TORONTO - With the Blue Jays back in the ALCS, fans coast to coast are feeling the excitement, and some are filling their online shopping baskets with Jays memorabilia.
Online auction and ecommerce giant eBay Canada has seen a 35% increase in new Jays memorabilia listings since Sunday, when the hometown boys swept the Texas Rangers in the ALDS.
“With all of the activity that occurs every day on eBay, the site can act as a social barometer of trends and pop culture moments, like major sporting events,” eBay Canada spokesman Camille Kowalewski said. “The Toronto Blue Jays are on a hot winning streak, and we see that reflected through fan activity on eBay.”
It appears online-shopping Jays fans have picked Jose Bautista as their MVP, with most of the spending leaning toward Joey Bats memorabilia. Jays legends Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar are also seeing some love.
The site has observed a spike in Jays merchandise since 2015, when Toronto steamrolled into their first postseason in decades.
“Since last year, we’ve seen a 20% year-over-year growth in purchases of Blue Jays items during the regular season,” Kowalewski said.
“Also, last year, from the regular season to the postseason, we saw a 135% increase in daily spending on Blue Jays items by Canadians. In the first 11 days into (this) month, we’re already seeing a 60% increase in daily spending on Blue Jays items by Canadians versus the regular season.”
The site has a page specifically for Jays memorabilia.
Among the items at eBay.ca/rpp/sales-events/baseball (as of Wednesday evening, with prices in Canadian dollars):
- Relive the Jays’ previous playoff glory with a 1992 Toronto Blue Jays World Series jacket, with an auction price sitting around $1,650.
- Josh Donaldson’s 2015 MVP campaign was a big reason the Jays made a deep playoff run. This mint-condition 2015 National Treasures Josh Donaldson one of one baseball card is topping $700.
- Unlike other teams that have already hit the golf course, the Jays are still in it. If golf is your game, you can get a Toronto Blue Jays golf bag for about $365.
- For the Jays fan who wants to make a fashion statement while out and about, this Dooney and Bourke Toronto Blue Jays handbag is available for around $300.