What’s up Top Shot squad!

It’s been a while since we’ve penned a Community Roundup but we wanted to give you an update on all that's been happening. This is meant to serve as your one-stop shop for all things NBA Top Shot, and we will work to publish these more regularly going forward.

This week, we'll review FAQs we’re seeing from the community and provide you with a recap of NBA Top Shot coverage over the last week. We will also feature a member from the NBA Top Shot community in our first “Community Spotlight” series.

As a reminder, we created a Twitter account strictly for updates to keep the community up-to-date on the latest around the Marketplace, Stress Tests and more. Give us a follow at @topshot_updates

FAQs FROM THE COMMUNITY

Q: I signed up to receive email notifications, but haven’t received any emails yet and I keep missing out on the pack drops. Please explain.

This is one of the more common inquiries received. There is a difference between pack drops and stress tests. Read more details in this blog post

We announce limited edition pack drops to the community at least eight hours in advance, and we will continue to strive to keep you updated in advance of these drops.

Common Base set packs are not necessarily released as pack drops and will be released on the site at a moment's notice, regardless of whether we are undergoing a “Stress Test” or not.

We recommend joining our Discord to stay up to date, or to follow us on @topshot_updates.

Q: When can I withdraw? Is there a timeline I can expect?

More information can be found in this article, as well as in our tutorial video.  We are dealing with a massive backlog and chipping our way through it as fast as we can. We added four more members to the team that specialize in this field, and we're making progress each day. We apologize to our collectors and promise we're working seven days per week to process as many of these as we can.

Note that there is no estimated timeline we can provide once identity check is cleared. Withdrawal requests are also manually reviewed, so please allow for processing time. 

As a reminder, buying and selling Dapper Balance off-market is illegal and goes against our Code of Conduct. If you participate in irregular gifting schemes (i.e. buying a Moment for significant money, only to gift it  back), we will have to investigate thoroughly.

Q: Is the queue randomized? I’m 0/10 on pack drops.

The queue is completely randomized. Whether you join the waiting room 15 minutes before or 5 minutes before has no bearing on the number you are assigned. For more information, please read through this blog post explaining the queue.

Q: When is gifting coming back?

We are implementing gifting restrictions in order to protect the community, maintain an even playing field for collectors, and combat multi-accounters. We anticipate gifting will return by April 9th with some major renovations.

Q: My husband, wife, brother, sister, or significant other wants to create an account, but we live in the same household and are using the same IP address. Will we get flagged for having multiple accounts?

You can have multiple accounts under the same household as long as the accounts belong to different collectors. However, violators of our NBA Top Shot Terms of Service will be addressed directly by our team. 

We held a Discord Office Hours Chat on Friday, March 26, to field questions from the NBA Top Shot community. The full audio can be listened to here.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT - TAYLOR STEIN FROM Minted Moment

Part of what makes NBA Top Shot so special is the community. We see the passion and excitement from all of you, and it does not go unnoticed. So, we wanted to take a moment and spotlight a fantastic resource from one of our collectors that helps make NBA Top Shot special. 

Taylor Stein, who created the Minted Moment Substack, brings in-depth analysis to the NBA Shot Community. Below is a transcription of our conversation. Enjoy! 

How did you get started with NBA Top Shot?

As a Data Scientist and basketball fanatic, I’ve always found myself analyzing NBA data for fun, and following other folks on Twitter doing the same. I first came across Top Shot from a tweet that popped up in my feed, and it immediately caught my interest. I could continue the sports trading card days of my childhood on the blockchain - I was hooked right away. 

What do you love most about NBA Top Shot?

It’s hard to pinpoint one aspect, but I love that Top Shot is a hobby I can pursue that allows me to think critically about NBA players, make data-driven decisions, and familiarize myself with a broader set of players in the league. I considered myself a die-hard NBA fan before starting my Top Shot collection, but I’ve been surprised by the amount I’ve learned about lesser known players as my collection has grown.

What is your favorite Moment you own?

It’s not the most valuable, but my favorite Moment in my collection is my Series 2, Base Set Tyrese Haliburton, Serial Number 22900. I thought it would be fun to collect Moments with serial numbers that correspond to players’ birthdays, so I started looking up some of my favorite players. Tyrese Haliburton’s birthday happens to be February 29th, 2000, so I was really excited when I saw serial number 22900 available! 

What is your favorite Moment you want to collect?

My favorite player in the NBA is Ja Morant. His explosiveness, ball-handling, and passing are top-notch, and he’s an incredibly exciting player to watch. My favorite Moment of his on Top Shot is his Series 1 dunk over Aron Baynes. From the hesitation dribble to the dunk, it was an amazing moment that put the game away for the Grizzlies. I’d love to be able to own one of these some time in the future. 

Which highlight do you want to see minted?

Without a doubt it has to be Baron Davis’ dunk over Andrei Kirilenko in the 2007 playoffs. As a lifelong Warriors fan, their 2007 playoff run was incredible to witness, and Baron’s dunk is one of the most amazing plays I’ve seen in an NBA game. It’s definitely an iconic moment that longtime Warriors fans who went through countless disappointing seasons hold close to their heart.

What was the idea behind creating your Minted Moment newsletter?

While I’ve always been interested in all things data and analytics, I’ve also had a passion for writing. Putting pen to paper not only serves as a way for me to give back to the Top Shot community and help others, but acts as a way for me to solidify my strategies and ideas. It takes an elevated level of understanding to teach a concept to others, and through my articles I’m able to fine tune my work. My main goal with Minted Moment is to provide weekly content that educates the Top Shot community on making smarter, data-driven decisions, and understanding otherwise-complicated strategies and concepts.

What kind of feedback have you received from the community regarding your newsletter?

I’ve been blown away by the feedback I’ve received from the Top Shot community. I’ve had folks from across the world reach out to me directly, and share how they’re excited to approach their Top Shot collection from a more analytically-minded approach. It’s feedback like this that motivates me to create top-notch articles week in and week out.

Do you have plans for expanding your passion for NBA Top Shot beyond the newsletter?

It’s been a wild ride so far, so you never know! I’m primarily focusing on the newsletter for now, but if I can better support the Top Shot community with additional resources such as software tools, I’d be happy to make it happen.

Piece of advice for collectors trying to get in the game.

My biggest piece of advice for Top Shot collectors is to develop a plan for each of the Moments that you collect. Some of your Moments may be ones that you want to hold onto for a long time, and potentially never sell. For other Moments, you may want to develop a timeline for when you expect to sell them on the marketplace to fund additional investments, such as participating in a Challenge. There is no right or wrong way to collect Moments on Top Shot, but having a rough plan for each of your Moments is a great place to start.

Where can the community find you?

You can read my free, weekly newsletter at minted moment.substack.com, and if you want to reach out to me directly, or see some of the behind the scenes work, you can follow me on Twitter @taylor_stein

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I’m not going to lie, it makes me feel like I’m a kid again.” - The Orlando Magic’s Terrence Ross on NBA Top Shot (via AP)

IN THE COMMUNITY

For your reading and viewing pleasure, we’ve compiled a roundup of NBA Top Shot media coverage over the last week.

CoinDesk | Evaluate.Market Raises $1.6M 

Greg Murray | Examining Series 2 Rookies & Series 1 Rookies Badges

Top Shot Takes | Morning Marketplace & Rookie Badges

NBA Top Shot Talk | Everything You Need To Know About Rookie Badges

A Chain of Blocks | NBA Top Shot Explained - My First NFT

Also: congrats to The First Mint on launching their own website this week!

NBA TOP SHOT FEATURED

“Owning a highlight video that can be shared on social-media platforms like Twitter, where players are able to engage, provides a new way for fans to build relationships” (via WSJ)

“We think the reason Top Shot works, and that it’ll be a sustainable economy, is it’s really endemic to basketball. We want it to be the currency of fandom.” (via Forbes)

"We focus more on delivering value to the fan ... It makes the fan experience better." (via Fast Company)

“NBA Top Shot is one of the best demonstrations we’ve seen of how quickly new technology can change the landscape for media and sports fans... We're excited to follow the progress with everything happening on Flow blockchain.” (via USA Today)

"NBA Top Shot is successful because it taps into basketball fandom — it's a new and more exciting way for people to connect with their favorite teams and players." (via Business Insider)

AS A REMINDER