NFT broke all records again in the third quarter

The wave of hype about non-fungible tokens (NFT) just does not want to break. Although in the spring it seemed that the euphoria around non-fungible tokens had subsided somewhat, NFT is now more popular than ever. DappRadar sets the market value of the NFT market, plus the NBA topshot, at $ 14.19 billion. While the size of the NFT market varies by source, not all blockchain purchases are recorded. But most sizes are in the billions.

The blockchain game Axie Infinity is especially a good example of the hype and success around NFT. Because the game recorded more than $ 2 billion in trading volume for the first time.

Quarterly NFT revenue in US dollars (Source: Reuters).

As can be seen from the chart above, NFT led a shady existence in the crypto market just a few years ago. Few knew what to do with the term NFT. Accordingly, trading volume in the 3rd quarter of 2020 was still modest USD 28 million. Today, in the third quarter of 2021, the situation is very different: in just one year, sales of NFT works of art have increased by more than 38,000 percent. And from the second quarter of 2021 to the third quarter, trading volume increased by as much as $ 9.4 billion.

NFT sales on OpenSea

The OpenSea platform has established itself as the largest and most important trading venue for non-fungible tokens. The third quarter was the most successful in the history of OpenSea. In August alone, the digital art trading platform generated $ 3.4 billion. So in September, there was a slight drop to a trading volume of $ 3 billion. Still, it is an impressively high sum. By comparison, Christie’s, one of the most traditional auction houses in the world, had “only” a turnover of $ 5.5 billion throughout 2020.

The increase in OpenSea sales alone from July ($ 326 million) to August ($ 3.4 billion) equates to an increase of 943 percent. Even more impressive, OpenSea had a turnover of only $ 8 million in January 2021.

Monthly non-fungible token sales volume (Source: Reuters)

A look at Google Trends can also provide interesting insights into the developments in the NFT market. Ultimately, search volume on Google can also be seen as an indicator of how high the demand for NFT was and is. The blue line represents the search term “NFT”. Red was chosen for comparison and represents the search volume for Ethereum. It can be seen that NFT was hardly asked until February 14th. After this, however, there was an increased search volume. On October 6, the search terms Ethereum and NFT are almost on par.

Google Search Volume (Source: Google Trends).


The so-called CryptoPunks are symbolic of the rise and hype surrounding NFT. Limited to 10,000 copies, the “Punks” now collect hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of US dollars. And according to CoinMarketCap, CryptoPunks represents the most valuable NFT collection in the world. The chart below shows the price of a CryptoPunk over the last 90 days. The average price for a punk on July 9 was 17.23 Ether ($ 58,182.6 today). By comparison, on October 6, the price was already 159.5 Ether, averaging $ 536,027.9 (with an Ether price of $ 3,376.82).

CryptoPunks, average price (Source: OpenSea)

The site provides information on NFT. The graph below shows the number of NFT units sold over the last 30 days. On January 1, sales for 30 days were at 80,000 units. More NFTs than ever before were sold, especially in the third quarter.

Sold units (Source:

The chart below shows the total amount of US dollars spent on NFT purchases. It is also clear here that more US dollars were spent on NFT in the third quarter of 2021 than in any other quarter earlier.

Sales value NFT
US dollar value of sold non-fungible tokens (Source:

The number of active wallets is also at a record high on 5 October. As of January 1, there were still 18,000 active wallets containing non-fungible tokens. By October 5, the sum of active wallets was already 155,000. Which corresponds to an increase of 761 per cent. Here, too, it is clear to know: From August 2021, the number of active wallets has increased significantly.

Number of active wallets (Source:

NFT cheaper than expected

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Although CryptoPunks makes it look like everything in the NFT market is utopianly expensive, Reuters comes to a different conclusion. As the following graphic shows, the majority of non-fungible tokens can be purchased at a price of 0 to 10,000 US dollars. So million dollar CryptoPunks or Beeple’s $ 69 million works of art are the exception rather than the norm.

Source: Reuters

Above all, it should be noted that NFTs have never been as popular as they were in the third quarter of 2021. It remains to be seen if this is just a short-term hype. Or whether you can really trust the NFT market to be valued at one trillion US dollars.

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