Enjoying within the NFL is hard and plenty of gamers depart due to career-ending accidents or dangerous seasons. However after seven years within the league, Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Blake Martinez has retired mid-season for a distinct purpose: He’s making sufficient cash promoting Pokémon playing cards—lately promoting a really uncommon card for almost $700,000—and doesn’t want the earnings he will get from taking part in anymore.
Las Vegas Raiders participant Blake Martinez shocked many followers when he introduced final week that he was retiring from the NFL on the comparatively younger age of 28. He was first drafted by the Inexperienced Bay Packers in 2016. Following 4 years with Inexperienced Bay, he joined the New York Giants in 2020 earlier than struggling a torn ACL in 2021. He was launched shortly after, and joined the Las Vegas Raiders the place he appeared to be doing properly this season. In his final recreation earlier than his retirement, he racked up 11 tackles. Nonetheless, promoting Pokémon playing cards seems to be Martinez’s true ardour—to not point out a reasonably good supply of earnings for him—and he’s focusing extra on that now.
As reported by Dexerto, two weeks earlier than asserting his retirement mid-season, the NFL professional offered an especially uncommon and worthwhile Pokémon Illustrator card for a hefty sum. Final month, the cardboard was graded a 9.5 “Gem Mint” high quality ranking, making it among the best examples of this coveted card. On October 29 the cardboard—which Martinez nicknamed “The Swirllustrator” due to two small swirl marks within the card’s art work—was offered by way of Goldin auctions for a whopping $672,000.
Sure, this is similar sort of uncommon card that Logan Paul paid over $5 million for earlier this 12 months and wore round his neck throughout Wrestlemania in April, though his was graded a ten, or good high quality.
Nonetheless, it is a huge sale, and hardly Martinez’s first time shopping for and promoting Pokémon playing cards. The previous NFL participant is an enormous fan of the playing cards and has been gathering them for years, although in 2020, within the midst of the pandemic, his love for gathering and promoting was reignited. He opens outdated and new card packs on his Instagram and shares his finds on-line continuously. In actual fact, Martinez claims to have discovered the uncommon “Swirllustrator” throughout one in every of these pack openings. The professional participant additionally has a collectible card enterprise, shopping for and promoting uncommon playing cards on-line.
“I’ve chosen to step away from this profession right now to concentrate on my household and future passions,” defined Martinez in his retirement submit on Instagram. It seems his “ardour” is utilizing the wealth he made within the NFL to purchase and promote uncommon Pokémon playing cards. And actually, I’m completely satisfied for the man. He’s far much less more likely to undergo a horrible concussion whereas shopping for uncommon Pikachu playing cards on-line.