Crossing the world of non-fungible is a difficult task. With so many new NFT projects, artists and large-scale collections popping up weekly, it has become nearly impossible to keep up with each subsequent development.
In the past, a simple exploration of OpenSea was enough to find the latest NFT craze. But things have changed dramatically since the 2021 NFT boom. Now, NFT enthusiasts need to be keenly aware of what and where they collect.
To help unearth majestic NFT endeavors both new and old, nft now presents Undervalued: a weekly column highlighting innovative projects, collections and artists that push the NFT space forward.
EZU, launched on August 22, is an NFT collection of 15,000 pieces of Voltura Laboratories with a unique utility. You’ve heard of play-to-earn, maybe step-to-earn, but what about wear-to-earn? This is the unique utility that EZU hopes to offer to the holders of its NFTs. Any EZU-enabled piece of clothing can provide the wearer with all kinds of perks, even free NFTs that act as successful badges for wearing that particular piece of clothing.
But how will it work? This NFT-activated apparel is expected to provide these utilities via NFC chips embedded in EZU-enabled apparel items, which can presumably track who wears a particular garment and for how long. It is up to a brand’s discretion whether it wishes to implement this functionality. EZU NFTs are currently available for purchase on OpenSea.
DeGods, launched on October 8, 2021, is a 10,000-piece PFP NFT collection that is currently one of the preeminent projects on the Solana blockchain. The project brings with it an irreverent and rebellious spirit throughout its website. Holders are even discouraged from selling their DeGods at a loss via what the DeGods team calls a “paper hand whore tax.” All cardholders who sell their DeGods for less than the mint price of 3 SOL will have to pay this 33% tax.
Since its launch, this collection has garnered a loyal base of followers around the world and even has a rap legend Ice cube as one of its supporters. This particular collaboration was extraordinary. Following the rapper’s publicly stated support for this NFT project, DeGods’ DeDAO was able to purchase a stake in the ownership of a Big3 basketball team, a three-on-three league founded by Ice Cube himself.
The future continues to be bright for this project. The launch of the y00ts The NFT project, also from the DeGods team, will arrive very soon. Anyone interested in supporting that team’s initial project can collect DeGods’ NFTs on Magic Eden.
CryptoCosplay, launched in September 2021, is an NFT animated collection of the artist Miguel Garest. The collection features Garest’s character, Crypto, in a wide range of outfits and settings, dragging himself forward in an endlessly repeating animated cycle. Several pieces in the collection even allude to pop culture, like a piece that directly references one of the best shows of 2021: Squid game. Want to see more of Crypto in all its cuteness? A Gen 2 from the collection is currently in the works. But for now, the original mint pieces are available for purchase on OpenSea.
The Tony Stewart Legacy Series, launched on August 23, is a collection of 500 unique NFT pieces to celebrate the distinguished career of the racing car driver in the Hall of Fame. Each NFT in the collection depicts a car connected to some point in the motorsport athlete’s career, brought to life in vivid 3D. In addition, one in five holders of each NFT is entitled to a 30-minute virtual hangout with the legendary driver. For owners of two or more NFTs in this collection, physical designer hats are promised as a perk. If you love to burn rubber, the pieces from the collection are currently available for purchase on OpenSea.
Tezzards, launched in August 2021, is a generative PFP collection made up of 4,200 adorable lizards hand-drawn by illustrator and digital artist George Goodwin. The collection is currently one of the most important projects hosted on the green Tezos blockchain, hence the name. They are native lizards of Tezos: Tezzards! As such, each Tezzard carries Goodwin’s distinct vision on cartoons. In addition to the 4,200 Tezzards created in the initial mint, six unique super rare Tezzards hand-drawn by Goodwin himself are hidden in the collection.
Specifically, the project featured a unique and distinct mint mechanics. For 15 XTZ each, Tezos’ native crypto coin, users could mint up to ten lizard eggs at a time, which would eventually hatch into an adult Tezzard the next day. With 4,200 eggs sold during that mint, Tezos was pushed to its absolute limit. Since that tick, these flamboyant lizards have received rave praise throughout the NFT community. According to the project’s website, well-known NFT collectors such as Chris Wallace, Artchick.eth, and Jesse Altman are among the project’s biggest champions. Anyone interested in picking up a Tezzard can buy it on objkt and Rarible.