Pokémon is becoming more and more popular all over the world. From online games to playing cards. Things became hotter than ever after the news that Ash Ketchum and Pikachu parted ways with the series, thereby increasing the demand for Pokémon’s rare and historic collection of cards. However, it is also a risk that many shops specializing in selling Pokémon cards will be targeted by thieves.
Specifically, just recently, the Fukufuku Trading Card store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo – which specializes in selling high value, expensive Pokémon cards – was visited by two thieves in the early morning of New Year’s Day. According to a note from Japanese news agency FNN, because the entrance to the store on the ground floor was locked, the thieves broke in through a glass door on the second floor, after climbing the outside wall to get in. Police later found burn marks on the ground – evidence that the perpetrator used a torch to break in.
According to the camera, the two thieves only took a minute to grab the Pokémon cards and then retreated. However, even that amount of damage is too heavy. Yuma Hashida, the store manager, said that this place mainly sells high-rare Pokémon cards, even some cards that are more than 20 years old. But now, all has been stolen. The estimated damage of the theft is about 11,360 USD (approximately 250 million VND).
As can be seen, the price of Pokémon cards has been increasing very high in recent years. There have been many transactions of rare cards with values up to hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars. And although the two main characters Ash Ketchum as well as Pikachu have said goodbye, this does not seem to have too much impact on the Pokémon franchise worldwide. The proof is that besides the cards, the latest game, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is also attracting a large number of players.