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Pokémon Card Craze Results in Sold-Out Packs and Stolen Cards Controversy

  • Craig Miller
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  • April 21, 2023
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  • 3 minute read
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Pokémon Card Craze Results in Sold-Out Packs and Stolen Cards Controversy

Key Takeaways
  • New Pokémon card expansion packs, Clay Burst and Snow Hazard, have sold out in Japan due to the highly sought-after EX cards and Special Illustration Rare cards. This has resulted in long lines at midnight releases and extremely high prices for certain cards.
  • In another development, there are rumors of theft and conspiracy surrounding the scarcity of rare Fusion Strike cards. A small independent retailer in Dallas, Texas, was contacted by a seller with a massive number of rare Fusion Strike cards, suspected to be stolen from the printer.
  • The Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) first appeared in Japan in 1996 and quickly gained popularity, expanding into the United States in 1999 and later reaching other countries worldwide. The TCG has evolved into more than just a game, with a thriving collector's market where rare cards fetch astronomical prices at auctions.
  • The Pokémon Company has acknowledged the shortage of Pokémon card game products and promised to improve their production systems to accommodate the demand.
  • The game has left a lasting impact on popular culture, attracting fans of all ages and transcending generations, with high-profile celebrities, influencers, and athletes joining the craze, further fueling the demand for rare cards.

 

New Pokémon Card Expansion Packs Sell Out

The Pokémon Card Company recently released new expansion packs for the trading card game, Clay Burst and Snow Hazard, centered around Scarlet and Violet’s four Treasures of Ruin in the Paldea region.

The packs, launched on April 14, have already sold out in Japan due to the highly sought-after EX cards and Special Illustration Rare cards.

The massive demand resulted in long lines at midnight releases and extremely high prices for certain cards, with some reaching over a thousand dollars.

In response to the shortage, The Pokémon Company issued a statement acknowledging the lack of Pokémon card game products and promising to improve their production systems to accommodate the demand.

It remains uncertain when the card game scene will return to normalcy.

The Pokémon Card Company recently released new expansion packs for the trading card game, Clay Burst and Snow Hazard, centered around Scarlet and Violet’s four Treasures of Ruin in the Paldea region.

Alleged Theft of Rare Pokémon Cards

In another development, a photo of a table stacked with hundreds of rare Pokémon cards surfaced on the internet, alongside rumors of theft and conspiracy.

It was alleged that the cards were stolen directly from the printer, leading to a shortage of valuable rainbow-colored cards in the legitimately sold packs of The Pokémon Trading Card Game’s Fusion Strike expansion.

Trading Card World, a small independent retailer in Dallas, Texas, was contacted by a seller with a massive number of rare Fusion Strike cards.

After receiving proof of the collection, Trading Card World co-founder Scott Emer suspected the cards had been taken off the production line prior to being packed into blind packs, making them stolen goods.

Emer contacted someone at The Pokémon Company, leading to an investigation that ultimately resulted in the cards being sent to Trading Card World to be evaluated.

A private investigator from The Pokémon Company then took the cards into custody. The company was aware of the missing cards and the alleged thief, who was already in police custody.

It remains unclear whether Fusion Strike packs sold in stores had the correct mix of rare cards inside or if the thief had stolen them before distribution.

Nonetheless, Emer believes that The Pokémon Company would have printed additional cards to replace the missing ones to ensure fans received the correct card distribution in packs.

The Pokémon Company has yet to confirm the story.

History of The Pokémon Trading Card Game

The Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) first appeared in Japan in 1996, as a result of the immense success of the Pokémon video games.

The card game quickly gained popularity and expanded into the United States in 1999, later reaching other countries worldwide.

The TCG has seen over 80 expansion sets released, each with its unique theme inspired by various Pokémon generations and regions.

The Pokémon TCG has evolved into more than just a game, as it now boasts a thriving collector’s market where rare cards fetch astronomical prices at auctions.

The game has left a lasting impact on popular culture, attracting fans of all ages and transcending generations.

High-profile celebrities, influencers, and athletes have all joined the craze, further fueling the demand for rare cards.

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