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Matt Furie adds to the 2016 NFT Card Collection

Matt Furie Adds to 2016 NFT Card Collection — 'Rare Pepe Directory is complete,' Says NFT Wallet Creator

About five years ago, Bitcoin.com News reported on the notorious Pepe the frog getting added to the blockchain collectible world after the non-fungible token (NFT) cards were minted on the Counterparty protocol in 2016. Matt Furie, the creator of Pepe, has now added his flair to the mix by creating a special NFT with his original green amphibian creation.

Crypto Fans Get Their First Introduction to Counterparty Rare Pepe NFTs in 2016

Back in 2005, when Matt Furie introduced Pepe the frog to the world, he did not expect it to garner such virality across the web. He didn’t know what a meme was at the time he created the green frog now shared widely across the internet.

More than ten years later, in 2016, Pepe the frog was a legend and cryptocurrencies were in the midst of changing course toward another climactic bull run. In October 2016, Bitcoin.com News reported on the Rare Pepe blockchain cards that were introduced via the Counterparty blockchain.

Matt Furie Adds to 2016 NFT Card Collection — 'Rare Pepe Directory Is Complete,' Says NFT Wallet Creator
Rare Pepe trading cards from 2016.

At the time, our newsdesk noted that “Rare Pepes are cards depicting the infamous frog, traded as XCP assets over the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain much like Spells of Genesis cards.” Since then, the Rare Pepe Directory indicates the team minted a total of 36 series featuring the internet’s favorite green frog and many other characters.

Five years later in 2021, old NFTs like Nilicoins, Rare Pepe, and Curio Cards saw fresh demand. Some of the rare Rare Pepe cards have been sold for hundreds of thousands of dollar. Opensea features old Rare Pepe cards and people have been selling Lord Kek dust.

Rare Pepe Wallet Creator: ‘And With That, the Rare Pepe Directory Is Complete’

On October 5, the NFT marketplace chainsaw.fun and Matt Furie’s Pegz NFT project introduced Furie’s FEELSGOODMAN Rare Pepe card. Chainsaw posted on Twitter: “Chainsaw NFT and Pegz DAO are thrilled to announce the auction for the Matt Furie FEELSGOODMAN rare pepe. A piece of blockchain history, originally minted in 2016.” Chainsaw added:

A collaboration with rarepepewallet.com creator @wasthatawolf, we see this Rare Pepe as a peace treaty of sorts, between bitcoin and ethereum, between Pepe lovers of all shapes and sizes.

After the Chainsaw announcement, the creator of the Rare Pepe Wallet, @wasthatawolf said: “And with that, the Rare Pepe Directory is complete.”

Matt Furie Adds to 2016 NFT Card Collection — 'Rare Pepe Directory Is Complete,' Says NFT Wallet Creator
The Matt Furie “FEELSGOODMAN” Rare Pepe trading card.

On the Chainsaw website, the advertisement for the NFT Furie crafted explains that the team of creators have a “desire for this Pepe to bring peace between BTC and ETH communities.” The announcement for the auction — which aims to go live on Thursday — adds:

500 cards issued, 400 burned, 99 will remain in the Pegz DAO, and ONE is being auctioned here.

“Pegz DAO acknowledges Pepe’s cultural significance. It is one that could, and has been stolen by dark forces,” noted the NFT creators. We recognize that not all frogs can be owned, but we hope that our stewardship will result in a predominance .”

of happy amphibians.

What do you think about the Matt Furie crafted Rare Pepe NFT trading card? Please comment below to let us know your thoughts on this topic.

Image Credits: Shutterstock, Pixabay, Wiki Commons, Matt Furie, Rare Pepe Directory, Chainsaw, Pegz,

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BTC slips amid poor debut for Hong Kong spot ETFs

Bitcoin fell to under $62,000 after spiking past $64,700 earlier as Hong Kong spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs began trading. Data showed trading volumes hit just over $11 million, against expectations of over $3oo million. Bitcoin price fell below $62,000 again amid market reaction to less than encouraging numbers from the first day of trading…


  • Bitcoin fell to under $62,000 after spiking past $64,700 earlier as Hong Kong spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs began trading.
  • Data showed trading volumes hit just over $11 million, against expectations of over $3oo million.

Bitcoin price fell below $62,000 again amid market reaction to less than encouraging numbers from the first day of trading for much hyped spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs in Hong Kong.

BTC was down about 1.4% at the time of writing, having touched lows of $61,587 across major crypto exchanges.

The benchmark cryptocurrency, which has struggled to reclaim key levels since its recent halving event, was seeing a 24-hour trading volume of $28.4 billion.

Bitcoin price and Hong Kong spot ETFs debut

Earlier, Bitcoin price surged to above $64,000 as the six spot Bitcoin and spot Ethereum ETFs went live in Hong Kong.

The flagship cryptocurrency rose to over $64,727 on US-based crypto exchange Coinbase. BTC also soared after reports Hong Kong approved the listing of the ETFs.

NEW: 🇭🇰 Opening ceremony of Hong Kong spot #Bitcoin ETFs 👏 pic.twitter.com/ux1eb5PqRn

— Bitcoin Magazine (@BitcoinMagazine) April 30, 2024

However, as data streamed in showing disappointing trading volumes and inflows, Bitcoin price took a hit. According to details of the six ETFs’s debut day, total trading volume reached just $11 million, not impressive given projections were much higher at over $300 million.

Bitcoin ETFs saw about $8.5 million while Ethereum ETFs recorded just $2.5 million on the first day. Ethereum price fell to $3,040.

Notably, the figures from Hong Kong are way lower compared to those recorded amid the enthusiasm that greeted the launch of spot Bitcoin ETFs in the US in January. On their debut, the US spot BTC ETFs raked in over $4.6 billion in trading volume.

The start to trading for the ETFs has not helped BTC price and BTC could face a slide under the $60k level if sentiment flips negative. On the upside, resistance at $65k remains critical and a breakout could see the bellwether digital asset soar towards its recent peak.


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