This week, former President Donald Trump announced on his social media platform Truth Social a collection of digital cards, 45,000 NFTs showing him in various poses, from superhero to astronaut.
The digital trading cards feature “amazing ART” of the president’s life & career and “are just like baseball cards, but you collect them digitally, on your computer or phone.” The cards, which sold out in less than 24 hours, could be bought using ether (ETH) or fiat currency, for a price of $99. According to OpenSea, which tracks the sales and markets for NFTs, as of Friday morning, the Trump Cards were the top trending item on the site.
Collectors who got to buy a Trump Card, automatically entered into a “sweepstakes” with a chance to “win incredible prizes, including your chance to spend time with the President of the United States. For the first time ever, you can secure your own rare piece of Donald Trump’s history,” states the official website. Buying 45 digital trading cards “guaranteed a ticket to a dinner with the president”. A promotional video from Trump, says: “each card comes with an automatic chance to win amazing prizes like dinner with me. I don’t know if it’s an amazing prize but it’s what we have.”
Even though, in the past, the former president declared he is “not a fan” of cryptocurrencies, saying they were “not money”, he has suddenly changed his mind and is enthusiastically promoting the NFTs. “GET YOUR CARDS NOW! Only $99 each! Would make a great Christmas gift. Don’t Wait. They will be gone, I believe, very quickly!” he wrote on Truth Social. As Trump is preparing to run for the 2024 elections, he also stated that “these Digital Trading Cards are not political and have nothing to do with any political campaign.”
Last year, Melania Trump, the former first lady launched her own NFT collection titled “Melania’s Vision”, watercolor artwork that “embodies Mrs. Trump’s cobalt blue eyes, providing the collector with an amulet to inspire,” as a press release reads.