The Definitive Rarirty Guide to CryptoGodKing
CryptoGodKing is available for secondary market purchase on OpenSea
"CryptoGodKing is dead" said Steve Pikelny upon the completion of his instant-cult-classic artblocks factory project. With 180 pieces minted, this unchanging group of CryptoGodKing incarnations will inhabit the Ethereal realm for eternity. No more, no less. And while Pikelny hasn't totally ruled out the idea of a sequel project, the original CGK collection will undoubtedly command a premium due to its low mint size and historical significance in a larger body of work.
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Unsurprisingly, serious collectors have taken notice of this project. Immediately following the completion of the drop, several collectors went on a tear, snatching up whatever they could get their hands on. In fact, more than 10% of the set was traded in a 24 hour period, bringing up the price floor 4x! And since then sales have only increased.
To be sure, these weren't bottom-barrel pieces -- some were definite collectables with rare features. But while the discerning eye was certainly rewarded for taking advantage of a momentarily inefficient market, some collectors are just learning about CryptoGodKing for the first time. If you are one of those collectors, then hopefully this article will give you a solid jumping-off point so you can also get in on the collecting action!
A High Level Glance
While each of the 180 CrpyotGodKing incarnations certainly stand alone as individual visually stunning pieces, the population of mints really lends itself to collecting. The distribution of features is masterfully crafted such that collectors can look for rare characteristics along a number of different dimensions. Additionally, the design of the project still leaves room for unexpected variations where the combination of certain features just pops in a way not fully captured by the explicit feature set.
Of course, anyone who has seen the series is aware of the most saught after feature: animations. Only 39 of the 180 incarnations have some sort of animating component, and the mere hint of movements can easily quintupple the value of any given piece. (All animating features in this guide are *asterisked*). But what most people don't realize is that there are multiple types of animations that interplay with the piece in different ways. If you want to cut through the chaff to understand these dynamics, then this article is for you.
The body of CryptoGodKing itself is the center piece of this project, consisting of different variations of triangles and circles. And while the geometry is fairly simple, it leades to a number of interesting combinations. In addition to the layout, also note that the pyramid can have between one and five layers of varying thickness. One of the rarest features of the project
Eye of Providence
No eye feature listed
|Eye of Providence||77|
|No eye feature listed||9|
The aura of the CryptoGodKing incarnation is largely determined by which background it has. And to be sure, this is perhaps the most diverse quality of the project. With four categories of backgrounds, it's easy to miss the subtlties of each set of features.
The most common background, but also the most dynamic and popular. Three arcs surround CryptoGodKing, leading to a multitude of transfixing patterns. Some of these features are so arcane, however, it is unclear how they affect the final output. As a result, these will be left out of the guide. For the curious, it may be fruitful to research: Mystical Munificence, Cosmic Inflation, Financial Burden, and Karmic Interest.
UPDATE: A reader has pointed out that Financial Burden appears to correspond to the stroke weight of the arcs. A big thank you to NFT_Maniac42069
Cosmic Contango/Cycle of Rebirth
*5D Time Dilation*
|5D Time Dilation||19|
|Cycle of Rebirth||9|
Sacred Geometry: 45
This background consists of three components: triangles (Trinity), circles (Token), and crosses (Cross)., and the names seem to make sense: "Holy" corresponds to the feature in its normal state and "Gilded" refers to a double stroke of alternate color. The Trinity also appears to be "Unholy" if it is upside down.
This background also hosts an animating feature that leads to an interesting Moiré effect: the Aura of Affluence.
*Aura of Affluence*
|Gilded Token/Holy Token/Gilded Holy Token||39|
|Gilded Cross/Holy Cross/Gilded Holy Cross||21|
|Gilded Trinity/Holy Trinity/Gilded Holy Trinity||24|
|Unholy Trinity/Gilded Unholy Trinity||15|
|Aura of Affluence||10|
The strangest and least predictable of all the backgrounds, this one seems to present the same pattern in multiple different forms. Some are, frankly, quite boring, while others are the strongest of the series. The crux appears to be a metric called the Astral Projection Coefficient.
*Heaven and Earth*
|Heaven and Earth||4|
In the final bucket of features, there are six color spectrums that CryptoGodKing may reincarnate within. These aren't color palletes perse, as the hue appears to be totally dynamic from piece to piece. But, each of the six spectrums have their own distinct vibe: Matte is chooses more muted, washed out colors, Shadow goes dark with the background and light with the stroke, Luminous goes with a bright background and dark stroke, and Neon chooses two fully-saturated colors of opposite hues. Meanwhile, Yin/Yang (black & white) and Yang/Yin (white & black) are two of the rarest features overall
Conclusion & Other Pleasing Variations
All in all, CryptoGodKing should keep collectors busy for quite some time. Between the differen backgrounds, pyramid features, colors, and animation types, there's a lot of ways to slice and dice this project. But CGK fans must remember that statistical rarity isn't everything. Some incarnations just feel special due to combinations of common features, and happen to line up in unique ways. So remember to appreciate each unique piece on its own merits for this amazing project.