The original picture of a smiling eight-year-old Zuckerberg, signed and verified, will go under the hammer as both the physical item and a one-of-the-kind NFT.
Zuckerberg, now 38, had the card made for him in 1992 by his mum at the local printer while attending a summer camp in Westchester County, New York. There, he bonded with a camp counselor, Allie Tarantino, and gave him his Little League card as a gift.
According to ComicConnect, a collectibles marketplace auctioning the picture, little Mark “enthusiastically” agreed to sign the card at Tarantino’s request – like a real baseball player. Thirty years after, the card resurfaced, and Tarantino, now a primary school teacher, decided to sell it.
“I feel like my part of the story is over, so due to Mark’s prominence in the tech world and the fact that he is a giant and pretty recognizable by just about anyone on the planet, I figured now is a good time to sell this card and put in on the market,” Tarantino said in a press release video.
The physical auction will be held in US dollars, and the digital one will take place in ether. The auction house says it has verified the authenticity of both the card and Zuckerberg’s signature on it.
Adding to the authenticity, Meta’s boss shared the picture of a bat-wielding younger self on his Instagram account to “honor” the social network’s move to expand its NFT features to more than 100 countries. Instagram users can now post and share digital collectibles, with creators and collectors automatically tagged.
Instagram will now also support Coinbase Wallet and Dapper, in addition to Trust Wallet, Rainbow, and MetaMask crypto wallets. Along with Ethereum and Polygon, it will now also support Flow blockchain. There are no fees associated with posting and sharing NFTs on Instagram at this point.
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