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Logan Paul's 'First-Edition' Pokémon Cards Are Fake, According To Collectors

Logan Paul's 'First-Edition' Pokémon Cards Are Fake, According To Collectors
Image Credit: Logan Paul | Twitter

Written by 

Emma Hill

Posted 

4th Jan 2022 15:42

It all sounded too good to be true. Now, it seems that the Logan Paul's 'first-edition' Pokémon cards, that cost him a whopping $3.5 million, may actually be fake - according to some dedicated Pokémon collectors. 

Logan Paul caused our jaws to drop when he announced that he had spent an eye-watering sum of money on a huge box of first-edition Pokémon cards. While it might seem like a mind-blowing amount of money to spend for the cards, Paul has made no secret about his love for Pokémon. For example, he spent $150,000 on a rare card featuring his favourite Pokémon, Charizard. By promoting his massive Pokémon card collection to such a large audience, there has been a huge surge in the prices for the cards, after he proclaimed that it was a profitable investment. 

Paul was clearly pleased as punch when he showed off his new purchase of a massive box of first-edition Pokémon cards online. However, some collectors claim that the cards could be fake after beginning an investigation into the purchase.

Who Thinks That Logan Paul's Pokémon Cards Could Be Fake?

The theory that Paul just spent $3.5 million on the most expensive pieces of cardboard ever, was instigated by TCG fansite PokéBeach. The article, written by Water Pokémon Master, claimed the box was first noticed "eight months prior" to Paul's purchase. It appears there was some very suspicious information circulating about the box in the first place.

The article claimed: "The Base Set case first appeared on Canada’s eBay site on March 29th, 2021. Fans could place their bids for 10 days. The seller 'number1pokemonmaster' had almost no feedback and their listing was riddled with significant grammar errors. The seller also changed their username right before the auction went live, as if to hide their history." Not only that, when asked about how the box was found, the seller appeared to tell multiple stories about its origin. In one, the seller gave a lengthy story about how they bought it from a grandmother at an estate sale, while in another they claimed they got it as part of a 12th birthday present in 1999. 

Why Do Collectors Think That Logan Paul's Cards Are Fake?

As of writing, PokéBeach's investigation of the box is still ongoing. However, if the information is correct, then it's not looking good for Logan Paul. As well as a number of reasons why the cards could be fake, the article also claimed that when the box was bought on eBay "the highest bid was only $72,500. This indicated Pokémon's most serious collectors weren't interested in the item. If they thought it was real, they would have bid above and beyond that amount. After all, individual boxes of 1st edition Base Set have been going for over $430,000 each. A sealed case has six of them, presumably in near-perfect condition, so the case would be worth a minimum of $2.6 million. The lukewarm response is enough to tell you people thought something was amiss."

As of writing, there has been no word from Paul about the investigation. The article claims that there was an authentication process through Baseball Card Exchange "but is not well-known for Pokémon authentication". For all we know, Paul could just be lugging around a box full of pebbles, but he intends to keep the box sealed for now. What's in the box? We just don't know. 

 

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