Curation Connect: October 2023

:ghost: Good Morning POAP Friends! :jack_o_lantern: Happy Halloween :ghost:

Historically, this series has been listed under Connect with Curation (August, September) from this article moving forward, this will be filed under Curation Connect. Thank you for following along! :blue_heart:

Welcome to the 3rd edition of Curation Connect, today we have a treat for you! :candy:

Here’s a sneak preview of what this article will focus on :mag:
:soccer: :football: :ski: :baseball: :basketball: :video_game:

Few phenomena possess the unique power to unite individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs quite like the universal love of sports. :heart_eyes:

Regardless of language barriers or geographical boundaries, sports serve as a common language, a shared passion that resonates deeply within the hearts of millions. :revolving_hearts:

In the vast and vibrant world of sports, a new thread is being woven into the rich tapestry of human connection and shared experiences. :sewing_needle: As a curator of this global narrative, I have the unique privilege of showcasing an exquisite collection of POAPs that encapsulate the essence of joy, camaraderie, and the timeless tradition of playing games together.

From the snowy peaks of the Breckenridge :mount_fuji: to the sun-kissed soccer fields of Brazil, :sun_with_face: these digital collectibles tell personal stories of triumph, resilience, and the universal language of sports. :globe_with_meridians:

Join me on this captivating journey as we explore how people around the globe are coming together, forging bonds, and creating lasting memories, all while capturing the spirit of competition and the joy of play through the innovative use of POAPs.

:mantelpiece_clock:These POAPs are presented chronologically :mantelpiece_clock:
Below we have compiled a showcase of sports POAPs, these have been collected from all around the globe and will be displayed by sport type.

:video_game: We’ll begin by diving into the metaverse with Esports, Game nights and Watch parties :video_game:

These POAPs commemorate those events that are inherently digital and those that take place on the screen or around the game board.

17864 - ESport For Charity. Year End Eve :video_game:

37200 - Jayhawks vs Tarheels Unofficial Watchparty POAP :basketball:

42025 - Emicida Concert presented by Fortnite Soundwave Series :video_game:

101027 - SLIC Studios Super Bowl Watch Party :football:

103730 - You visited the Game Room during ETHDenver 2023 :game_die:

122586 - Monks and Pints and Games, Oh My! - NFT.NYC 4/14/2023 :game_die:

:football: Next up we’ll head on over to the football pitch! :soccer:
These POAPs commemorate the pride and global following of futbol. From kicking the ball around at EthCC to celebrating Argentina’s monumental World Cup victory! These POAPs are for the football fans!

92767 - 2022 FIFA World Cup Winner Supporter :soccer:

144867 - Friendly Football Event ETH CC :soccer:

157244 - Tailgating: Penn State Lions vs Indiana Hoosiers at Beaver Stadium :football:

:tophat: You are almost halfway through! Take a quick shake break, grab a sweet treat and dive into the next chapter of Sports POAPs!

:baseball: Our next collection of baseball POAPs are packed with history and bring us back to a century old rivalry between two teams based in the north east of the United States.

Before we jump down the rabbit hole :rabbit2::hole: to learn more about this epic spirited rivalry, we must take a moment to recognize the first baseball POAP, this POAP celebrates when the Los Angeles Dodgers sold their first ever 1/1 NFT, which came with the World Series Championship ring and access to throw the opening pitch at Dodgers Stadium on October 1st, 2021.

9309 - CITYAPEZ throws Opening pitch at Dodgers Stadium :baseball:

This digital collectible marks several milestones for NFT’s, sports and fandom! This grail is a part of the foundation of bridging sports and blockchain technology. While we celebrate this POAP marking the potential for the future, our next POAPs will focus on the past. Boston Red Sox fans know all too well the curse of the New York Yankees that has plagued their teams success since 1919. The POAPs below are just the beginning of this rivalry brought digital.

:map: A brief bit of fandom history :compass:

The rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees is one of the most storied and intense competitions in the world of sports, transcending baseball to become a cultural phenomenon. The roots of this fierce competition can be traced back to 1919, when the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth, one of baseball’s greatest players, to the Yankees. This transfer marked the beginning of the “Curse of the Bambino,” a supposed curse that left the Red Sox without a World Series title for 86 years. Meanwhile, the Yankees went on to become one of the most successful franchises in baseball history.

Characterized by intense games, dramatic turnarounds, and a never-ending battle for supremacy in the American League East Division. The fans play a crucial role in this rivalry, with Red Sox fans and Yankees fans being some of the most passionate and vocal in all of sports. Games between these two teams often have a playoff atmosphere, regardless of the standings, and it’s not uncommon to see the stadiums filled to capacity when they play each other.

Over the years, there have been numerous memorable moments and iconic figures associated with this rivalry. From Bucky Dent’s three-run homer in the 1978 tie-breaker game, to the Red Sox’s epic comeback in the 2004 American League Championship Series, the narrative of this competition is filled with highs and lows for both teams.

This storied rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees is more than just a series of baseball games; it is a saga that captures the essence of competition and the power of sports to evoke strong emotions. As a Red Sox fan, I must inform you that the Yankee fans have also beat us to POAPs. :grimacing:

9341 - Sunday Afternoon Baseball - Rays x Yankees @ the Yankees Stadium :baseball:

:hourglass_flowing_sand: Two years ago this month a POAP fan attended a Yankee’s game and captured it with a POAP. It wasn’t until almost 22 months later that another POAP fan captured the first Red Sox game POAP.

147898 - Red Sox @ Nats Stadium 8/17 :baseball:

Fans all over the world are combining their life passions with POAP to show their support for the teams and times we love the most.

Our last batch of POAPs to share are near and dear to my heart. These are some of the sports POAPs of POAPer’s that spend their days building the protocol that makes all of these moments possible.

40533 - SSV vs POAP basketball match @ Devconnect 2022 :basketball:

96922 - JANQ Squad Reconnects :video_game:

109154 - Proof Of Skiing in Breckenridge :skier:

123041 - POAP Paintball Day :gun:

No matter the team you root for, catching your favorite moments with POAPs is something we can all agree on. Thank you for taking a run down memory lane as we live the POAP Sports hall of fame.

As we’ve explored throughout this article, the integration of POAPs in the world of sports is not just a trend—it’s a revolutionary shift in how we celebrate, connect, and cherish our favorite athletic moments. These digital collectibles are weaving a new narrative in the tapestry of sports history, enabling fans, athletes, and communities to hold onto the memories that matter most.

Now, it’s your turn to be a part of this exciting journey. Whether you’re an athlete, a fan, a coach, or a community organizer, you have the power to bring POAPs into your local sports scene. Start by creating and distributing these digital mementos for your community’s next sporting event.

But don’t stop there—spread the word. Share this article, talk about POAPs with your friends and family, and take to social media to show off your growing collection of digital sports memorabilia. By doing so, you’re not just preserving precious memories—you’re helping to build a global community of sports lovers united by passion and innovation.

The future of sports memorabilia is here, and it’s digital. Are you ready to be a part of it? Embrace POAPs today and take your love of sports to the next level!

Did you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for tuning in, I bid you a good day, until the canvas calls again :wave: See you next month for another edition of Curation Connect.

Amanda :blue_heart: :unicorn:

POAP Curation Lead