Go from youth league to big league with
Rising Baseball Stars NFT

Baseball. Blockchain. Business.

Rising Baseball Stars (RBS) is bringing memorabilia into the 21st century by creating baseball card NFTs of the most promising amateur baseball players. These NFTs will not only be baseball collectibles but will also unlock amazing baseball-specific perks for those who hold them.

MVP Level

The MVP membership is a fit for those just getting into the NFT space, but have a passion for baseball. At a minting price of only 0.1 ETH, the MVP membership delivers a nice bang for your buck. With the MVP membership you will have the chance to mint new player NFTs as they are released. Additionally, owning an MVP membership will automatically enter you into our various raffles whose prizes include signed memorabilia, regular season tickets, and On-Field Passes.
Rising Baseball Stars NFT
MVP

Price
0.1

HALL
OF FAME Level

Our Hall of Fame (HoF) membership is a great choice for enthusiasts looking to get the most out of the RBS platform. Within the RBS ecosystem, HoF members will have second-day pre-sale access to purchase new player NFTs at a 10% discount. HoF members will also play a crucial role in determining which new players’ NFTs are added to the RBS platform. Outside of the RBS ecosystem, HoF members will have a chance to win amazing baseball-related prizes such as regular season baseball tickets, All-Star/World Series tickets, On-Field Passes, signed memorabilia, and even the chance to meet current and former pro baseball players.
Rising Baseball Stars NFT
Hall of Fame

Price
1

TRIPLE
CROWN Level

The Triple Crown (TC) membership is our most exclusive membership and the best way to engage with the baseball community in the NFT space. Owning a TC membership provides opportunities to access coveted player NFTs at the best price. This is because TC members get first priority pre-sale minting access at a 25% discount up to three days before public launch. Outside of the RBS ecosystem, as the project allows, TC members will be guaranteed 2 suite-level MLB tickets every year and be given a piece of baseball memorabilia signed by a pro baseball player. This is in addition to having the best odds to win one of our many giveaways held all year long. With only 60 TC memberships ever to be minted, the time is now to add a Triple Crown membership to your NFT bullpen.
Rising Baseball Stars NFT
Triple Crown

Price
2

Membership Allocation

Presale: 210 Membership Tokens


160 MVP, 30 HALL OF FAME, and 20 TRIPLE CROWN


Available in a Private sale to initial investors, early adopters, and contributors

Public Launch: 1,960 Membership Tokens

1,500 MVP, 450 HALL OF FAME, and 10 TRIPLE CROWN

Membership tokens become available to the general public

Reserves: 1,970 Membership Tokens


1,420 MVP, 520 HALL OF FAME, and 30 TRIPLE CROWN


Membership tokens kept in reserve to further build the Rising Baseball Stars NFT brand. Reserves will be used to help obtain strategic partnerships, provide further utility for our community members (giveaways, discounted sales, referral bonuses, etc.), and collaborate with other projects

Meet the team

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Jared Gruccio

Jared is a Trusted Advisor to professional baseball players. He studied Business Administration and Accounting at Wagner College and graduated in 2011

Founder & EVP of Operations

Kenny Pustizzi Jr.

For the past decade Kenny has held many credible positions for several businesses. As a result, this has given firsthand experience allowing him to be…

General Manager

Ken Pustizzi Sr.

Ken spent the first 35 years of his working life building Trico Lift, one of the largest privately-held companies in the Aerial Work Platform industry…
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VP of Strategic Partnerships

Ryan Kalish

Ryan Kalish is a former MLB player for the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, 2-time World Series Champion, and current business owner, pilates instructor, and crypto and NFT…

VP of Strategic Engagement

Chris Hildreth

Chris is a Strategic Business Consultant and NFT/Crypto/Baseball enthusiast. As a college undergrad, he studied Marketing at St. Joseph’s University….

Lead Developer

Nickolas Casalinuovo

Nickolas is a current undergraduate at Princeton University. He is pursuing a BSE in computer science with concentrations in statistics/machine learn…

Content Coordinator

Braulio Romero Bakker

Braulio is a senior at Princeton University, majoring in East Asian Studies. He is an expert in community engagement, education, and …

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Jared Gruccio

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Jared is a Trusted Advisor to professional baseball players. He studied Business Administration and Accounting at Wagner College and graduated in 2011. As a NCAA Division I student-athlete he played baseball for the Seahawks and was named to the All-Conference Academic Team. In 2011 he began his career in financial services and continues to build a respectable financial practice. He founded Gruccio Financial in 2018, an independent Comprehensive Financial Services group. In 2022, he started Clement Tax Services, a consulting firm for high net worth individuals and businesses.

Jared’s innate interest in business and entrepreneurship has led him to also pursue roles as a community leader by volunteering time to serve as Board Director of the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce, Advocacy Committee Liaison of the GVCC, and “Make A Point” Podcast co-host.

He enjoys spending time with his Son, Carter, snowboarding, traveling, and watching Formula One.

Kenny Pustizzi Jr.

Founder & EVP of Operations

For the past decade Kenny has held many credible positions for several businesses. As a result, this has given firsthand experience allowing him to be a knowledgeable source of information for other entrepreneurs. Currently Kenny is involved in running a newspaper, magazine, radio station, digital marketing company and a travel agency.

Prior to his business career, Kenny had a storied career around the game of baseball. From playing at an elite level in high school and college, to coaching at the high school level. Earning many accolades through the years, the most valuable achievements came off the field in way of family and many friends.

Kenny and his wife are the proud parents of three kids currently residing in Southern New Jersey.

Kenny considers volunteerism to be a vital aspect of his life and has enthusiastically offered to share his time and skills with a variety of organizations.

With a passion for learning and developing long lasting business relationships, the blockchain and NFT space will prove to be another successful venture.

Kenny is passionate about Baseball, Blockchain, and Business

Pictured above is a box score from the 1930’s, showing five of his uncles playing on the same local team, back when baseball was the national pastime.

Ken Pustizzi Sr.

General Manager

Business
Ken spent the first 35 years of his working life building Trico Lift, one of the largest privately-held companies in the Aerial Work Platform industry. After the sale of the company, he became active in the media industry, buying a local radio station and newspaper to help the community, emphasizing the power of positive stories.  

Innovation
In 1996, while Trico was servicing their largest customer, Sunoco Refining, he led the development of an application utilizing what he now realizes were “smart contracts” on a centralized database. The application provided logistical management in consolidating asset tracking and billing for approximately one dozen suppliers. 

As a creative entrepreneur and philanthropist, he has served on several nonprofit boards. With the desire to help others, he created Xspero, a mobile app that allows consumers to buy gift cards for local merchants. With each purchase, 20% of the sale goes to the nonprofit of their choice. The app is built on blockchain technology and every purchase, redemption, and donation is stored on the blockchain. Through the development of Xspero, Ken realized that there was a glaring problem that needed to be solved – to redeem the gift card (stored on the blockchain) in a timely manner. The problem was solved and Ken attained a US Patent for his work to discover a method that allows timely redemption (from a second device) of the giftcards while on the blockchain. The patent holds great potential, as blockchain purchases and redemptions for e-tickets, e-commerce, NFT’s, etc. grow exponentially.

Baseball
Ken grew up on the ballfield and played the game until his late 30s. The game of baseball has been in the Pustizzi family bloodline for generations.

Family
Ken and his wife of 40 years, Stephanie, have raised four children and now have five grandchildren. For the last 30 years, they have had a baseball field in their backyard. During times when Ken was coaching Little League, he would often come home from work to Stephanie with all the kids in tow, starting them on their calisthenics. The baseball tradition is now being passed along to their grandchildren, as the same field is being prepared for the next generation of baseball’s rising stars.

Ryan Kalish

VP of Strategic Partnerships

Ryan Kalish is a former MLB player for the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, 2-time World Series Champion, and current business owner, pilates instructor, and crypto and NFT enthusiast.

Kalish was drafted out of high school in the 9th round of the 2006 Draft by the Boston Red Sox and quickly started racking up accolades in the minors. Getting the call up to the bigs in 2010, Kalish was awarded Red Sox Rookie of the Year at the end of the 2010 campaign. He continued his professional career with the Red Sox and Chicago Cubs organizations through 2016, winning WS titles with the Red Sox in 2013 and the Cubs in 2016.

Kalish is now an owner of the popular and growing wood bat company, Birdman Bats, and also owns his own online sports and fitness instruction company, Motion By Ryan.

Chris Hildrith

VP of Strategic Engagement

Chris is a Strategic Business Consultant and NFT/Crypto/Baseball enthusiast. As a college undergrad, he studied Marketing at St. Joseph’s University (SJU) while playing Division I Baseball for the Hawks. After graduating in 2008, he stayed to complete his MBA in Finance in 2010.

Chris began his business career in operational audit and later moved on to various finance and sales positions in the real estate and development, construction, and materials sciences industries. Eventually he started CJ Capital Management, a business consulting company servicing a variety of different firms

Outside of baseball and business, Chris’s interests include golf, travelling, podcasts/books/movies/tv, working out, family, and philanthropic causes.

Nickolas Casalinuovo

Lead Developer

Nickolas is a current undergraduate at Princeton University. He is pursuing a Bachelors in Science and Engineering, majoring in computer science with concentrations in statistics/machine learning and neuroscience. 

At Princeton, he is a founding member of Princeton Blockchain Society’s (PBS) Research Team, where his team develops decentralized applications for blockchain companies, such as Algorand and Circle. In addition, he is an active member of Princeton’s Neurotech club, where his team works on cutting-edge technology at the intersection of neuroscience and computer science.

Outside of school, Nick is the founder of a generative art NFT that is dedicated to the destigmatization of mental health and funding those who support that cause. The collection – Face of Blanks – depicts an AI’s interpretation of various mental health illnesses in the form of a GIF.  With Face of Blanks, Nick has developed smart contracts that transparently allocate funds to a nonprofit or fund. 

Whether it’s writing the contracts or joining waitlists and buying NFTs, Nick enjoys every aspect of this space. 

Braulio Romero Bakker

Content Coordinator

Braulio is a senior at Princeton University, majoring in East Asian Studies.

He is an expert in community engagement, education, and communication.  Both in and out of school, he undertakes a variety of roles within blockchain and crypto technology. Braulio is both a core member and an official sponsor of the Princeton Blockchain Society.

In addition to coordinating content for Rising Baseball Stars, Braulio is the marketing director for Face of Blanks, a philanthropic AI-generated NFT project.  After graduation, Braulio hopes to continue to work in the NFT/DeFi space and build a robust business empire.

In his free time Braulio enjoys playing basketball, soccer, and pingpong, in addition to learning languages, of which he speaks five.