If you're one of those people
who "has to catch 'em all," you'll have to do so somewhere other than Target's physical locations starting Friday.
The retailer has temporarily removed Pokemon
and other sports
trading cards from its shelves after a 35-year-old man was allegedly assaulted as he left a Wisconsin
store last week over trading cards.
The attackers, four men aged 23 to 35, fled after the shopper pulled out a handgun, according to police
in Brookfield, Wisconsin. No shots were fired, and the four men were later arrested.
“The safety of our guests and team is our top priority,” Target said in a statement to Stardia, adding that “out of an abundance of caution, we’ve decided to temporarily suspend the sale of MLB, NFL
, and Pokemon trading cards within our stores beginning May 14.”
Collectors can still purchase them from Target's website.
Target attempted to address the issue in other ways before discontinuing in-store sales, but it appears that imposing purchase limits and prohibiting people from camping out before stores opened were insufficient.
During the pandemic
, the value of trading cards skyrocketed as demand outstripped supply.
An unopened box of first-edition Pokemon cards fetched a whopping $408,000 at auction in January.
The Pokemon Company announced on Friday that its production line was "at maximum capacity," adding that global shipping constraints had also contributed to supply issues.
These supply issues have resulted in quick profits for customers who can obtain the cards.
Vice News discovered that “Hidden Fates Elite Trainer Boxes,” which retailed for $49.99 at Target, could be flipped on eBay for around $150 in April
, and that some rare cards found in “Shining Fates” tins, which retailed for $29.99, could fetch between $600 and $800.
A mint-condition Michael Jordan
rookie basketball card sold for $738,000 in February; the same item sold for nearly $215,000 just a few weeks earlier.