And the money keeps rolling in…

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A former president of the United States, who is also a declared candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2024, released his “Limited Edition Digital Trading Cards. And, they’re only $99 (per card)!

The Trump grift is back!

When, the other day, the former president teased a “major announcement,” fans expected a bombshell campaign update. And what was it?

“MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT! My official Donald Trump Digital Trading Card collection is here!” he posted on Truth Social Thursday morning. “These limited edition cards feature amazing ART of my Life & Career!”

The announcement went on:

“Collect all of your favorite Trump Digital Trading Cards, very much like a baseball card, but hopefully much more exciting,” he continued in the post. “Only $99 each! Would make a great Christmas gift. Don’t Wait. They will be gone, I believe, very quickly!”

Claiming, “These are just like baseball cards, but you collect them digitally, on your computer or phone. All you need is an email address and a credit card to start collecting 1, 10, 20 or 100. Instantly become part of a new league of collectors. 

Let me remind you, these are not cards. They’re “NFTs” or “non-fungible tokens,” so they’re not “just like baseball cards.” And, at $99/”card,” if you wanted to collect all 100 images, you’ll be out $9,900.

Oh, and by the way, while most observers thought that this “major announcement ” would be about his embryonic campaign, not only was it not; none of the proceeds will go to Trump’s campaign treasury. He’s keeping the money for himself.

I won’t bore you with all the extras a Trump Digital Trading Card buyer can receive. But I have included Trump’s introductory video for this scam (above). Nor will I preview some of Trump’s statements…nothing I transcribe would be as thrilling as hearing directly from Trump himself. As you watch it, please note that the Trump “card” website is now claiming that these cards are already “sold out’ even though they’re not real, but digital, so by definition, they can’t sell out!

Now, I’m pretty sure that almost no one who regularly reads Around the Block will be interested in taking part in this offer. But I’m sure that some readers might know people who are not just Trump supporters, but Trump zealots. Recognizing that $99 a pop might be too rich for anyone, in the interests of bi-partisanship and civility, I’m offering the following, something that you might share with your Trumper friends as a token of your love and respect.

Here are eight of the 100 Donald Trump Digital Trading Cards that appeared on the site. All your Trumper friends need to do is to print these out, (preferably using heavy stock paper), trim them and your friend will have and, most importantly be able to hold, Donald Trump non-Digital Trading Cards.

While I’m not offering any of Trump’s “Lucky Strike Extras,” I am offering these cards completely free of charge. This, despite the fact that after ten years of posting this blog, this might have been the first opportunity to monetize my efforts.

At least for me, the grift stops here!

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

16 thoughts on “And the money keeps rolling in…

  1. When you are the ultimate “Genius” as you say you are ,DJT then being into new grifting techniques can dazzel even all of the GQP crowd of supplicants!

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    1. For you, anything! Here’s my Carte Blanche card details: 1234-987-5678; exp 07/2046; CVV: 0001. Of course, this is not a total gift. Did you read the fine print? Trump claims he registered this grift, er, site, as a 501c3. I consulted my MAGA accountant who confirmed the charitable status. He told me anything Trump says is true. So you get the “cards” but at least I get a tax deduction. Can’t wait to view them on your cell phone while we’re devouring Big Macs, Trump-style with extra ketchup. (You still have that cell phone, right?)

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  2. I’ll use the proceeds from a refund from Trump University tuition to purchase this new exciting offer.

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  3. Rebloggesd this on both my Word Press site and my Substack site, with this intro:
    This reblog is a bit dated, but when I found it I just had to repost it. I am now the proud (sic, read barfing sick) possessor but not owner of 8 Trump NFT trading cards, and I thought you might want to be too (to use as dartboards, targets for axe-throwing or knife-throwing, or for lining your kitties’ litter boxes). No way I or you would buy these cards, but thanks to Mr.Block we can possess them, no questions asked and no money paid. How thoughtful of him.
    (Don’t bother checking out the Substack site, everything I post there is what I post here. Just trying to reach a wider audience…)

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  4. By the way, how can I enter Trump’s “NO PURCHASE NECESSARY” Sweepstakes without purchasing an NFT? Or is it too late? Was the draw already made? Where can I get a list of winners? Were there 1000s of winners? Sounds like it could be false advertising to me.

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