The Top 20 Selling Jerseys in All of Sports

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2014

The Top 20 Selling Jerseys in All of Sports

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    One thing that every single sports fan needs is a jersey of their favorite team.

    Whether it's authentic, a replica or it was bought off the sale rack, the only rule is that it can't be of a player who no longer plays for that particular team anymore.

    For that reason, fans can find themselves collecting a helluva lot of them over the years—which is totally cool to do.

    And since some athletes see their jersey sales do better than other players, I'm giving you the top-20 selling jerseys in all of sports.

Yadier Molina

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    MLB rank: No. 4

    While other, younger players get more recognition from the media, when it comes to winning and being respected, there are few better than St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

    Six straight Gold Gloves, five straight All-Star appearances and leading his club to two World Series titles in the baseball-obsessed city of St. Louis has made Molina one of the most adored players in the game.

Marshawn Lynch

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    NFL rank: No. 5

    He's all 'bout that action, boss!

    While Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch might not seek out added attention off the football field, fans can't help but cheer for the man they call "Beast Mode."

    A powerful and relentless runner, Lynch brings a blue-collar running style that is so tough that it causes earthquakes, which is why so many love watching him play while simultaneously rocking their No. 24 jerseys.

Jonathan Toews

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    NHL rank: No. 3

    In the crazed sports town of Chicago, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews stands alone as the most loved player on the ice.

    Leading the Hawks to a couple Stanley Cup titles, Toews helps sets the tone for his teammates to follow, as he's one of the most balanced players in the league.

    For that reason, he finds himself with the third-best selling jersey in the NHL, so be prepared to see lots of No. 19 sweaters when he's playing.

Carmelo Anthony

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    NBA rank: No. 6

    A prolific scorer, Carmelo Anthony might catch heat for still never being able to take his team to the next level and win a title, but he's still one of the toughest guys to slow down in the league.

    Playing in New York, Melo has continued to get his—even if his team has struggled—while fans continue to fall in love with his sweet style of play.

    It'll be interesting to see if he dons another jersey next season, though, as Ian Begley of ESPN New York reported that Anthony is going to opt out of his contract and test the free-agent market this summer.

Tom Brady

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    NFL rank: No. 4

    With three Super Bowl rings, a couple league MVPs and a reputation as arguably the greatest quarterback of his generation, Tom Brady has been beloved by fans for years.

    Unlike a few other players who become popular for the hype that surrounds them as they enter the league, Brady started from the bottom, going from sixth-round pick to backup quarterback to Super Bowl MVP.

    For that reason—along with his skills—he is one of the players fans can't help but like.

Stephen Curry

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    NBA rank: No. 5

    Typically recognized as the best shooter in the NBA right now—maybe ever—Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has grown to be a fan favorite of people even outside of the Bay Area.

    With the ability to go off on opposing teams on any given night, Curry has shown that he's an "ooh and aah" kind of player, because he does things that get the fans' attention.

Pavel Datsyuk

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    NHL rank: No. 2

    At 35 years old and serving as the alternate captain for arguably the most popular team in the NHL, Pavel Datsyuk might not be among the top goal-scorers or assist men in the league, but having the second-best selling jersey in the NHL shows that he's beloved.

    One of the good guys in hockey, Datsyuk is easy to like—especially for Red Wings fans—as he has won two Stanley Cups in Detroit while also collecting three straight Selke Trophies as the league's top defensive forward from 2007-2009.

Derek Jeter

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    MLB rank: No. 3

    Over the past 20 years, there haven't been many athletes like the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter.

    Possessing five World Series rings, 14 All-Star Game appearances and the title as the King of New York, Jeter not only has the benefit of playing in the world's largest city to help his popularity, but he has proven to be one of the best winners to ever step onto a baseball field.

    Mad respect for The Captain has led to him being a top-three player in terms of jersey sales.

Derrick Rose

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    NBA rank: No. 4

    When looking at the numbers while compiling this list, I would have never guessed that oft-injured Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was still in the top-four when it came to jersey sales in the NBA.

    As a former MVP and a definite fan favorite, thanks to his passion and dedication, D-Rose is one of the most exciting players to watch when healthy.

    Rehabbing from yet another knee injury, here's to Rose getting back on the court and showing all the fans who bought his No. 1 jersey that he still has it.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    International rank: No. 2

    Arguably the world's top soccer player, Real Madrid and Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo is no stranger to being on top.

    Whether that's winning the Ballon d'Or for the first time this past season, scoring a supermodel girlfriend or capturing the La Liga title with Real Madrid, it's time to see CR7 bring it on the international level and really supplant his legacy in this year's World Cup. If he does, we may see his fame blow up even more.

Colin Kaepernick

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    NFL rank: No. 3

    After signing a new, massive contract extension that will keep him in the Bay Area for the next few seasons, fans might be more willing to purchase even more Colin Kaepernick jerseys.

    But even before the long-term commitment between the San Francisco 49ers and their electric quarterback, Kaep's jersey was a top-three seller in the league thanks to his style of play and success in his two years as a starter.

Kobe Bryant

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    NBA rank: No. 3

    Over the years, Kobe Bryant has seen his personal brand grow from national to international, perhaps more than almost any other athlete on the planet.

    Already one of the best players in the NBA—even as he continues to add mileage and years—Kobe still has the killer instinct that so many fans admire.

    Even with only a few seasons presumably left in the tank, Bryant finds himself as one of the guys people can't help but support.

Dustin Pedroia

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    MLB rank: No. 2

    The heart and soul of the Boston Red Sox, 2008 AL MVP Dustin Pedroia has shown that he's nothing but a bulldog when he's out there on the baseball field.

    As old school as they come due to his grit, energy and hustle, it's pretty obvious as to why so many fans can root for this guy; he doesn't back down from anything—much like the city he represents every night.

Peyton Manning

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    NFL rank: No. 2

    Just as he was this past season when his Denver Broncos finished as the runner-up to the Seattle Seahawks following a Super Bowl pounding, Peyton Manning is looking up at another player when it comes to jersey sales.

    Still, at 38 years old, coming off a record-setting season and winning his fifth league MVP, it's obvious why Peyton continues to see fans wearing his jersey around.

Clint Dempsey

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    International rank: No. 1

    Forget Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar, the most-popular-selling soccer jersey on the planet right now is that of America's own Clint Dempsey.

    The captain of the U.S. team in this year's World Cup, Dempsey has seen himself become a star over the past several years, going back and forth between MLS and the English Premier League to show that he has the skills to compete with other well-known players.

Kevin Durant

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    NBA rank: No. 2

    This year's league MVP may have fallen short—again—in his effort to win an NBA title, but that doesn't mean that Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant's season was a complete waste.

    On top of beating out the field of suitors for the top individual honor in the Association, Durant also won the scoring title—for the fourth time in five years—and has seen his celebrity grow, with his jersey being the second-most popular in the sport amongst fans.

Sidney Crosby

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    NHL rank: No. 1

    He might be the most talented player in the world when wearing skates, so it's only natural to find Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby with the best-selling sweater in the league.

    My guess?

    Even those who don't know a single thing about hockey have heard of Crosby, meaning he's not only the best player on the planet, but he is hands-down the most recognizable.

David Ortiz

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    MLB rank: No. 1

    As I mentioned a few weeks ago when listing the most clutch players in sports right now, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has put himself into a near can't-miss Hall of Fame spot.

    Thanks to his three career World Series titles and stature as a Boston savior for the past 12 years, Ortiz has become a fan favorite of everyone—which is why he has the top-selling jersey in the Bigs.

Russell Wilson

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    NFL rank: No. 1

    When people think of all the megastars in the NFL, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson doesn't necessarily always come to mind—unless you're in the Pacific Northwest.

    Still, the most recent starting signal-caller to lead his team to the Super Bowl finds himself atop the list of best-selling threads, proving that he's one of the most popular players in the league.

LeBron James

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    NBA rank: No. 1

    Is anyone really surprised by this?

    Even before leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat back in 2010switching his number from 23 to six and then going on to reach four straight NBA Finals and winning two of them—LeBron James was on top of the best-selling jerseys in sports.

    There's a reason why they call him King James—and this is just another reason.


    NBA jersey-sale information courtesy of (h/t Darren Rovell of NFL jersey-sale information courtesy of MLB jersey-sale information courtesy of (h/t Darren Rovell of International soccer jersey-sale information courtesy of (h/t Nick Eaton of NHL jersey-sale information courtesy of (h/t Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports).