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- It’s a historical NFT collection fully minted in Jan 2018 predating the launch of the ERC-721 standard.
- It was launched on one of the first NFT marketplaces on Ethereum – MisfitArt built by the same team.
- A modified version of the CryptoPunks contract was used.
- It’s the only NFT collection tracking Bitcoin’s history.
- Each card was individually designed and not computer generated.
Back in 2017, we were intrigued by the CryptoPunks collection and although it was deemed more of a quirky art experiment at the time. In July the same year, we were buzzing to start an experiment of our own. Although familiar with the generative NFTs we wanted to create something different, a collection that tells the story, about one of the the most powerful and disruptive technologies of our lifetime – Bitcoin.
We spent the better part of the year designing the collection and we finally launched in Jan 2018. The reception wasn’t spectacular by any metric and we moved on to other things.
- The latest ERC 1155 OS contract you can find: here.
- On the read contract tab, you will see that it points to the ERC1155 V1 wrapper contract: here via the cardWrapperV1 variable.
- Checking the same read tab, the V1 wrapper points to the original 2018 contract via _DigitalArtCollectibleContract found at the address here.
- You can see the DigitalArtCollectibleContract was deployed in Jan 2018 via this tx.
A few years later people began to better understand the paradigm-altering model NFT’s were bringing to the concept of ‘ownership’ itself. It was November 2021 and after a defining booming year for the NFT space, CryptoCards was still undiscovered.
A few people stumbled on our website, but due to a glitch in our Metamask libraries which weren’t updated for a couple years, the estimated gas to buy a 0.005 E card was horrendous. We fixed this issue, built an ERC1155 wrapper and relaunched the collection.
Before we got there, we were lucky to get in a call with AdamMcBride, a man who needs no introduction. He is the reason why we managed to get this collection in the hands and imagination of thousands of collectors.
There are 64 cards with editions from 1 to max 200 with a total collection supply of 8.451. There are 5 levels of ‘rarity’, with corresponding max supply of 200, 100, 50, 10 and 1.
- Uncommon (200 max supply)
- Rare (100)
- Very Rare (50)
- Extremely Rare (10)
- Ghost Rare (1) sold recently for 51 ETH.
Bots swarmed into our discord posting hundreds of messages: ‘Where is Taiwan?’
The “China Bans Bitcoin” listing on OpenSea was temporarily suspended as countless bots reported it as the card depicted the Chinese map without Taiwan in it. The bots were quickly banned from Discord and the listing on OpenSea was brought back for the public to see once The CryptoCards community rallied and contacted OpenSea on Twitter.
When we minted the CryptoCards in Jan 2018, the market was in a frenzy with gas prices fluctuating wildly.
Not all the CryptoCards we were minted as some transactions timed out.
We kept track of what minting transactions went through in a database.
During rediscovery on Nov ’21, the user interface used to buy the NFTs included only 61 CryptoCards. Adam got a DM from a friend who mentioned they just found 2 new CryptoCards mintable from the contract. We unfortunately, used an older database for the website found on a forgotten hardrive, that did not include records of 4 additional CryptoCards being minted back in Jan 2018. The community refers to these cards as the ‘Lost Cards’.
We did a separate sale for the Lost CryptoCards with all proceeds going to the treasury controlled by the DAO.
The Lost Cards are:
- The Wright Reveal
- Bitcoin covered on The Economist
- Russia Bitcoin Regulations
- The Unknown CryptoCard. The art was lost and got burnt by the developers
This is a historic collection and we had to built a wrapper to adapt it to today’s NFT standards. Simply put, ‘wrapping’ an NFT means putting the original NFT into a container that allows people to buy and sell on current marketplaces. The first wrapper built although fully functional on any other NFT markeplace didn’t work on OpenSea due to a whitelisting issue. We built a second wrapper which cleared any issues.