As NBA free agency reminds us … the end of a season is really just the beginning.
On Friday -- two weeks after the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA championship and eight months after the start of an unforgettable season -- NBA Top Shot Series 2 officially ends.
New to Top Shot? Here’s why that matters. And here’s why insiders know that the end of a Series is one of the best times to get started...
The Series Retires
Put simply, a series is kind of like a season. It’s all the Moments from a given time period.
And once that period is over, no new content will ever be added to the series*. Here are all the Moments from Series 1. They’re already retired, we won’t ever mint more. Here are all from Series 2. We’re retiring them now.
That means that once Series 2 is wrapped on Friday, every Moment will be locked in at that mint size forever.
There were 15 distinct sets in Series 2 -- including Seeing Stars, Cool Cats, and Holo Icon. Once Challenge Rewards are distributed, no new plays can ever be added to any Series 2 sets ever again. You can still collect Moments from the Marketplace to complete sets, but the amount of plays that make up each set will never change.
Retiring CC Editions
Every Moment on the Marketplace either has a CC or LE next to its edition size. CC stands for Circulating Count and means that a Moment can still be minted and edition size can still be expanded. LE stands for Limited Edition and it means that the Moment will never be minted again.
Once we close the series, we'll retire CC Moments, and they will become LE.
Zion’s Hops!: Zion has unbelievable hops for a man his size and they are on full display here as he throws the hammer down in this base set Moment. This Moment is a common moment and 15,000 of them were minted (created). This moment was found in many different packs and delighted collectors lucky enough to grab one. This is now a limited edition of 15,000 Moments forever and a very exciting play for a budding young superstar.
The Valley-Oop: Deandre Ayton’s game-winning alley-oop dunk was originally minted as a rare Moment, available as a Challenge Reward (ex - we’d mint as many as were needed, for the people who finished the Challenge) in the “And Then There Were Four” set. Now, once the Challenge Rewards are fully distributed, one of the greatest finishes in the history of the NBA Playoffs will be locked in at its edition size. Forever.
Dame Ends The All-Star Game: We all know that Damian Lillard has unlimited range, but this took it to a whole new level as the game-winning shot in the All-Star game. The 2021 All-Star game set was a special set that only included Moments from the All-Star game. Collectors had to acquire several Moments from the All-Star Game to achieve this unforgettable challenge reward. There are 431 in existence, and another one will never be created.
The No-Look Three: LeBron James seems to do something mind-blowing every single game, and he’s been doing it for 18 years. This common Moment is one of the most audacious plays of the season as LeBron puts up a three-pointer, turns his back to the basket, and celebrates with his teammates as the shot goes down. There were 15,000 minted and sold in various packs throughout Series 2. This moment will never be minted again.
In total, we’ll have 200+ Moments retired -- the vast majority on Friday, August 6, 2021, but with some retiring in the coming weeks (as Challenge Reward distribution finishes up). The Moments are listed below, and you can view each Moment by clicking or tapping on “Marketplace link"