Trump Digital Trading Cards and More of the Weirdest and Dumbest NFTs of 2022

2022 has not been a good year for cryptocurrency.

“Crypto winter” is in full swing now after a series of unfortunate but not unexpected events: the collapse of the so-called stablecoin Earth, the bankruptcy of the main crypto exchange FTX and the failure of several crypto lenders like Celsius. It looks like the whole market is basically in turmoil.

And, of course, all this market uncertainty has also affected NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. For example, the largest NFT brand, Bored Ape Yacht Club, now markets down 80% of its peak value just eight months ago.

But that’s not the only thing harming NFTs. Many online communities have spoken out strongly against the idea of ​​tokenizing everything on the blockchain, effectively turning their favorite brands and hobbies into speculative assets.

Yet some brands continue to buy into the NFT hype. And Mashable couldn’t help but look back at some of the weirdest things from the past year.

Donald Trump Digital Trading Cards

The 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, tops the list (and just under the wire too).

In the final weeks of 2022, Trump job on his social network, Truth Social, that he had a major announcement due on December 15. His supporters all speculated that Trump must be something big to tease such an announcement. Scott Adams, Dilbert comics creator guess that since Trump had already announced his 2024 presidential campaign, this big reveal could be the announcement of his VP pick.

Low and behold, December 15th has arrived and Trump has announced… an NFT collection called: Trump Digital Trading Cards.

And it was also a good time! Right in the middle of the biggest crypto downturn in years, Donald Trump decided to enter the NFT market.

The Trump card collection includes 45,000 NFT pieces made up of poorly photoshopped depictions of the former president as a superhero and professional football player, as well as on an elephant, and more. Priced at $99 each, the Trump NFT Collection includes a chance to win prizes such as dinner with Trump, a group Zoom call with Trump, or “signed memorabilia.” If someone buys 45 NFTs – yes, $4,500 worth of NFTs – they get a guaranteed ticket to a Trump gala in Florida.

The whole thing is very weird and badly timed, but once you see the infomercial Trump posted when announcing the NFTs, you’ll find that’s very on Trump’s mark as well.

Starbucks Loyalty Program (now with Web3!)

Coffee giant Starbucks has long offered rewards to its customers through its successful loyalty program. It’s quite simple: customers download an app and receive exclusive offers, as well as food and drink rewards based on their purchases.

Then Starbucks decided to experiment with a new loyalty program…powered by NFTs.

The coffee chain started deployment its Web3 rewards program, called Starbucks Odyssey, in early December. The new program on the Polygon blockchain mainly seems to gamify the already existing old program. Instead of just buying your favorite drink and earning rewards, Starbucks wants customers to go on a “journey” and accept company challenges. For example, users can earn NFTs by visiting a new Starbucks location that they have never visited before. These NFTs act as “stamps” and each stamp is associated with a certain number of points. Users can earn more points by completing challenges that give them additional NFTs or by trading NFTs in the secondary market.

Starbucks has not yet disclosed how many users are currently testing the program in beta, but it did share that there is “unprecedented interest” in Starbucks Odyssey.

Why passively buy your morning coffee on the way to work when you can spend your day completing challenges and then speculatively trading NFTs in the crypto markets to earn that free latte?

But, really, the most amazing NFT-related Starbucks moment of the year came in April. At a time when union organizing campaigns were spreading to every Starbucks location nationwide, CEO Howard Schultz tried to rally his employees at a company-wide meeting. Right there, in front of a live, live audience, Schultz excitedly announcement that Starbucks was considering entering the NFT space. His audience – the workers at his company – seemed to care no less.

Do NFTs “R” us?

Who doesn’t remember Toys “R” Us?

If you’re reading this, you may have fond memories of going there yourself as a kid. It was once the largest toy store chain in the United States.

Then in 2017, Toys “R” Us declared bankruptcy. Stores closed. In fact, some of the largest Toys “R” Us locations still remain empty to this day. The company and its beloved mascot “Geoffrey the Giraffe” all but disappeared in the United States for a while. There have been attempts to bring the brand back as new management companies have opened seasonal locations for the holidays over the years. A deal was eventually struck with Macy’s to open toy sections bearing the Toys “R” Us name in its department stores.

Oh yeah, and there’s Toys “R” Us NFT now too.

Toys “R” Us started sale 10,000 digital animation NFTs versions of Geoffrey the Giraffe toys that are apparently “inspired” by the physical toys available in the company’s stores. According to the official website for Solana-based NFTs, all appear to have been sold out.

What’s the market for NFTs, again mostly speculative volatile assets, from a toy store?

“I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us kid,” read the lyrics to the earworm tune that was the Toys ‘R’ Us theme song. was more of a nostalgia piece, trying to snag those adult toy store fans who have fond memories in the aisles when they were kids.

Still, the hook here, if not for pure speculation, includes exclusive discounts, in-store experiences, and events for NFT holders. As a Twitter user discovered when inquiring about NFTs at a physical outlet, Toys “R” Us employees are unaware of the program.

NFT sharks doo-doo, doo-doo

Toys “R” Us NFTs can be purchased for adults looking to reminisce about good times at their favorite childhood toy store. But what’s the deal with these Baby Shark NFTs?

Baby Shark became a viral hit song for children thanks to a version uploaded in 2015 by South Korean children’s entertainment brand Pinkfong. It has inspired an endless array of products from toys to TV shows. There is no nostalgia effect here. Kids who grew up listening to Baby Shark are still kids.

However, in November, Pinkfong announcement it was partnering with Toekenz, which bills itself as a “kid-friendly” NFT platform, to create a blockchain-based Baby Shark game “for kids ages 5-9.”

According to the announcement, Toekenz turns buying and selling NFTs into a game for kids. Kids will be able to earn “licensed digital tokens” while learning about cryptocurrency and NFTs.

Translation: Children less than 10 years old will speculate on securities. And after? Baby’s first day trading platform?

Your favorite 90s music apps are now selling NFTs

Who hasn’t used the Winamp media player from the 90s? I bet just seeing that name takes you back to the good old days of Windows 98 and AOL dial-up.

Fast forward decades later to March 2022, and Winamp once again had a moment in the spotlight. But not for a good reason. WinampComment announcement via Twitter it was launch an NFT collection based on Winamp skins.

The reaction of Winamp supporters was not good To say the least.

But no take was more biting than that of Justin Frankel, one of the original creators of Winamp software.

“I’ve spent the last few years giving Winamp owners the benefit of the doubt,” Frankel said. tweeted. “No more. You’re terrible.”

Frankel went further on his website and derided NFTs as a “negative-sum ecosystem” where people are invited to join just so NFT promoters can dump them and cash in.

Unfortunately, Winamp wasn’t the only beloved old-school Internet audio relic to turn to the dark side of NFT.

Remember Limewire? Of course, you might have downloaded lots of viruses while illegally downloading your favorite music. But, you probably also discovered a slew of unsigned indie bands that wanted you to listen to their music.

Well, Limewire is basically just a NFT platform now. Shame.

RadioShack goes edgelord to promote crypto

Speaking of zombie brands, RadioShack made waves over the summer, years after the company went bankrupt (twice) and essentially closed all of its outlets.

Why? The official Twitter account for RadioShack, the electronics store that once sold ham radios to your grandfather, has started tweeting like a little 4chan-wannabe edgelord.

“If you find a squirter, marry her”, RadioShack job in June.

People quickly started speculate that the RadioShack handle had been hijacked by hackers. But no, it wasn’t. Its new owner, get-rich-quick internet marketer Tai Lopez, was just doing a bit of guerrilla marketing for his new RadioShack brand.

What is this renamed RadioShack? Well, he still sells electronics in his online store. But that doesn’t seem to be his only goal. RadioShack hawks NFTs and crypto now. The company has rolled out its own cross-blockchain bridge to exchange crypto and launched its own NFT collections.

What a strange turn of events for the store where you were buying Duracell batteries for your RC cars.

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