Shatner has been quite vocal about his support for blockchain-powered products for years via his social media accounts. Commenting on the sale, he said that it was a misconception to say putting something on the internet was "forever". Instead, he believes putting something on the blockchain is what makes it permanent.
About NFT Tokens
Shatner’s digital collectibles are accessible as blockchain-secured non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Each NFT is unique, unlike digital currencies such as Bitcoin, which have similar infrastructures. An NFT secured by the blockchain can thus never be digitally duplicated or counterfeited. A collector buys the packs, which they open to find the collectibles. The collectibles are in the form of shards or cards. When a collector manages to combine three matching shards of any card, the full card is revealed.
The sale of Shatner’s digital memorabilia via the blockchain is a momentous milestone for the blockchain-powered decentralized finance sector. It helps demonstrate how blockchain can be used to store value online.
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