From Yu-Gi-Oh and basketball cards to Crypto Punks and Bored Ape Yacht Club

2 min readApr 20, 2022

Some of us remember the days when we used to collect basketball players’ cards or fill boxes with comic books. It was all about the joy of owning and collecting a small part of one or more things that we liked and were passionate about. We all had those gaming friends who had every video game on the original CD. The card collectors (most of the time sports-related) were the loudest of us all. The moment of opening a new pack of cards was the best time of the day and if at least one of the cards was anything else but common all the kids would hype up, scream and jump all around the place. From sports to action figurines, toys or books we all did it at some point or at least knew someone that had an unruly passion for it… for at least 1 week!

In the past few years, it seems like this habit of collecting and trading disappeared; for good reasons I believe. In the past, everything you had that you could grab, move, pass around or talk about was an entertainment of some sort. Through the years, especially visual entertainment moved faster and faster to the digital world and no one can blame us. We traded the tangible side of our passions for the comfort of use. It’s easy to find, easy to buy and the best thing — it is in your pocket at all times & you can easily enjoy it. There’s a big chance that lately, you’ve heard about NFTs or digital collectibles.

Coming back to what I was saying before, tangible art didn’t exactly disappear but in essence, it morphed into the digital “form”. Long story short, NFTs are just art in different digital forms or shapes and the coolest part is that everyone can make one. Now on the market, you can find NFTs created by a 9-year-old kid, your favourite musician or companies like Pizza Hut or Pringles. Also, you can find classic superhero comic books in the digital world. So you want a Spiderman? Wonder Woman or Winnie-the-Pooh in your wallet? Now you can have them whenever you wish (well, you also need a bit of luck to get the drops). Why should you show some interest in this whole movement? Because it’s already all around the world, changing the direction of art as we know it. They are a lot of fun and can be a great investment in the long or even short run.