How much is Donald Trump’s autograph worth? Enough, if you ask him.
Before the signing of the White House partial trade agreement with China, Trump joked with business leaders. When he arrived at the interim CEO of eBay, Scott Schenkel, Trump said he saw a pair of sneakers with his autograph in the online marketplace for $ 5,000.
“I sign things, and the next night, I see them on eBay. They are sold. They are sold for a lot of money,” Trump said. “‘Sir, could I have it? Would you sign my shoe?” Yes. “Then, two nights later, I see it on eBay, selling for $ 5,000.”
As for South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Trump said: “I say:” What kind of people are these, Lindsey? “Terrible. Sometimes it is senators and congressmen who do it.”
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The value of Donald Trump’s merchandise
Hundreds of Trump’s autographed collectibles with high-price labels are being sold on eBay and other online markets.
In December, a baseball signed by Trump and Vice President Mike Pence sold for $ 4,999.99. The ball came with a certificate of authenticity, according to the eBay listing. Also in December, a list of original works of art that are said to have been drawn and signed by Trump in 2000 sold for $ 4,200 plus a $ 100 shipping fee.
A seller in Rhode Island currently has an $ 100,000 eBay list of Trump’s 1990 book “Surviving at the Top,” which is signed with “Mom & Dad.” A MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat supposedly signed by Trump costs $ 7,999.16.
Trump, a king of the brand, seems upset because someone other than him is benefiting from his name. After all, this is a man who knows the value of merchandise and has put that knowledge to work in his campaign, which has a good business in red hats, patriotic pins and Trump 2020 shirts.
Last year, Rep. Peter King of New York took his 11-year-old granddaughter to the White House to see the signing of a health care bill for the first to respond to the September 11 terrorist attacks. King He told The Atlantic Trump that he gave his granddaughter the speech signed with the warning: “If I find this on eBay tonight, I will go for you.”
Donald Trump’s memories are a hot article, and here’s why
Interest in political memories generally heats up during a year of presidential elections, but it really warms up with the kind of hot controversy that has engulfed this presidency, says Ron Puechner, national president of the Collectors of Political Goods of America, a collection of political and historical memories. and preservation group.
I love him or hate him, Trump’s demand for memories has skyrocketed on both sides of the hall, says Puechner.
“Right now, due to the controversy and the number of people who are enthusiastic followers, there is probably a bit of an exaggeration, just because of the number of people who want something with their autograph,” he said.
Last July, Utah-based conservative artist and Trump supporter Jon McNaughton helped the Arizona Republican Party raise money by donating to auction off his iconic lithographs of the president. An original portrait of Trump’s McNaughton: signed by both the president and the artist, attracted special interest.
Puechner says the demand for anti-Trump items is growing. “They sell them as hot cakes to a very different political group,” he said.
As with everything else, the value of Trump’s memories is in the eye of the beholder.
Last year for an exhibition in New York, artist Andrés Serrano spent around $ 200,000 collecting more than 1,000 pieces of Trump souvenirs on eBay.
The facility featured a portion of Donald and Melania Trump’s wedding cake, Trump’s golf balls, a Taj Mahal casino roulette table, a fake dollar bill with Hillary Clinton behind bars signed by the president, a diploma from Trump University, including a box of the president’s deceased. line of steaks for which Serrano paid $ 500.
Not all presidential memories are equal
The value of presidential objects of interest also depends on the president, according to Steve Ferber, vice president of Lori Ferber Presidential Collectibles in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Most living presidents don’t reach very high prices in today’s souvenir market, says Ferber. The reason? Simple supply and demand.
The most popular presidents are Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Teddy Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.
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“Collectibles are valued based on demand and scarcity and right now there is certainly demand, but certainly not shortage,” said Ferber, noting that Trump signs many items while in the campaign.
Amateur collectors tend to overpay for these presidential collectibles, and disburse thousands to get an autograph from Trump when they shouldn’t, Ferber says.
“Sometimes we see elements signed by Donald Trump or by other presidents that people simply assume should be worth a fortune,” he said. “We try to explain the best we can and the best we can, usually that is not the case, especially in the case of living presidents.”
As with most things sold in these markets, counterfeits are a problem. It is unknown if any of the articles that are intended to be signed by the 45th president are genuine, but many are probably not, experts say.
A version of the King James Bible allegedly signed by the president before its inauguration in 2016 sold for $ 325 on eBay last year, down from $ 525. After the sale, experts concluded that the signature was false.
Ferber’s company has only acquired an item from Trump to sell. He bought it from a source he trusted and secured a photo of the signed article to prove its authenticity.
Authenticity plays an important role in how autographs are valued. When it comes to Trump, many of the scribbled firms are not worth the paper they are written on, says Ferber.
“The signature of Donald Trump is very difficult to distinguish,” he said. “It is written very fast and is careless and can be easily duplicated, especially in today’s digital world.”
Simply put, people should avoid autographed political memories, says Puechner.
“Autographs are not something I really recommend to anyone in the modern era, simply because you have to really know your stuff and you have to buy where it comes from, and that is not from a street vendor on eBay.”