Polygon’s Pokémon NFT Sale Skyrockets Blockchain Trading Volume


  • Polygon’s trading volume surged due to a sale of Pokémon NFT card packs.
  • Buyers purchased mystery boxes instead of specific cards, echoing NBA Topshot’s Moments.
  • Courtyard.io, backed by brands like BRINKS and MoonPay, facilitated the sale and offers physical vaulting.

Polygon’s (MATIC) blockchain witnessed a surge in trading volume. A frenzied sale of Pokémon NFT card packs. Buyers didn’t directly purchase specific cards. Instead, they delved into the world of “mystery boxes.” These virtual packs held the promise of any advertised Pokémon-themed card, reminiscent of NBA Topshot’s “Moments.” Enthusiasts eagerly engaged in “pack rips” to unveil their treasures.

The sale adopted a two-phase model. Impressively, all 175 Pokémon Cards were snapped up almost immediately. Courtyard.io played a pivotal role in this digital extravaganza. They were instrumental in choosing the PSA-Graded cards to be offered on-chain. Moreover, Courtyard has garnered trust from notable brands like BRINKS Security, MoonPay, and VaynerFund. It stands out in the digital asset marketplace, offering a unique service: physical vaulting through Brink’s.

The sale, aptly named “Stress Test: Break Courtyard.io,” presented a tantalizing offer. For a mere $5.00 USD, buyers could acquire a virtual Pokémon card pack. A chance to obtain pre-disclosed cards, some of which were PSA9 graded cards from 2000, valued at approximately $500.

However, there was a twist. Buyers needed to establish an account and connect via Google. This action seamlessly created a custodial wallet. Additionally, Courtyard ensured that purchasing wasn’t limited to cryptocurrency. They simplified the process, allowing the use of credit cards, much to the delight of Pokémon aficionados.

After securing their digital treasures, there was a brief pause. Courtyard set the stage for the grand reveal, enabling the opening of purchased packs 24 hours later, specifically on Sept. 21. From that point, users could transfer their digital cards off Courtyard and into their personal Polygon wallet.

An analyst drew parallels between this sale and a “Rollbit-style loot box,” but with a focus on real-world asset collectibles. After securing a pack, buyers had to exhibit patience. They could unveil their cards after a day. However, any packs left unopened would automatically disclose their contents after two days. Significantly, unopened 2000 Base Set booster boxes now command prices exceeding $15,000.

Additionally, the liquidity of opening a digital pack online was highlighted by @S4mmy.eth as a significant advantage over opening a physical booster box.

In related news, last month saw Polygon surpass Solana (SOL) in activity. This achievement solidified its status as the second most active blockchain for NFT transactions. This surge in popularity might be linked to the SEC’s recent scrutiny of Solana, labeling it and 17 other cryptocurrencies as potential “securities.”