Memo to affiliate clubs: the memorabilia from last season your own fans wouldn’t buy? Someone on eBay might love it…especially if it’s a player who wound up helping win a World Series.
The percentage of players who pass through minor league cities on their way to the big leagues may be small, but those who get to the Majors and become "the next big thing" are often hot commodities for collectors.
The Portland Sea Dogs, AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, found out how popular some of their former players were when they took some leftovers to eBay this fall.
Limited quantities combined with a little speculation and adoration meant a nice little profit.