Former baseball star, Willie Mays is set to release an NFT collection via the popular platform, Nifty Gateway. It will be done in collaboration with the Costas Collection. It launches today (October 24th) and the funds will be donated to the Say Hey Foundation. As well as this, restoring the baseball facilities in Rickwood Field, where he started his career.
About Willie Mays
Willie Mays is a former professional baseball player who spent 22 seasons in the MLB. The New York/San Francisco Giants, then New York Mets were the teams he spent time with. His position was a centerfielder. He recorded 660 home runs throughout his long career. He was selected for the all-star game 24 times, which is tied for most all-time. Perhaps the most notable thing is that he ranked second in The Sporting News’ ‘List of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time’, behind only Babe Ruth. Now, he has his well-deserved place in the MLB Hall of Fame. Now Willie Mays is stepping into NFTs.
About the NFT Drop
The first Willie Mays NFT drop on Nifty Gateway will revolve around his story into the MLB and the journey he took to get there, and his rookie year in New York where he won the 1951 MLB Rookie of the Year. This series of NFTs will show the statistics where Mays was translating into an MLB superstar of his time. Additionally, it will include personal documents and images that have never been seen before. These include, but are not limited to his High School Diploma. The NFT piece will also come with a voiceover where the powerful account of Willie’s sporting journey will be narrated by the iconic Bob Costas. Costas will also join Willie in donating the profits of this NFT collection to the baseball academy and the Rickwood Field Restoration Project.
Speaking on the Willie Mays NFT drop, the founder of Costas Collection, John Costacos said: “Willie, the humblest GOAT you’ll ever meet asked us to focus not on his 24 All-Star Games, 2 MVP awards, World Series victory in ’54, his 12 Gold Gloved or 660 home runs – rather, he saw this as a unique opportunity to connect with the legend through a one-of-a-kind digital art in support of the Say Hey Foundation.”
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