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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2019 Bowman Chrome #WF WANDER FRANCO 1ST BOWMAN AUTO Rookie RC PSA 10 Gem Mint

Watchers: 115  
# of Bids: 22
Current Bid: $1178
Auction Ends: 07-Feb-2023 03:02
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2020 Bowman Chrome #BWJ BOBBY WITT 1ST BOWMAN REFRACTOR AUTO /499 BGS 9/10 Mint

Watchers: 83  
# of Bids: 18
Current Bid: $227.5
Auction Ends: 07-Feb-2023 03:02
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2022 Transcendent Collection #BWU-1955 BOBBY WITT ROOKIE AUTO SEALED 1/1 RC

Watchers: 77  
# of Bids: 18
Current Bid: $444
Auction Ends: 07-Feb-2023 03:02
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2022 TOPPS GILDED COLLECTION SSP RC WANDER FRANCO Blue Gold ETCHED AUTO #/50

Watchers: 72  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $355
Auction Ends: 08-Feb-2023 23:02
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2022 Topps Chrome Logofractor Baseball - Wander Franco #80 - Purple Rookie /250

Watchers: 69  
# of Bids: 20
Current Bid: $56
Auction Ends: 04-Feb-2023 04:02
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2022 Topps Gilded Collection WANDER FRANCO Gold Etch Autograph #/199 RC Auto SSP

Watchers: 68  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $217.5
Auction Ends: 07-Feb-2023 01:02
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2022 Topps Gilded Collection Chrome Gold Etch Refractor Wander Franco 97/99

Watchers: 58  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $128
Auction Ends: 07-Feb-2023 01:02
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2022 Panini Flawless Wander Franco #6/25 Ssp RC Rookie Patch Auto Player Worn TB

Watchers: 57  
# of Bids: 17
Current Bid: $212.5
Auction Ends: 04-Feb-2023 02:02
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2022 Topps Chrome Logofractor Purple #80 Wander Franco /250 RC Gem Mint PSA 10

Watchers: 52  
# of Bids: 11
Current Bid: $67
Auction Ends: 06-Feb-2023 03:02
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2022 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Wander Franco RC Rookie AUTO /50 PSA 9

Watchers: 52  
# of Bids: 17
Current Bid: $507
Auction Ends: 03-Feb-2023 04:02
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2022 National Treasures MLB Treasure Chest~32 PROSPECT PATCHES~SP #1/25

Watchers: 48  
# of Bids: 21
Current Bid: $222.5
Auction Ends: 03-Feb-2023 04:02
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WANDER FRANCO ⚾️2022 Panini FLAWLESS💎 RUBY Patch AUTO💎RC 10/20💎SEALED

Watchers: 47  
# of Bids: 30
Current Bid: $297
Auction Ends: 04-Feb-2023 02:02
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2019 Bowman Chrome WANDER FRANCO Auto Autograph - BGS 9.5/10 #CPAWF 1st Bowman

Watchers: 47  
# of Bids: 4
Current Bid: $355
Auction Ends: 07-Feb-2023 02:02
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2022 Topps Chrome Update Bobby Witt AQUA /250 Refractor SSP Rookie RC MINT

Watchers: 46  
# of Bids: 10
Current Bid: $22.5
Auction Ends: 08-Feb-2023 23:02
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WANDER FRANCO 2019 BOWMAN CHROME AUTO SPECKLE REFRACTOR /299 1ST ROOKIE BGS 8.5

Watchers: 45  
# of Bids: 17
Current Bid: $263
Auction Ends: 06-Feb-2023 02:02
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2022 Bowman Draft Chrome Jackson Holliday 1st Bowman Blue Refractor /150 BDC-168

Watchers: 43  
# of Bids: 6
Current Bid: $46
Auction Ends: 05-Feb-2023 01:02
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Wander Franco 2022 Topps Finest Auto Orange Wave Refractor /25 RC Redemption

Watchers: 42  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $355
Auction Ends: 07-Feb-2023 03:02
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WANDER FRANCO 2022 Topps Chrome Rookie #35 PRISM Refractor * PSA 10 GEM * cc

Watchers: 41  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $67
Auction Ends: 04-Feb-2023 02:02
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Wander Franco RC Auto Redemption 2022 Topps Chrome Black #CBA-WF Unredeemed

Watchers: 41  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $107.5
Auction Ends: 06-Feb-2023 01:02
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Wander Franco TOPPS 2022 Stadium Club Chrome Orange /99 RC Tampa Bay #100

Watchers: 41  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $50
Auction Ends: 04-Feb-2023 02:02
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2022 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition Wander Franco Rookie Card Cup RC #215

Watchers: 39  
# of Bids: 19
Current Bid: $160
Auction Ends: 03-Feb-2023 18:02
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2020 Bowman 1st Edition Wander Franco #BFE-1 Yellow Foil /75 PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 39  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $52
Auction Ends: 03-Feb-2023 00:02
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2022 Topps Chrome Update Sapphire Wander Franco Rookie Debut GOLD /50 Rays Rc

Watchers: 37  
# of Bids: 19
Current Bid: $224.5
Auction Ends: 03-Feb-2023 02:02
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2022 National Treasures MLB Treasure Chest~32 PROSPECT PATCHES~SP #10/25

Watchers: 36  
# of Bids: 6
Current Bid: $123.5
Auction Ends: 06-Feb-2023 03:02
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2022 TOPPS TRIPLE THREADS WANDER FRANCO RC ON CARD AUTO TRIPLE PATCH SP#/50

Watchers: 36  
# of Bids: 32
Current Bid: $144.25
Auction Ends: 03-Feb-2023 19:02
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