Trump sells all 4,500 of his $99 digital NFT trading cards in a single day
Digital trading cards that Donald Trump is selling for $99 feature a shiny Trump Tower and gold bars — but the companies managing the advertising gambit are sorting inboxes from a one-story building in upstate New York and overseeing sweepstakes from a Utah mall out .
Though Trump’s exact cut was unknown, the former president was on the verge of making a six- or seven-figure sum — with funds going into his own bank account rather than his presidential campaign — and has received reprimands from some longtime allies.
Trump announced Friday that he had sold out all 4,500 digital cards he hyped earlier in the week.
OpenSea, an online marketplace, tracked nearly 12,000 sales as the NFTs were traded. Most owners had a single item, but some owned more than 50.
A Trump NFT shows Trump Tower in the background. The former president announced that he had sold out of his NFT digital trading cards
Trump beefed up his publicity machinery this week to hype an “IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT,” which turned out to be a plan to sell digital superhero trading cards featuring his likeness — with the $99 fee going to himself, rather than his month-old one Campaign to take back the White House.
Trump’s limited-edition trading cards have already sold out, according to the website he touted on Truth Social. But visitors who missed out on getting a digital NFT of Trump decked out as a superhero, outlaw, astronaut in sunglasses, or corporate titan surrounded by gold bars also have a chance to enter the competition.
Like any company or entity that wishes to host a sweepstakes — a “gamble” — Trump is required by federal and state law to let people participate for free by offering an alternative method of participation and is required to announce the winners.
The fine print on a no-purchase-required guarantee in Trump’s contest lists a mailing address in Newark, New York, a small town between Syracuse and Buffalo. There, a letter containing a self-addressed, stamped envelope can get everyone a single entry (except in Vermont, where you don’t have to provide postage).
Teri Pierce of the National Sweepstakes Company said the company handles the free entries. It is housed in a one-story commercial building next to a Great Wall Buffet and a Bee-Tee’s Diner.
“Some consumers might think I don’t even have a chance to win, they can still win,” she told DailyMail.com.
Above is an image of Trump’s new digital trading card, which costs $99
Another has Trump surrounded by gold bars bearing his name. But the building of the company that administers the sweepstakes is a cabin in upstate New York
Two versions of Trump’s trading cards. Purchases also include an email to enter a sweepstakes
Anyone can take part in the competition, even without buying a digital ticket. The tickets are sold out
A company called CIC Digital LLC appears to have been formed for NFT sales
The company has also run sweepstakes for some nationally identifiable customers.
The fine print in Trump’s digital trading card business also lists the “sponsor” as another company, NFT INT, LLC. Sponsor is registered as an LLC incorporated in Delaware.
A disclaimer establishing a market independent operation states that “Sponsor is not owned, managed or controlled by Donald J. Trump, The Trump Organization, CIC Digital LLC or any of their respective principals or affiliates. Sponsor uses the name, likeness and likeness of Donald J. Trump under license from CIC Digital LLC, which license may be terminated or revoked according to its terms.’
This indicates that the Trump entity created for the NFT project is CIC Digital LLC, also formed in Delaware in March 2022. It was also incorporated in April 2021 with an address that matches Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, according to The New York Times. The firm lists Nick Luna, a former Trump White House adviser, as a director.
NFTs are non-fungible tokens, digital creations that can be sold and traded.
NFT INT, LLC lists an address in Park City, Utah that appears to be in a mall off I-80. It appears to be either in or next to a UPS store, with other neighbors including a steam company, an Asian bistro, and a mattress store.
DailyMail.com has reached out to both LLCs for comment.
Trump had hyped the digital maps online. “They will be gone, I think, very quickly!” he wrote on Truth Social – in a prediction that turned out to be correct.
The terms of the sweepstakes, which buyers enter if they purchase a ticket, although they could enter for free, show that the total prizes are worth $54,695. Some prizes, such as a 30-minute meet-and-greet with Trump as part of a group of 200, are listed with a value between “$0/Priceless.”
Trump had hyped the event by making an IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!’ Wednesday.
“My official Donald Trump digital trading card collection is here!” Trump wrote Thursday. ‘These limited edition cards feature amazing ART of my Life & Career! Collect all your favorite Trump Digital Trading Cards, much like a baseball card but hopefully a lot more exciting.’
At least one prominent figure in the Trump world dismisses the ruse.
“I can’t do this anymore,” said former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. “He’s one of the greatest presidents in history, but I have to tell you: whoever – whatever business partner and everyone on the communications team and everyone in Mar-a-Lago – and I love the people down there – but we’re at war. You should be fired today.”
Bannon hit it off after Trump’s big reveal on the Right Side Broadcasting Network. He was sentenced to four months in prison in October after being convicted of contempt of congressional charges.
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