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EBay Scores NFT business with an assist from hockey legend Wayne Gretzky

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EBay is getting into NFTs — with an assist from hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.

The company announced Monday that it's launching 13 limited-edition digital collectibles in partnership with Web3 platform OneOf, each of which contains a 3-D animated rendering of Gretzky making one of his signature moves on the ice.

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During the recent collectibles boom, Gretzky trading cards have set records for hockey memorabilia, with a rookie card selling for $3.75 million in 2021. In 2020, another Gretzky card became the first hockey card to sell for over $1 million.

Wayne Gretzky 'The Great One':

I'm honored to bring this collectible experience to my hockey fans who have followed my career for decades.

Dawn Block, VP Collectibles, Electronics and Home, eBay:

NFTs and blockchain technology are revolutionizing the collectibles space, and are increasingly viewed as an investment opportunity for enthusiasts.  Through our partnership with OneOf [green energy efficient tech], eBay is now making coveted NFTs more accessible to a new generation of collectors everywhere.

The company says each NFT is "priced for the everyday fan" starting at $10 each.

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NFT collections have experienced a significant slide in value this month. Some of the more prominent collections, such as Bored Ape Yacht Club and Crypto Punks, saw prices fall 28% and 32%, respectively, according to CREBACO research.

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