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The First Mint is what happens when NFT experts and enthusiasts come together. We’re passionate day-one adopters of NBA Top Shot with the data chops to back up our analysis, an interest in turning raw numbers into stories, and the willingness to share our insight with the community.
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Episode 65 of TFM. June 21, 2021 The Next 60 Days on Top Shot. With a relatively clear roadmap laid out for the rest of Series 2 on Top Shot, we take a look at what the next two months could entail as the playoffs will come to an end and the prep for next season begins. LG also kicks off the show by discussing the very exciting news that The First Mint Day One NFT is dropping this Tuesday with a very low mint count of only 550!
The First Mint Live is coming at you with another packed show on Thursday night. June 17, 2021. Join LgDoucet, TheReelPhilD, George Wrighster, and Special Guests as we dig into the HOLO Drop, the Playoff Moments, Cold Brew, and The First Mint NFT.
Episode 63 of TFM. June 16, 2021 How Sports Go Crypto [Feat. Jack Settleman] We're joined by Top Shot community staple Jack Settleman, who is one piece of Club Top Shot and a huge piece of Snapback Sports, one the biggest Snapchat sports communities. He's on the show to share his experience trying to get all the old heads in sports to understand social media, and now, blockchain. 
Episode 62 of TFM. June 14, 2021 The Obvious Playoff Challenge Theory Coming off a wild ending to last week, LG touches on the recent controversy in the Top Shot community and then dives into his theory on what the First Round Playoff Challenges will look like in the coming weeks.  0:00 Intro 0:12 Last week recap 1:25 This week’s schedule 3:09 Last weeks “emergency podcast” 7:04 LG’s experience with the situation 9:28 LG’s thoughts 12:45 What LG has been buying 13:23 Playoff moments 14:00 Theories on playoff challenges 16:30 Another playoff pack drop? 19:12 Wrap up
The First Mint Live is coming at you with another packed show on Thursday night. June 10, 2021.  Join LgDoucet, TheReelPhilD, and Special Guests as we dig into the upcoming playoff packs, play Hot or Not, and try to get Phil his first Zed Run horse!!   We got: Amir  We got: Moment Nerd  We got: Hella Dope Poem Guy  We got: Gutter Cat Guy!
Episode 60 of TFM. June 10, 2021. The New Collector Score [Feat. Alan Falcon] This emergency pod comes to you courtesey of NBA Top Shot. Today we welcome Alan Falcon, co-creator of NBA Top Shot, the man behind the intricate game design that has us hooked this deep. He's on the show to reveal updates to the NBA Top Shot Collector Score and other changes coming to the platform in coming months. Recorded on the evening of June 9th, 2021. 
Episode 59 of TFM. June 9, 2021. The Best Sets on Top Shot [Feat. GirlDad] Infamous Twitter personality GirlDad joins The First Mint to talk about his favorite sets to collect and how he approaches a market from a financial management background. He also dishes on his history in Top Shot and current strategies for the market. Wednesdays will be dedicated interview days from here on out, and we're starting with a solid one here! Want NBA Top Shot and other news in your inbox? Subscribe to The First Mint Newsletter: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/thefirstmint 0:00 Intro 0:20 Today’s interview 1:19 Programming note 2:21 Intro to GirlDad 3:45 How GirlDad found out about NBA Top Shot 5:09 GirlDad’s sports background 6:50 Special moments to GirlDad  8:37 Becoming active on Social media 9:14 What is floor smashing? 11:11 How he views the Top Shot market 15:28 How to judge market sentiment  16:35 Series 1 moments and picking your set  19:55 How he approaches badges  20:35 Sets GirlDad avoids and sets he holds 21:52 Thought on Run it Back sets  23:01 Cool Cats  24:40 Who is the next superstar? 28:12 Would you rather with GirlDad 31:18 Wrap up
The Market Bounceback

The Market Bounceback

2021-06-0719:16

Episode 58 of TFM. June 7, 2021. The Market Bounce. Prices are up? Yes. Yes, they are. Since last Thursday night, the Top Shot Market has seen a boost. So what could be causing this positive influx of buying behavior? Could it be Collector Score updates or the Roham Office Hours? Or did we finally hit bottom two weeks ago and now its time for the playoff push we were all waiting for? Want NBA Top Shot and other news in your inbox? Subscribe to The First Mint Newsletter: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/thefirstmint 0:00 Intro 0:16 Today’s topics 1:13 What’s going on at The First Mint this week 2:28 Lamelo Ball “Apes in” 3:54 Roham’s Office House last Friday 5:02 Perks for holding moments in the future 6:01 Future Staking/Defi future of Top Shot Moments 9:32 What caused the Top Shot Market Bounce? 14:04 What LG’s been buying the past couple of weeks 17:26 Sets LG is looking at now 18:28 Wrap up
The First Mint Live is back for another wild Thursday night. June 3, 2021. Join LgDoucet, TheReelPhilD, and Special Guests as we dig into the past week in NBA Top Shot and NFTs!   We got: JOSH ONG, the king of the Bored Apes  We got: THE BONSAI TREE DUDES!  We got: APE TRIVIA  And of course, GIVEAWAYS!!!   0:00 Intro 0:07 Phil + LG 1:42 Today’s Agenda 4:11 Giveaway! 7:02 Josh Ong joins the show 10:08 Playoff RSVP packs 14:15 Cool Cat perks 22:15 Topps vs GaryVee 26:30 Lamelo NFT Drop 29:18 Bored Ape Yacht Club 35:00 Apes taking over The Sandbox 37:35 Ape Trivia 48:55 Weekly Challenge 59:49 GoodBye Cool Cats 53:59 The Bonsai Guys
Episode 56 of TFM. June 2, 2021. How To Pick Great NFTs. Scaly Nelson, NFT and DeFi master, joins us on the podcast to share his knowledge of the NFT industry, including the early days of an MLB crypto project and crypto punks. He's on to talk about his criteria for picking a great NFT project, whether you have a lot or a little to spend. We also recap the Master Cool Cats Challenge Reward. Hosted by @lgdoucet. Want NBA Top Shot and other news in your inbox? Subscribe to The First Mint Newsletter: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/thefirstmint 0:00 Intro 0:14 Today’s topics 1:44 Cool Cats Master Challenge perks 3:53 RSVP Playoff packs 4:37 Holo Drop delayed 5:14 Scaly Nelson intro 6:02 How did Scaly Nelson hear about Top Shot 7:30 MLB Crypto Heroes 8:37 The early day Top Shot Discord 9:51 Scaly’s NBA background 10:42 The crypto landscape in 2019 12:39 how Scaly found crypto 15:05 Scaly’s first NFTs 18:40 How communities keep projects in check 21:39 How to find other NFT projects 26:15 Bored Apes Yacht Club and how to evaluate a project 31:32 How to balance flipping and holding 33:30 What does a good NFT collection look like 36:34 Scaly’s Cryptopunks 37:01 Red Flags for NFT projects 38:11 Would you rather with Scaly Nelson 40:17 Wrap up
Episode 55 of TFM. May 31, 2021. The Blueprint for Top Shot. With so many features in Top Shot (Badges, Tickets, Baller Status) and so little Utility (so far), it's becoming clear that Top Shot's final form will take years to develop. We dive into what that might look like, and the hint at the first integration through an app called Collab Land. Plus, we preview the week ahead, including the potential release of Playoff Moments. Hosted by @lgdoucet. Want NBA Top Shot and other news in your inbox? Subscribe to The First Mint Newsletter: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/thefirstmint 0:00 Intro 0:19 Today’s Topics 1:01 What’s coming up this week on Top Shot 1:19 Playoff Packs 2:37 Roham hosting Office Hours this Friday 3:40 Holo Icon Drop #3 4:29 New MGLE moments 5:09 This weekends challenge rewards 5:41 Utility in Top Shot 8:40 Top Shot’s partnership with CollabLand 10:32 Utility takes time 13:59 Wrap-up
Episode 54 of TFM. May 27, 2021. The First Mint Live  Join LgDoucet, TheReelPhilD, and Special Guests as we dig into the past week in NBA Top Shot and NFTs!   We got: TOP SHOT NOOBIE, the top shot blog queen  We got: TOMMY WILSON, NFT Artist and Mets Pitcher  We got: BOT PATROL, a new segment about MULTI ACCOUNTS  We got: PACK OPENINGS
Cool Cats Is Over

Cool Cats Is Over

2021-05-2614:52

Episode 53 of TFM. May 26, 2021. Cool Cats Is Over. That's right. The Master Challenge that's been lingering for almost FOUR MONTHS has finally been posted and will wrap up next week. We recap the long journey that was for this forsake LaMelo moment, and also recap the last few days on NBA Top Shot. Hosted by @lgdoucet. Want NBA Top Shot and other news in your inbox? Subscribe to The First Mint Newsletter: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/thefirstmint 0:00 Intro 0:26 Today's topic 1:17 What's happening at The First Mint 2:46 What's coming up at Top Shot 3:46 Cool Cats Wrapping up 4:29 Master Challenge officially announced 5:10 A recap of the Cool Cats Timeline 9:02 How to fix challenges 12:27 Challenge Trading Feature 14:05 Wrapping up
Episode 52 of TFM. May 24, 2021. Where Is The Value on Top Shot? It's a Holiday in Canada and LG is taking the day off. But luckily he interviewed Michael Levy (MBL) last week about where to find value on Top Shot. We talk through his history approaching Top Shot and his basic strategy principles. This is a great episode for someone who is new to Top Shot, or a good convo between two familiar voices for the veteran collectors. Hosted by @lgdoucet. Want NBA Top Shot and other news in your inbox? Subscribe to The First Mint Newsletter: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/thefirstmint 0:00 Intro 0:18 Today’s topics 1:29 MBL Intro 1:59 MBL’s background in NBA Top Shot 4:04 What MBL saw in top shot when he joined 6:31 The first thing MBL bought on Top Shot 8:05 How to evaluate the Top Shot market 9:54 What MBL targets on the market 10:57 How a new user should approach NBA Top Shot 15:26 The ebbs and flows of challenges 17:28 How to value low and special serials 18:55 MBL’s last mint obsession 21:10 How to prepare for the unknown in NBA Top Shot 23:34 The Collector Score 26:09 MBL’s sales history and what he would sell if he had to 28:49 The last moment MBL would ever sell 31:24 Moments MBL is chasing 32:43 The expected value of packs 35:24 Choose your own adventure 37:36 How to handle the negativity 41:00 Meeting interesting people through Top Shot 43:19 The ideal future of Top Shot 46:18 Would you rather with MBL 47:55 Wrapping up
Episode 51 of TFM. May 20, 2021. The First Mint Live takes over the NBA Top Shot Twitch Stream for the pack drop. Join LGDoucet, TheReelPhilD, and Special Guests George Wrighster, Preston Johnson, and Jacob from Dapper Labs. We break down the Hustle & Show Drop, the Lebron James Play-In Dagger, and Jacob drops some MAJOR bombs about what's coming up at Top Shot. Want NBA Top Shot and other news in your inbox? Subscribe to The First Mint Newsletter: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/thefirstmint
It’s Episode #50 of TFM. May 19, 2021 Top Shot Goes To The Playoffs [Feat. J.E. Skeets] That’s right. We’ve made 50 of these. Thank you for sticking with us. There’s plenty more to come. We got J.E. Skeets from No Dunks on today to talk playoffs. Hosted by @lgdoucet. Want NBA Top Shot and other news in your inbox? Subscribe to The First Mint Newsletter: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/thefirstmint 0:00 A Message from LG 1:10 Today’s topics 2:19 Play in games 3:22 Series 2 will end after The NBA Finals 3:58 40-45k CC+ moments coming 5:09 Hustle and Show drop Thursday 5:46 This week at The First Mint 6:32 Who is J.E. Skeets? 7:01 J.E. Skeets intro 7:34 How J.E. Skeets found Top Shot 9:41 How he approaches Top Shot now 10:42 How did No Dunks start? 16:28 The NBA Playoff magnifying glass 17:24 Will there be a Tyler Herro like player this year? 18:26 Why it has to be the right player going off 20:12 Top Shot is a popularity contest 22:28 How to manage your favorite team’s expectations 24:01 This postseason is wide open and anything can happen 26:18 Skeets predicts the Final 4 28:46 Skeets wants a Lakers vs Nets Finals 29:58 People are sleeping on Kyrie 30:44 Would you rather with J.E. Skeets 34:45 Wrapping up with Skeets
The $1 Top Shot Moment

The $1 Top Shot Moment

2021-05-1715:31

Episode 49 of TFM. May 17, 2021. The $1 Top Shot Moment. With Base Packs now a weekly occurrence on NBA Top Shot, we have seen the return of $1 Moments on the Marketplace. In fact, since last Friday, over 300 Moments have been sold for just $1. In this episode, we look into WHY this is happening and how it might actually be a good thing for the Top Shot ecosystem. Plus, we look into the week ahead and when we might start to see NBA Playoff Moments. Hosted by @lgdoucet. Want NBA Top Shot and other news in your inbox? Subscribe to The First Mint Newsletter: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/thefirstmint 0:00 Intro 0:12 Today’s topics 0:58 Challenges wrapping up this week 2:16 What’s possibly coming this week 2:39 The NBA Playoffs 3:19 Playoff Sets 4:35 The $1 moment intro 5:50 Why we need $1 moments 6:58 Why would you sell a moment for $1? 7:31 The market needs a true floor 8:36 A representation of stability 9:19 Setting realistic expectations for new people 10:53 What could happen from here 12:29 Pack fatigue 13:16 This is not a dip 14:45 Wrap-up
Episode 48 of TFM. May 13, 2021. The First Mint Live RETURNS TO ACTION!  Join LGDoucet, TheReelPhilD, and Special Guests. We got reality TV star CHRIS MANZO, Dijo and Marvin from Top Shot Philippines, and a bunch of pack openings! And plenty of other special surprises and challenges. 00:00 Intro 02:15 Chris Manzo on the show 07:30 Top Shot Marketing 10:15 Chris can’t withdraw yet 12:30 Chris flagged account 14:30 Cool Cats still going 18:30 Throwdowns Tankathon 23:00 Selling Throwdowns for nothing 26:45 The #1 De’Aaron Fox 30:15 What to do with the #1 Fox 36:25 The Giannis Jersey Number 44:30 The Philippines Top Shot Crew! 48:00 Buying Together Strategy 51:00 Philippino NBA Players 54:30 How It got started 56:00 They got scammed! 59:30 We need a scammer or bot! 1:02:30 Philippino Trivia 1:05:30 The McDonald’s of the Philippines 1:07:15 Jollybee’s menu 1:09:20 Weekly Challenge 1:12:00 Snipes cracks a pack! 1:14:55 Stone Cold Steve Austin
Episode 47 of TFM. May 12, 2021. The WNBA On The Blockchain, featuring L.A. Sparks Colour Commentator Ros Gold-Onwunde. With the WNBA Season just days away from kicking off, we welcome well-known broadcaster Ros Gold to the show to talk about what women's basketball will look like in the NBA Top Shot ecosystem. And lucky for us, it turns out Ros is quite well versed in the NFT space, even going as far as to own a Crypto Punk! Also, LG has a special announcement regarding a programming change on The First Mint (hint: live show). Hosted by @lgdoucet. Want NBA Top Shot and other news in your inbox? Subscribe to The First Mint Newsletter: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/thefirstmint 0:00 Intro 0:12 Today’s topics 1:12 Throwdowns moments tanking 2:18 Cool Cats challenge announcement soon? 2:35 Marketplace changes soon? 3:38 The First Mint Live Show Is Coming Back!!! 4:47 Ros Gold-Onwunde Intro 5:40 The WNBA on Dapper coming soon 6:30 Welcome to the Show Ros! 7:34 Ros’ Basketball Background 8:52 Tesla as a first job 9:45 Her start into broadcasting and current projects 10:10 Ros’ Drops an Exclusive Announcement 11:30 Working for the Warriors during their championship run 12:28 Ros’s first impression of NBA Top Shot 14:30 How Ros thinks the WNBA will integrate into the platform 15:36 The WNBA is hot right now! 16:24 The WNBA ladies are on the front line fighting for justice 17:07 How Ros would launch the WNBA Moments 18:17 The 25th season of The WNBA and honoring the past 18:46 Growing up around the WNBA 19:38 This is just the beginning for Top Shot 20:50 What other NFTs Ros is into 21:58 Why community is valuable 22:31 Why Ros bought a Cryptopunk 23:31 What Ros is keeping an eye on and why 25:19 Would you rather with Ros 28:29 Wrap-up
Episode 46 of TFM. May 10, 2021. The End of Profitable Pack Drops. It's not an easy sentence to read, but it's true. Today's Throwdowns Drop *might* mark the first time since Series 1 that the value of the moments in a pack is, on average, lower than the cost of the pack. We break down WHY this is happening, and how it might be the norm from now on in Top Shot. We also look at the week and challenges ahead. Hosted by @lgdoucet. Want NBA Top Shot and other news in your inbox? Subscribe to The First Mint Newsletter: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/thefirstmint 0:00 Intro 0:13 Today’s topics 1:04 What’s going on this morning in Top Shot 1:21 Another Pre-registration pack drop this week 2:02 Hustle and Show Challenge ends today 2:32 The Expected value of the Giannis Challenge Reward 3:17 What’s going on with Cool Cats? 3:47 Predictions for the coming weeks 5:07 NBA Playoffs Marketing? 5:42 The Reveal of The Collectors Score 7:29 The End of the Profitable Pack Drop 8:04 The $3 floor 9:01 Why this is a good thing for Top Shot long term 9:50 The EV of The Throwdowns Packs 11:11 What a Throwdowns Pack might look like 11:51 What a Throwdowns Challenge might look like 12:39 The factors that could make Throwdowns challenges less desirable 13:27 The end of the “Rent Seeker” 14:01 Wrap up
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