The Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam recently announced that they will no longer distribute Pikachu-themed Pokémon cards. This decision was made in response to the overwhelming demand for these cards, which led to scalpers selling them at inflated prices.
To celebrate the museum’s 50th anniversary, they collaborated with Pokémon to create an exhibition that would inspire young visitors. The exhibition also explores the connection between artists and Japan. As part of the exhibition, visitors were given a limited edition Pika-Portrait card, which many people tried to obtain by pushing and shoving. These cards became highly sought after due to their limited availability and the willingness of collectors to pay exorbitant prices to acquire them.
The Pika-Portrait card depicts Pikachu wearing a unique gray hat, inspired by Van Gogh’s famous paintings. It was given to visitors who successfully completed a museum-related mission.
The museum recently encountered a group of individuals creating undesirable situations. In response, they decided to remove the Pika-Portrait cards and gray hats from the museum. This was done to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors and museum staff.
Scalpers who acquired these cards have been selling them online under the name “Pikachu with Grey Felt Hat” for hundreds of dollars. One listing on eBay had a price tag of $6,969.
TLDR: The Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has stopped distributing Pikachu-themed Pokémon cards due to scalpers inflating the prices. These cards were part of their 50th anniversary exhibition, which aimed to inspire young visitors and explore the artists’ connection to Japan. The limited edition Pika-Portrait cards, featuring Pikachu with a gray hat, were highly sought after. To ensure safety and enjoyment, the museum decided to remove the cards and hats from the exhibition. Scalpers have been selling these cards online for exorbitant prices, such as $6,969 on eBay.