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Thieves stole $300,000 in gaming trading cards at Gen Con 2023_ Technostation.

Gaming cards worth up to $300,000 were taken from Gen Con 2023 in Indianapolis by a pair of crooks, according to IndyStar. The cards were taken using a pallet jack while vendors were setting up for the long-running annual gaming convention that Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax created. The cards were sitting in boxes on a pallet.

It is uncertain which cards were removed. A board game store employee in Indianapolis reportedly thought the packaging was similar to that of Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon Trading Card Game, and the unreleased Disney Lorcana, according to IndyStar. The manufacturer of Disney Lorcana, Ravensberger, tweeted that all of its product had been consumed. Convention attendees waited up to 16 hours for the card game, which Ravensberger previewed at Gen Con 2023.

In two tweets sent on Friday and Saturday, Indianapolis Police requested assistance from the public in identifying two suspects seen on surveillance footage stealing the pallet:

In the Indianapolis region, there have been other recent card game thefts as well. Local media claimed in May that a robber broke into a gaming shop in the Brownsburg, Indiana, suburb of Indianapolis, and stuffed Magic: the Gathering cards worth an estimated $15,000 into a pizza delivery bag.

The cards can be very precious; consider that instance. The “One Ring” card, which is presumably worth between $1 million and $2 million, was purchased by Post Malone, who is known for his extravagant MTG spending. That’s a lot more than the meagre $615,000 that a recently auctioned autographed Black Lotus fetched.

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