People are still collecting Pokemon cards

Yannick is on his way to becoming a Pokémon millionaire

Early 2014: Yannick sits bored in the university lecture hall. But he and his buddy find a more interesting topic than that of the dry lecture: Both share a passion for Pokémon. “My buddy said: 'Come on, let's buy a Gameboy with the new Pokémon game.” Then we sat playing in the lectures. ”Shortly afterwards: Two grown men in the“ Rofu Kinderland ”. Your loot: "booster packs" with Pokémon cards. But the cards are no longer the same. Because Yannick doesn't like the new cards, he searches eBay for the card that everyone wanted as a child: the 1st edition “Charizard”. He buys the card for 50 euros. He is briefly satisfied. But there are other cards for which he would literally have torn his leg as a child. "Then I looked for a 'Turtok'." All Yannick finds is a 1st edition card that was given a 10 by a company called "PSA". At the time, Yannick didn't know what it was all about. Or why the card is four times more expensive than a normal card. Through research on YouTube and Google, he finds out: PSA is a rating company from California. It rates Pokémon cards based on their condition and authenticity. A 10 corresponds to the highest rating. "It was a huge market in America at the time, but completely unknown in Europe."

Yannick brings the trend to us

Yannick starts buying German tickets in America. Comparatively cheap. The next step: to market his “hobby”, as he calls it, on Facebook and Instagram. Because the cheaply bought German cards could be sold dearly in Germany. “As a poor student, I financed cards by buying cards that I wanted to sell again immediately.” The market is growing, and cards are becoming more popular. “Today thousands and thousands are doing it in Europe.” Thanks to Yannick. “I would say I was the first in Europe to come across the rated cards from America and bring the trend here.” Once it happened to Yannick that he sent a perfect card to PSA and it came back damaged. The cards are sent in open sleeves with a slot. When the evaluator pulled the card out of the sleeve, grains of dust that had previously trickled into the sleeve scratched the film. “The card became a 9 instead of the 10 it would have deserved.” That had consequences. As a 10-card it would have been worth 5,000 euros, as a 9 it would not even have been worth 100. Because: There are only three cards of this 10-valued card worldwide. "That was bitter."