Taijuan Walker explained how he beat the rest of Major League Baseball to the market, auctioning off his own digital art using blockchain technology
Taijuan Walker twirled four shutout innings in his second start of the spring last week. He also made some digital history. The recently signed Mets right-hander became the first known active Major League Baseball player to enter the non-fungible token (NFT) arena, auctioning a piece of original artwork on OpenSea, a marketplace for digital goods. Walker’s one-of-a-kind art, a baseball card-esque image of him tricked out with neon colors and an animated, flashing signature, sold for 2.35 Ether — roughly $4,275 — after receiving six bids. The proceeds from the auction benefited the Amazin’ Mets Foundation, the team’s charity.
“I really wasn’t expecting nothing,” Walker, 28, said in a phone interview. “For it to sell like that, it was really cool and definitely a blessing.”