- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 15, 2022

In the market for a digital trading card featuring former President Donald Trump‘s face superimposed on a cartoon figure wearing an overcoat and sheriff’s badge?

How about Mr. Trump sitting atop an elephant and pumping his fist or flashing the double thumbs-up with the Trump insignia floating around him?

Well, you’re in luck.

Mr. Trump on Thursday rolled out a new series of digital trading cards, billing them as a great Christmas stocking stuffer and a steal of a deal “for what you are getting.”

“MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT! My official Donald Trump Digital Trading Card collection is here!” Mr. Trump said on his Truth Social site. “These limited edition cards feature amazing ART of my Life & Career! Collect all of your favorite Trump Digital Trading Cards, very much like a baseball card, but hopefully much more exciting.”

Mr. Trump had teased the “major announcement” a day earlier, triggering all sorts of speculation over whether he would launch a bid for speaker of the House or a running mate for 2024.

Instead, he rolled out Superman-inspired trading cards for “Only $99 each!”

Mr. Trump, always the salesman, said the cards will go fast, adding that people who buy them win a chance for prizes, including playing golf with him.

“Only $99 each! Would make a great Christmas gift. Don’t Wait,” he said. “They will be gone, I believe, very quickly!

The design of the NFT (nonfungible token) cards? Think superhero comics meet Trump Vodka.

The cards feature a cartoon picture of Mr. Trump holding a torch in front of the Statue of Liberty. Others have him dressed up in a fighter pilot outfit and sporting a NASCAR jumpsuit.

In another, President Biden’s face is superimposed on an astronaut in a spacesuit.

“Hello everyone this is Donald Trump, hopefully, your favorite president of all-time — better than [Abraham] Lincoln, better than [George] Washington with an important announcement to make,” Mr. Trump said in an accompanying video. “I’m doing my first official Donald J. Trump NFT collection right here and right now. They are called Trump digital trading cards.”

He added, “It is very exciting.”

Ben Shapiro, a popular conservative commentator, mocked the announcement on Twitter.

“Thank God, the digital trading cards are here,” Mr. Shapiro said. “It was indeed a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT.”

Jeff Timmer, a senior advisor to the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump group, also had fun with the rollout.

“Biden can’t possibly have won,” he said. “No boat parades or trading cards. REPEAT: Trading. Cards. Can’t be POTUS without trading cards.”

• Seth McLaughlin can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com.

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