Here are some of the best NFT marketplaces right now.
OpenSea is the leading provider of NFTsales. OpenSea makes all kinds of digital assets available on its platform, and it’s free to sign up and browse the extensive offerings. It also supports artists and creators and has an easy-to-use process if you want to create your own NFT (known as “minting”).
The marketplace supports more than 150 different payment tokens, so the name of the platform is appropriate. For an introduction to the NFT world, OpenSea is a great place to start.
2. Axie Marketplace
Axie Marketplace is the online store for the video game Axie Infinity. Axies are mythical creatures that can be purchased and trained, then compete against other players’ Axies to earn rewards. The Axie Marketplace allows players to purchase new Axies as well as entire lands and other items as NFTs for use in-game.
Axie Infinity tokens (called Axie Shards) are built on the Ethereum blockchain. As such, they can be found on a variety of other NFT marketplaces, as well as some cryptocurrency exchanges such as Coinbase Global (NASDAQ: COIN).
3. Larva Labs/CryptoPunks
Larva Labs is best known for the viral NFT project CryptoPunks. They were originally given away for free in 2017, but some CryptoPunks have since sold for millions of dollars. Larva Labs has other digital art projects running like Autoglyphs as well as other Ethereum blockchain-based app development projects.
Larva Labs CryptoPunks NFTs are sold out, but they are available for bid and purchase on various third-party marketplaces. Still, it’s worth keeping an eye on Larva Labs’ various projects – including the Meebits, which can be bid on directly through the company’s built-in marketplace.
4. NBA Top Shot Marketplace
NBA Top Shot is the National Basketball Association and Women’s National Basketball Association’s foray into the NFT world. Collectible moments (video clips and game highlights) and works of art from the best basketball leagues in the world can be purchased on its marketplace.
The NBA built it as a closed marketplace (you can only buy and sell on Top Shot) using the Flow blockchain created by Dapper Labs. It’s easy to log in and shop directly on Top Shot’s Marketplace website. Collector moments can be purchased for as little as a few dollars.
Rarible is another big marketplace for all kinds of NFTs, similar to OpenSea. All types of art, videos, collectibles, and music can be bought, sold, or created on the platform. However, unlike OpenSea, you must use the marketplace’s own token Rarely (CRYPTO:RARI) to buy and sell on the marketplace. Rarible is based on the Ethereum blockchain (although artworks can also be managed on OpenSea using Rarible tokens).
The company has formed partnerships with some well-known companies. Delicious! Brands‘ (NYSE:YUM) Taco Bell has art listed on Rarible and a cloud software giant Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) recently partnered with Rarible to secure the work of NFT artists and creators.
6. Super Rare
Similar to Rarible, SuperRare is also building a marketplace for digital creators. The site includes art, videos, and 3D images, but collectors can purchase artworks using Ethereum.
SuperRare recently announced its own token of the same name based on the Ethereum blockchain. The tokens are used to find and curate new talent for the market. Like Rarible, SuperRare NFTs can be bought and sold on OpenSea.
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Foundation.app was developed as a simple, no-frills way to bid on digital art. The sale takes place via Ethereum. More than $100 million worth of NFTs have been sold since the marketplace launched in early 2021.
Artists are invited to the platform by the Foundation community, and buyers only need an Ethereum-funded crypto wallet to start purchasing. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to start creating your own NFTs, Foundation probably isn’t the best place to start, but the marketplace has plenty of artwork to peruse in an easy format.
8. Clever goal
Nifty Gateway has enabled the sale of some of the most popular digital artists such as Beeple and singer/musician Grimes. It is an art curation platform operated by crypto exchange Gemini (controlled by the Winklevoss twins). The NFTs, known as Nifties, are based on Ethereum.
As well as being a curated platform, Nifty Gateway also hosts all purchased NFTs – meaning the NFTs are not stored in your own wallet, they are actually stored for you by Nifty Gateway and Gemini. While this may not work for NFT collectors who want more flexibility with their art investments, Nifty purchases and sales can also be made in fiat currency (e.g. US dollars) without first making a cryptocurrency purchase make.
Mintable, backed by billionaire Mark Cuban, aims to be an open marketplace similar to OpenSea. To participate in buying and selling NFTs on Mintable, you need Ethereum. The platform also supports minting NFTs for creators of all types (from photographers to musicians) looking to sell their work as a digital asset.
An aspiring NFT collector or creator must first buy Ethereum from a crypto exchange and then connect their wallet to Mintable to facilitate bidding and buying on the marketplace.
10. Theta waste
Theta is a blockchain platform developed for the decentralized distribution of video and TV on the Internet. NFT marketplace Theta Drop debuted World Poker Tour digital collectibles in 2021. The World Poker Tour was an early adopter of ThetaTV and uses the platform to stream content.
Theta uses its own blockchain technology. In order to participate in Theta Drop NFT Marketplace, you need to buy something theta token (CRYPTO:THETA). Various crypto exchanges like Binance support Theta and the tokens and NFTs bought with it can be stored in both a crypto wallet and Theta’s own crypto wallet app.