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eBay Announces the Inaugural Class of the eBay Baseball Card Hall of Fame

eBay News Team

Legends Mickey Mantle, Pete Rose and Ken Griffey Jr. are among the 10 players elected, as eBay celebrates those who top trading card sales and searches.

“Baseball card collecting is viewed by many as America’s second-favorite pastime, and every fan remembers the thrill of finding the most sought-after cards of their day. We created the Baseball Card Hall of Fame to recognize those who have shaped the collecting experience across their respective generations,” said Sam Bright, vice president of merchandising, eBay North America. “These players’ cards have become an iconic part of baseball culture, prized by collectors around the world for their history and value.”

Meet the Baseball Card Hall of Fame: Class of 2019

Mariano Rivera: The Closer

Ken Griffey, Jr.: The Fan Favorite

Nolan Ryan: The ꓘING

Stan Musial: The Midsummer MVP

Cal Ripken, Jr.: The Fielder’s Choice

Babe Ruth: The Godfather

Ted Williams: The King Without A Ring

Pete Rose: The Hustler

Ozzie Smith: The Golden Glove

Mickey Mantle: The MVP


On Deck: Hall of Fame Hopefuls

Derek Jeter: The Postseason Prince

Mike Trout: The Looming Legend

Aaron Judge: The Riser

Bryce Harper: The Powerhouse

Albert Pujols: The First-Ballot Bat


New York City Class Induction Ceremony

Elected players were formally inducted on June 11 in New York City. In a ceremony precluded with opening remarks by Steve Wymer, eBay’s Chief Communications Officer, an honorary ‘Home Plate’ plaque recognized the career accomplishments of each Hall of Famer’s influence on trading card culture.

As part of the ceremony, Mariano Rivera received the “Diamond Award,” which names a standout player for their achievements, service on and off the field, and their performance on eBay. Beyond being one of the greatest closers of all time, Rivera and his work through the Mariano Rivera Foundation have had profound impacts on impoverished youth through education.

eBay x Mariano Rivera Collection

To celebrate Mariano Rivera’s induction into eBay’s Hall of Fame and his achievement as the first player in history to be unanimously inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, eBay announced that, beginning today, fans can shop the “eBay x Mariano Rivera” collection of exclusive signed merchandise and one-of-a-kind memorabilia at eBay.com/MarianoRivera. The collection includes hand-signed official baseballs, jerseys and hats, autographed photographs of epic moments, flashy framed signs and wall art, 2019 Hall of Fame memorabilia and more. Additionally, 42 special items – including game-worn jerseys, signed and game-used MLB bases, signed Yankees baseball hats and a personalized video recorded by Mariano Rivera – will be auctioned, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the Mariano Rivera Foundation through June 16.

“I love that eBay started the Baseball Card Hall of Fame. As a player, you have fans who come out to the games and they’re incredible, then you have collectors who bring the game home with their distinct passion,” said Rivera. “The exclusive merchandise we’ve put together with eBay is for real fans, whether they’re Yankee die-hards or just genuine collectors. Most importantly, this collection creates incredible resources for underprivileged youth and their families.”

Fans can explore the entire eBay Baseball Card Hall of Fame, including the 2019 class and five Hopefuls at eBay.com/BaseballCardHOF. Visit eBay.com/MarianoRiveraFoundation to donate for a chance to meet Rivera in New York and shop the exclusive collection at eBay.com/MarianoRivera.

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