Men Arrested for Stealing Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Collection

Men Arrested for Stealing Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Collection

Two men were arrested in Japan for stealing a kid's Yu-Gi-Oh! card collection worth more than $600.

If someone close to you ever stole something valuable, this story might bring back some of those bitter memories. In Kobe, Japan, Two 20-year old men were arrested for stealing their 15-year old "friend's" Yu-Gi-Oh! card collection. The two unnamed suspects went to their friend's place on February 18 and after finding the place empty, proceed to pilfer the kid's 320-strong Yu-Gi-Oh! card collection, which is believed to be valued at over 70,000 yen or roughly $685 in US currency.

This isn't the first time we've heard of people stealing to fund their hobbies. In China, two ambitious teens chose to steal electric cables from two-story electric poles
just to fund their online gaming addiction. If that wasn't enough, back in 2010, a cop was arrested for shoplifting a video game at a Walmart in Honolulu.

I think the lesson here is, be careful of your valuables even around your friends, and always make sure that if you leave your stuff inside your house, hide them in a safe place.

Have you ever had something valuable stolen from you by a so-called friend? Share your stories in the comments.

Source: Kobe Shinbun NEXT via Anime News Network

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BANISHED TO THE SHADOW REALM!

I'm very sorry

Charli:
BANISHED TO THE SHADOW REALM!

I'm very sorry

If anything you should be banished there for saying that you are not forgiven.

OT:Its sad how people will steal trading cards like this from a kid just to fuel there own stupid bullshit.

(Facepalm) Seriously? You're gonna steal from a kid just to make money? Where's Yami when you need him?

Veldie:

Charli:
BANISHED TO THE SHADOW REALM!

I'm very sorry

If anything you should be banished there for saying that you are not forgiven.

OT:Its sad how people will steal trading cards like this from a kid just to fuel there own stupid bullshit.

Actually, it makes a lot of sense to steal a rare collection of YuGiOh cards if you're going to steal something. Especially when the thieves knew they were worth something.

But think about it, unlike most other potential theft items, They're not that heavy to carry, there's no annoying cables or anything for you to pickup, you literally just have to grab the box or binder of cards and leave. Also, Yugioh cards won't usually be reported.

Though, it's pretty dumb to steal from a 'friend'.

I'm actually surprised it was of so little value. He must not have had any major rare cards. Actually, his collection sounds pretty small. 320 cards is not a lot. Unless, they're talking 320 Rare and better cards. Then, that is a sizable collection. Still, there are some Yugi-Oh cards which have some hefty value and I would think they could easily exceed $600 if he had 320 of them.

As others have said, those two are jerks. I hope it was worth their "friendship" to steal the cards.

Saltyk:
I'm actually surprised it was of so little value. He must not have had any major rare cards. Actually, his collection sounds pretty small. 320 cards is not a lot. Unless, they're talking 320 Rare and better cards. Then, that is a sizable collection. Still, there are some Yugi-Oh cards which have some hefty value and I would think they could easily exceed $600 if he had 320 of them.

As others have said, those two are jerks. I hope it was worth their "friendship" to steal the cards.

I've started playing Magic recently, so my reaction was "Wow, only $600?"
Not that this isn't a lot, it's just a news worthy TCG heist could easily go to tens, hundreds of k.

AngryMongoose:
I've started playing Magic recently, so my reaction was "Wow, only $600?"
Not that this isn't a lot, it's just a news worthy TCG heist could easily go to tens, hundreds of k.

Given, Yu Gi Oh! is a little cheaper than Magic.

But yeah, quite a dickmove. Really shows that trust me and my play group have with each other. People at our game shop/pub just often leave for a bit to chat with folks somewhere else or whatever and leave hundreds and hundreds of euros worth of Magic cards completely unsupervised. People passing trade maps worth a month's salary out with ease, it's all good. We're a trusting bunch, but it's all good people so that helps.

Two words: Rare Hunters.

AngryMongoose:

Saltyk:
I'm actually surprised it was of so little value. He must not have had any major rare cards. Actually, his collection sounds pretty small. 320 cards is not a lot. Unless, they're talking 320 Rare and better cards. Then, that is a sizable collection. Still, there are some Yugi-Oh cards which have some hefty value and I would think they could easily exceed $600 if he had 320 of them.

As others have said, those two are jerks. I hope it was worth their "friendship" to steal the cards.

I've started playing Magic recently, so my reaction was "Wow, only $600?"
Not that this isn't a lot, it's just a news worthy TCG heist could easily go to tens, hundreds of k.

Yeah, and one of the most valuable Magic cards I've ever seen went for $20. In comparison, I've heard of Yugioh cards that went for $200. Crush Card Virus was once worth thousands, largely due to it's insane rarity.

I actually looked it up, and some of the most valuable cards in Yugi-Oh are currently going for about $50. And there are several in the $20 range.

So, yeah, I had the same reaction. It seems that a Yugi-oh card collection could easily approach the thousands of dollars range.

This reminds of the bag with some rare cards in my room I haven't looked at in insane ages, I feel like I need to go look and see if they are of any value.

Alternate plan: if you possess over 600 dollars in cards, invest in a Millenium item so that you can send thieves to the shadow realm.

MINDCRUSH!

How does a fifteen year old kid have a card collection that is worth that much? Where does he get the money? Or did he win them?

Anyway, not cool. I have quite a few valuable things in my room, ranging from statues and figurines to hand-made pony plushies, and while I've never once thought any of my friends would steal any of them, I do make it a point not to let them come over when I'm not home.

If you're going to leave your card collection unattended you should at least put down a few trap cards.

Alex Co:
Have you ever had something valuable stolen from you by a so-called friend? Share your stories in the comments.

I had a 'friend' steal my copy of Pokémon Silver when they came round to my house once. I got it back fairly easily but I was more pissed off that they deleted my save file, so I got revenge by wiping every one of his Playstation memory cards as well as his Pokémon games :D

Saltyk:
I'm actually surprised it was of so little value. He must not have had any major rare cards. Actually, his collection sounds pretty small. 320 cards is not a lot. Unless, they're talking 320 Rare and better cards. Then, that is a sizable collection. Still, there are some Yugi-Oh cards which have some hefty value and I would think they could easily exceed $600 if he had 320 of them.

Those were my first thoughts too and I don't even know much about collectable card-games.

Although it's more valuable than my Pokemon-card collection, I'm sure.

Sniper Team 4:
How does a fifteen year old kid have a card collection that is worth that much? Where does he get the money? Or did he win them?

Anyway, not cool. I have quite a few valuable things in my room, ranging from statues and figurines to hand-made pony plushies, and while I've never once thought any of my friends would steal any of them, I do make it a point not to let them come over when I'm not home.

It happens randomly, open packs sometimes you get some really expensive cards. I remember when I was younger, a complete Exodia set or whatever was like $200. Or other very rare cards could be high value, but that's from ages ago knowledge.

Their entire collection only six hundred USD? I have people in my school walking around with 200-400 USD decks with them to play against other kids. This kid is a SCRUB and DESERVES TO HAVE HIS STUFF STOLEN. But seriously, card games have some serious money in them if you can find a buyer and supplies. Always keep your cards in your view, no matter what they are.

Saltyk:

Yeah, and one of the most valuable Magic cards I've ever seen went for $20. In comparison, I've heard of Yugioh cards that went for $200. Crush Card Virus was once worth thousands, largely due to it's insane rarity.

I actually looked it up, and some of the most valuable cards in Yugi-Oh are currently going for about $50. And there are several in the $20 range.

So, yeah, I had the same reaction. It seems that a Yugi-oh card collection could easily approach the thousands of dollars range.

Well, if we're talking Magic, there are individual cards out there that have sold for $50,000.
See: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_Nine

I'd just like to point out to the people claiming that $600 isn't a lot for a collection that the Japanese is no where near as bad at Rarity gating the prices. If you look at some of the more recent stuff, many popular commons are made into the hard to obtain stuff for the International version of the game. Also, in Japan they print the OCG, which is separate from the TCG, which is played everywhere else, and the cards are not compatible. Basically, the kid's collection probably would have been worth substantially more if he did not live in Japan.

"Rare card? That sounds just vague enough to be the Blue-Eyes White Dragon!"

Dexterity:
But think about it, unlike most other potential theft items, They're not that heavy to carry, there's no annoying cables or anything for you to pickup, you literally just have to grab the box or binder of cards and leave. Also, Yugioh cards won't usually be reported.

Yeah, TCG cards get stolen a lot because of these reasons, but you missed a couple other critical ones:

1. Even if they're reported, the police may not take it seriously
2. It's a valuable good that is intentionally unmarked
3. They're easy to liquidate, often at the same places you steal them.

Since cards are interchangeable, there's nothing to stop thieves from swiping a bag at a Magic Grand Prix, selling the valuable cards (to a few different vendors for safety) and then leaving with the money with nobody the wiser and no way to track them down unless there was a security camera that happened to catch the act itself.

didn't something like this happen in the actual show?

Spartan448:
"Rare card? That sounds just vague enough to be the Blue-Eyes White Dragon!"

"I want your complete card collection kid and I won't take no for an answer!"

"No."

"Curses, foiled again! Ok I'm just going to go get my friend and we'll rob your house later."

OT

Really? They stole a 15 year old's card collection, after befriending him? Have some common decency you pair of scumbags!

Bluh. One of my decks alone is worth over $400, and I spent a lot of time tracking down all the cards I needed (for each of my six decks).
Admittedly, I'm a fair bit older than 15, but if someone stole my cards, I would be rightfully pissed.

Stealing trading cards from a kid... that is low, man. That is low.
I think two someones are deserving of a Penalty Game.

I have a pretty nasty story. It wasn't a friend, but a member of the family. To be specific, it was the elder brother of my adopted siblings who we allowed to live with us (he was 17 at the time). He returned our kindness by stealing from us in the form of cash and my DS Lite and several games. We found proof when he attempt to put back a gift card we had known to have disappeared and traced it's transactions back to him. When we confronted him about it, he left and broke off contact. We still haven't heard from him.

While the betrayal hurts, it's worse to know that his actions forced him to deny himself a true good in his life, a family that loved him and cared for him and would help him no matter what his situation was. We still hope he turns his life around but it's just as possible that he could die and we would never know about it.

Wow... That's fucked up... I mean, that kid probably trusted you and shit and then you go and disown said trust... all for some money? Shit...

Anyway...

Alex Co:
Have you ever had something valuable stolen from you by a so-called friend? Share your stories in the comments.

I remember befriend this one drug dealer/user in high school (even though I didn't know that at the time) and he end up stealing my copy of Pokemon Emerald as well as one of my friend's copy of Mario Galaxy by convincing the both of us that he was just going to borrow them for a "few days"... He told us both that he not only lost the copy of Mario Galaxy, but also that his so-called "girlfriend" from another school both erased my Pokemon Emerald save file, but also stole it from him to "teach him a lesson"...

To this day, I still hate him for bullshitting me for those so-called "excuses", given how he was apparently younger than me as well as he openly admitted to me about using and selling drugs on (and off) campus... which lead to a couple of police officers asking if I was his "accomplice" in the whole ordeal since we appeared to be "very close friends" from an outsider's perspective...

They should have challenged the police officer to a duel and bust out. It always works in the anime.

Hey, why not steal some Bitcoins too? That'll be totally worth it.

Stealing a kid's stuff? No matter what I personally think of the game, and I have a low opinion of it, you still shouldn't do that ever, even if you're a criminal.

 

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