After a violent fight last week, Target is temporarily pulling Pokémon and sports trading cards from store shelves.
The new sale change went into effect Friday, although it’s unclear how long it will last.
Target says there have been fighting over maps all over the country WCCO, which has to stop their sales.
However, they will still be sold online, allowing card connoisseurs to find their solution in a hot trading card market.
A Friday morning search for Pokémon trading card pickups from the store at various locations yielded no results.
Target will temporarily stop selling Pokémon and certain sports trading cards
Last Friday, a target in Brookfield, Wisconsin, was forced to close after a man pulled a gun over a trade card dispute in the parking lot.
Police allege that four men assaulted a 35-year-old man, who has a hidden carrying permit and pulled his gun at his attackers, forcing them to flee.
No shots were fired and the four men who attacked the unidentified victim were reported WISN.
The victim sustained minor injuries but ultimately did not require on-site medical attention.
After the attack, a Target spokesperson said the trading card protocol was being evaluated.
Online sales continue, but a quest to buy ‘Pokémon toys and cards’ from a store only resulted in a box of hockey cards, unaffected by the ban
Given the keen interest in trading cards, we recently started limiting MLB, NBA, NFL, and Pokémon purchases to one item per guest, per day, and not asking guests to enter overnight. stand in line, ”said Brian Harper-Tibaldo.
He added, “We are continuing to evaluate the protocols we have to ensure safety in our stores with respect to this category.”
Photos posted to one target location on Twitter show shelves with a new message plastered on them.
“To ensure the safety of our guests and team members, MLB, NFL, NBA and Pokémon trading cards will no longer be sold in stores until further notice from May 14,” a sign reads.
Many people were disappointed with Target’s decision.
‘Kat is out of the bag! Target stopped selling Pokémon and most of the sports cards in the store. All because people cannot behave and follow the rules! Resellers are crying raw this morning, ” one person tweeted.
“Guess target is now canceling Pokémon,” another user tweeted.
The ban on in-store sales comes as the value of trading cards continues to rise during the pandemic, while nostalgic people across the country are resurfacing their old cards.
CNN Business reports that a rare Charizard Pokémon card sold for $ 360,000 at auction in December.
Another card sold for even more earlier in 2021, $ 400,000.
Sports cards are also proving to be big business, with a Michael Jordan beginner basketball card selling at auction in February for $ 738,000.
Last month, an “ ultra-rare ” autographed 2003 LeBron James rookie card sold for an NBA record of $ 5.2 million, hitting the all-time high for sports trading cards of a 1952 Mickey Mantle in January, according to USA Today.
Target has not specified how long they expect the retail sales ban to remain in effect
Walmart hasn’t taken a similar move yet (Pokémon cards are featured en masse)
The buyer’s identity was not immediately disclosed.
The previous NBA record was pulled back in March by a $ 4.6 million rookie from Luca Doncic.
“There has never been a time like this in the company’s history,” Ken Goldin, founder and executive chairman of Goldin Auctions, told CNN.
Despite other reports, Walmart continues to sell trading cards in its stores, although it says it will determine whether changes should be made to the in-store selling experience.
“We are determining what changes, if any, are needed to meet customer demand while ensuring a safe and enjoyable shopping experience,” a company spokesperson told CNN.