The post-pandemic boom nostalgia-based purchases and activities extends to collectibles, which are keepsakes you can hold in your hand. One of the most popular places to buy these memorabilia is eBay, where more than 25% of users who purchased something from the site in 2023 purchased at least one collectible.
On eBay, global listings for vintage toys are up about 10% this year, compared to the same time in 2022. Searches for vintage Star Wars toys are up 20%. And some rarities can fetch a lot of money. In May 2023, a unique piece “Tyler the Great Warrior” Yu-Gi-Oh! map sold on eBay for $311,211, making it the Yu-Gi-Oh! selling cards on eBay to date.
“Nostalgia is a powerful collectible driver, and we have seen strong interest in nostalgic items in our marketplace,” Gene Cook, vice president of global collectibles at eBay, told Mashable. “Whether it’s movies like Barbie, trends on social platforms, or people wanting to connect in a tangible way with toys and objects that brought them joy as children. Collecting is not just about acquiring objects, but about being part of a community, and this is true for all generations.
We analyzed some eBay trends data for 2023 to find out what people were searching for on the site this year.
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Snoopy, Sonny Angel and Miffy
Sonny Angel dolls, all in a row.
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Cute collectibles had a good year, with Dutch rabbit Miffysoft Sonny the angels, and Snoopy is taking center stage on TikTok and Instagram. On eBay, users searched for Miffy 5,000 times per month and searches for Sonny Angel increased by more than 250% globally compared to the same period last year. This year, eBay users searched for “Snoopy” more than 18,000 times a day worldwide, and the most expensive Snoopy item sold on eBay was a never-worn item. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Snoopy Anniversary Series it cost $38,500. People especially love Peanuts during the holidays; eBay says the number of “Snoopy” and “Peanuts” collectibles sold on the site increased by double digits from October to November 2023.
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Taylor Swift at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on October 22, 2023, watching the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Los Angeles Chargers.
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eBay says quarterbacks Brock Purdy (San Francisco 49ers) and Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins) were the two most sought-after football players in global sports trading cards on eBay, but it was the players’ girlfriends who got a impact this year. Travis Kelce’s jersey sales increased 340% the day after his girlfriend Taylor Swift cheered him on at a game (also a trend). thought about the LTK shopping app), while searches for Dolphins wide receiver Braxton Berrios spiked more than 4,300% in the U.S. and Canada the day after his girlfriend and TikTok superstar Alix Earle posted a video. personalize your friend’s jersey.
It’s impossible to attribute these search spikes directly to Swift and Earle, but there’s no denying the duo’s influence on internet style trends.
Taylor Swift (and the popcorn buckets)
A Taylor Swift commemorative tub of popcorn.
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Speaking of Swift, the pop star was the top search among all entertainment memorabilia on eBay between July and October 2023. And with Swift’s debut, Tour film of the eraseBay says Swifties searched for merchandise from movies, popcorn buckets has posters.
In general, popcorn bucket collectibles were a hot commodity this year. In April, after the March 31 release of Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thievessearch “dungeons and dragons popcorn bucket”, an AMC exclusivehas increased by almost 200 percent on eBay.
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Go up to the attic and look for VHS tapes, as they may be collecting more than just dust. During an October appearance on Tonight’s show, Pete Davidson told his plan resell sealed VHS tapes at a higher price. Based on the format’s selling prices on eBay this year, Davidson may be right: a sealed 1984 copy of The Raiders of the Lost Ark sold for $10,050. The site is about vintage horror films from the late 70s and 80s – think The Goonies, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street – are particularly popular purchases.
Olga Carmona celebrates with the trophy during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 final match between Spain and England at Stadium Australia on August 20, 2023 in Sydney, Australia.
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Some of the most expensive sports memorabilia purchased on eBay in 2023 were true archival pieces (a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie card was the most expensive purchase in April and one is currently for sale). listed on the site for $253,500). But modern sports generate huge spikes in site traffic.
For example, following the announcement of Tom Brady’s retirement (second) on February 1, sales of his rookie cards increased by more than 500 percent on eBay, and searches for his memorabilia jumped by approximately 230 percent in the United States. On June 6, global searches for “Lionel Messi” collectibles on eBay increased by more than 75% when the soccer star announced his departure from Paris Saint-Germain. When he made his MLS debut in July, searches for his trading cards increased more than 130% on eBay compared to May 2023.
And after Spain’s Olga Carmona scored the only goal against England to secure her team’s first-ever Women’s World Cup on August 19, global searches for her collectibles had increased by 5,400 percent by the 20 august.
There is only one Allan!
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barbie was one of the best films of the year and, it seems, on eBay. Users searched for “Barbie” more than 14,000 times per hour, globally, in the week before and immediately after the film’s release (July 14-29). And Barbie shared the spotlight on eBay with an unlikely friend: Allan, Ken’s abandoned friend portrayed by Michael Cera in the hit film. Searches for “Allan doll” increased by more than 1,300% on eBay between July 14 and July 21, the day the film was released.