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Trump NFTs Are Mooning Again—Here’s What’s Going On

The ex-president’s Polygon NFT trading cards just hit a new peak price following a sharp decline in January. Why are they hot again?

Donald Trump’s NFT trading cards grabbed ample attentionwhen launching in December, then fell flat once January rolled around. But as the disgraced former United States president plans another run for office and a potential return to social media platforms, his collectibles are once again surging in price and trading activity.

Trump’s digital trading card NFTs minted on Polygon, an Ethereum scaling network, hit a new all-time high floor price of $1,000 on Sunday, per data from NFT Price Floor. The “floor” is the lowest price that an NFT from a particular project is listed for on a marketplace.

The NFTs originally minted for $99 apiece as Trump’s business partners sold 44,000 of the 45,000 collectibles in mid-December. Prices quickly surged, landing as high as $990 worth of ETH on leading marketplace OpenSea on December 17, but the short-lived hype gave way and prices tumbled in the days and weeks thereafter.

But as market-wide data from NFT Price Floor shows, prices have been climbing steadily since mid-January, ticking up from around $250 worth of ETH on January 13 to the new peak of $1,000 on Sunday. As of this writing, the floor has only slipped slightly, down to $983.

They’re actually selling, too. According to sales data from CryptoSlam, over $2.4 million worth of Trump NFT trades have taken place so far in February, nearly matching the full January total of just over $2.6 million worth of trades. The average sale price has nearly doubled to $905 per trade, and they’ve yielded about $313,000 in trades over the last 24 hours alone.

The initial drop of the NFTs was marked by widespread criticism, even from some of Trump’s own supporters, after he teased it as a “major announcement.” But buzz around the project propelled initial sales, with the 44,000 NFTs selling out at $99 a pop and then millions of dollars’ worth of secondary market sales. The project creators take a 10% cut of secondary sales.

But when daily trading volume in January fell 99% from the peak just weeks earlier, it appeared that the hype had well and truly faded. What, then, is driving the recent resurgence?

By and large, it appears to be traders betting on the NFTs gaining even more value as Trump reemerges into the mainstream. His accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have all been restored recently after being banned following his role in the January 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol. He hasn’t used the accounts yet, but can if he chooses to do so.

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