It's Official! Logan Paul's Pokemon Cards Are Indeed Fake
Logan Paul has officially confirmed that he spent $3.5 million on a fake box of first-edition Pokémon cards, in what has been labelled “the biggest fraud in the entire history of Pokémon”.
Our mouths dropped to the floor back in December 2021 when Logan Paul announced that he had spent a whopping $3.5 million on an unopened case which was filled with "11 boxes" of first-edition Pokémon cards. The YouTuber and Cruiserweight boxer beamed with pride as proclaimed that it was "the only one of it’s kind in the world". However, for some Pokémon collectors, there was something fishy about the purchase and they quickly went into Sherlock Holmes mode. After investigating the look of the case and its history, some collectors claimed that the cards could actually be fake.
It wasn't long before the news reached Paul, who decided to find out once and for all. The 26-year-old was then left clearly gutted to find that the case was a complete fake.
How Did Logan Paul Discover The Pokémon Cards Were Fake?
Following claims the box could be fake, on January 5, 2021 Logan Paul announced on Twitter that he was flying to Chicago to meet with the Baseball Card Exchange (BBCE) and find out whether the rumours were true. With a camera crew following him around, Paul was joined by Bolillo "Matt" Lajan San who he had originally bought the case from. Paul explained that San himself had bought the case for $2.7 million before selling it to Paul, meaning the stakes were high for him too.
In the YouTube video posted on January 13, Paul is shown pouring himself a well-needed glass of wine as his very expensive and tightly sealed Pokémon case is carefully opened by a BBCE official. At first, the group are elated to see the case is filled with Pokémon boxes, but were confused as to why they looked "puffy" meaning they weren’t full. After opening one of the boxes, Paul was gutted to find out that each box was filled, not with first-edition Pokémon's, GI Joe cards.
Pokémon Case Is Fake: Logan Paul Reacts
In the video, Paul explained that while he was trying to be his usual 'look-on-the-bright-side' self, he was finding it "hard" at that moment. He also claimed that the fact they were GI Joe’s was "the worst part". Paul’s thoughts were also with his fellow Pokémon card enthusiasts, as he said: "It's sad for the Pokémon community, like how many fraudulent things are out there and I'm grateful for the things I have that are real. Like, I'm picturing my Charizard in my head now, something real, something worth a lot of money that is real." As any Logan Paul fan will know, he is of course referring to his beloved first-edition card of his favourite Pokémon, which he has proudly displayed on multiple occasions.
It doesn't look like Paul will be out of pocket following the gutting discovery as he claimed that San had promised to refund him. It also looked like he saw the funny side of the journey after filming, as he closed the video in brilliant fashion by playing the theme tune from the GI Joe cartoon.