Donald Trump, the twice-impeached former president of the United States, is seeking to make a profit by selling digital NFT playing cards picturing him in a variety of locations and bizarre dream scenarios.
NFTs may be purchased on collecttrumpcards.com for $99 (plus a transaction charge). According to the site, the first set of Trump digital trading cards will number 45,000. Polygon, a blockchain that calls itself “eco-friendly and carbon neutral,” is minting NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, which prove ownership of a digital asset. A “gala dinner” with Trump in Florida is “guaranteed” for anybody who buys 45 or more Trump Digital Trading Cards, the site claims. The website is also holding a contest with prizes, including a one-hour round of golf at Trump Golf Palm Beach, a 10-minute Zoom conversation with Trump himself, and a chance to meet and greet the president.
One of the Trump NFTs depicts him in a cape and mask, with lasers coming out of his eyes, standing in front of Trump Tower. Another is with Trump dressed in camouflage and armed with a shotgun. A number of them show him with boxing gloves with the number 45 (he was the 45th president of the United States), while another is with him wearing a red hat bearing the words “Dow” and raising his hands triumphantly in front of an increasing stock chart.
Trump, who says he is seeking the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential election, launched the NFTs. The NFTs were announced by Trump on Truth Social, a Twitter-like social network he created after being banned from Twitter and other internet platforms for his role in supporting the rioters in the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6. (Twitter’s new billionaire owner Elon Musk restored Trump’s account last month, but the former president hasn’t used it since then.)
Limited edition playing cards featuring incredible artwork from his career and personal life. Trump shared his thoughts on Truth Social:
Collect all of your favorite Trump Digital Trading Cards, very much like a baseball card, but hopefully much more exciting… Only $99 each! Would make a great Christmas gift. Don’t Wait. They will be gone, I believe, very quickly!
NFTs are designed as collectible goods for private pleasure only, not as financial vehicles, according to a statement on the NFT website. The website claims that certain Trump Digital Trading Cards will be unique examples (meaning there will only be one copy available for purchase), while others will be produced in runs of two, five, seven, or ten.
The website boldly proclaims,
No Trump Digital Trading Card will have more than 20 copies in existence!
According to the website, NFT INT LLC “is not owned, managed or controlled by Donald J. Trump, The Trump Organization, CIC Digital LLC, or any of their respective principals or affiliates.” Only NFT INT LLC is responsible for selling the NFTs. Trump’s name, likeness, and pictures are used by NFT INT LLC under a license from CIC Digital LLC, and that license may be canceled at any time.