A number of burglaries have been reported at trading card shops in Tokyo, Japan as a result of the rise in popularity and value of Pokémon cards. Since last summer Japan Times reports that the damage from these thefts is estimated at about tens of millions of yen.
According to a source in the investigation, there were five unprecedented cases where the main target was the exchange of cards. Pokémon Trading Card Game usually involved. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department reported one specific case in which 60 cards worth a staggering 8.5 million yen were stolen from a store in Machida, a city located in western Tokyo.
The market for Pokémon collectible card games is growing rapidly, and in 2021, the popularity of this game increased for the fourth year in a row (estimated at 178.2 billion yen according to the Japan Toy Association). Many rare cards have increased in value in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, many people are rushing to get their hands on the rarest cards, either for their collection or for sale. We’ve reported on a number of Pokémon card incidents in particular over the past few years – some involving well-known YouTubers and others just members of the public.