Legendary baseball player Babe Ruth is coming to the NFT world through a new drop by Skrapper Legends and WAX. The NFTs include original work by artist William Quigley, who uses the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph “The Babe Bows Out” by Nat Fein, as their base.
The image shows an ailing Ruth, who was dying of terminal cancer at the time. He was in attendance of the 25th anniversary of Yankee Stadium, to retire his #3 jersey. Two months after the photo was taken, he passed away, and Fein went on to win the Pulitzer.
Babe Ruth’s 714 a big factor
There will be 714 of the NFTs minted — the number of home runs by Babe Ruth. The cards will sell for $100 a piece, with 651 “common” designs. Another 60 will be “epic” cards, and just three “legendary” cards will be available — distributed at random.
The NFTs go on sale on June 22 via the WAX blockchain, which was founded by William E. Quigley. Despite the name, the two Quigleys are very different people, with Quigley the artist having worked with notable galleries worldwide like the Piladelphia Museum of Fine Art, and Art Basel.
NFTs to commemorate important moments in history
The Babe Ruth NFTs are the latest example of the sports world getting into the crypto scene. But they’re more than that. By using fine art to help immortalize key moments on sports history, they are bringing a new layer to the game. The owners of these NFTs will have something unique, beautiful, and also significant in the history of baseball.
The Babe Ruth NFTs by Skrapper Legends go on sale June 22.