First NFT from eBay Comes With Eco-Friendly Partnership

The collection will display 3D animations of iconic athletes from Sports Illustrated, one of the nation’s most popular magazines.

NFTs Featuring Wayne Gretzky

eBay partnered with the eco-friendly NFT platform, OneOf, to launch its first-ever NFT collection on Polygon. 

eBay announced its new NFT collection through Twitter and a press release on May 23. The collection, titled Genesis, will display animated 3D representations of iconic athletes from Sports Illustrated, one of the most popular magazines. You can already buy the first drop of the NFT collection, featuring the former record-breaking Canadian ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky on eBay.

“Forty years ago, I was grateful to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated, it was a monumental moment in my life,” says Wayne Gretzky, Sportsman of the Year. “I’m honored to bring this collectible experience to my hockey fans who have followed my career for decades.”

There are 13 limited-edition digital collectibles as green, gold, platinum, and diamond tier NFTs, ranging from a highly coveted 15 editions only in the diamond tier to 299 editions each in the green tier. With prices starting at $10, each NFT features a 3D rendering of Gretzky making a signature move on the ice. As part of OneOf’s sports legends NFT series, additional releases will be available on eBay throughout 2022.


BSC News reached out to eBay to find out what they think about NFTs. eBay provided us with an exclusive statement as follows: 

“For 26+ years, eBay has been the world’s destination for collectibles, connecting millions of buyers with sellers and bringing unmatched inventory to the marketplace –particularly the most unique and hard-to-find items. And while collectibles were once viewed as simply just enthusiasts’ passions, they are now being recognized by a broader audience as serious business opportunities and key investments. In recent years, NFTs and blockchain technology have entered the collectibles space and continue to revolutionize it. NFTs offer greater access to a broader audience of collectors and creators.”

This collection was developed in partnership with environmentally friendly NFT platform OneOf, which provides sustainable collections through multiple “energy-efficient blockchains.”. OneOf’s CEO, Lin Dai, also shared his excitement about the recent drop with a

The statement from eBay also talks about the recent partnership with OneOf:

“Digital publishing brought more exposure for writers, digital collectibles bring greater opportunity for artists, creators, collectors, and investors. eBay’s partnership with OneOf is a natural evolution as we increasingly see enthusiasts investing differently and looking for innovative ways to build their collections.”

As of mid-2021, eBay began offering NFT listings but has not yet incorporated blockchain technology to support sales on its marketplace, as reported by Turner Wright from Cointelegraph. With this official drop, users will receive redemption links via in-platform messaging or email to access their NFT outside of the platform.

NFTs were minted on Ethereum scaling platform Polygon, and sales were conducted on eBay’s Web2 platform rather than on-chain. At the time of writing, about 2900 items are already been sold. You can check the Genesis NFT collection from eBay here

What is eBay:

eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) is a global commerce leader that connects people and builds communities to create economic opportunities for all. Their technology empowers millions of buyers and sellers in over 190 markets worldwide, allowing everyone to grow and thrive. eBay, founded in 1995 in San Jose, California, is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant marketplaces for finding great deals and one-of-a-kind items. In 2021, eBay will have enabled more than $87 billion in gross merchandise volume. 

Learn more about eBay:

Website | Twitter 

What is OneOf:

OneOf is an NFT platform that supports NFTs on multiple energy-efficient blockchains to create sustainable, creator-and-fan-friendly experiences. It is deeply committed to a sustainable blockchain future. Minting an NFT on OneOf’s platform consumes up to 2 million times less energy than proof-of-work networks, and its users pay no blockchain gas fees when purchasing NFTs. By removing technical barriers and allowing fans to pay for their NFTs with credit/debit cards and major cryptocurrencies, OneOf hopes to bring the next 100 million non-crypto-native fans into Web3.

Where to find OneOf:

Twitter | Marketplace | Discord

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