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05th Apr 2022

Logan Paul has now bought his way into the Guinness World Records

Charlie Herbert

Logan Paul gets world record for most expensive Pokémon trading card sold at a private sale

Is this a world record to be proud of?

Logan Paul has earned himself a pricey Guinness World Record by pursuing a childhood passion of his – Pokémon.

The YouTuber/boxer/WWE star has spoken a lot in the past about his love for Pokémon and collecting cards, and often uses his massive wealth to make some pretty big purchases of cards.

And he’s now been recognised for this, achieving the world record for the most expensive Pokémon card ever purchased at a private auction after he splashed an eye-watering $5.275m (£3.86m) on a PSA 10 Pikachu Illustrator last July.

The Guinness World Records website states: “To obtain the PSA Grade 10 Pikachu Illustrator card, Paul exchanged a PSA Grade 9 Pikachu Illustrator card worth $1.275m (£973,000) that he had purchased from renowned sports card collector Matt Allen in Como, Italy.

“This Grade 9 card plus $4m ($3.05m) equalled the cost of the pristine Grade 10 Pikachu Illustrator card.”

Clearly keen to flaunt his pricey new acquisition, Logan then wore the card to Wrestlemania for his WWE debut.

Understandably, it was in a protective case because you tend to take care of things that you’ve just spent almost four million quid on.

The YouTuber was awarded with his Guinness World Record after winning his fight on his WWE debut. He said: “I applied for so many records and the fact that I finally got one after my first [WWE] win ever? I come back to the locker room and I get a second win right away?”

On Twitter he explained why he spent so much money on “cardboard”, writing: “The Pikachu Illustrator is the rarest Pokémon card in the world. Only 39 of them exist, and this is the ONLY PSA 10 (perfect condition). Until this weekend, there were no pictures or videos of this card ANYWHERE.”

“The previous owner was extremely private, and it’s existence was only a rumor. With a connection made by collectible expert @JeremyCom, I finally found the seller and insisted he sell it to me.”

Well it’s a much better outcome for Paul than some of his previous investments in Pokémon.

It was only last year that he spent $3.5m on the “only know” sealed box of first-edition Pokémon cards – that all turned out to be fake.

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