Not Patriots-related, but an interesting article nevertheless.
29-year-old quit the NFL to sell Pokémon cards—his business brought in $5 million in just 7 months
Former NFL linebacker Blake Martinez quit football to sell Pokémon cards. His company, Blake's Breaks, has brought in $5 million in the last seven months.
While rehabbing, he found himself focusing more and more on the side hustle he picked up during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. And this past fall, when it came time to decide whether to fight for a spot on a new team — in his case, the Las Vegas Raiders — or double down on selling Pokémon cards, he made a surprising decision.
He chose the cards, launching his company Blake’s Breaks in July 2022 and committing to it full-time in November. Over the past seven months, it’s brought in more than $5 million in revenue on collectible reselling platform Whatnot, according to documents reviewed by CNBC Make It.