‘Digital archeology’: long-dormant MoonCats project rides NFT mania to the moon

The second-ever nonfungible collectibles project on Ethereum sees new life
As the profusion of new algorithmically-generated nonfungible toke projects drives down the premium on digital rarity, digital history and being among the “firsts” has become a more reliable source of value. As a result, long-forgotten projects are being unearthed by on-chain sleuths, and yesterday they might have struck gold on their biggest find yet. At 7 AM UTC March 12, Twitter user and NFT collector “ETHoard” posted a short thread on what may be the second-ever nonfungible collectibles project launched on Ethereum, MoonCats.While maybe not as eye pleasing as the recent #CryptoCats discovery, after that rush happened I started digging around and came across #MoonCatRescue. Inspired by Cryptopunks as well, and actually predates CryptoCats. /1— ETHoard (@ETHoard) March 12, 2021
According to Etherscan, the Mooncats contract is 1310 days old, first written to Ethereum on Aug 09 2017. That would mean MoonCats predates CryptoKitties, the NFT project widely credited with popularizing NFTs, by three months, and likewise is just a touch younger than CryptoPunks, the OG NFT project on Ethereum. Users quickly set to figuring out how to interact with the contracts manually via Etherscan, as the website’s fronted had long gone defunct. The first MoonCat minted in 992 days came to digital life at 2:52 PM UTC.How to wrap your MoonCats to sell on @opensea Do this at your own risk and always confirm contract addresses.Thread — RyanJK (@RJ_Kunz) March 12, 2021
At the time users reported that the cost of interacting with the contract to “rescue” …
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