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 Chrome WANDER FRANCO Logofractor Refractor Rookie Card RC #80 SSP

Watchers: 169  
# of Bids: 27
Current Bid: $560
Auction Ends: 04-Oct-2022 00:10
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2022 Topps Chrome Wander Franco RC Blue Refractor Auto Redemption #/150🔥 #RA-WF

Watchers: 133  
# of Bids: 37
Current Bid: $785
Auction Ends: 03-Oct-2022 02:10
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2022 Topps Chrome Rookie Auto Gold Wave Redemption #RA-WF Wander Franco /50 RC

Watchers: 115  
# of Bids: 20
Current Bid: $1025
Auction Ends: 02-Oct-2022 23:10
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2021 Bowman Ultimate Autograph Book 24 Autos #4/10 Wander JRod Witt Adley Abrams

Watchers: 95  
# of Bids: 41
Current Bid: $1963
Auction Ends: 04-Oct-2022 21:10
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2022 Topps Chrome WANDER FRANCO Logofractor Refractor Rookie Card RC #80 Rays SP

Watchers: 89  
# of Bids: 22
Current Bid: $120
Auction Ends: 01-Oct-2022 23:10
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2022 Topps Chrome WANDER FRANCO Logofractor Rookie Card RC #80 image variation

Watchers: 81  
# of Bids: 15
Current Bid: $332
Auction Ends: 02-Oct-2022 15:10
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2019 Bowman Chrome Refractor Wander Franco RC Rookie 208/499 SGC 9 w/ 10 AUTO

Watchers: 81  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $160.5
Auction Ends: 04-Oct-2022 03:10
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WANDER FRANCO 2022 TOPPS CHROME ROOKIE PURPLE SPECKLE # /299 TAMPA BAY RAYS RC

Watchers: 78  
# of Bids: 24
Current Bid: $106.5
Auction Ends: 01-Oct-2022 19:10
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WANDER FRANCO 2019 Bowman Chrome True Gold Refractor RC AUTO 26/50 BGS 9/10

Watchers: 74  
# of Bids: 42
Current Bid: $4150
Auction Ends: 03-Oct-2022 01:10
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2013 TOPPS CHROME REFRACTOR NOLAN ARENADO ROOKIE CARD #78 SP RC PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 71  
# of Bids: 17
Current Bid: $157.5
Auction Ends: 08-Oct-2022 03:10
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2022 Wander Franco Topps Chrome Negative Refractor Rookie Tampa Bay Rays SSP

Watchers: 70  
# of Bids: 21
Current Bid: $190.5
Auction Ends: 03-Oct-2022 01:10
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2022 Topps Chrome WANDER FRANCO Image Variation TRUE SSP Rookie Refractor #35

Watchers: 66  
# of Bids: 6
Current Bid: $227.5
Auction Ends: 02-Oct-2022 23:10
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WANDER FRANCO 2022 TOPPS CHROME RC AUTO BLUE RAYWAVE REFRACTOR SP UNUSED

Watchers: 65  
# of Bids: 12
Current Bid: $330.05
Auction Ends: 03-Oct-2022 01:10
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2022 Topps Chrome Wander Franco RC SP Green Refractor /99 Tampa Bay Rays HOT!

Watchers: 57  
# of Bids: 3
Current Bid: $102.5
Auction Ends: 04-Oct-2022 23:10
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2022 Topps Chrome WANDER FRANCO MLB LogoFractor #80 REFRACTOR RC Rookie Card

Watchers: 55  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $63
Auction Ends: 02-Oct-2022 01:10
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Wander Franco 2022 Topps Chrome RC Aqua Wave Refractor #d 006/199 Rays centered

Watchers: 55  
# of Bids: 10
Current Bid: $192.55
Auction Ends: 04-Oct-2022 01:10
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2022 Topps Wander Franco RC SP PSA 10 Gem Mint #215 Rookie

Watchers: 53  
# of Bids: 17
Current Bid: $157.5
Auction Ends: 02-Oct-2022 02:10
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2022 Topps Chrome Wander Franco PRISM REFRACTOR RC ROOKIE Tampa Bay Rays 35

Watchers: 51  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $37
Auction Ends: 03-Oct-2022 01:10
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2022 Topps Chrome LogoFractor wander Franco pink refractor /199

Watchers: 51  
# of Bids: 11
Current Bid: $44
Auction Ends: 04-Oct-2022 00:10
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2022 TOPPS CHROME Wander Franco RC SSP REFRACTOR! Rays Rookie!

Watchers: 50  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $85
Auction Ends: 06-Oct-2022 01:10
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2022 Topps Chrome Baseball Logofractor Edition Mega Box SP AUTO?! FREE SHIPPING

Watchers: 50  
# of Bids: 17
Current Bid: $77
Auction Ends: 05-Oct-2022 18:10
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WANDER FRANCO 2022 TOPPS CHROME ROOKIE PURPLE SPECKLE # /299 TAMPA BAY RAYS RC

Watchers: 50  
# of Bids: 29
Current Bid: $143
Auction Ends: 02-Oct-2022 17:10
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2022 Topps Finest Flashbacks Wander Franco Rookie RC Protector Refractor 09/10

Watchers: 50  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $255
Auction Ends: 03-Oct-2022 22:10
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XFRACTOR SP WANDER FRANCO 2022 Topps Chrome Refractor #35 RC ROOKIE CARD RAYS

Watchers: 49  
# of Bids: 25
Current Bid: $83
Auction Ends: 01-Oct-2022 20:10
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