“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.
Sports cards have seen a similar rise.
“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, if any, changes are needed to meet customer demand while ensuring a safe and enjoyable shopping experience,” a spokesperson said in a statement to CNN.
Target did not say when it would begin selling the cards in stores again.
CNN’s Julia Horowitz contributed to this report.
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