Trump Superhero Cards Sell Out, Double In Value Hours After Launch

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By Clair McFarland, General Assignment Reporter
Clair@CowboyStateDaily.com 

It was an I-told-you-so moment for former President Donald Trump’s fan base on Friday, when newly-launched digital trading cards depicting him as various American icons sold out and nearly doubled in value hours after hitting the market.   

Trump on Thursday announced the sale of digital trading cards as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) via a third-party company not owned by him. There were 45,000 cards available for $99 each, according to collecttrumpcards.com. These sold out within hours of the launch, amassing nearly $4.5 million. 

Of that intake, Trump stands to gain licensing fees from his agreeement with the card-producing company, NFT INT LLC.   

The cards’ approximate resale value Friday morning was $190, Newsweek reported.     

“Evidently Mr. Trump knows how to market and knows what his market is looking for,” Ginger Bennett, Chairwoman of the Fremont County Republican Central Committee, told Cowboy State Daily on Friday. “I don’t know why people don’t give him credit.”   

Bennett said she didn’t buy any Trump cards, but she seemed unsurprised that they had sold out.   

She said Trump has accomplished at least two objectives so far with the NFT launch: he garnered tremendous mainstream press coverage, and he probably made some money.   

“Cowboy State Daily isn’t particularly known for doing articles on Donald J. Trump, and yet here you are on article number two for it,” said Bennett, pointing to vast coverage of the cards in other outlets as well.

As for the money-making venture, Bennett said Trump is merely being the capitalist he’s always been.   

“It’s totally within his normal operating (methods) to do this,” she said.   

Crypto-Crash  

Cryptocurrency has been a raw topic for some traders recently, after Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange company FTX, was arrested in the Bahamas this week on fraud charges after FTX imploded.   

FTX was once considered one of the most reputable cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, MSN News reported.   

Though unsurprised by Trump’s money-making and publicity venture, Bennett said she was surprised the former president went with a digital asset.   

“That one threw me a little bit,” she said. But, added Bennett, some digital trading appeals to an “ultra-right-wing element.”   

“They don’t believe in the dollar anymore,” she said.   

Trump Fanboys’

John Brown, Precinct Committeeman for Fremont County’s Republican party and a longtime Trump critic, said Trump’s venture casts his reputed wealth into doubt.   

“Does Trump need the money for some reason?” asked Brown in a Facebook message to Cowboy State Daily.  “He says he’s a multi-billionaire. Why does a multi-billionaire need what should be, to him, a few measly bucks from something like this?”  

Brown said he wasn’t surprised “the Trump fanboys bought them,” especially since there were only 45,000 made.

“The doubling in price raises some eyebrows (since) NFTs aren’t exactly as well known, especially for investment purposes by most people,” he added. Brown wondered how many cards were bought by speculators, rather than individual investors.

Blasting Eye Lasers

Brown on Thursday derided the cards themselves as “just plain silly.”   

The cards depict Trump in various heroic poses, including as:  

  • A muscled superhero blasting lasers from his eyes,  
  • An astronaut,  
  • A football coach,  
  • A NASCAR driver,  
  • Himself, surrounded by bars of gold,  
  • A golf pro,  
  • A cowboy.   

“The graphics are PERFECT for such an egomaniac,” Brown had written after the NFT launch on Thursday. “The fact these ‘cards’ portray him as such a buffed superhero is, frankly, laughable.”   

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