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Logan Paul's first edition Pokémon deck is fake, it has been claimed.
The YouTuber-turned-boxer spent $3.5 million (£2.6m) on what was believed to be the only known sealed box of first edition base sets in the world.
Paul shared the exciting news in a photo posted to his Twitter account last month.
Understandably excited by the purchase, the 26-year-old captioned the post: "Just dropped $3,500,000 on this sealed and authenticated box of 1st Edition Pokémon cards."
just dropped $3,500,000 on this sealed & authenticated box of 1st Edition Pokémon cards 😯 pic.twitter.com/rMY2bVnKV2— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) December 20, 2021
He followed up with: "The only known one in the world."
However, Pokémon experts have poured cold water on Paul's party, claiming that the six booster boxes were most likely duds and that he's been shafted out of millions.
Which is understandable, I guess.
In a post, the pair had a look into the deal, investigating the source of the decks, and decided in the end that it's most likely they were not what they appeared to be.
They found that the decks had previously been sold by a seller on eBay in Canada, whose account seemed a bit odd due to its lack of feedback and dodgy-looking listing.
The pair also said that the seller refused to allow people to inspect the decks before agreeing to a deal, which didn't sit well with them.
According to reports, base sets usually go for about $400,000 (£296,557) each.
This complete set, however, which Paul went on to buy, was sold for just $72,000 (£53,380). Apparently, it should have gone for around $2.6m (£1.93m).
Pokébeach and Rattle also claimed that there were issues with the item's barcode.
But after consulting an authentication service, which reportedly didn't have much experience in this area, Paul bought the decks for over $3m.
It should be pointed out that this is just a theory, though, perhaps it's all legit and Paul bagged himself a piece of Pokémon history. Who knows?
But this isn't the first time that the YouTuber has spend a bucket load of cash on the famous playing cards.
Last year, he spent $2 million (£1.5 million) on some more unopened boxes of first edition cards.
These boxes are considered to contain the holy grail of Pokémon cards and are extremely difficult to find.
Paul auctioned off the 36 packs through Goldin Auctions between 4-11 February, with the prized decks going for an average of around $40,000 (£30,000) each.
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