One of my favorite trades of the past year has been focusing on Art Blocks Curated mints.
From the branding power of the Art Blocks name, dutch auction mint format, demand from whales, low supply (compared to PFP collections) & the lack of a roadmap needed for collections to moon.
There is always an opportunity to hit on a big mint when it comes to Curated drops. Because of this, I put together a breakdown of all 2022 Curated mints, including mint price, current floor, collection size & % of collection listed.
If you're new to Art Blocks, there are 4 tiers of project drops. AB Presents: projects that are recognized by the internal Art Blocks team. AB Explorations: wild ideas and commissioned experiments. AB Collaborations: partnerships like the ones with Pace Gallery. And finally, AB Curated: the highest tier of AB mints, approved by the AB. curation board
I prefer to focus on Curated as historically these collections offer the highest upside (Fidenza, Ringers, Elevated Deconstructions for ex. are all 60E+ floors).
min. mint price: .75 eth
floor: 11 Eth
high sale: 182 Eth
Notable Holders: Flamingo DAO holds 32
Memories of Qilin
min. mint price: .75 Eth
floor: 7.85 Eth
high sale: 55 Eth
Notable Holders: Flamingo DAO holds 25, DC Investor holds 19
min mint price: .46 Eth
floor: 9.7 Eth
high sale: 27.75 Eth
Notable Holders: Danny Seedphrase holds 29
General AB Mint Strategy
One of the consistent trends with Art Blocks will be that when one mint performs above average, the next Curated will mint out at a higher than expected price point (for ex. Dipolar at 1.93 on 12-14).
If you are trying to time the bottom of the dutch auction mint window, there are usually only a few seconds to decide before choosing whether to mint or not. My approach is I’ll decide before mint starts what price I’m comfortable paying & if it mints out too high, this helps me not to fomo in at the last second.
Also, the MVHQ voice chat is extremely helpful as someone is almost always calling out the pending transactions - so you know when its getting close to minting out.
Recently, AB Curated collections have shrunk from previous 1k size to 3-500 piece collections. You can always send your mint a bit early if you want to avoid the gas war, & the price has fallen into a range you’re comfortable minting at.
If you haven’t participated in a dutch auction before, I would recommend observing one before diving in, as well as getting familiar with setting your advanced gas in Metamask The new AB contract is more gas efficient, which leads to faster mint outs. So you’ll want to be prepared by sending competitive gas & priority fee, to avoid a tx fail.
One other data point that can be helpful, is researching the Curated artists twitter, to see which notable names are following the artist & may be planning to mint or buy secondary. While 78% over the past year is a good success rate, no AB mint is a sure thing. Historically we will see high volume right after mint, as people who minted to flip are listing competitively & it can take a few weeks for breakout collections to begin their run-up.