There is no such thing as a denying that skilled athletes could make financial institution on the sector, however as soon as the game is over, they’re pressured to seek out new earnings shops. Some transition higher than others as you possibly can think about. There are athletes who go away the NFL as an illustration and by no means regain their footing, however then there are guys like Blake Martinez who handle to make hundreds of thousands with the assistance of Pokemon playing cards.

Sure, you learn that right. The previous NFL linebacker is finished with sports activities and has turned their whole focus to Pokemon. After retiring from his seven-year profession in NFL, Martinez kickstarted his personal passion firm, and he has earned over $11 million USD since stepping into Pokemon.

The entire thing got here to mild this week after The Athletic did an in-depth profile on Martinez and his new enterprise enterprise. The previous footballer stated he is been busy seeding his buying and selling card firm, and the outlet is what first prompted his retirement. In any case, Martinez noticed he may make a revenue promoting Pokemon playing cards to collectors with none danger of harm as he confronted in professional sports activities.

“I simply requested myself, do I wish to maintain beginning over from floor zero with soccer, and maintain destroying my physique, or do I wish to begin over from floor zero right here, and do one thing I can really maintain for a very long time? I cherished soccer. However what I came upon was I cherished constructing and operating my very own workforce much more,” Martinez defined.

For these unfamiliar with Martinez’s enterprise, his collectible firm is Blake’s Breaks, and it has completed effectively for itself. The model has earned $11.5 million in income up to now. Given the red-hot collectibles marketplace for playing cards, Blake’s Breaks works with Pokemon on a regular basis, however there are different IPs on the horizon. From Magic: The Gathering to sports activities playing cards and even Yu-Gi-Oh, buying and selling playing cards are on the rise with diehard collectors, and firms like Blake’s Breaks assist dealer offers for paying prospects. So if Martinez performs his playing cards right, effectively – he may make extra in the long term with Pokemon than he ever would have within the NFL.

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