The world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) has been a hot topic in recent months, with an increasing number of investors looking to cash in on these unique digital assets. One of the latest developments in this space involves the Trump Digital Trading Cards NFT project, which has seen a surge in floor price following news of former President Donald Trump’s indictment.
According to data from OpenSea, the floor price for the officially licensed Trump Digital Trading Cards NFT project rose from 0.46 ETH (or $835 at current prices) to as high as 0.6 ETH ($1090) on March 30, the same day that a New York Grand Jury voted to indict the former president. However, the floor price has since fallen back to around the 0.51 ETH range, which is still significantly higher than the initial mint price of $99 when the project launched in December 2022.
The Trump Digital Trading Cards NFT project offered exclusive one-on-one experiences to certain NFT hodlers when it launched, including private golf sessions, dinners, and conversations with Trump. However, the recent news of his indictment could potentially impact his ability to deliver on these experiences.
The surge in the Trump NFT’s floor price is just one example of the increasing popularity of NFTs. According to a March 30 report from blockchain analytics platform DappRadar, there was $4.7 billion worth of NFT trading volume in Q1 2023, more than double that of the previous quarter. The report pointed to bullish action from the Blur marketplace, which took the market by storm during its token airdrop farming period in February.
The report also showed that there were 19.4 million NFT sales in Q1, marking an increase of 8.56%, with total volume increasing by 147% compared with the $1.9 billion posted in Q4 2022. The Ethereum network accounted for a whopping $4.1 billion worth of the volume, with second-placed Solana contributing $242 million, while Polygon ranked third with $85 million for the quarter.
Another recent development in the NFT space involves the Japanese gaming giant Square Enix, which has released NFT trading cards in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII. The Final Fantasy VII Anniversary Art Museum Digital Card Plus collection features five physical cards and a sixth digital NFT card. However, despite being called trading cards, Square Enix stated on its website that the NFTs couldn’t be traded or transferred at this stage unless the company decides to build a marketplace in the future.
The packs were dropped on March 31 and cost around $3.30 a pop, with the card artwork depicting various characters and scenery from the iconic Final Fantasy VII game. While it is unclear if the firm intends to build a marketplace to support its digital collectibles, Square Enix has been gradually ramping up its NFT and blockchain gaming-related initiatives over the past few years, suggesting something could be in the works.