IT'S ALL ABOUT RARITY

Rare: adjective.
Not found in large numbers and consequently of interest or value.
Unusually good or remarkable.

Read on for what makes the rarest Moments on Top Shot so special.

The rarest Moment™ NFTs live on NBA Top Shot.

While we offer Moments for all types of fans -- no matter how you follow the game -- it’s the Moments with the rarest qualities that become the most sought after. 

NBA Top Shot has 4 tiers of rarity, with Common Moments comprising 95.38% of all Moments, Fandom at 2.80%, Rare at 1.72% and Legendary at 0.09%

HOW IS RARITY DEFINED?

Top Shot has four tiers of Moments.

COMMON
Highly accessible, widely available. Largest edition. 

FANDOM
Flexible Edition Sizes. Designed to Celebrate Your Fandom. 

RARE
‍Smaller Editions. Extra Special. Highly Coveted. 

LEGENDARY
Elite Collector Level, Extremely Rare. Sought-After Worldwide.

SCARCITY VS. ACCESSIBILITY

The balance between scarcity and accessibility on Top Shot is frequently debated. For Series 1 of 2019, and Series 2 of 2020, the details are clear:

SERIES 1
772,653 Common | 123,870 Rare | 7,895 Legendary

SERIES 2
15,364,794 Common | 245,240 Rare | 10,745 Legendary

For Series 3 for the 2021-22 Season we’re going to continue to follow strict rules with rarity and accessibility in mind:

No more than 10,000 total Legendary Moments will be created in Series 3, excluding Challenge Rewards, and each Moment’s edition size will be limited to just 99 or less that will ever be in existence.

Rare Moments will never exceed 4 Moments per player, plus 1 as a Challenge reward, and Moments will never exceed an edition size of 2,022.

Common Moments will never exceed 8 Moments per player, with mint counts up to 60,000 or greater.
Badge Rarity. There are 27 million moments and 13% have the Top Shot Debut badge. Only 0.08% Have the 3 star rookie badge

RARITY GOES BEYOND MINT COUNT

Within each tier, you'll find even more layers of additional meaning -- often showing up in Top Shot badges.

We all know a first of any kind can be incredibly special and Top Shot has a special way to capture it: The Top Shot Debut. A first appearance on the platform. The first time a player’s legacy is immortalized in all of Top Shot.

Even more powerful? The “3 Star Rookie”. The first Moment, from their first season, from their first game, minted during their first year. This unique feature of NBA Top Shot, to capture a Moment when a legacy was born, is a Moment to be held in the highest regard. 

why does rarity matter?

It’s a way to flex, it’s a way to differentiate, it’s a way to stand out, it’s a way to create value.

Knowing you are 1 of just a lucky few to own something that will ever exist is a powerful thing.

WHY TOP SHOT?

Always authentic, always verifiable, always available.

The 24/7 Marketplace on NBA Top Shot allows all collectors the access to the most coveted Moments from the most epic plays from the past and present of the NBA. 


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