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NBA legend, Baron Davis, and Dibbs co-founder and CEO, Evan Vandenberg, explore the physical-backed digital collectibles landscape

Securing the Future of Collectibles with Baron Davis & Evan Vandenberg

In recent years, the sports collectibles landscape has rapidly changed. Projects without collectibility, repeatability, and utility have fallen by the wayside. A few weeks ago, NBA legend Baron Davis and Dibbs co-founder and CEO Evan Vandenberg explored the current collectibles landscape at Collision Conference, one of the largest tech conferences in the world.

Baron discusses his passion for collectibles and how he sees the future of the industry. He believes that collectibles should be more than just digital objects. They should also provide access, utility, and storytelling elements. Evan shares his vision for Dibbs' Taas (Tokenization-as-a-Service) solution, a platform that allows brands to tokenize their high-value items as physical-backed digital collectibles on the blockchain. He believes that Dibbs can revolutionize the collectibles industry by making it more accessible, efficient, and global.

Check out exclusive images from the conversation, and read on to hear how Baron discussed the key factors for successful collectibles projects for today and tomorrow.

Six sports trading cards featuring Mario Lemieux, Troy Aikman, Tiger Woods, Nolan Ryan, Sebastian Lletget, and Kobe Bryant on a wooden table.

What Are Blockchain Sports Cards & How Do They Work?

Sports cards have been a staple of sports fandom since at least 1909, the year American Tobacco stashed its first cards as freebies in cigarette and tobacco packs. The industry has grown significantly since those early days, and technology has matured alongside it. Now, the blockchain provides the perfect meeting point for the two.

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The 5 Most Successful Sports Crypto Projects of All Time

Sports and cryptocurrency are a match made in marketing heaven. Sports and their attendant franchises have long enjoyed mainstream popularity in cultures the world over, and they’ve monetized that popularity with plenty of multifaceted merchandising. Crypto, on the other hand, grants the venerable institution of sports access to new revenue streams that are particularly attractive to younger, more tech-savvy fans. The complementary nature of these two sectors makes it only natural that they should find success by their powers combined. From the dozens of sports crypto projects on the market, we’ve picked out five of the most successful to highlight how they hit their impressive results and what lessons you can take to inform your own crypto play.

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Sports and Blockchain: How Web3 Is Helping Franchises Find New Success

From NFTs (non-fungible tokens) of trading cards to virtual pre-game events, sports and blockchain projects have become natural partners in the past few years. Sports franchises have much to gain from Web3, including unprecedented revenue and fan engagement opportunities, and sports blockchain companies are eager to help. Here’s how some sports teams are using blockchain technology to reach new markets.

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How Cryptocurrency in Sports Keeps Fans Engaged

Cryptocurrency in sports is no fad. Since the earliest mainstream crypto partnerships in the mid-2010s, the two markets have grown increasingly intertwined, and for good reason. Cryptocurrency’s rising profile has made it especially popular among fans left out by traditional sports engagement tactics. Here’s how some of the most recognizable franchises have broken into cryptocurrency.

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The 5 Best Sports Blockchain Companies to Partner With in 2023

The explosive growth in NFTs took even tech fiends by surprise, and that demand has been especially strong when it comes to sports tokens. An impressive 24% of American households have already purchased a digital asset, but if you’re looking at sports fans specifically, that number jumps to 34%. Sports organizations are eager to enter this market but need reliable partners who understand the nuances of blockchain.

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How NFT Sports Collectibles Are Unlocking New Revenue Streams for Sports Franchises

Sports collectibles are as old as the games themselves, with memorabilia like trading cards, apparel, and autographed equipment preserving the history of these beloved pastimes while deepening the personal connections fans develop with their teams and players of choice. Now, NFT (non-fungible token) sports collectibles offer brands and fans alike the chance to push their passions into the future, deepening their bond and driving revenue along the way by turning those items of historical record into eternally preserved digital collectibles.