7.6 Tons (nearly 7000kg) of fake Pokemon cards headed to Europe were seized at Shanghai’s Pudong Airport earlier today according to Chinese media.
Yicai Global, a media outlet affiliated to the Chinese state tweeted video footage of the insane amount of fake Pokemon cards that were seized by customs just before their international flight to the Netherlands.
Made by a company in Qingdao province, Yicai Global is claiming the seized goods were part of “one of the biggest IP hauls in recent years”. The video shows pallets of boxes and a glimpse at a fake Spanish Vivid Voltage booster box.
We’ve all got that one tormenting memory of trading our most beloved card for a Base Set Charizard only to realise years later that your shiny Charizard is in fact a fake Pokemon card. With more and more eyes on trading cards in general and the huge rise in values leading to opportunities such as the upcoming Netflix Collectables show we may need to prepare for even more fake cards popping up on the market.
Over the course of the last year we’ve seen fake cards, fake 1st edition Base Set Booster boxes, and even fake PSA slabs. With this kind of information out in the wild, it does make you question how many fakes are actually in circulation. For a trained eye it’s fairy easy to spot a fake due to the change in font or lack of texture on a card – but what if we’re heading in a direction where takes become indiscernible from the real thing? Issues related to fake and replica shoes has plagued the sneaker hobby for years, let’s hope this isn’t a sign of what’s to come.
Have you been scammed for fake Pokemon cards? Do you own any fake cards?
John-Anthony Disotto – Ludkins Media Editor-in-Chief
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