Ron DeSantis auctions boot scraps to select baseball card bidders

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Baseball cards have been done before, but the footwear throw-in is new.

Never let it be said the Ron DeSantis political operation lacks for creative fundraising gimmicks.

The latest, rolled out just in time for the weekend, is a high-stakes auction in which winners could own “an authentic piece of Governor DeSantis’s boots that he wore while serving our country in the U.S. Navy.”

The price? To be determined, with the boot scraps tethered to “ten authentic autographed relic military baseball cards.”

There is no time to lose, warns the Friends of Ron DeSantis political committee: “The Collectors Edition Governor DeSantis Baseball Cards launched in May were an incredible success — some sold out within 50 minutes. Secure a new limited edition military relic card by bidding NOW!”

The “military baseball cards” auction page points out that winning bids on the baseball cards and boot shavings are tantamount to political contributions to the Governor’s soft money Friends of Ron DeSantis political committee.

“The highest bidder for each baseball card will provide a contribution equal to their high bid to Friends of Ron DeSantis within 48 hours. If the highest bidder does not make a contribution within 48 hours of notification, the next highest bidder will be notified,” the disclaimer notes.

At this writing Friday afternoon, over $5,000 in donations had already been secured, a strong return on laminated cardboard with pictures of the Governor on the front and factoids about him on the back.

DeSantis, an acclaimed amateur baseball player as a youth in Florida and at Yale University, has played on his baseball past previously in the 2022 cycle. A May digital spot begins with an announcer’s voice: “The corporate media’s been throwing curveballs all day long, but they can’t get anything past this batter.”

There were 500 “limited edition Gov. DeSantis classic baseball cards” made available, each one costing $49.99, along with the option for autographed cards.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


11 comments

  • Joe Corsin

    July 15, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    Vote RED for conservatism for the masses but lavish spending for the rich.
    Vote RED for levels of wealth and income inequality the likes of which the world has never seen
    Vote RED for domestic terrorism to eliminate government so that the grifters can enslave everyone
    Vote RED for inhumane and evil plutocracy in the name of God.

    • Impeach Biden

      July 15, 2022 at 4:48 pm

      Vote “Blue” if you like high gas prices.
      Vote “Blue” if you believe in open borders.
      Vote “Blue” if you enjoy high crime.
      Vote “Blue” if you believe in no cash bail.
      Vote “Blue” if you don’t mind forty year high
      Inflation.

      • Frankie N.a.

        July 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm

        We get it. He likes baseball cards & shoelaces. When are the comic books coming out?

      • Joe Corsin

        July 15, 2022 at 10:11 pm

        The high prices are because mostly Republicans govern to allow capitalists to do whatever they please. They benefit from the neverending stream of crashes and ups and downs. Trump sat on his balls and cheered as the economy overheated. The other stuff you wrote about is mostly far right propaganda…the dreams of neo nazi sub apes.

        • Impeach Biden

          July 16, 2022 at 8:02 am

          Joe you are completely delusional and I’ll just leave it at that. The Dems control the WH, the Senate, and Congress. Things have gone to hell since Jan 2021. Don’t believe me? Your President is the lowest polled President since polling began. Watch what happens in November. People always vote with their wallet and pocketbook.

          • Joe Corsin

            July 19, 2022 at 9:30 am

            Vote RED for killing blacks, homosexuals, and women with bad policy.

            Vote RED for forced birth of crack babies to feed the prison system.

            Vote RED for low wage slavery and GOP shoveling money to the rich.

            Vote RED for Trumpian kleptocracy and terrorism

  • David In Shoreline

    July 15, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    I got one of the original autographed baseball cards (albeit without the cowboy boot relic, that was a bit too pricey.) I absolutely love it, gonna be worth a fortune some day.

    • Frankie M.

      July 15, 2022 at 7:04 pm

      Why did he sign them? That’s gonna bring down the value.

  • Elliott Offen

    July 15, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    Vote RED for incivility, and the fusion of religion and neo naziism.

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    July 16, 2022 at 7:54 am

    It’s the economy stupids. 🤣🤣

  • John Barron

    July 19, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    When is Porky Ronnie going to stop all this window dressing and theatrics and ban abortion and make conceal carry law in Florida? What’s the hold up tubby? Put down that footling and get to work fat boy. We’re all waiting! Or are u all talk swamp 2.0 like everyone is saying?

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