Trump Launches NFT Collection Featuring Infamous Mugshot Suit Fragments

Former U.S. President Donald Trump has unveiled his latest venture in the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) with the release of the “Mugshot Edition” digital trading cards. Priced at $99 each, these NFTs come with a unique offer for buyers interested in an up-close encounter with the former president.

Trump’s latest NFT collection, inspired by his legal entanglements, has caused a stir in the market for these digital assets. The announcement led to a temporary drop in the prices of previously issued Trump NFTs, but floor prices rebounded to around 0.18 ETH on the OpenSea marketplace.

The “Mugshot Edition” includes cards that may be one-of-ones, making them exclusive and rare. Additionally, some cards may be hand-signed by Donald J. Trump himself, according to the project’s official website.

The former president, initially skeptical of cryptocurrencies during his time in office, entered the NFT space last year with the launch of Trump Digital Collectible Cards. Both the first and second series of these collectibles sold out, contributing to Trump’s reported $2.8 million in cryptocurrency holdings as of early August.

Trump’s latest offering is not just limited to digital assets. Those who purchase 47 or more cards, priced at $99 each, are eligible for a unique package. This includes a physical card featuring a piece of the suit Trump wore in his infamous mugshot, captured during his August 24 arrest in an Atlanta-area jail on state charges related to the 2020 election.

In a video on Truth Social, Trump expressed, “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 $4,653 package also offers a dinner with Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.

The suit fragments have been authenticated by Troy Kinunen, president of sports memorabilia authenticator MEARS, who described the suit as “the most historically significant artifact in United States history.” Kinunen emphasized the challenge of assigning a value to such a piece, calling it “priceless.”

For those seeking an even more exclusive experience, there are $9,900 “VIP Tickets” to a black-tie-optional dinner at Mar-a-Lago. Limited to 200 buyers, each purchasing 100 cards in a single transaction, this offer includes access to a cocktail reception with Trump and two physical cards featuring suit fragments.

Despite the lucrative nature of this venture, Trump’s team maintains that the digital cards are “not political and have nothing to do with any political campaign.” However, the inclusion of a dinner with Trump adds a unique dimension, providing buyers with personal access to a former president and potential presidential contender.

The exact date of the dinner remains unspecified, but the website assures buyers of at least 30 days’ notice. Attendees are responsible for all costs associated with the live event, including travel expenses.

Trump has previously capitalized on his Fulton County mugshot, potentially infringing U.S. copyright laws while raking in substantial profits. However, a closer look at the legal aspects of this venture should have been a priority for his legal team.

Sales soared to over $7 million within the first week following his indictment in the Georgia election interference case. Trump’s fundraising strategy involved capitalizing on his mugshot by selling merchandise, including $34 mugshot-themed t-shirts and “Never Surrender” coffee mugs priced at $25, both adorned with the now-infamous photograph. However, this strategy appears to have violated U.S. copyright laws, potentially subjecting Trump to significant financial liabilities.

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