A massive haul of counterfeit Pokemon cards were seized by Chinese officials earlier this week. Chinese news service Ticai Global reports that twenty boxes of counterfeit Pokemon trading cards were seized at Shanghai's Pudong Airport earlier this week, marking one of the biggest seizures of counterfeit goods by Chinese officials in years. The fake cards weighed over 7.6 tons and were bound for the Netherlands, where they would presumably be distributed around Europe. While no other details were provided by the seizure, the video below shows that at least some of the cards were reproductions of the Spanish language "Vivid Voltage" set, an earlier set from the current "Sword and Shield" era of the Pokemon Trading Card Game.
Twenty boxes of counterfeit #Pokemon #Pikachu game cards weighing over 7.6 tons were intercepted at Shanghai's Pudong Airport by customs officials yesterday. Bound for the Netherlands from a company in Qingdao province, it is one of the biggest fake #IP hauls in recent years. pic.twitter.com/zM2y6BiTIt— Yicai Global 第一财经 (@yicaichina) November 23, 2021
The major bust is another sign that demand still hasn't waned for Pokemon cards, despite recent increases in supplies. In 2020, the Pokemon Trading Card Game exploded in popularity, driven by newfound interest during the pandemic and celebrities bringing new eyes to the collecting aspect of the game. As celebrities like Logan Paul spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on vintage Pokemon cards, many other fans decided to dive into more modern sets, which caused a major spike in demand. While The Pokemon Company increased production of cards, many stores have low stock (or no stock at all) of Pokemon cards, with major retailers like Target limiting the number of packages fans can buy in an attempt to shut down scalpers.
2022 is shaping up to be a big year for the Pokemon Trading Card Game. The company's first set of the year, "Brilliant Stars," will introduce a new VSTAR card mechanic, which will give players a new kind of Pokemon card that has a one-time use Pokemon power or attack. The Pokemon Company is also working on a new Pokemon Trading Card Game Live app, which will let players play the Pokemon Trading Card Game on their phones for the very first time.
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