Of all the recent theft stories we’ve covered here at TradingCardGames.com, we have yet to cover one involving the trading card game Yu-Gi-Oh! until now. Recently, suspected shoplifters stole in excess of $150 worth of the Konami-produced game.
In this particular incident, two men entered a business located in the 900 block of 18th Street North, Brandon, Winnipeg. Attendants at the store reported the shoplifting to local authorities at around 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 9th.
The two suspects were dressed in almost identical outfits and both were described as having beards and wearing glasses. They were both dressed in black coats and pants while one of the offenders was also wearing a blue baseball cap and brown shoes.
They were then spotted fleeing the scene in a White Ford F150 extended cab truck with a covered box. The vehicle was parked on the south side of a Walmart and was being driven by a third suspect. This particular heist isn’t of the same scale we’ve seen in recent months involving Magic: The Gathering cards, but it does appear to have been well planned.
You could hardly call this the heist of the century, but it does have the attention of Brandon Police. They are still investigating the theft and are working on springing a trap on the suspects in question. Luckily for the perpetrators, they will only receive jail sentences as opposed to having their souls banished to the shadow realm, which was the fate endured by many of the animated TV show’s characters.
Thefts involving Yu-Gi-Oh!-related products are usually isolated to local events and are often referred to as “Yu-Gi-Oh! on Yu-Gi-Oh! crime.” This may be due to the average age of a Yu-Gi-Oh! player being less than that of more adult-marketed TCGs such as Magic: The Gathering.
In a separate incident back in December of 2015, a young man was sentenced to serve jail time for his participation in the theft of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. This theft also took place in Brandon, Winnipeg and could be the result of the increase in prices of individual cards on the second-hand market. Many key cards of the best decks often exceed prices of $50 each and this puts them well out of the reach of the casual player. Unfortunately, it seems that some players resort to desperate measures in order to obtain them.
Yu-Gi-Oh! is the world’s best-selling trading card game and was recognized as such by Guinness World Records back in June 2011. It is also the holder of having the largest participation at any one trading card game event with the 100th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series held in Long Beach, California, USA, playing host to 4,364 duelists. This attendance figure almost doubled the previous record held by the Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix in Madrid, Spain, which entertained 2,227 players. This made all attendees at the event record breakers!