One of many factors made by WWE within the lawsuit that resulted from its “firing” of buying and selling card firm Panini final yr was that Panini didn’t make any digital WWE playing cards.
Effectively, the swimsuit was settled out of court docket, and with the pending new launch of 2023 Panini Donruss Elite WWE buying and selling playing cards later this month or early March 2023, it seems to be like Panini will proceed to make WWE buying and selling playing cards, probably for the rest of their unique contract, however along with that, Panini simply dropped its first set of digital WWE buying and selling playing cards, with 2023 Panini NFT WWE Donruss Elite FOTL (First Off the Line) packs.
No matter one’s opinion of NFTs or digital buying and selling playing cards, WWE needed, if not demanded, digital buying and selling playing cards from Panini, and these packs could also be of curiosity to some as a result of it offers collectors a primary have a look at the approaching Donruss Elite buying and selling card set, which has been caught in limbo whereas WWE and Panini settled their variations out and in of court docket. The 2023 Panini NFT WWE Donruss Elite FOTL packs can be found straight from Panini’s Sports NFT Digital Trading Cards retailer, and these packs may not final lengthy, as a result of solely 7,509 complete packs have been produced, and on the time of this writing, 4,490 remained.
With every $20 pack of playing cards, consumers obtain 5 NFTs, containing three base or base legend NFTs restricted to a rely of 285, one insert or autograph NFT restricted to a rely of 79, and one FOTL unique crimson NFT numbered to twenty or much less.
Now, whereas I’m not a collector of NFTs myself, I’ve had fairly a little bit of expertise with digital buying and selling playing cards, and I used to be huge fan of Topps’ digital buying and selling card platform SLAM. Some may even say I used to be addicted, which I wrote about in my essay “To BUNT or To not BUNT,” accessible within the anthology OBSESSED: Essays on Pop Culture Obsession (Gimmick Press). So, on the threat of falling off the wagon, I bought a pack of 2023 Panini NFT WWE Donruss Elite FOTL, and here’s what I pulled.
After a quick animation whereas my pack loaded, my pack opened and I noticed 5 card backs, telling me what the rarity of every card was. I had three unusual playing cards, one epic, and one extremely uncommon, which I hoped was an excellent signal. My first card was an unusual Randy Orton base card, my second card was an unusual Stacy Kiebler base card, and my third card was an unusual Batista base card. Every of them appeared very cool, however have been nothing to put in writing house about.
My epic card was a Von Wagner new breed autograph card, which once more, appeared fairly cool, and the animation was slick, however it didn’t really feel the identical as pulling an autograph from a bodily pack of playing cards.
Lastly, for the fifth card, I pulled a Charlotte Aptitude extremely uncommon star standing insert, which had extra animation to it than the opposite playing cards.
And that was that. 5 playing cards, 5 NFTs, in my Panini account. Truthfully, I didn’t pull something I’d really feel compelled to avoid wasting for my assortment, however fortunately there’s an choice to commerce or promote your NFTs on a public market, so I’ll be attempting that side later, to see if I can recoup any of what I spent on my pack.
If digital playing cards or NFTs enchantment to you, I’ve no qualms with that, however these didn’t really feel fairly as enjoyable as I bear in mind Topps SLAM, so I don’t suppose there’s any threat of me going broke on these any time quickly, however I’m glad I bought a peak on the new 2023 Panini Donruss Elite WWE set to return.
FYI by the point I completed penning this, there have been 4,437 packs left within the retailer.