上个星期, 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, 美国橄榄球联盟, NBA and Pokémon trading cards within our stores, effective May 14.”
The cards will still be available online, 公司说.
The value of trading cards has skyrocketed in recent months during the Covid-19 pandemic.
在十二月 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 今年早些时候
, and the auction house told CNN they’ve seen an increase in value over the course of the pandemic
Sports cards have seen a similar rise.
In early February
, a Michael Jordan rookie basketball card in pristine condition sold for a record
$ 738,000 at an auction run by Goldin Auctions
. The exact same item went for nearly
$ 215,000 just weeks before
“There’s never been a time like this in the history of the business,” Ken Goldin, founder and CEO of Goldin Auctions, told CNN in February.
Walmart said it continues to sell trading cards in stores, and a spokesperson told CNN that the retailer has seen an increase in customer demand for them.
“We are determining what, 如果有的话, changes are needed to meet customer demand while ensuring a safe and enjoyable shopping experience,” a spokesperson said in a statement to CNN.
Prior to Target’s latest move
, the store limited card purchases to just one item a day
, saying that guests were lining up overnight to get their hands on trading cards
, CNN affiliate WISN reported
Target did not say when it would begin selling the cards in stores again.