Baseball team Hanshin Tigers to launch first NFT collection

Japanese professional baseball team Hanshin Tigers will launch its first NFTs featuring players and famous game scenes this week. 

The collection is created from photographs and videos of players in action taken by the team’s official photographers. The digital items will be in limited quantities and be graded according to rarity. There will be only one piece for the rarest grade while other rare items will be limited to several hundred pieces. 

The first batch will be released on June 3, featuring 14 players’ images from the 2022 season. There will be five Grade A memorial cards, each capturing a notable moment and coming with an autograph. Only one card will be available for each of the five scenes. Each card is priced at 110,000 Japanese yen including tax. 

There will be nine types of Grade B autographed memorial cards featuring a player in action. Only five cards available under each type. Each card will be priced at 55,000 yen including tax. Payment can be made by credit card.

All will be put up on the Tigers Gallery on the team’s official website, jointly managed by NTT DOCOMO and ITEC Hankyu Hanshin. 

Hanshin Tigers also plans to sell digital items containing clips of scenes from their latest games and match-day highlight photos. These items will be available within 24 hours after a game, and will be generated using AI technology provided by NTT DOCOMO.

Late last year, six other professional baseball teams announced their plan to launch NFTs of video footage of their plays under a new service “Pacific League Exciting Moments β.” In March, META ALL-STARS, an NFT marketplace, launched a collaborative series of NFTs of Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters manager Tsuyoshi Shinjo, photographed by renowned photographer Leslie Key.