After parking lot assault, Target stops selling Pokémon and sports cards in stores

The incident happened in Wisconsin last week.
Publish date:

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

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."

Follow Bring Me The News on News Break

Next Up

Pixabay - water surface

2-year-old dies a week after being pulled from Ham Lake pond

The boy had been at Lions Park with family and friends.

Facebook - Dinosaur Drive-Thru image

50 animatronic dinosaurs to take over Mall of America parking lot

Dinosaur Drive-Thru opens June 24 and runs through July 11.

new ulm police department squad car

Police: Man who shot himself during traffic stop has died

He died in a Twin Cities hospital early Wednesday.

Flickr - Voyagerous - Christine Warner

MN's lone National Park is also one of the least popular in the country

Travelers are clearly overlooking what northern Minnesota has to offer.

Elton John

Elton John confirms rescheduled St. Paul dates for farewell tour

"I'm going to go out in the biggest possible way, performing at my very best," John said.

Alex, Curt and Steven Boesl

3 Minnesotans honored with Carnegie Medals for heroic acts

The award is the highest honor for civilian heroism in North America.

police tape, crime scene

Police discover woman dead at Twin Cities home following welfare check

Officers also found "multiple" children on the scene, all of them unhurt.

bear cub

Bear clambers into northern MN home through kitchen window

A black bear in the house isn't something you see every day.

Ambulance hospital emergency

5 teens hurt in rollover crash near Hutchinson

The crash happened before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Pixabay - Crappie fish

MN DNR: Please call us if you find a large group of dead fish

The agency says hot weather might be contributing to recent die-offs.

thomas beach, bde maka ska - lake calhoun

2 Minneapolis beaches temporarily closed due to high E. coli levels

The park board will sample the water at the beaches again on Wednesday.


BMTN - Target drive up bag booze

Target rolls out booze pick-up, delivery – but not in Minnesota

It's not available in Wisconsin at this point either.


Target will close stores on Thanksgiving Day 2021 after great sales in 2020

The retailer saw "tremendous grow" in its Drive Up, Order Pickup and same-day delivery services.

Target Lake Street

Target announces closure of 2 Minneapolis stores until further notice

The Uptown and Lake Street stores were damaged in last week's unrest.


Target quarterly sales rise again after historic year of COVID sales

Target's profits rose from $284 million in Q1 last year to $2.1 billion this year.

Target store

After bumper earnings, Target will accelerate new store openings

The retailer has revealed its plans for the next few years, which includes an investment in Minneapolis.


Target extends $2 pay rise for store workers during pandemic

The retailer's temporary pay boost was due to come to an end on May 2.

Target gift card

Holiday shopping? Target gift cards are discounted this weekend

You have to be a Target Circle member, but that's free to join.