The demand for Pokémon cards has been insane during the pandemic, with scalpers selling them online for ridiculous prices. Fans who genuinely want to collect or play the Pokémon Trading Card Game are suffering as a result — struggling to get their hands on the latest set. Target, a retail chain in North America, has announced that it is halting the sales of the cards in stores tomorrow, Friday, May 14, 2021. It will still be accepting online purchases, but the stores won’t be allowing customers to get their hands on the cards. Not only will this affect the Pokémon TCG, but also the MLB, NFL, and NBA trading cards.
Target has put a message up in its stores, stating, ”To ensure the safety of our guests and team members, effective May 14th, MLB, NFL, NBA and Pokémon Trading Cards will no longer be sold in stores until further notice.” Before this announcement, Target started to limit how many packs customers were allowed to purchase. However, some customers didn’t take kindly to the changes, and one store in Wisconsin saw an incident where someone pulled a gun out, apparently in self-defense, during an argument.
So, I guess Pokémon, MLB, NFL, and NBA trading cards are no longer going to be sold at Target stores starting this Friday. pic.twitter.com/pUzbQ9Esey
— Alan Johnson (@TheAlanJohnson) May 12, 2021
The popularity of Pokémon cards will likely continue to thrive, as online content creators have started opening packs / boxes in videos and livestreams. There was even a man in Japan who climbed down a building using a rope to steal Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. For the time being, Target won’t be accepting purchases in its stores for Pokémon cards, but you can still order them online.