William Shatner, a blockchain advocate, found fans willing to snap up digital collectibles from the Star Trek captain. The fans bought 10,000 packs containing 125,000 noninterchangeable token trading cards in nine minutes on the online marketplace, Wax. “I’m astonished at how quickly it all happened,” Shatner was quoted as saying.
Shatner’s trading cards feature an eclectic mix of the actor's life. While he admits he threw many things away, Shatner explained he didn't think his fans would care about the past. The memorabilia he had spanned the 1930's to the present. It included photographs from Shatner's first modeling assignment, an x-ray of his teeth and photos from the Star Trek set. One personal photo included Spck, played by the late Leonard Nimoy.
The wealth of possible collectibles lost must be massive. Shatner trained as a Shakespearean actor and a TV actor in both Canadian and American television shows. After his role on Star Trek from 1966 to 1969, Shatner had trouble finding work, finding himself typecast. After syndicated reruns of Star Trek, Shatner found he became a cultural icon. He had work in the Star Trek moves and starred in popular shows, such as T. J. Hooker and Rescue 911.
This isn't Shatner's first foray into blockchain technology. He partnered with Mattereum, selling signed Captain Kirk action figures on the platform. Shatner knows blockchain helps prevent counterfeit collectibles from entering the marketplace, Every collectible on Wax is certified authentic. Buyers can view the history and ownership of each collectible.
Shatner is most likely responsible for introducing some of his fans to blockchain technology's new user. The Worldwide Asset eXchange (WAX) found pop culture is a way to get people on its blockchain. They've already introduced Garbage Pail Kids cards. With Shatner is still working, there many be another collection from him one day.