Rod Gilbert’s work on behalf of the New York Rangers’ Garden of Dreams Foundation is continuing 10 months after the death of the man known as “Mr. Ranger.”
The Foundation, a nonprofit organization that brings life-changing opportunities to young people in need, has announced the launch of the first-ever NFT digital commemorative patch on Fanaply, honoring Gilbert, the Rangers’ all-time scoring leader, who died of cancer Aug. 19.
Net proceeds from the collectibles will benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation, which Gilbert supported for years, devoting much energy to its efforts.
With an online sale and auction that runs through 7 pm ET on July 1, which would have been Gilbert’s 81st birthday, limited-edition collectibles with tiered prizes and experiences will be available on msg.com/RodNFT.
The digital NFT rare-class Rod Gilbert No. 7 patches, available at auction.
Fans will have the option to bid on or purchase items, with an auction and buy-now options.
Gilbert’s work with Garden of Dreams, including serving on the foundation’s advisory board, has made a significant impact on thousands of young people across the New York area.
Over the years, Mr. Ranger offered his time and generosity to provide support at Garden of Dreams events by visiting children’s hospitals, playing ball hockey at community centers, meeting young people and their families at the Garden, and lending a hand at annual fundraising events.
“We were honored that the team wore the ‘7’ patch on their jersey this season, reflecting that he was the heartbeat and the spirit of the New York Rangers,” said Judy Gilbert, Rod’s wife. “It means so much to the family to work with Garden of Dreams to honor Rod’s legacy and benefit the foundation that meant so much to him.
“He used his platform to give back to the community and especially to champion Garden of Dreams. As his wife of 30-plus years, I watched as Rod invested an enormous amount of time and energy in raising funds and creating awareness as only Mr. Rangers could do.”
The front of the patch hails Gilbert as the Rangers’ all-time leading scorer; he is first with 406 goals and 1,021 points. The back quotes his often-spoken words: “It’s not what you have, it’s what you give.”
The digital NFT classic-class Rod Gilbert No. 7 patches, available for online sale.
The tiers of the NFT products and experiences that will be available are “Classic,” “Rare” and “Legendary,” and include the following:
Classic: A digital commemorative Gilbert patch. An unlimited number of these collectibles will be available at $7 each.
Rare: A digital commemorative Gilbert patch and memorabilia signed by Rangers legends, including “Goal-A-Game Line” posters of Gilbert with linemates Jean Ratelle and Vic Hadfield, and a puck signed by Adam Graves. Five of these will be available at auction with a $150 starting bid.
Legendary: One experience of four tickets to attend the Garden of Dreams Night Game at a date to be determined, as well as a dinner with Rangers greats Henrik Lundqvist and Graves on a mutually agreed upon date. Plus a digital commemorative Rod Gilbert patch. The auction has a $500 starting bid.
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