Recently, the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam held a special event to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The event, titled “Go on a Pokémon Adventure along Van Gogh's paintings,” aimed to introduce Pokémon enthusiasts and children to art and culture. Participants were encouraged to discover the stories behind the masterpieces, follow clues, and complete a quest in order to receive a special Pikachu x Van Gogh Museum promo card for their Pokémon collection.
However, the event took a disappointing turn when it was swarmed by scalpers. These individuals were looking to profit by reselling the limited edition Pikachu cards on platforms like eBay. Videos have surfaced showing a crowd of adults pushing and shoving in an attempt to claim as many cards as possible.
Joe Merrick, the head of a Pokémon news website, expressed his disappointment over the situation, stating, “This makes me so sad and is why we can't have nice things. I saw so many wanting to go over in the first few days just to get any card and merch to resell. This is not an acceptable practice. If you do that, shame on you.”
Unfortunately, the limited edition cards have already appeared on eBay, with prices ranging from $85 to over $400. This is disheartening considering the cards were intended to be part of a family-friendly event. The popularity of scalping has marred the experience for genuine fans and collectors.
The Van Gogh museum exhibit, which showcases the iconic artist's work alongside Pokémon characters, will continue until January 7. Hopefully, after the scalpers have moved on, families and art enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the exhibit without the chaos caused by profiteering.