NFTs of Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko pair digital with physical

Is it a physical trading card or an NFT? Yes.

Thatcher Demko was thrust into Vancouver sports superstardom with a string of sensational goaltending performances in the 2020 NHL Playoffs. Now, he’s the face of the first collectibles from a new company blending digital and physical trading cards, PhygiCards.

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Details: PhygiCards was founded by Demko’s father, Brenton. After working for leading physical trading card company, Upper Deck, he felt conflicted by the rise of NFTs and their lack of a physical representation. So, he founded Phygicards to marry the physical and digital world of collectibles. 

Yesterday, local artist Lauren Taylor unveiled her design. 

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Why it matters: Vancouver is the home of NFTs, something that has resonated with the Canucks who spent the summer hunting for the NHL’s first in-house NFT crafter (the search is still ongoing). Thatcher’s presence as the face of PhygiCards is yet another example that the city’s digital collectibles scene ain’t nothing to fung with.  

Additionally, there is a charitable element to the Demko-related marketplace. “A portion of Thatcher's proceeds from the sales of these trading cards and NFT's will be donated to the BC Children's Hospital Foundation,” states the PhygiCards website

Going once, going twice...sold: The marketplace for the collectibles is set to launch on October 14. 

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