Fake Ultra Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Leads To Arrest

Gif: YTV
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Lorelei The Symphonic Arsenal was a prize card at the 2008 Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships. There are only six in the whole world. Six real cards, that is.

According to YTV and MBS, 29-year-old Shunki Iwasaki allegedly sold a fake Lorelei The Symphonic Arsenal to a 20-something year-old Kyoto woman for 400,000 yen ($3,556) through an online auction earlier this year.

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After she realized it was counterfeit, the woman contacted the authorities, who have since arrested Iwasaki.

“I thought it might be fake,” Iwasaki is quoted as saying.

Screenshot: MBS

Here is how the real card, which is labeled 本物 (honmono), compares with the bogus card, labeled 偽物 (nisemono).

Gif: MBS
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A closer look at the fake card.

Be careful when buying premium cards, whether that’s online or in person.

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