Where to Buy Pokémon Cards in the U.S. as Target Suspends Sales

Pokémon trading cards are getting increasingly hard to come by as such collectibles have seen a huge boom in popularity in the past year, with the rarest ones selling for thousands of dollars.

Card mania has already caused a ban on in-store sales at Target after a fight broke out. There have also been unfounded rumors of a sales suspension at Walmart and collectors are being driven to reselling sites, where they face high prices and the risk of scams.

According to a report by Insider, TCGplayer, one of the main Pokémon card resellers online, shipped more than 16.2 million single Pokémon cards to players and local hobby shops in 2020. It also said that the number of top collectible cards priced over $50 rose 466 percent.

The Pokémon craze may have been partly influenced by YouTuber Logan Paul, who spent $2 million on cards and later auctioned them off. It has also caused fans to do some crazy things—a man in Tokyo was arrested after climbing down a rope hanging from a rooftop, smashing a store window and stealing about $9,000 worth of the cards.

So, where can Pokemon fans who don't have $2 million to spend (or the desire to pull off a heist) find their trading cards? Find out below.

Where to Buy Pokémon trading cards

According to a post on the PokemonTCG subreddit by user drewuptown, major stores that are selling Pokémon trading cards include Walmart, Meijer, Fred Meyer, Costco, Sam's Club, BJ's and Scheels.

They have also been found in Best Buy, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Kohl's, TJ Maxx, Five Below, Party City, Burlington, and Big Lots, as well as in smaller stores like Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Hot Topic, and Gamestop.

Additionally, the Reddit thread says that stores such as Barnes and Noble, Dollar General and Dollar Tree sell the cards.

While this isn't an official list and inventory will vary, these stores may be a good place to start your search. Many online stores and reselling sites also claim to be selling the cards.

Pokémon Online

In the U.S., Pokémon fans can buy products directly from the Pokémon Center. The Pokémon website allows fans to find stores selling Pokémon products near them by entering their zip codes.

Gaming, Comic and Hobby Shops

A search for Pokémon products in New York City brings up a long list of independent gaming and comic retailers. The website doesn't specify if these retailers have Pokémon cards in stock, so it might be worth finding a list of stores in your city and calling them ahead of making a visit.

Walmart Pokémon Cards

Despite rumors that Walmart was suspending sales of Pokémon cards, The Verge reported that while the retailer is "determining what, if any, changes are needed," the company is still selling Pokémon cards in-store.

The cards are also being sold by third-party retailers on Walmart.com.

Why Target Has Suspended Trading Card Sales

Target stopped selling the trading cards in store after a fight broke out among customers.

Four men aged between 23 and 35 physically assaulted a 35-year-old man in a Target parking lot in a dispute over the cards, resulting in the victim suffering minor injuries. The disagreement ended when the victim, who has a concealed carry weapons license, accessed his gun and the suspects fled, though no shots were fired.

In a statement, Target said that it would "temporarily suspend the sale of MLB, NFL, NBA, and Pokémon trading cards within our stores," but would still sell them online. A Target spokesperson said: "The safety of our guests and our team is our top priority."

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A competitor checks their hand of Pokemon cards at the Pokemon European International Championships at ExCel on November 17, 2017, in London, England. Target has suspended sales of trading cards, including Pokemon cards, after a fight broke out between customers. John Keeble/Getty