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Baltimore Orioles Slugger Trey Mancini is Dropping his first NFTs with UREEQA

At this point one year ago, Baltimore Orioles star first baseman Trey Mancini was undergoing rounds of chemotherapy as he battled stage 3 colon cancer. At the age of 28, the word “terminal” was used on several occasions as the power hitter fought for his life.

Today, Mancini remarkably leads the Orioles in runs batted in and is preparing to participate in the MLB All-Star Home Run Derby Monday.

Cancer-free now but astutely aware of the risk and the agony associated with the disease that threatened his life in his prime, Mancini is taking this opportunity to raise funds and awareness with a special NFT drop that will be protected and managed using UREEQA’s Responsible Minting™ technology.

The NFTs will be available on the UREEQA Marketplace starting at 7 p.m. ET Monday, just before Mancini steps into the batter’s box at Denver’s Coors Field to take part in the Home Run Derby. The release, which is the result of a collaboration between Mancini, Ben Armstrong and Justin Williams of BitBoy Crypto, Matt Rodgers, and the Trey Mancini Foundation, will be used to support early detection of colon cancer.

All of the proceeds from the drop will go to the Trey Mancini Foundation, which works to support those who are facing illness, empowers those suffering from emotional trauma, and provides assistance to those experiencing hardship.

UREEQA’s platform, which utilizes the power of the blockchain to protect, manage and monetize creative work through a process called Responsible Minting™, has validated the NFTs with a Package of Proof.

One NFT will be a one-of-a-kind item available via 48-hour auction. The winner will receive the actual signed bat Mancini uses in the Home Run Derby, as well as signed cleats, signed batting gloves, and a one-on-one batting lesson with Mancini himself. Another will be available for $195, giving purchasers a chance to win bonus tangible Mancini memorabilia as utility.

Altogether, 500 fixed-price NFTs will be available at $195 each. A randomly chosen lucky batch of 100 of those fixed-price purchasers will receive additional utility (such as autographed memorabilia and game-used items).

Fixed-price NFT purchasers will also have a chance to receive perks like game tickets, memorabilia or event access well into the future, so that $195 investment not only helps a worthy cause but could be a gift that keeps on giving from a fan or collector’s standpoint.

And as an added bonus, UREEQA Tokenholders will have the opportunity to purchase their fixed-price NFT 15 minutes before the sale goes live to the public.

The NFTs were the brainchild of Matt Rodgers and came to fruition through a collaboration with TikTok influencer BitBoy Crypto (AKA Ben Armstrong), his NFT lead Justin Williams and designers Steven Polizzi and Haddon McKinney.

“This drop is extremely important to me,” Mancini said. “Not only is it my first experience with NFTs, but the cause is near and dear to my heart. I didn’t want to take any risks in this wild new world of NFTs, which is why my debut drop will be released using Responsible Minting™ from UREEQA. All the proceeds of this drop will go to the Trey Mancini Foundation to raise awareness for colon cancer, and buyers and bidders will have peace of mind knowing that they’re getting the real deal. These NFTs are backed by a UREEQA Master Validated NFT and transparent Package of Proof, so you can take comfort in knowing that your purchases will be protected and your dollars will go straight to this important cause.”

“UREEQA is fired up to help raise money for such a fantastic cause,” UREEQA VP of Business Development Rakan Aown said. “Everyone has been touched by cancer either through their own bout or through a loved one, and Trey Mancini is an inspiration. We’re honored that he chose to work with UREEQA on this drop and we look forward to bolstering his campaign with UREEQA’s public and robust Package of Proof.”

Bids and purchases can be made using crypto or credit card, so you don’t have to own crypto to get in on the action and support a great cause. Even if you don’t have an Ethereum wallet, you can buy an NFT and hold it on the UREEQA platform until you’re ready. It’s an unprecedented, hassle-free way for those new to this realm to get into the NFT market.

UREEQA’s Package of Proof helps creators, celebrities, and brands keep their fans safe by covering the risks associated with purchasing NFTs. The platform protects buyers by tackling the three main risks when purchasing NFTs: Authenticity (are you buying from the right seller?), copyright (has the source creative work been vetted for copyright issues?) and redeemability (can you prove the rights that were conveyed with your NFT purchase?).

This is a special opportunity for a special cause, whether you’re a baseball fan, a collector, both, or somebody looking to break into the NFT space at an affordable level and in a way that could quite literally save lives.

About UREEQA

The UREEQA platform strives to protect Creators’ work, their rights and their revenue by harnessing the power of blockchain technology.

Established in Canada in 2020, UREEQA will modernize the inefficient and bureaucratic systems currently in place for copyright, patent, industrial design and trademark protection. By building a robust and compelling Package of Proof for source creative work, UREEQA only mints Validated NFTs to represent creative rights. This helps keep buyers safe by giving them confidence that the work they are purchasing was minted by the smart contract approved by the Creator of the work and is therefore authentic.

UREEQA provides value and opportunities for its Creators, Validators and Tokenholders via URQA, the token at the heart of the UREEQA ecosystem.

For more information on UREEQA and upcoming announcements please visit our website UREEQA, join our Telegram channel here, and follow us on Twitter here.

Disclaimer:

Statements in this article, including any statements relating to UREEQA’s future plans and objectives or expected results, may include forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions and are subject to all of the risks and uncertainties inherent in technology development and commercialization. As a result, actual results may vary materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

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