The Premier League club, Manchester City has dropped its third NFT series ‘Heroes of Manchester’ after the successful launch of the first two editions in 2021. The collection will be accessible on the digital platform, MakersPlace on January 19, 2022.
The digital collectibles series, which is hand-drawn and produced by the artist, Jose Delbo includes five football stars. The athletes portrayed as heroes hidden behind the blue jerseys are from the club’s captain squad. They are Fernandinho, Ruben Días, Kevin de Bruyne, İlkay Gündoğan, and Kyle Walker. The collection would represent these players in a distinct way who come together as an ultimate team to achieve victories.
The NFT pieces will also be offered as still images and the drop would also include a limited edition collector’s draw that would feature a fifth piece that is ‘Manchester City – The Heroes’. The owners of the artwork will be permitted by the club or the artist-producer to participate and win the draw to receive the available edition.
On this grand launch, Don Dransfield, the Chief Strategy Officer at City Football Group said, “Following the success of our two collections launched in 2021, we’re incredibly excited to further our journey within the NFT and blockchain space with this landmark third digital art collection. Sports and comics are key pillars of popular culture and we’re honoured to have been able to work with Jose Delbo, one of comics’ great visionaries to create this unique and impressive collection of digital artwork.”
Dannie Chu, MakersPlace co-founder and CEO also commented on this great move and said, “I’m very excited about this unique collaboration between iconic comic artist Jose Delbo and Manchester City. Delbo has spent decades creating the world’s most famous heroes across Marvel and D.C, and with this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration, Delbo applies his craft to uniquely capture the heroic traits of Man City’s globally recognised captain’s squad. “This is one Drop you don’t want to miss.”
Jose Delbo, who produced the collection, gave his in-depth insights on the NFT artwork series and said, “I am extremely excited to be working with Manchester City on this drop. I have been a football fan my entire life and to be able to work with such an amazing team to create football themed superheroes has been really special for me. To me, professional athletes are somewhat like real-life superheroes. They train their whole lives to perform at the peak of human ability and are always in the spotlight. So for me, turning Manchester City’s captains into superheroes with the powers that the players possess on the pitch just made sense.”
He further added, “It’s wonderful that we are able to create works like this digitally and on the blockchain to be able to reach an audience all around the world. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have been able to work with Manchester City on this drop and create art for their fans and my own!”
This launch would strengthen the veteran’s club stance in the NFT marketplace and increase its fan engagement and outreach.