Digital Collectibles and DeFi, The Pros and Cons

What is Digital Collectibles? 

A digital collectible is a unique or limited-edition virtual item. Naturally, there’s a visual element such as digital art, a digital trading card, or a video clip. Theoretically, it could be anything represented by 1s and 0s, such as digital music recordings. 

Digital collectibles, in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), employ blockchain technology that allows the verification of transfers, transactions, and distribution in ownership. Therefore, digital collectibles cannot be copied like regular data on a computer, but one owner can transfer ownership to another person. As a result, collectors can guarantee their digital art stays irregular and set the terms for transferring ownership or use. 

The crypto market is diverse, and in blockchain technology, among the most popular applications are NFTs and Decentralized Finance, or Defi. 

Both applications deliver possibilities and opportunities in the crypto market. While NFTs offer a value proposition, Defi is a technology that facilitates financial transactions and services, with participation in both rising sharply. 

Both NFTs and DeFi are distinct in purpose, foundation, processes, instruments, financial solutions, governance, upgrades, applications, etc.   

Difference Between Defi and NFT 

The difference between Defi and NFT is that the latter is referred to as unique digital support, while Defi is the financial system on the internet.  

NFT includes a unit of data that is unique, and non-interchangeable, while Defi is a system that allows for financial transactions without a middle man, also built on the blockchain. 

Newcomers to the crypto and NFT space often overestimate how complicated it is to participate in selling and buying cryptographic trading tokens. 

NFTs allow the tokenization of assets, real or virtual, with the value determined subjectively. 

The value of NFTs can vary at the market and individual levels, often determined by the demand or rarity of a given token. 

On the other hand, Defi technology enables financial transactions and services to operate through smart contracts, and decentralized verifications, cutting out the middleman while maintaining legitimacy. 

The other side of the subject is that many users consider NFT as nothing but scams, ultra-rich people’s hobbies, or the big CEOs in big companies and celebrities taking more money out of the ordinary person, leading many NFT projects to fail

NFTs were also used during COVID-19 lockdowns in China in order to preserve memories of the city’s month-long COVID-19 lockdown, minting videos, and so there can be a sentimental side to them. 

What are Collectibles in Defi? 

People are spending a lot of money on digital collectables, from art to sports trading cards, and even memes and Tweets. 

So is a collectible the same as an NFT? If they are verified on a blockchain, then yes. It cannot be called a collectable if anyone can recreate and forge it. 

Digital artist Beeple, whose real name is Mike Winkelmann, created a digital painting consisting of all his other digital paintings combined into one big collage that was sold for around $69 million at the dawn of the NFT craze. 

Fast forward to today, French start-up Sorare allows users to play and collect officially licensed soccer cards in fantasy games. According to the NFT data tracker NonFungible, Sorare’s marketplace generated over $22 million in sales last year.  

Sorare announced the raise of $50 million from investors including Benchmark, Accel, and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. 

“It is an obvious industry use case for NFTs,” said Lars Rensing, CEO of blockchain firm Protokol. “Trading cards and collectibles have always been a profitable revenue stream for clubs.” 


NFTs and cryptocurrencies are becoming the new normal. The digital realm is changing people’s lives into having virtual things conquering all the aspects of our daily long-lived technological life. 

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