Target is temporarily pulling sports cards and Pokémon trading cards off its shelves. Why? Because demand is so high, the company is worried about the safety of its guests.
In a statement to Bring Me The News, the retailer confirmed it will stop selling MLB, NFL, NBA and Pokémon trading cards in stores starting Friday, May 14. (They will still be available online through Target.com.)
Interest in these cards has surged in recent months - particularly the Pokémon cards, some of which, Vice explains, are selling for thousands of dollars.
Not only is demand for the cards high, but there are shortages of the card packs, leading to customers scooping up armfuls whenever they are back in stock. In Las Vegas, for example, prospective card buyers lined up before Target opened on an anticipated restock day:
Last week, things boiled over at a Target in Brookfield, Wisconsin. As CBS 58 reported, around 8:20 a.m. on May 7, four adults attacked a man in the Target parking lot over a disagreement regarding a sports trading card purchase.
The victim, who has a legal permit to carry, then pulled out a gun, prompting the four attackers to flee.
"The safety of our guests and our team is our top priority," said Target in its statement to Bring Me The News, saying the decision to stop selling cards in stores for the time being is being done "out of an abundance of caution."