(CNN)Target has announced that it will temporarily stop selling trading cards — of both the sports and Pokémon variety — in stores following a recent violent dispute at one of its locations.
Last week, a Target in Wisconsin was locked down after a man was physically assaulted by four others over sports trading cards.
“The safety of our guests and our team is our top priority,” Target said in a statement to CNN. “Out of an abundance of caution, we’ve decided to temporarily suspend the sale of MLB, NFL, NBA and Pokémon trading cards within our stores, effective May 14.”
The cards will still be available online, the company said.
The value of trading cards has skyrocketed in recent months during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In December 2020, a rare Charizard Pokémon card — with minimum bid set at $50,000 — sold for $360,000 through Goldin Auctions. Another sold for almost $400,000 earlier this year, and the auction house told CNN they
Target will temporarily stop selling sports trading cards in stores due to safety concerns
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