TECH billionaire Mark Zuckerberg has revealed a cute photo of himself as a young kid 30 years ago.
Young Zuck is pictured in a red baseball cap and jersey, long before he had even dreamed up Facebook.
Mark, 38, had the Little League baseball card personally-made in 1992 and gave it to his favourite coach, Allie Tarantino, from Elmwood Camp in New York.
It even features an early signature from the Facebook founder, after his camp counselor playfully asked him to sign it like a real baseball star.
Weighing in at 48 lbs, the eight year-old infielder notched up a .920 batting average.
“Mark was one of my campers and one day he came in with this card and gave it to me — I was stunned that he was on it,” Tarantino explained.
“I had never seen a Little League baseball card before, so I asked him to sign it for me.
“I never could have guessed what amazing things he would do!
“I’ve been telling this story for quite a while, about how I knew Mark as a camper, and it always astonishes people to see that this card actually exists.
“But I feel that my part of the story is over, so due to Mark’s prominence in the tech world, and the fact that he’s one of the most famous people on the planet, I figure now is a good time to sell this card and put it on market.”
Zuck shared the snap to celebrate his social network’s expanding digital collectible NFTs.
NFTs – or non-fungible tokens – are a hot new tradable item taking the internet by storm.
The unique digital tokens will now be supported in over 100 countries on Instagram, as the tech giant tries to keep up with the trend.
“In honor of expanding digital collectible NFTs to 100 more countries on Instagram and launching new integrations with Coinbase and Dapper, I’m sharing my soon-to-be NFT old little league baseball card, which someone recently found and sent to me,” Zuckerberg said.
What is an NFT?
Here’s a simple guide…
- NFTs are a hot new tradable item taking the internet by storm
- The letters NFT stand for “non-fungible token”
- If something is “fungible”, it can be traded for an identical counterpart
- For instance, Bitcoin is technically fungible – you can swap one for another, and have the same thing
- Physical cash is also fungible – you could trade one £10 note for another
- An NFT is a totally unique digital token with no copies
- Like Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, NFTs work using a blockchain
- A blockchain is a public ledger of transactions recorded across the internet – and is totally unalterable
- The NFTs on the blockchain can be traded like Bitcoin, but they’re unique by design
- This gives them a special value, because each NFT is individual and unique
- You can turn almost any kind of data into an NFT
- People are selling digital artworks, songs and even tweets in NFT form
- More elaborate NFT sales include virtual trainers/sneakers and even a virtual house
- Importantly, NFTs are not physical – so if you buy an NFT object, you’re just owning a part of the blockchain and NOT a physical item
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