Target has made the decision to halt the sales of some trading cards due in stores due to the wild demand for trading cards like Pokémon. Walmart made the same decision earlier this month. Both stores care about the safety of their customers and things have gotten heated when it comes to the sales of these cards.
The Pokémon ‘Gold Rush’
Pokémon cards and other trading cards are currently in a rush to print more. Additionally, card grading companies are overwhelmed as well. People have been stealing Pokémon cards out of cereal boxes and camping out in front of Target waiting for them to restock. Target even tried to limit how many packs customers could purchase.
I’ve seen Magic: The Gathering card packs cut open in Target, myself. I know you can get a rare and valuable card, but is it worth the jail time if caught stealing or worse. On May 7, a man in Wisconsin was assaulted by four men in the Target parking lot over sports trading cards and the man pulled out his gun. Luckily, no shots were fired.
The Problem With Over-saturation
I wonder if people are thinking about this the same way I am. The purchasing of trading cards in excess will cause the makers of those trading cards to print more causing the cards to lose value. Trading cards can be valuable for reasons like interest and rarity, especially the rarity of the set and individual cards. The hunt for individual cards can be like playing the lottery. Are you really going to win? Are you going to get your money back in resale or are you going to be in the red?
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
Honestly, I don’t understand the craze, but then, I’ve never had an addiction problem unless you count sugar. I’ve kicked the habit, I swear. Over-saturation can be a big problem and, more importantly, cards are not worth hurting someone over.
What are your thoughts on the trading card fever? Did you catch it? Be honest. Leave a comment below.