World’s first authentic cricket augmented reality non-fungible token (NFT) auction, conducted by CricFlix in association with RevSportz and Fanatic Sports, witnessed a remarkable bidding as digital rights of a bat signed by MS Dhoni-led 2011 World Cup-winning team and a David Warner-signed IPL jersey were sold for a massive price in Dubai.
With fierce bidding to get hands on the historic digital artefacts, a bat signed by the Indian team, which handed the country the ODI World Cup after 28 years, was sold for US$25,000 (₹18,76,000). On the other hand, Australia batter Warner’s 2016 IPL-winning signed jersey topped the chart with the highest bid of US$30,000 (₹22,51,200). Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement Test ticket, a signed first day cover and a signed jersey were the first ones to go under the hammer and were picked up by ardent fan Amal Khan from Mumbai for US$40,000 (₹30,01,600).
Anwar Hussein, Co- Founder of CricFlix, commented:
“The Cricket NFT AR market store auction was a 100% record breaking success having sold out all 23 items in one NFT auction. The entire catalogue was sold out for US$ 335,950 (Approximately INR 2.5 Crore) Cricflix has affirmed its position as the pioneer in the AR NFT Spacez. Cricflix has already captured around 960+ of the world’s rarest ever cricket memorabilia in their purest form to Digital and already started preserving them in Blockchain for the future generations.”
An exclusive collection of 23 rare artefacts of world cricket, including the official souvenir and team autographs from India’s maiden tour to England in 1932, were sold for US$14,500 (₹10,88,080) and US$14,000 (₹10,50,560) respectively.
The CricFlix auction roaster also saw the Don Bradman-signed NFT stamp being sold for US$26,600 (₹19,96,064). A Lata Mangeshkar concert recording for the 1983 World Cup-winning team was bought for US$21,000 (₹15,75,840), while Balasaheb Thackeray’s cartoons and autographs from India’s first tour of Pakistan in 1952 were auctioned for US$15,000 (₹11,25,600). Digital rights of India’s first-ever Test skipper CK Nayudu’s collection, including his original bank account book and passport, were sold for US$7,500 (₹5,62,800) and US$9,800 (₹7,35,392) respectively. Veteran Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami’s 2017 World Cup semi-final jersey fetched US$10,000 (₹7,50,400); it was also the first-ever NFT from the women’s cricketing world.
Sports NFTs have emerged as the game-changing digital assets, and CricFlix’s rare AI-based NFT auction gives fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only acquire unique ownership rights on these historic collectables but also generate revenue and experience some of the best fan moments.
Raghav Gupta, Founder & CEO, Fanatic Sports, added:
“We are delighted with the response. It will be a unique, exciting, and fulfilling experience for the fans to not just enjoy financial benefits but also experience top sporting moments across the globe. This collaboration between Cricflix, Revsport, and Fanatic Sports is a game-changer and sets a new benchmark in future NFT auctions.”