We all figured Yankees’ pitching sensation Chien Ming-Wang to be popular among collectors. Would you believe more popular than Derek Jeter? Who knew?
From Richard Wilner in the New York Post…..
When folks start naming the most popular or most sought-after athlete in the country, few would put Yankees pitcher Chien- Ming Wang anywhere near the top of the list.
An up-and-comer, sure. But more popular than Derek Jeter, Tiki Barber or Michael Jordan? Hardly.
But one national sports memorabilia company, Brandon Steiner Sports, reports that sports fans around the world sought out Wang items at nearly twice the rate than they did Jeter.
"I’ve never seen anything like it," said Jared Weiss, president of Steiner Sports, ticking off the 2,226 hits for Wang over the past two months compared to Jeter’s 1,163 searches.
While 23 percent of the searches came from New York, Steiner computer data shows, nearly 10 percent of the traffic came from overseas – with half of that coming from Wang’s home Taiwan, China.
Wang was also the company’s No. 1 selling athlete.
"We had more people [from China] in the last two months looking for sports items than we had from California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania," Weiss noted.
"All this and we haven’t spent $1 on advertising in Korea," Weiss said.