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Former NHL Champ Darren McCarty Explores Cannabis NFT Marketplace with NFTrogs

Darren McCarty was a Detroit Red Wings and NHL player. He is now getting into NFTs which are sweeping cannabis communities. Perhaps out of curiosity, the former enforcer recently bought an NFT from Australian artist TROG, “your favorite cannabis culture artist,” who is launching NFTrogs with McCarty as an early buyer.

NFT was first released publicly on January 10, 2018, via Ethereum ERC-20. Future plans include expansion to Binance Chain, and other blockchains. Ethereum (CRYPTO:ETH) blockchain and its token Ether—the second most valuable cryptocurrency—trails behind only Bitcoin in value.

OpenSea currently allows the minting of NFTrogs. So, for novices who don’t have an OpenSea account, it would be a good time to go sign up, and they also need to choose a wallet.

TROG‘s characters are reminiscent of his extensive work drawing posters for cannabis events. His trippy characters may be familiar to you. Killer Weed Coloring BookOr DeadlinesA collectible book that features his vast collection of posters from cannabis events. The proud owner of one of the NFT drops in the 100-character first round, he is pleased to share it with you. On January 10, the first round was made public and went on sale. These characters represent individual NFTs from TROG. He is also building digital contracts that will give each NFT its own bonus.

Meanwhile, McCarty has been busy in the cannabis industry—launching cannabis flower and hemp products under The Darren McCarty Brand in collaboration with Pincanna about two years ago, and he also recently unveiled its collection of THC, CBD + CBN gummies.

Darren McCarty
Photo courtesy Darren McCarty

McCarty purchased NFT TROG #25 from NFT, making him one of the first characters to be available on NFT. “Four-time Stanley Cup Champion Darren McCarty here,” the former enforcer told Chronic Newsvia video message. “Now, NFTs and all this stuff—I’m just starting to learn about it. All I could hear was […] ‘TROG.’ The eyeballs, man! I’m in! I’m in! You should be too.”

If you don’t understand NFTs—you’re not alone. NFTs—or non-fungible tokens—are commonly part of the Ethereum blockchain. Ethereum, like Bitcoin and Dogecoin is a cryptocurrency. However, its blockchain supports NFTs. “Non-fungible” more or less means that it’s unique and can’t be replaced with something else. Although they are sometimes only online as JPEGs, they still have value.

NFTs: How they work

NFT holders hope that their investments will grow. “Let’s say you get NFT TROG #26,” TROG told Chronic News. “You buy that NFT,  it sits in your digital wallet, then in three days you get a message from us with a QR code. You scan that QR code to get your reveal.”

Illustration of an NFTrog. Photo by TROG.

It allows money growth. “Or a seed drops out of your NFT, that seed appears in your digital wallet,” TROG said. “In five days it sprouts… in five more days it turns into a little plant, then in two weeks the plant turns into a bigger plant. Within 30 days you’ll see buds appear in your digital wallet. These bags of buds are actual new NFTs that have contracts attached to them—you can sell these buds as a NFT sale if you choose, or you can hang onto them.”

Each NFTrogs is also the key to unlocking a canvas series of 10 artworks—if you own the NFT it gives that holder the chance to purchase the number one canvas in that series. 

“You may get a QR code—and when scanned, it may send you a pic of your character with a broken bong and a code to redeem. We will redeem the code and mail that individual a new TROG BLASS bong. Or you may get a message saying your grinder broke,  and code to redeem to get a new grinder, etc.”

The mural is being painted by TROG. Photo by TROG.

TROG GLASS features beautiful glass pieces—beakers, bongs and more—featuring the cartoon characters of TROG.

TROG said that he may airdrop collector artworks that include free tickets to cannabis events or festivals he’s involved with, for holders of NFTrogs.