MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Target will no longer sell Pokémon and Sports Trading Cards in its physical slots.
The change takes effect Friday following a brawl in a parking lot last week at a Target location in Wisconsin. The Minneapolis-based company says the temporary suspension is due to extreme caution as there have been card fights across the country.
Buyers can still find collectible cards in the Target online store.
During the pandemic, collecting baseball cards became more popular than ever, with several stores running out of card stock.
“We see, like, a lot of fathers and sons come in, a lot of kids come in,” Peter Vazquez, owner of a card store, told KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. “Moms came to buy cards for themselves.”
If you plan to trade these cards for a lot of cash, the FBI warns that fraud is also a factor if demand increases.
Adam Thomas’ sports card store S&S Sports Cards in Tulsa, Oklahoma has been busier than ever, CBS Miami reports. “I’ve been in this industry, you know, for over 30 years and I’ve had the store for over 22 years, and I’ve never seen more kids come into the store than this year,” he said. -he declares.
The store was closed to the public for three months at the height of the pandemic, but it still managed to double profits last year thanks to online sales and customers who stopped by once it reopened. “People had more free time. People wanted to relive things that made them feel good when they were kids, ”Thomas said.
Panini America is the world’s largest licensed sporting goods and entertainment collection company. “Demand currently far exceeds supply,” said Mark Warsop, CEO of Panini. “If you haven’t collected a collectible card in 20 years, come take another look. You can buy collectible cards containing gems, collectible cards with precious metals. “
There is also an element of luck in finding out what’s inside a pack. These so-called “hits” are often disseminated on social networks, attracting young collectors. Even a base pack bought for a few dollars can hold a limited stock card worth thousands, and the value only increases from there.
In January, a Mickey Mantle baseball card sold for a record $ 5.2 million.
The NFL and NBA fueling the growth of collectible cards for sports. A signed card from Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes auctioned off for $ 861,000 earlier this year. “Don’t think of everything as an investment or a ‘get-rich-quick’ program. Collect whatever you like, whether it’s a player, a team or a type of card, and enjoy the hobby, ”Thomas said.