Ever wondered who the hottest players in the baseball card and memorabilia hobby are? Chances are you have. Look around in any large hobby related forum or website (including this one) and chances are you will see at least one player hot list. But as fun as these lists are to read they rely on editorial opinion rather then fact based data, which doesn't prove anything but the writer's opinions. The Cardboard Connection has scores of these types of articles, so we figured we would try something a bit different and go with a data based ranking.
The act of a person getting so excited about a player that they are willing to spend their hard earned money to purchase something of the player's is perhaps the biggest vote a fan or collector can give that attests to a player's popularity. With that in mind we decided the best source for assembling our rankings would be eBay, since it is far and away the most popular and heavily used marketplace for buying and selling cards and memorabilia. We then proceeded to obtain, filter, and analyze all of the completed listings from eBay's Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop category over the course of March and part of April. The results are featured in the infographic below, courtesy of Sergio.
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