Logan Paul has said the mint-condition Charizard Pokémon card he wore during his fight with Floyd Mayweather is now worth £707,000 ($1million USD).
The controversial YouTuber wore the card around his neck as he stepped into the ring, keeping it encased in a plastic wallet throughout. At the following press conference, Paul was spotted wearing it again and was asked about the value of the card.
“It’s a BGS 10 Charizard,” Paul explained, “first edition Charizard. It’s one of three in the world. It is my prized possession. Ever since I got this graded at a ten, the momentum in my life has been crazy. It’s my good luck charm.”
“I mean now, shit, this is a million-dollar card, baby. This is the card I walked out [with] to the Floyd Mayweather fight. This is a million-dollar card.”
“When COVID-19 hit, a lot of Gen X and Millennials were looking for things to do and we found a lot of these guys and girls started playing Pokémon again because they grew up with it,” Joe Maddalena, the executive vice president of Texas-based Heritage Auctions said of the increase in demand.
YouTube jumped on this trend, and Logan Paul himself has created many videos unboxing highly valued Pokémon cards, spending over $2,000,000 in one video. Kotaku pointed out that of Paul’s last 10 videos, four were about Pokémon cards.
Scalpers also began to turn a profit on the limited edition 25th anniversary Pokémon toys in Happy Meals from McDonald’s.
In related news, Palworld, a Pokémon-inspired multiplayer survival game, was announced yesterday during the ongoing Indie Live Expo event. It appears to bring guns, violence, and workers’ rights into the world of pocket monsters.