Following the revelation that his recent purchase of a box of first-edition Pokémon Trading Cards was in fact a scam, YouTuber Logan Paul is denying accusations that the entire thing was staged for views.
Speaking on the latest episode of the Impaulsive podcast, Paul states that his reaction to the discovery was genuine, expressing that he was upset by the whole ordeal. “I see comments. They think I was acting. They think it’s fake,” said Paul. “But it’s not. It’s not fake at all. Being in that room that night was incredibly sad. The energy and the tragic feeling in the room was so palpable.” Paul is referring to his recently published video wherein the authentication process for his package of Pokémon cards reveals them to be G.I. Joe cards. The high-profile purchase was conducted for $3.5 million USD.
“Three and a half million dollars on f**king G.I. Joe,” continued Paul. “I cannot believe it. It was a sad day. That was a very sad day. You can’t just scam someone out of millions of dollars like that without legal consequences.” The controversial YouTuber went on to say that while he has secured a refund, he will be working with the seller he bought the cards from to recover the $2.7 million that was originally spent on the boxes. Paul also teases that some fans are saying that he should turn his search for the scammer into a documentary.
Paul’s original purchase of the ultra-rare Pokémon made headlines as one of the most expensive transactions that the collectible card game has ever seen. Despite the excitement around the event, it didn’t take long for enthusiasts to began digging into the legitimacy of Paul’s cards. Poké Beach, a site dedicated to the Pokémon Trading Card Game, published a length breakdown regarding the authenticity of the box, which it claimed to be a hoax. The presented evidence was strong; the value of the product instantly sent up red flags for the collector community, as any kind of first-edition Pokémon card box would likely be sold through an auction rather than via eBay Canada. Smaller details didn’t add up either, including the font used on the label, the serial number and the myriad of grammatical errors found on the seller’s page.