The Blooming NFT Landscape 🌄

Weekly Recap: Bueno Drops, Tessera’s Escher, the Webaverse heist, and more!
Feb 10, 20236 min read

Dear Bankless Nation,

Nowadays if you want to keep a bird’s-eye view on the NFT space, you have to have at least a dozen different blockchains on your radar.

There’s the king of the hill, Ethereum. The L2 OGs like Arbitrum, Optimism, Polygon, ImmutableX, and Starkware. Axie Infinity’s GameFi hub Ronin. The BNB, Solana, and Tezos scenes. Flow with its Doodles crossover. And newer ecosystems like the ones popping up around Bitcoin Ordinals and Canto mints.

Not long ago, this NFT landscape wasn’t so wide. It’s really interesting to see how NFTs are huge drivers of activity and interest not just on Ethereum anymore, but on many chains.

These blooming cultural frontiers of digital media pose many new opportunities for pioneers like us, that’s for sure. Stay curious and always be diligent as you explore these new frontiers, and in the meantime have a great weekend!


🧠 The big picture

It was another growth week for the cumulative market cap of the NFT space, which enjoyed a climb of 2% to 9.11 million ETH on the week. Lately it’s been “up only” for this stat, though only time will tell how long this week-over-week green streak will last. With the way things are going in the NFT scene right now, it seems the uptrend could definitely continue for the foreseeable future.

📊 This week by the numbers:

It’s been another dominant volume week for Yuga Labs projects, no surprise there. And Jack Butcher’s Checks have also continued to rip, further cementing the collection’s place as one of the biggest NFT stories so far in 2023. A project that we haven’t seen in the top 5 recently that just had a strong showing was Doodles, which is riding high on fresh Dooplicators buzz.

🔝 7D top collections by volume

Via degenz.finance

🛒 7D NFT marketplace stats

With the $BLUR airdrop now just days away, OpenSea and Blur continue to be neck and neck in the NFT trading volume wars. As the airdrop dust settles, all eyes will be on who can take a decisive lead once more. The rest of the standings look unchanged since last week with the exception of cryptoart platform Foundation, which just edged out Sudoswap to move into 8th place.
Via degenz.finance

🛍️ 3 biggest buys this week

In last week’s recap, I noted how the three big NFT buys of that week collectively amounted to over Ξ1,160 worth of sales. Fast forward to today, and the biggest NFT buys of this week collectively amounted to nearly Ξ2,000! These huge transactions are just the latest indications that things are heating up at the top of the NFT economy right now.
Via cryptoslam.io

📰 General news

🏆 Digital collectibles

🎨 Cryptoart & music

  • Sound introduced Curator Rewards.
  • Tessera unveiled Escher, a curated marketplace for fine art editions.
  • VerticalCrypto Art, a curatorial house, entered into a partnership with Art Blocks Engine.

🎮 Decentralized gaming

🌐 Virtual worlds

🪙 NFTfi

🎆 Mint spotlight: Chungos

With a Ξ0.001 price for allowlisted participants, Chungos was essentially a free mint that took place at the end of last month. Since then the PFP collection held its art reveal, facilitated over Ξ1000 in trade volume, and has seen its floor rise as high as Ξ0.2 already. Trough to peak, that’s a whopping price climb of nearly 20,000% since mint!

🔭 Mint watch:

  • Life in West Americaminted out on Braindrops this week, this iconic AI art series by artist Roope Rainisto has seen its floor explode as people have flocked to collect the trippy works
  • Verifieda fun mint open for another week or two that lets you turn your NFTs into onchain “Checks” style pieces
  • The Wizard’s Hat — Nouns DAO is set to vote on doing its second open edition mint for “The Wizard’s Hat,” a film by the Nouns Stories team; learn more about Nouns DAO’s previous edition drop here
An exampl still from “The Wizard’s Hat”

🙇 3 insightful threads weekly to level up your NFT knowledge!

1. Chainleft on the pros/cons and misunderstandings of Ordinals Bitcoin NFTs:
2. Panda Jackson on how Jack Butcher’s Checks has bigly benefited from Blur bypassing OpenSea’s blocklist:
3. ClearHat on how Yuga Labs’s Dookey Dash game seems to have been heavily botted:

✨ My NFT tool of the week: NFTkek

NFTkek is a cool NFT analytics platform I just came across. You paste in the address of the NFT collection you want to analyze, and then NFTkek brings up a bunch of key stats and informative, colorful graphs on that collection. Here’s an example thread digging into the aforementioned Chungos NFTs to illustrate:

💥 Looks can be deceiving!

Do you ever see a new NFT project with surging stats and want to ape in accordingly? Well be careful and always mind your due diligence steps, since on the surface an NFT project’s stats can be deceiving. Cyphr points out one such scam project that was just inflating its own stats to lure unsuspecting, would-be collectors to malicious transactions:

😜 OTC Bitcoin NFT trades are so hot right now…

Here artist and Mathcastles co-creator 113 pokes fun at how primitive Bitcoin NFT trading is right now. Needless to say, there’s definitely a long way to go UX-wise:

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