US News concern for security: customer took weapon: US marketing chain stops selling trading cards for sports and "Pokemon"

20:25  16 may  2021
20:25  16 may  2021 Source:   stern.de

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In the pandemic, trading cards enjoy great popularity. In the US, a quarrel was finally escalated for just such. The trading chain Target now draws consequences.

Sammelkarten von Sportarten oder Serien wie © Picture Alliance / TNS / ABACA / Trading cards of sports or series such as "Pokemon" have won in the pandemic to popularity

The US retail chain Target stops the sale of collection cards for baseball, basketball and football as well as for the TV series " Pokemon ". The business company justifies the step with security reasons. "The security of our customers and our staff stands for us at the top," a Target spokesman is quoted in several US media.

At the beginning of the month, there had been an incident in a target store in Brookfield, Wisconsin, who had provided headlines nationwide. There, a man had finished a dispute over sports collecting cards with a firearm. According to several reports, four men between 23 and 35 had attacked a 35-year-old before the target shop and impoverished him. This had then pulled a firearm, whereupon the attackers were fled.

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The victim has worn slight injuries and had a license to wear a firearm hidden. The four attackers had been arrested little later and would now have to answer for personal injury.

Demand for Trading Cards Rising in Pandemic

Media Reports, the demand for trading cards in the pandemic has risen rapidly. According to the auction side eBay, the sales of "Pokemon" cards in the US between 2019 and 2020 increased by 574 percent, which for football cards by more than 1500 percent. The sale of individual, particularly valuable "Pokemon" cards also ensures headlines again and again. In March, according to British BBC, the British BBC was a card that shows the Pokemon Glurak, for converted around 330,000 euros.

Why the demand for such cards has risen in the pandemic remains unclear. Some experts suspect that many people devote themselves in the lockdowns multiplied old hobbies.

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The trading chain Target had already installed after the incident at the beginning of May that only one pack of collecting cards per capita and day should be purchased. The company emphasized the reports that the now full stop of the sale is temporary and you can still buy the articles online.

Sources: "Washington Post" / NBC News / BBC

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