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May 27, 2022 | ± 6 minutes
- Our analysis of the NFT market for the year & for the week
- All you need to know about current drops
- A heads up on cool projects we think are worth checking out
- Industry news update
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NFTs in 2022
Our index shows NFTs returning 13% on the fractional marketplace from the initial offerings. The trend shows that the declines have not stopped and are still finding a bottom. The overall market is now in danger of giving back all of its gains over the past eight months.
The chart below is indicative of an NFT Winter. Last week marked the lowest weekly trade volume in the past three months. It appears that a new low will be set this week.
The last two weeks also provided the lowest two weeks of transactions (sales) in the past year.
NFTs Last Week
Returns are down significantly since we first started recording data in September 2021. The losses this week have been led by the CryptoPunks on the Otis platform. Punk #543 has lost a market cap of more than $100k in the past week, and Punk #2142 remains down 30% in the past month.
On Rally, Punk #5883 has lost $460k in market cap since its IPO and recently lost another $30k this week. Punk #8103 has lost $350k in market cap since its IPO. On a positive note, Punk #9670 has gained $158k in market cap since its IPO.
The fractional Bored Apes have stabilized and remain relatively unchanged from the previous week.
One bright spot is Meebit #15511, which recovered from a market cap low of $15k two weeks ago to now trading at a market cap of $40k. It is still down 47% from its IPO price.
It’s clear that Solana-created NFTs are having their day with the current state of the Ethereum market. Solana collectors have been talking about the benefits of buying Solana NFTs for a few years now, including lower minting fees and much lower transaction fees, aka gas fees.
The latest Solana project making a splash is the Trippin’ Ape Tribe, which is currently the 5th highest traded collection by sales volume on OpenSea. It’s not that Solana NFTs haven’t seen their share of successful projects, but by being included on the OpenSea marketplace, it feels like they’ve finally reached the mainstream, and with it, a certain level of respectability.
This could be the beginning of a “Solana Summer.” But buyers beware – the timing of Solana NFTs coming up seems to be a well-planned campaign by market creators and influencers.
Keep in mind that it’s very possible that creators of failed Ethereum projects may have simply migrated to the Solana blockchain to offer more of the same. If you decide to “ape” in, make sure that you enjoy the art.
The Trippin’ Apes were at a 68 SOL floor price just two days ago, and in our latest snapshot, the floor is 46 SOL.
NFTs This Week
- When: May 23rd @ 12 PM ET
- Platform: Rally
- Market Cap: $33.6k (82% funded)
- Retained Equity:
- Inferred Value: $25k
- Our View: [INSIDERS ONLY]
We’re looking at a couple of new projects this week:
When: Friday, May 27 @ 6:30 PM ET
- Nychos is a famous artist known for clever animations that end with an introspective look at our anatomical structure, i.e. exposed brains, bones, and eyeballs.
- Nychos previously released a Darth Vader NFT and teased on Twitter that his next release will center around Grogu, also known as Baby Yoda
- NiftyGateway drops have limited editions and open editions. Open editions come with a time limit. Be careful with open editions if you are concerned about resale value. Limited editions tend to retain value, though liquidity is relatively low on the NiftyGateway secondary.
When: Saturday, May 28
Price: 0.25 ETH
- There is no public sale for this project. All minting will be done through a pre-sale for 1,000 whitelisted members.
- So why tell you about it? Because it won’t hurt to be on the lookout for any resellers at a low entry point, in the event the project does not take off and people look to sell.
- Gossamer Rozen is a member of the Proof Collective by Kevin Rose, the group that made Moonbirds
- Rozen has also been a part of other prominent NFT projects including Woodies, Deadfellaz, and Lucrece
Some tidbits from around the NFT world:
- Last week, OpenSea announced its new Web3 marketplace, the Seaport Protocol. This new marketplace is pretty innovative, allowing for trades in combinations of currency and other NFTs. It’s also an open-source protocol, meaning that smart contract developers are welcome to further secure and improve the network.
The company is also sponsoring a contest with a $1 million prize pool for smart contract developers to help find potential bugs and exploits. Here’s a good read on how the protocol is expected to work.
- Seth Green was working on an animated show with four of his NFTs as the stars – a Bored Ape named Fred Simian, two Mutant Apes, and a Doodle.
A week ago, and just days from the show’s debut, Green fell for a phishing scam and lost all four of his NFTs. He also allegedly lost the commercial rights to the NFTs, putting a tenuous hold on the future of his show.
Well frens it happened to me. Got phished and had 4NFT stolen. @BoredApeYC @opensea @doodles @yugalabs please don’t buy or trade these while I work to resolve:@DarkWing84 looks like you bought my stolen ape- hit me up so we can fix it pic.twitter.com/VL1OVnd44m— Seth Green (@SethGreen) May 17, 2022
UPDATE: BuzzFeed made contact with the owner of GEB Vault, who happens to be an Australian surgeon. The surgeon has asked to be put in touch with Seth Green.
- Lastly, to keep in line with the mood I’m in, we have to finish with yet another scam. This time an owner was scammed out of 29 Moonbirds. The owner was scammed after clicking a malicious link by someone who had apparently built trust on the Moonbirds Discord channel.
29 Moonbirds were just stolen in a hack.— Cirrus (@CirrusNFT) May 25, 2022
~750e (~$1,500,000) in value lost by clicking on a bad link.
Sickening seeing stuff like this. Let this be a reminder to never ever click on links and to bookmark the marketplaces/trading sites that you use. pic.twitter.com/7iWO5LMovL
The birds had a cumulative value of $1.5 million. According to a report by MalwareBytes Labs, phishing scams are on the rise. Please be careful out there.
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Until next week!