Donald Trump, whose popularity has been on the decline since 2015, announced on Thursday a series of $99 non-fungible tokens (NFTs) tied to a collection of digital art that, if the images on collecttrumpcards.com are any indication, portray the former president in a number of flattering ways. However, if you shell out $45, you are entered into a drawing for “thousands of prizes,” including a guaranteed dinner with Donald Trump, though it is unclear how many other people will be in attendance.
In a sense, it doesn’t matter if the items depicted on the website are included in the 45,000-strong NFT offering because you’re making the purchase in the dark. One trading card, some of which will be one-of-a-kind, will be generated at random for each $99 spent.
A variety of others will be produced in quantities of 2, 5, 7, 10, or 20. Purchasers and households are restricted to a total of 100. Every card can be entered into sweepstakes for what appear to be Trump-themed prizes. The sweepstakes are open to the public and do not require the purchase of NFTs to enter.
Since you are making a blind purchase, it doesn’t matter that the NFTs depicted on the website might not be a part of the 45,000-strong offering. For $99, you can get a trading card, some of which may be one-of-a-kind.
Multiples of 2, 5, 7, 10, and 20 copies of the others will be made. Every customer or household can only buy a maximum of 100. Each card can be entered into sweepstakes for what appear to be identical Trump-themed prizes. Sweepstake entries are accepted by anyone, regardless of whether they purchase NFTs.
Trump’s’Major Announcement’ Turned Out To Be NFTs Of A ‘Donald Trump Digital Trading Card
On Truth Social on Wednesday, former President Donald Trump teased a “MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT,” saying, “America needs a superhero.”
Trump’s ripped abs in a superhero costume accompanied the post. As of December, Trump had not made any further announcements following his November declaration that he would seek the presidency again in 2024.
The former president finally unveiled his long-awaited line of digital trading card NFTs on Thursday, and each one will set you back $99!
“Donald Trump, who I’m sure is your all-time favorite president. Better than Lincoln or Washington,” Trump said in an infomercial-styled address, before detailing the project.
The website for the project claims that a total of 45,000 cards will be printed for the set, with 44,000 of those cards available for purchase. However, the fate of the remaining 10,000 cards is unknown. Buyers of NFTs are automatically entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to have dinner with Trump, play golf with him, and attend a Mar-a-Lago group cocktail hour.
According to the website’s footnotes, Trump’s name, image, and likeness are used under a paid license by NFT INT LLC, not by Trump or the Trump Organization. Depending on how much of a cut Trump takes from the sales, the creators of the NFTs could see a profit of $4.5 million.
Trump’s New Business Follows In The Footsteps Of Two Of His Primary Areas Of Focus
One is that, despite being a serious political contender, he will not stop hawking his merchandise and being involved with his namesake company.
Questions about the morality of a president making money while in office have been raised for years. The Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, was the most egregious example, as it was frequently patronized by foreign governments known for their lavish spending habits.
To add to that, Trump hasn’t stopped selling trademarks of his name to businesses. As his popularity soared after “The Apprentice,” even when some of his local partners were shady, Trump licensed his name to be slapped on buildings all over the world. Trump’s name is everywhere; he’s even on steaks, vodka, and water.
The news on Thursday follows some recent controversies. Trump was criticized for having dinner with white nationalist Nick Fuentes and the rapper Ye (formerly Kanye West), who had made antisemitic comments.
Many prominent Republicans have criticized the former president for his widely discredited claims of widespread election fraud and his call for the immediate termination of certain provisions of the Constitution.
It is unclear what Trump will do with the money he earns from the sale. However, his website makes it clear that he won’t be putting any of the money toward his newly announced 2024 presidential run. The site further clarifies that the “These Digital Trading Cards are not political and have nothing to do with any political campaign.”
A year ago, Melania Trump, the former first lady, also debuted her own line of NFT shoes. She made the sale with the now-worthless Solana cryptocurrency. Trump Organization NFTs can be purchased with credit cards or Ethereum.