Despite emerging in the 2010s, NFTs became all the rage in the cryptocurrency market and blockchain technology field in 2021. As non-fungible tokens (NFTs) provide guaranteed ownership of digital assets, they are changing how people create, buy, and trade items, such as artwork, music, collectibles, and more.
Unlike cryptocurrency, every NFT purchased is different, as they vary in value, quality, and features. Check out the top eight coolest NFTs ever bought.
- Human One
Beeple is one of the most successful NFT creators in the space, generating millions of dollars from their NFTs. One of the coolest NFTs to date is Human One, a hybrid design with physical elements. The human-scale structure is made from mahogany wood, polished aluminum, and four video screens with a combined total resolution of 6K.
The screens feature an eye-catching virtual avatar that will continue to change for many years as Beeple regularly updates its design. The evolving design is undeniably cool and sold for the equivalent of $28.5 million.
- NBA Top Shot
Many sports fans are looking to buy NFTs to get their hands on unique sports memorabilia that is only available in a blockchain world. NBA Topshot is one of the best NFT digital trading cards of all time.
The collection allows b-ball fans to acquire unique collectibles to embrace their passion for the game. The NBA Moments collectibles provide token-holders with NBA highlight clips, which they are free to use as online trading cards.
The good news is that you can continue to buy, sell, or trade NBA Top Shot NFTs, which will feature the greatest NBA and WNBA players and plays. Also, as NFTs don’t all share the same value, some NBA moments are rarer than others, which means they are worth more when re-selling or trading.
- Crypto Baristas
If you think coffee is cool, you will likely love the idea of Crypto Baristas. The Coffee Bros. released the first NFT-funded café in 2021 and provided NFT token-holders with 60 caffeine-loving characters, award-winning coffee, and lifetime coffee discounts through their coffee roastery.
Each of the cool 60 animated characters is pouring a cup of coffee and features quirky names, such as Sherlock Foams and Mech Pilot Tony. The money generated from each season funds real-world coffee initiatives, as The Coffee Bros. focuses on improving coffee supply chains, sustainability, and the livelihoods of coffee-growing communities.
- Flyfish Club
Flyfish Club allows token-holders to become part of an exclusive NFT group. It is the first members-only private dining club on the planet where membership is bought using non-fungible tokens.
Club members can reserve a table with up to eight non-token loved ones at the restaurant, cocktail lounge, or a 10,000-square-foot private dining room in NYC. Also, you can buy a premium NFT to access the VIP Omakase Room. It is easily one of the coolest, most exclusive restaurants in the Big Apple, and it will open its doors to members and their chosen guests in 2023.
- Disney NFTs
Many celebrities and companies have jumped on the NFT bandwagon recently, and it should be no surprise that one of the biggest brands in the world has followed suit. Recognizing the potential of blockchain technology, The Walt Disney Company made the smart move to sell Marvel comic books and digital collectibles from Star Wars, Pixar, and The Simpsons for non-fungible tokens. Each digital golden trophy buyer also received three months of free access to Disney Plus.
The NFT collectibles went on sale for $60 in November 2021 and sold out within minutes of their launch. To make sales more exciting, Disney ran a blind box format, which meant buyers didn’t know the cards they had bought until opening the box. Despite an initial fixed price of $60, the subsequent value of some Disney NFTs reached an incredible $2,000.
Following the Walt Disney Company’s success in 2021, it launched the Mickey Mouse and Friends NFT collection in January 2022, which sold out in an instant. The digital art collectibles were hand-painted by Morgane Keesling and Naty Kosloff and feature the brand’s most famous characters, such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Goofy, and Pluto. It is a must-buy NFT for passionate Disney fans or collectors.
Metroverse is a land trading NFT strategy game that features 50,000 mini-blocks minted on the Ethereum blockchain. Every city block is worth an NFT and features a random combination of various Metroverse buildings, but there is only one of each city block minted. Token holders can earn $MET utility tokens by collecting, staking, or trading their city blocks. It is like the digital version of Monopoly, but each NFT has a real value attached to it.
- Everydays – The First 5000 Days
Mike Winklemann, the brains behind Beeple, set a record with his single piece of artwork Everydays – The First 5000 Days. It features a collage of 5,000 individual photos made daily over thirteen years from 2007 to 2020.
It was the first solely NFT-based artwork produced and sold at Christie’s auction house for $69.3 million on March 11th, 2021. The buyer, Vignesh Sundaresan, a passionate crypto investor, called the NFT piece “a steal” to The New York Times. Beeple is now one of the top three most valuable living artists, and this piece is credited for the NFT boom in 2021. Since the sale, Beeple has produced some of the coolest and best-selling NFTs, including Human One, and he has collaborated with Nike and Katy Perry.
- Gucci Ghost
Gucci Ghost is a shivering GIF ghost made by Trevor Andrews, a multi-disciplinary artist. The unusual image has no direct connection to the Gucci brand but features its iconic design in the piece. The cool gif artwork sold for $3,600 in February 2021 and has inspired various versions of the ghost in many art forms, such as pop art-style prints, neon lights, and sculpture installations. The price of the NFT artwork has since rocketed to $16,300.