Wizards, vampires and even Justin Bieber couldn’t catch the National Football League this past year, as the NFL topped the third annual eBay "Top Shopped Report." According to the world's largest online marketplace, 1,837,834 pieces of memorabilia were sold unde r the NFL keyword in 2011, prompting eBay to declare pro football the top pop culture obsession of the year.
The release of the last movie in the Harry Potter series drove the young wizard to the second spot on the list with 446,915 items sold, and the vampires from "Twilight" came in third by selling 297,330 items. Popular video game series Call of Duty took the fourth spot on the list, selling 272,821 products, narrowly beating out the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. The team, which like other NFL teams has its own category on eBay, rounded out the top five with 234,089 items sold in 2011.
The rest of the top 10 as picked by eBayincluded purchases related to:
6. The iPad, with 215,412 items sold
7. Sade, with 156,395 items sold
8. Justin Bieber, with 156,092 items sold
9. "Glee," with 59,899 items sold
10. Charlie Sheen, with 22,480 items sold
"EBay sales are a direct indicator of what Americans are most fascinated by and uniquely reflects the cultural zeitgeist," eBay spokeswoman Karen Bard Sayah said. "From the latest video games and tech devices to royal wedding memorabilia and ‘Winning’ T-shirts, shoppers know that whatever it is they’re coveting, they can find it on eBay."
Although it didn't include him on the list, which eBay said was determined by editorial opinion, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter sold 131,250 items, more than any other professional athlete, eBay said.
Other people and events making the third annual eBay Top Shopped Report include:
- Lady Gaga, with 83,879 items sold
- The short-lived television series "Pan Am," with 41,003 items sold
- Kate Middleton, with 12,583 items sold
The eBay picks for the Top Shopped and Pop Culture moments of 2011 were picked "from items pertaining to pop culture phenomena across multiple categories."
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