Target Temporarily Pulls Pokemon, Sports Cards As Collectors Turn To Violence


For those who’re amongst those that “gotta catch ’em all,” beginning Friday you’ll have to catch them someplace aside from Target’s brick-and-mortar shops. 

The retailer has quickly pulled Pokemon and different sports activities buying and selling playing cards from its cabinets after a 35-year-old man was bodily assaulted as he left a retailer in Wisconsin final week, reportedly over trading cards.


The assailants, 4 males ranging in age from 23 to 35 years previous, fled after the patron pulled out a handgun. Police in Brookfield, Wisconsin, told Patch the person has a sound hid carry allow. No pictures have been fired, and the 4 males have been later arrested.

“The security of our company and our group is our high precedence,” Target stated in an announcement to HuffPost. “Out of an abundance of warning, we’ve determined to quickly droop the sale of MLB, NFL, NBA and Pokemon buying and selling playing cards inside our shops, efficient Could 14.”

Collectors can nonetheless discover them on Target’s web site.

Target tried addressing the difficulty in different methods earlier than slicing off in-store gross sales. Nonetheless, it appears implementing buy limits and banning folks from tenting out earlier than shops opened weren’t ample.

Buying and selling card values skyrocketed throughout the pandemic, as demand grew and provide didn’t sustain. 

In January, an unopened field of first-edition Pokemon playing cards set a file at public sale, netting a cool $408,000.

The Pokemon Firm said Friday that its manufacturing line was “at most capability,” including that world transport constraints have additionally contributed to produce points.

These provide points have became fast earnings for buyers who’re capable of procure the playing cards.

“Hidden Fates Elite Coach Bins,” obtainable at Target for $49.99, might be flipped on eBay for round $150 in April, Vice News found. And a few uncommon playing cards made obtainable in “Shining Fates” tins, which retailed for $29.99, may fetch between $600 and $800.

The market frenzy consists of different collectible playing cards as effectively. In February, a mint-condition Michael Jordan rookie basketball card sold for $738,000; the identical merchandise offered for nearly $215,000 weeks earlier. 


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