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    2020 LeBron James NBA Top Shot (Series 1) From The Top - Dunk #3/59 2020 was a year filled with intense emotion for sports fans, and that was especially true for followers of the Los Angeles Lakers. In January of that year, a helicopter carrying a group of passengers including Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others crashed and killed all on board. The event shook the sports world as well as the world at large.

    Immediately, tributes for the fallen former Laker sprang up all around the planet--everywhere you looked there were accents of purple and gold, 8s and 24s. This all leads to the events surrounding this play, a game at Kobe's Los Angeles home court, the hallowed Staples Center.

    The Moment on offer here comes from a game that LeBron played at Staples on the eve of the burial of Kobe and his daughter, from a time when the memorials and landmarks were still being erected worldwide in honor of the Bryants. LeBron seems to have been possessed with the spirit of Kobe as he performs a play that Bryant famously did nineteen years earlier. On the very same court. On that very same end of the court, even.

    When viewed side-by side, it's hard to believe James when he says that it was unintentional. It looks as if LBJ had practiced for this very moment hundreds of times. Watch as LeBron glides to the hoop on a breakaway dunk in a nearly exact simulation of Kobe's famed play, an elegant graceful arc carved up and twisting into a perfect two-handed reverse windmill dunk. And it's a play that seems to signal to Laker fans that the franchise was in good hands, which it turns out they were, as Bron delivered an NBA Championship to LA fans later that same year.

    Here we have a replay that seems to sum up so much about LeBron's legendary career, pulling off something of the utmost difficulty with ease and style. And Legendary is the classification that this Moment dons, assigned to Top Shot plays of the highest rarity level on the platform. It comes from the Series 1 "From the Top" set, highlighting top dunks of the season. The rightful owner for this would have to be one of the most discerning investors, as this is one of the pinnacle pieces in this burgeoning hobby.

    It's an exciting new frontier in the sports collectibles marketplace, so new, in fact, that we suspect many of you will be informed of its very existence by this very auction listing. But NBA Top Shots, a league-sanctioned product, has already built up a global following in the early months of its launch. The result has been a booming market that is seeing top media from Forbes to Fortune heralding its rise.

    The item itself is entirely virtual, exchanged through a blockchain format similar to Bitcoin in that regard but different in the sense that the traded components are valued according to their specific contents and rarity thereof. This product is effective ownership of a particular NBA play, with lower serial numbered examples considered more valuable than those with higher numbers. Not only is this Moment limited to only 59 that will be ever minted, the #3 offered here is one of the lowest possible in existence. The record-breaking Top Shot that sold in February for over $200,000 was another Series 1 LeBron of similar rarity.

    According to Evaluate.market, a website that compiles data on previous sales of Top Shot marketplace Moments, only twice (in each February and March) did an instance of this Moment sell. And each time it did, the price rose significantly from its previous all-time high. As of this writing, only one is up for sale on NBA Top Shot.

    The winning bidder will have an all-time relic with an unknown but decidedly astronomical potential in a market that is in its infancy. Keep in mind that NBA Top Shot is a platform still at the beta stage of development. While it would be a life-changing to own any of the 59 minted of this From the Top set LeBron James Moment, the chance to own such a low serial number is an opportunity that almost surely will never come again. It's a superior example from this new sector of the collecting hobby, the King paying tribute to his fallen brother in basketball excellence.

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    April, 2021
    15th Thursday
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