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A few thoughts on finding a good investment-grade bored ape

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When I bought my first ape the week the project launched I didn’t think much about traits and rarity, instead I was focused on something that would make an awesome profile picture. Then, as time went on and I continued to buy more apes, I started to spend a lot more time looking at traits, and rarity, and really started to pay attention to trends, which change quite a bit over time.

Fast-forward to today and I’ve found quite a few friends coming to me for advice on buying their first ape. Of course, things have changed a lot since the early days. First things first, a floor ape isn’t 0.35ETH, and some traits have really taken off that weren’t on anyone’s radar back in the olden days, i.e. three months ago.

As I’ve found more and more friends coming to me lately trying to find a solid investment-grade ape, and had the same conversation at least fives times now I thought, why not put together a little blog post about it. I’ll keep this short and sweet so let’s jam.

First – don’t just look at overall rarity

You probably already know about, if you don’t, that’s where you should probably be doing most of your research when it comes to traits and rarity. The biggest gotcha when it comes to picking an investment-grade ape IMO is focusing on overall rarity and not looking at the overall traits an ape has.

Here’s an example. There’s a trait that’s relatively rare for eyes called “crazy” that looks like this:

) so keep that in mind when you’re picking an ape as it definitely impacts long-term investment value.

Second – learn what traits are popular now

Some specific traits will pop for one reason or another. A good recent example is the Christie’s Auction that features this beautiful ape:

Disclaimer: The above references an opinion and is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a duly licensed professional for investment adviceI am an investor in Bored Ape Yacht Club and Bored Ape Kennel Club.


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