Although Wander Franco rookie cards technically didn’t hit the hobby until 2022, the truth is, the Rays’ young phenom has been the subject of intense collector buzz — and spending — since Tampa Bay signed him as an amateur back in 2017 … when he was just 16 years old!

Well, almost, that is — we all had to wait until 2018 for Franco’s first prospect cards to show up, but we were ready to snatch them up as soon as they saw the light of day. And, with more than 450 different Franco cards issued before his official RCs hit the mainstream in 2022, there was, and is, plenty to choose from.

It’s a good thing, too, because Franco himself has done little to stem collector or fan enthusiasm since making his professional debut late in 2018. In parts of four seasons in the Rays’ minor league system, Franco never once hit below .313, got on base at a healthy clip, and slugged north of .500 in all but one campaign (when he still managed .487).

And, though, Franco didn’t make his debut until late June in 2021, he still finished third in balloting for the American League Rookie of the Year Award (behind teammate Randy Arozarena and Houston Astros starter Luis Garcia).

Franco also plays a premium position (shortstop) to high acclaim and entered the 2022 season at just 21 years of age.

For his efforts, and his enormous potential, the Rays rewarded Franco with a contract extension in the offseason following his rookie season, locking him up through 2033 for a healthy six-figure sum.

All along the way, collectors have grown more enamored with the young superstar, too, and pushed all his cards — rookie cards, prospect cards, “scout” cards — toward the top of the hobby hierarchy. Hardly a week goes by when Franco is not among the top-selling baseball cards on eBay, pulling down the type of hefty sums that were once reserved for the bona fide legends of the game (Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Buddy Biancalana, etc.).

Franco may be well on his way to joining that rarefied grouping of Hall of Fame players, but the good news is, we have years to find out and to enjoy his special talents on the field.

And we also have years of Wander Franco baseball cards in front of us. Won’t it be a blast to watch those stat lines fill in over the decades and see where they end up?

Undoubtedly!

For now, we can jump in and enjoy the show as follow below the the most watched Wander Franco rookie cards on eBay right now — and come back soon, because we update these goodies often.

Also: Check out the rest of our series listing the Hottest Baseball Cards on eBay.

(NOTE: The section below contains affiliate links to eBay listings for the card shown.)

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2022 Topps Dynasty Baseball Wander Franco Rookie Auto Patch Nike Tag 1/1

Watchers: 38  
# of Bids: 22
Current Bid: $425
Auction Ends: 21-May-2024 00:05
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2022 Topps Heritage Chrome Gold Refractor Wander Franco RC Rookie 5/5 BGS 8.5

Watchers: 31  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $26
Auction Ends: 24-May-2024 02:05
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2019 Bowman Chrome Wander Franco Purple Refractor Auto #/250 PSA 9/10 RC 1st

Watchers: 29  
# of Bids: 12
Current Bid: $89
Auction Ends: 21-May-2024 23:05
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2024 Topps Tribute, Heritage, Archives 2023 Bowman Inception Factory Sealed lot

Watchers: 28  
# of Bids: 15
Current Bid: $353.33
Auction Ends: 21-May-2024 02:05
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Lot Of 3! 2023 Topps Chrome Baseball Sealed Monster Box X-Fractor Exclusives

Watchers: 20  
# of Bids: 24
Current Bid: $101
Auction Ends: 20-May-2024 03:05
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2022 Topps Chrome Logofractor Edition MLB Baseball Mega Box Factory Sealed

Watchers: 17  
# of Bids: 8
Current Bid: $20.5
Auction Ends: 24-May-2024 01:05
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2022 Topps Series 2 Silver Pack WANDER FRANCO RC MOJO AUTO /199 T87C2-16 Rays 🔥

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 9
Current Bid: $32.01
Auction Ends: 20-May-2024 17:05
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2022 Bowman Inception Auto PA-CW Carson Williams Fuchsia Foil /75 Tampa Bay Rays

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 2
Current Bid: $15.5
Auction Ends: 20-May-2024 00:05
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WANDER FRANCO 2022 TOPPS CHROME PLATINUM AQUA REFRACTOR RC AUTO #041/150

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $5.5
Auction Ends: 23-May-2024 01:05
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2018 Leaf Trinity Platinum Wander Franco RPA RC Rookie Jumbo Patch AUTO /25

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 12
Current Bid: $76
Auction Ends: 20-May-2024 02:05
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2022 Bowman Chrome Sapphire Autograph Green Curtis Mead #31/50 PSA 9/10

Watchers: 13  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $6.5
Auction Ends: 21-May-2024 03:05
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2022 Bowman Chrome JACKSON CHOURIO AUTO REFRACTOR RC 🔥 RARE MEGA BOX ROOKIE SP

Watchers: 13  
# of Bids: 24
Current Bid: $22.5
Auction Ends: 27-May-2024 03:05
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2022 Bowman Chrome Rookie Auto Wander Franco RC Auto on card Yellow 37/75

Watchers: 13  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $21.5
Auction Ends: 25-May-2024 01:05
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PSA GRADED BASEBALL LOT OF 50 DIFFERENT W/ STARS

Watchers: 13  
# of Bids: 23
Current Bid: $199.99
Auction Ends: 22-May-2024 00:05
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Wander Franco 2022 Stadium Club Chrome #100 Superfractor PSA 10 1/1 Tampa Bay

Watchers: 12  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $575
Auction Ends: 22-May-2024 00:05
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1112 2022 Topps Heritage Wander Franco Rookie RC Real One Auto #ROAWF PSA 9 Rays

Watchers: 12  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $29.88
Auction Ends: 20-May-2024 02:05
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WANDER FRANCO RAYS 2020 BOWMAN PAPER AUTO #PA-WF

Watchers: 12  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $5.5
Auction Ends: 22-May-2024 20:05
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2022 Bowman Draft DOMINIC KEEGAN 1st Blue Wave Chrome Refractor AUTO 144/150 🔥

Watchers: 12  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 21-May-2024 01:05
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2020 Bowman Baseball Sealed Blaster Box DOMINGUEZ WALKER VOLPE WITT

Watchers: 12  
# of Bids: 17
Current Bid: $31
Auction Ends: 22-May-2024 01:05
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2022 Bowman Sterling Carson Williams Prospect Auto Autograph #PA-CW Rays

Watchers: 11  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $10.5
Auction Ends: 25-May-2024 22:05
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2020 Bowman Chrome Baseball Scouts Top 100 Massive Lot X76 Rookie ++ No Dupes

Watchers: 11  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $4.25
Auction Ends: 20-May-2024 02:05
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PSA 10 Taj Bradley 2022 Bowman Chrome 1st Prospect Auto #CPA-TB RC - Gem Mint

Watchers: 11  
# of Bids: 2
Current Bid: $16.8
Auction Ends: 20-May-2024 01:05
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2022 Topps Chrome Wander Franco Aqua Wave Refractor #RA-WF RC Auto 37/199 PSA 10

Watchers: 11  
# of Bids: 4
Current Bid: $27
Auction Ends: 25-May-2024 21:05
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2022 Topps Chrome Wander Franco Red Speckle Refractor Image Variation SSP 5/5 RC

Watchers: 10  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $199.99
Auction Ends: 22-May-2024 02:05
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2021 TOPPS ALL STAR ROOKIE REGGIE SANDERS 70 YEARS CUP AUTOGRAPH AUTO HOLO RARE

Watchers: 10  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 27-May-2024 00:05
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