Fandango’s Provocative Question #195


Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

The former U.S. president, Donald Trump, announced last week an online store to sell $99 digital trading cards of himself as a superhero, an astronaut, an Old West sheriff, and a series of other fantastical figures. He made his pitch in a brief, direct-to-camera video in which he audaciously declared that his four years in the White House were “better than Lincoln, better than Washington.”

These digital trading cards, which Trump says are similar to baseball cards, are actually nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, that effectively allow a person to claim ownership of a digital file. They’re to baseball cards what Bitcoins are to paper money. Revenue from the sale of these cards will go to Trump personally under a licensing deal. None of the proceeds will be provided to his 2024 presidential campaign.

So my question to you is simply this:

What do you think of Trump’s digital trading cards? Do you think it reflects a sound business and/or political strategy? Do you think it’s ridiculous and is something undignified for a former U.S. President (and 2024 presidential candidate) to do? Or do you have no opinion one way or the other?

Just so you know, Trump’s “limited edition” collection of digital trading cards sold out in less than a day, generating $4.5 million in sales for him. Did any of you, by any chance, buy one?

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40 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #195

  1. Sadje December 21, 2022 / 3:18 am

    It’s totally ridiculous and demeaning thing for a former president to do. But what else can you expect of Trump? Perhaps if he had made a card of himself in orange jumpsuits, behind bars, people may buy that.

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  2. Paula Light December 21, 2022 / 4:06 am

    It’s completely cheesy and ridiculous, but he knew his dumb supporters would buy them and he wasn’t wrong. I wonder how many Vlad bought?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango December 21, 2022 / 8:07 am

      Vlad’s probably going to introduce his own line of trading cards. It he’ll be topless in most of them.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Jewish Young Professional "JYP" December 21, 2022 / 4:26 am

    Classy (sarcasm). But I’ll play Devil’s advocate – is this conceptually that different from the former presidents who earn tons of money writing books and going on speaking engagements post-presidency?

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    • esoterica December 21, 2022 / 6:26 am

      I actually had this very discussion last night. The whole trading card/NFT thing is distasteful and tacky, but I’ve seen former presidents speak and they’re often not very interesting. They are marketing to people who are already fans of the president/presidency, and it works.

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        • Fandango December 21, 2022 / 11:08 am

          Most ex-presidents aren’t laughable and subject to derision and ridicule by their actions after they leave office. Most maintain a relatively low profile, even though they publish books and give speeches. They don’t act like clowns.

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    • Fandango December 21, 2022 / 9:51 am

      It’s as different as a text book is from a comic book and how a speech is from a standup comedy routine.

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      • Jewish Young Professional "JYP" December 21, 2022 / 11:08 am

        Great analogy! You’re spot-on with the taste/quality comparison between the two. Although I do think there’s a common thread of self-promotion.

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        • Fandango December 21, 2022 / 11:53 am

          To one extent or another, political life is all about self-promotion, but some do it with class, while others, like Trump, do it with crass.

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  4. Dr. Rex December 21, 2022 / 4:47 am

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    FYI … “Just so you know, Trump’s “limited edition” collection of digital trading cards sold out in less than a day, generating $4.5 million in sales for him.”

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  5. ganga1996 December 21, 2022 / 5:55 am

    His followers are going to buy it regardless and he is making money. When my son was asking for basketball players jerseys I used to say they are already making millions playing basketball why do you pay money to get their jerseys. He eventually understood it.


  6. XingfuMama December 21, 2022 / 8:32 am

    I think nothing. Been a little miffed at how much news coverage, aka free advertising, this has gotten. Seems like he should have to pay to hawk his goods.

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  7. rugby843 December 21, 2022 / 8:33 am

    I already voiced my opinion on my own blog-😡

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  8. rugby843 December 21, 2022 / 8:34 am

    I meant it makes me angry, not at you, Trump

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    • Fandango December 21, 2022 / 11:26 am

      I know! 👍


  9. pensitivity101 December 21, 2022 / 9:07 am

    I’m not an American and have to confess I didn’t know whether to laugh at him in tights or laugh at his audacity. But they sold out…………….does that mean they’re a good idea, or another con?

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    • Fandango December 21, 2022 / 9:47 am

      Definitely another con from the former conman-in-chief.

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      • Marilyn Armstrong December 22, 2022 / 12:53 pm

        “Con” is Trump’s middle name. I don’t think he is capable of any other transaction.

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  10. Marleen December 21, 2022 / 10:03 am

    Somebody told me there are copyright infringements, but I haven’t seen an article on that aspect. The whole thing is clearly very low for a President (former). I suppose he thinks of it as making money on, though, rather than paying many for advertising of his current candidacy.

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  11. cagedunn December 21, 2022 / 1:18 pm

    If you work out what it cost to make, the cost of advertising, and the return, it will be the same as all his other business ventures – a loss-leading PR stunt to keep his name on top of viewers – like this one.
    If no one uses the name, it loses power and fades from use/view. Do that, and let that thing disappear under the effects of namelessness.

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  12. Nope, Not Pam December 21, 2022 / 10:22 pm

    Well I really dont care. If morons want to buy stuff like that then let them, it’s better than buying guns.

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    • Fandango December 21, 2022 / 10:42 pm

      Anyone who would buy a Trump trading card no doubt already owns one or more guns.


      • Nope, Not Pam December 21, 2022 / 11:26 pm

        I did think that, but with their short attention span they might forget

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  13. leigha66 January 22, 2023 / 8:56 pm

    Just another plan to stroke his own ego.

    Liked by 1 person

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