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Vince Okerman, also known as Vexx, has designed and created the world's biggest replica of a Pokémon card, and gave the impressive art piece to fellow collector and YouTuber, Logan Paul.
In October 2020, Paul held a charity stream where he opened his $200,000 box of first edition Pokémon cards and got them appraised in order to raise money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. As a massive fan of the games, Vexx says he simply had to buy one of Paul's Pokémon packs, which cost $11,111. After getting them graded by the YouTuber, the pack was actually only worth $735, meaning that Vexx made a loss of over $10,000. Though it was a heartbreaking moment, the money still went to a good cause, and it didn't dissuade the artist. He realised if he wanted to learn the true value of the cards, he would recreate them on giant cork canvases, thereby producing the world's biggest and heaviest Pokémon cards.
After stencilling out the two "Pokémon" logos on the back of the card, Vexx picked up his cans of spray paints to replicate the swirling blue background. Then, he got to spray painting the front, and pulled away the tape that formed the rest of the card's features. It's exceptionally satisfying to watch, I'll admit. Vexx used markers to get those bright, flat blue and yellow on the word "Pokémon," and went back with acrylic paint to draw shadow. The shading on the Poké Ball is so, so, cool, and it's a very fun video to follow along. We applaud Vexx for having such steady hands and the patience to paint for hours to achieve those perfect lines and tones.
Pencils, paints, and pens of varying types all combine to colour in an imposing Charizard, complete with cool doodles drawn by Vexx, and a Squirtle clambering on Charizard's spines. Also, you'll notice that "Pokémav," not "Pokémon," is written on the card. This is to tie into Logan Paul's Maverick brand, as the art piece is in fact a gift for the YouTuber. "After a whole month of planning, sketching, painting, it is finally done," he says proudly, before the card is officially revealed.
When the card arrives at Paul's home (which cost Vexx more than $2,000 in shipping fees), he can hardly contain his excitement. "This guy snapped," he exclaims, adding that this is "the coolest piece of Pokémon art [he owns]." I'm hoping it has a pride of place in the foyer, where the sun can catch those details and metallic glitter on the back of the card. And, Vexx's luck took a turn when he chose to unwrap another pack of first edition cards, though you'll have to watch the video to see which ones he snagged.
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