Japan Post Service Offers Promo Stamp Box and Pokémon Cards

Limited to Japan only, these stamps and promo cards are still attracting US scalpers

By Achi Ikeda. Posted 08/02/2021 23:19 Comment on this     ShareThis

On July 26 at 9:00 am JST, pre-orders for Stamp Boxes that include a Pokémon themed stamp sheet, a Family Pokémon Card Game collection, 3 types of character cards, and 2 special cards. It is the promo cards that are getting everyone’s attention.

The promo cards, illustrated by Mitsuhiro Arita, are based on real, well-known woodblock prints. If you play Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you will likely recognize one of them. Pikachu (Pikachu 227/S-P) is immediately recognizable as Beauty Looking Back, a woodblock print by Hishikawa Moronobu that can be purchased in-game and donated to the museum. The other promo card, Cramorant (Cramorant 226/S-P), is based off another woodblock print, Moon and Wild Geese by Hiroshige Utagawa.

Though the promo cards have been the big draw, the stamp sheets are also worth the buzz. There are two stamp sheets. The first is based on Pokémon cards and the second features original Pokémon artwork. All are super adorable. The stamp sheets are already available and go for 630 yen ($5.75) and 840 yen ($7.66).

Not only is the Stamp Box exclusive to Japan, must be pre-ordered at your local post office, and only one per customer, some can only be acquired by raffle. Yet this hasn’t stopped pre-orders for the Stamp Box to go up for sale by secondhand sellers for US customers.

The cards can already be found on eBay for over $100 and the whole Stamp Box for over $200. There are also sites like Poké Japan selling the Stamp Box for almost $200 and are offering raffles for a chance to purchase one.

Scalpers aren’t likely to stop any time soon and the craze for exclusive Pokémon cards seems to only keep rising.

How do you feel about the limited and exclusive nature of Pokémon cards? Can scalpers ever be stopped? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Swaps4

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