Pokemon trading cards removed from Target, Walmart shelves

You can't catch 'em all in these stores.

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Don't look to Walmart or Target for your Pokemon trading card needs.

Don't look to Walmart or Target for your Pokemon trading card needs.

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Pokemon trading cards are worth more now than ever before. Thanks to this rise in popularity in trading cards across the board, there's also been a rise in collectors acting badly leading to stores taking action.  

Customers visiting Walmart and Target stores this past week saw signs saying NFL, MLB, NBA, Pokemon and other trading cards have been removed from shelves, according to Bleeding Cool on Tuesday. A sign at Walmart says it suspended the selling of cards because of "inappropriate customer behavior." Target says safety for its employees and customers is the reason it removed trading cards from stores. 

"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 company said in an email Friday. 

There were no specific events provided by either store, but on Friday, police were called to a Target store in Wisconsin when a person allegedly pulled a gun over a trading card dispute

Walmart didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.