How to Understand the Ether Cards NFT Collection

NFTs are awesome, if you didn’t believe that you most likely wouldn’t even be here. But just because they are awesome, it doesn’t mean they aren’t confusing. This post breaks down the different elements of an Ether Card.

How to Understand the Ether Cards NFT Collection

The Ether Cards NFT collection is complex and sophisticated, and at first glance can be a bit much to take in all at once. It is the original and most powerful collection of the platform. When people learn about the project they are blown away by the concept, design, and utility. One of the most common questions asked… “Which card should I buy?”

This post will help you navigate the collection, understand the different aspects and the rarity levels.


First Things First

Before we talk about what is on the cards, let’s first cover the four types. The Ether Cards Collection consists of 10,000 cards spread across four tiers — Creators, OGs, Alphas, and Founders.

There are:

  • 10 x Creators (ID 0-9)
  • 90 x OGs (ID 10-99)
  • 900 x Alphas (ID 100-999)
  • 9,000 x Founders (ID 1,000-9,999)

Creators

These cards are exclusively for the founding team and advisors.

OGs

These cards are the top tier available to the Public. The front of these cards features a signature piece of art from top artists, while the back displays Accidental Collaboration Art. OGs receive the most benefits when it comes to Dust, platform bonuses, and other valuable rewards.

OG Cards had the highest probability of receiving any Random Edition Trait. The average number of Random Edition Traits on OGs is 4.4.

The number of Random Edition Traits on each OG. Source: 0xfiles

OGs also hold 3 Limited Edition Trait slots. Any OG sold in the main sale and pre-sale will also hold 3 Punk Battle Tickets and 3 Royalty Battle Tickets. Finally, every OG also holds an OG layer pack Trait.

Notice that the card above shows 15 Traits in the top right corner. This is because it has:

  1. 5 x Random Edition Traits
  2. 3 x Limited Edition Trait Slots
  3. 3 x Punk Battle Tickets
  4. 3 x Royalty Battle Tickets
  5. 1 x OG Layer Drop

Alphas

These cards are the middle tier available to the Public. The front of these cards showcases feature art from top artists, while the back displays the Accidental Collaboration Art. Alphas receive more benefits when it comes to Dust, platform bonuses, and other valuable rewards, compared to Founders.

Alpha cards also had a high probability of receiving any Random Edition Trait. The average number of Random Edition Traits on Alphas is 3.1.

The number of Random Edition Traits on each Alpha. Source: 0xfiles

Alphas also hold 2 Limited Edition Trait slots. Any Alpha sold in the main sale and pre-sale will also hold 2 Punk Battle Tickets and 2 Royalty Battle Tickets. Finally, every Alpha also holds an Alpha layer pack Trait.

Founders

These cards are the most common tier available to the Public. The front of these cards features the Accidental Collaboration Art.

They also had a chance to receive any Random Edition Trait. The average number of Random Edition Traits on Founders is 1.7.

The number of Random Edition Traits on each Founder. Source: 0xfiles

Founders also hold 1 Limited Edition Trait slot. Any Founder sold in the main sale and pre-sale will also hold 1 Punk Battle Ticket and 1 Royalty Battle Ticket. Founders do not receive a layer pack Trait.


Unique features of each card

Now that you know all the tiers and what differentiates them, let’s break down what differentiates individual cards. There are 3 variables on any card — the artwork, the Traits, and the Dust.

Artwork

As mentioned above, Alphas and OGs feature two pieces of artwork (signature feature art and the Accidental Collaboration Art), while Founders only contain the Accidental Collaboration Art.

Each artist was asked to design their perfect Ether Card: a five-layer composition meant to adorn the front of a card, with some loose parameters defined for each layer. The Ether Cards team took these individual works of art, separated the layers, tossed a few more possibilities into the mix (these uncredited layers are called “common” layers in the Ether Cards ecosystem), and produced “accidental collaborations” between these fantastic artists that represent the next evolution of generative artwork. Learn more about Accidental Collaboration Art.

To view these layers on the Ether Cards Explorer, you will need to click on the layer icon in the middle of the card. For Alphas and OGs you will need to flip the card first.

Artwork is subjective, what may appeal to one person may not appeal to the next. However, there are some rarer pieces that people may value higher than others. These include the following:

  • Duplicates: Pairs of cards with the same artwork, these are often referred to as ‘Dupes’ by the community.
  • Perfects: When all 5 layers of the Accidental Collaboration Art are from the same artist. Generally speaking, the closer a card is to a Perfect, the rarer it becomes, however, this is not always the case.
  • Perfect Commons: When all 5 layers of the Accidental Collaboration Art are unattributed to an artist and listed as a common layer. These are also relatively rare.
DirtyRobot Perfect

To view the artists on a card, click on the card’s name in the top left corner.

Traits

There are more than 60 Traits available across the Ether Cards Collection. They are broken up into three categories — Limited Edition, Random Edition, and Conditional. Currently, only Random Edition Traits have been assigned to cards. You can view all the Traits on the Ether Cards website, including a description of each one, and how many exist.

Traits can vary in issuance from only 3 to 2,500.

Traits page lists all Traits with issuance rates and descriptions.

To view the Traits on a card, click on the number in the top right corner.

Dust

Dust ($DUST) is Ether Cards’ native utility token. Dust rewards card owners and can be used in a variety of ways. To learn more about Dust and its uses please see this Blog Update.

Every card has a Dust Counter which shows how much Dust is currently held on the card. When a card is transferred, the Dust on that counter is moved with the card. Any card owner can claim the Dust off of their cards via the Ether Cards wallet.

Note: Be careful when putting offers on a card via marketplaces like OpenSea as the card owner can claim their Dust before accepting an offer.

It is up to you what you value most about a card, and whether you want to buy it for its Dust, Traits, or artwork. If you still feel confused or would like a second opinion on any card, the Ether Cards Community is very willing to help.