Two prominent names in the sports card world are involved in a huge Pokemon controversy.
UPDATE: THE CASE IS FAKE
Jameel Mohammed, who owns The Meelypops Shop in Gainesville, FL, helped purchase what he thought was a case of 1st Edition Pokemon cards back in April 2021.
Gary Vee (Left) with Meelypops
The story is documented in a two-part series that Meelypops released.
Pokemon's Most Historic Sale Pt 1
Pokemon's Most Historic Sale Pt 2
The same day Meelypops took possession of the Pokemon case, he brought it over to Baseball Card Exchange (BBCE), to get it authenticated and "wrapped."
BBCE is the only company to provide this type of service, and the owner Steve Hart, is also the unopened pack authenticator for Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA).
Update: BBCE Facebook Post
BBCE Steve Hart
Despite a solid reputation in the sports card world, this was the first ever Pokemon case to be authenticated by BBCE.
One day after getting the case wrapped by BBCE, Meelypops sold it to Matt Allen (Instagram/Shyne150) for what Allen says was $2.7 million.
8 months after buying the case for $2.7m, Allen flips the case to celebrity Logan Paul for $3.5m.
Once Paul started flexing the purchase on social media, Pokemon experts started digging deeper into the origin of the case.
Pokemon expert Rattle Pokemon started putting out YouTube videos that the Logan Paul case was fake. Turns out there is a known case in existence and there are key differences.
- The actual cardboard box is different
- The "Stop" tape is different
- The bar code is different
- The stamps on the box are different
- The label is different
Making things more sketchy, the story on how the case came about has changed multiple times.
Many believe Meelypops purchased the case from a known Pokemon scammer out of Canada.
If the case is indeed fake, Paul could turn to his friend Allen for a refund. Allen could then turn to Meelypops for a refund. Things could get messy.
BBCE does not offer insurance or buyer protection if one of their authenticated products is found to be fake. BBCE isn't obligated to refund, Paul or Meelypops.
Paul said on January 4, 2022 he was going to take the case to Chicago and have BBCE check the authenticity.
On January 13, 2022 - Paul released a video showing the case was fake and the boxes has GI Joe packs in them.
On January 13, 2022 - BBCE posted on Facebook about the fake case.
A sports card insider that goes by the name Cardporn says that Meelypops has already lawyered up and refused to refund his portion of the case, $515,000, to Allen.