Nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, have taken the cryptocurrency sector by storm in 2021. The rising curiosity in these digital collectibles resulted in record-breaking buying and selling volumes in the course of the month of August, with particular person NFT gross sales exceeding more than $1 million dollars frequently. 

But with so many NFTs presently available on the market, it may be tough to find out which one-of-a-kind collectibles are well worth the excessive costs. It’s additionally necessary to level out that though NFTs are going mainstream, they’re instantly tied to the cryptocurrency ecosystem and, due to this fact, are liable to market volatility.

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For example, data exhibits that the overall quantity of NFTs traded on main marketplaces declined in the beginning of September, across the similar time Bitcoin (BTCdropped below the $43,000 mark.

Uncovering the worth behind extremely sought-after NFTs

Though NFT buying and selling quantity has continued to deflate this month, extremely sought-after initiatives corresponding to CryptoPunks and EtherRocks are nonetheless seeing high-priced gross sales. Whereas these had been each a number of the first items of artwork to be featured on the Ethereum blockchain, Andrew, founding chief advertising and marketing officer of stablecoin undertaking Reserve.org, instructed Cointelegraph that he believes EtherRocks, particularly, will proceed to rise in worth because of the truth that solely 100 had been created. “Punks, Rocks and Kittens are all basic 2017 ‘artwork’ of Ethereum crypto. Nevertheless, there are millions of kittens and punks and solely 100 rocks.”

Echoing Andrew, Snowfro, founding father of the NFT artwork platform Artwork Blocks, instructed Cointelegraph that, normally, CryptoPunks function independently from the general market. “There are solely 10,000 of them, and ultimately, it’s clear that greater than 10,000 individuals need to personal one, so there’ll doubtless all the time be sturdy curiosity in Punks,” they mentioned.

Because of the restricted quantity of CryptoPunks and EtherRocks available on the market, the homeowners of those NFTs may additionally be extra hesitant to promote. Based on Andrew, EtherRock homeowners will probably by no means promote just because they need to be part of crypto historical past: “One of many causes Van Gogh items are so extremely valued is due to their historic significance. The identical may presumably be mentioned of the historic significance of an EtherRock.” In flip, Andrew defined that EtherRock NFT holders immediately turn into a part of an unique membership, which additionally triggers astronomical costs for EtherRocks: “The last word logic for me is that within the subsequent three to 30 years, NFTs created in 2017 can be extraordinarily treasured. Nearly like historic artwork.”

Talking from expertise, Fungibles, CEO of Greenleaf Ventures, instructed Cointelegraph that he bought his EtherRock after receiving a private message from social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk concerning the undertaking:

“On the time, there have been solely three rocks left promoting for 8.5 ETH every. I had a very good feeling concerning the undertaking as a result of it was from 2017, and there have been solely 100 rocks ever created. I pulled the set off after which despatched out a tweet about why I bought a $24,000 rock.”

Along with the rarity and historical past behind the undertaking, Fungibles talked about that EtherRocks additionally make for the right meme: “If this undertaking takes off, it exhibits that there’s something stunning about one thing so horrible wanting that would finally go to zero. This makes for the right meme and collectible.” 

Fungibles additionally identified that a number of the most sought-after NFTs at present additionally present homeowners with entry. Particularly talking, he defined that proudly owning an EtherRock supplies people with entry to unique gatherings all over the world whereas additionally permitting this group to vote on particular issues that may assist transfer the worth of EtherRocks up over time: “Communities are coming collectively round this token, which implies getting access to sure issues. For me, this can be a long-term funding.”

Anthony Scaramucci, founding father of SkyBridge Capital and SALT, additional instructed Cointelegraph that SkyBridge simply announced the launch of Flatter, an NFT platform that mixes unique experiences with sought-after collectibles. Based on Scaramucci, Flatter goals to show conventional collectors to a broader market the place they’ll expertise digital artwork and experiences in a singular and thrilling approach: “Flatter NFT homeowners could have entry to a neighborhood that features shared experiences, occasions, early and unique entry to happenings.”

Though the platform was simply launched, Flatter may doubtlessly showcase the totally different potentialities provided by NFTs to conventional buyers, particularly as established artwork collectors start to enter the NFT sector. Talking on the NFT panel throughout SkyBridge’s annual SALT convention, Noah Davis, specialist and head of digital artwork and on-line gross sales at Christie’s, talked about that many established artwork collectors partook in Christie’s Andy Warhol NFT auction in Could this yr. Davis famous that three out of 5 of those collectibles went to blue-chip artwork patrons, mentioning that there’s a shift towards NFTs occurring in the actual world.

An excessive amount of provide, however not sufficient demand?

Whereas extremely sought-after NFTs could have sure traits, an inflow of recent NFTs continues to flood the cryptocurrency market each day. However even when these NFTs boast rarity, distinctive options and accessibility, the query as as to if or not an excessive amount of provide will exceed demand stays. Furthermore, if so, NFTs are certain to lose worth over time.

Jason Lau, chief working officer of cryptocurrency alternate Okcoin, instructed Cointelegraph that NFTs can finally be created by anybody with web entry however {that a} a lot smaller inhabitants is considering proudly owning them:

“Ultimately, provide will outweigh demand. That is very very like every other creator-based financial system. For NFTs, we’re nonetheless in an early stage, and numerous exploration is being executed by each creators and homeowners — how we finally attain equilibrium stays to be seen.”

Snowfro has a unique opinion on the matter, although, noting that “an excessive amount of provide” is a counterintuitive idea when you have got a whole bunch of artists eager to showcase their work in a approach that has by no means existed earlier than.

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By way of worth misplaced over time, Lau identified that there are numerous parallels between NFTs and conventional artwork. Because of provide doubtlessly outweighing demand, he believes that some NFTs will inevitably lose worth, whereas others will accrue in worth as new creators and experiences rise in recognition.

Santiago Roel Santos, a decentralized finance investor, additional instructed Cointelegraph that though not all NFTs will maintain their worth, he does anticipate to see the subsequent Picasso emerge from this motion: “At this level, each main artist, creator and studio is considering NFTs and have a technique.” However even when worth is misplaced, Fungibles stays optimistic:

“There can be a bear market, and sure NFTs can be lower than they’re at present, however this may even allow new patrons to come back in and for EtherRocks to alter palms. I believe there’ll all the time be a market whatever the value.”