Donald Trump's Newest Venture: Selling NFT Trading Cards With Bits of His Mugshot Suit and Exclusive Dinner Invites

By Jace Dela Cruz

Dec 14, 2023 03:28 AM EST

Donald Trump has found a unique way to monetize his infamous mugshot taken when he was arrested in a Georgia state election case earlier this year. According to CNBC, the former president announced on Tuesday the sale of his new NFT "digital trading cards," which include snippets of the suit he wore for that photo.

Trump was offering these unique digital cards for $99 each while also selling the chance to see him in person.

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(ILLUSTRATION) This photo illustration created in Washington, DC, on August 27, 2023, shows the mugshot of former US President Donald Trump next to a website called Trump Save America JFC, a joint fundraising committee on behalf of Donald J. Trump for President 2024, which is selling merchandise bearing his mugshot. For most people, a police mug shot would be a badge of dishonor they would do anything to erase. For Donald Trump, it's a branding opportunity and political weapon.

Donald Trump: 'Get a Piece of It'

In a video posted on Truth Social, Donald Trump said customers purchasing 47 of these digital cards will receive a physical card containing a piece of the suit he wore in the mugshot.

The entire package, priced at $4,653, includes not only the digital and physical cards but also an exclusive dinner with the former president at his Mar-a-Lago club and residence in Palm Beach, Florida. In the video, Trump expressed enthusiasm about the suit, describing it as "a great suit." 

"It was a great suit, believe me, a really good suit. It's all cut up, and you're gonna get a piece of it," the former president noted.

The mugshot was taken in an Atlanta-area jail on August 24. It resulted from Trump's booking on state charges related to alleged involvement in conspiring to overturn his 2020 election loss in Georgia. He has pleaded not guilty to these charges.

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Donald Trump Offers Dinner With Him

Like the first round of card sales offered in 2022, the current offer claims the digital cards are "not political." However, including a dinner with Donald Trump raises many eyebrows as it gives buyers personal access to a former president and potential presidential candidate, bypassing federal campaign finance rules.

The digital cards feature cartoon versions of Trump in various hero-like postures and outfits, some of which are autographed. The company that spearheaded this project is NFT INT LLC, which holds a licensing agreement with Trump for the use of his name and image.

According to a government filing, the former president initially received almost $300,000 for this partnership. Meanwhile, the authenticity of the suit was confirmed by Troy Kinunen, president of sports memorabilia authenticator MEARS.

There are also $9,900 "VIP Tickets" being offered for a black-tie-optional dinner at Mar-a-Lago, which include two physical cards and a pass to a cocktail reception with Trump.

This offer is reportedly limited to 200 people, who must each buy 100 cards in a single transaction and pay by cryptocurrency. The gala dinner, which still has no date, will host approximately 800 people.

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