Van Gogh museum stops Pikachu card promo due to “chaos”

Pokémon x Van Gogh Museum - Pikachu - Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat - Vincent van Gogh

Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum is to stop handing out special Pokémon cards featuring a Japanese painting of Pikachu because of the problems caused by collectors.

The cards, which can already be bought online for over €100, have led to chaos at the museum entrance as adult collectors without tickets try to buy them from visitors.

The museum said on Friday it had enough of the problems and will no longer hand out cards to people who take part successfully in a Pokémon treasure hunt out of safety concerns.

The card will still be available for fans from Britain, the US and Canada to buy online, and it will be available in selected Dutch shops from the beginning of next year. 

The cards are part of a collaboration between The Pokémon Company International and the museum, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. 

The alliance includes a special Pokémon hunt through the gallery in both Dutch and English, lessons on how to draw Pikachu, Van Gogh-inspired Pokémon paintings, and the promo card that fans can add to their collection.

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