*** NOTE: This information has been pieced together by The First Mint to try and determine how these badges will be applied. It may not be 100% accurate, and the rules of Top Shot may change over time. ***

The NBA Top Shot community is very hot on First Moments, and there has been a lot of speculation about what they mean and how their rumoured badges will be applied.

Before diving in, it’s important to note that there is no timeline for these badges, nor has there been official confirmation that they will in fact be badges. What we know is this: A throwaway mention in a blog post about rookies vaguely talked about First Moment designations… and the fact that they’re not a priority for the short term.

WHAT MAKES IT A FIRST MOMENT?

All moments featuring a player’s first play on Top Shot will receive a First Moment Badge. For players who debuted in Series 1, this could be applied to multiple moments across different sets.

For example, the first-ever play minted on Top Shot was a Trae Young “Handles” moment. There are three available moments featuring this play on the marketplace, spanning across three different sets. Each of these would be considered the First Moment for Trae Young.

It’ll cost ya to get the First Moment minted for NBA Top Shot…

For players who debuted on Top Shot in Series 2, it will likely be applied to only one moment.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND THIS INFORMATION?

Each play is given a Play ID on Top Shot Explorer. So, to designate a player’s first ever play, you can visit the site and filter the player, then check their Play ID.

The first 15 minted NBA Top Shot Moments, as listed on Top Shot Explorer

Another resource is this page on Cryptoslam, using the search or filter for the player in question. The corresponding play that is first listed should be their first moment. Some caveats though: the “Minted Population” might not be accurate, and you can ignore the “Toughest Mint.” The “Toughest” is an out-of-date Cryptoslam feature. ALSO: this link is only for the 2019-20 season, and its possible that a player was first minted in the 2013-14 Run It Back set or the 2020-21 Set (Series 2).

WHAT ABOUT MINT DATE AND GAME DATE?

The date of the actual minting and the date of the actual game DO NOT impact the First Moment designation. If you’re curious about the dates of the actual minting (as in, printing of the moment), you can view that information on CryptoSlam and look under “First Minted”.

ARE EARLY ADOPTER MOMENTS THE FIRST EVER MADE?

Yes and no. The first moments ever made on NBA Top Shot are several hundred Genesis Moments (they are 1/1 each, and there are 5x per team in the NBA, each featuring a different player), followed by many hundred more Platinum Ice moments (see below). However, following Genesis and Platinum were some of the Early Adopter moments, starting with Kristaps Porzingis #1 Early Adopter Set. Seeing as the Genesis and Platinum sets are not yet available, the Early Adopter Set could be considered some of the first moments made available. However, they will not receive any special designation announcing this.

WHAT ARE PLATINUM ICE MOMENTS?

Platinum Ice moments are made every time a new play is created in Top Shot. Five are made for each play. So even today, if a new moment is created, it will have 5x Platinum Ice moments made first and then locked away. These Platinum moments will eventually be sold, released, or auctioned off by NBA Top Shot.

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