Below article is the work of u/loveanalytics, originally published on Sorare‘s channel on Reddit. To access his original Beautiful Data post, please follow this link : The Beautiful Data #4: Card Popularity
This week, we’ll take a look at card popularity in Sorare.
If you missed my previous posts, then you can check out the first edition that talks about player form, the second edition that talks about consistency versus explosivity and the third edition that talks about player popularity
Cards owned by different users
A big part of Sorare is people trading cards between themselves after they appear on the primary market. Cards swap hands multiple times, and it’s interesting to see which cards have the most distinct users.
|Card Link||Player||Distinct owners||Season|
|https://sorare.com/cards/igor-alberto-rinck-de-camargo-2019-rare-52||Igor de Camargo||17||2019|
|https://sorare.com/cards/igor-alberto-rinck-de-camargo-2019-rare-36||Igor de Camargo||15||2019|
|https://sorare.com/cards/ortwin-de-wolf-2019-rare-54||Ortwin De Wolf||15||2019|
Sergio Padt (Rare #13) was owned by 19 different owners throughout its history, which is impressive as it’s a card that was issued in the 2020 season. Igor de Camargo and Steeven Willems follow suit with 17 and 16 distinct owners respectively.
Something that is fun to look at are managers that collect a card of the same player multiple times. So let’s see the players that are owned the most by a particular manager (Max 1 appearance per manager).
|Zima Blue||Nicolò Zaniolo||19|
|Bomberoni89||Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro||18|
We see VictorNettoyeur has great hope that Marley Ake becomes a huge star in the future by owning an impressive 32 cards of that same player!
Now let’s see which player’s cards are concentrated the most to the same managers by subtracting the number of cards of that player to the number of distinct users owning at least 1 of that player’s card:
|Name||Cards Count||User Count||Diff|
For example, Ronaldo collectors seem to have multiple cards from him, as 109 users own 154 cards.
Some players have been printed a few times for different reasons (for example he moved to another club). Those offer precious collectible value as they are extremely rare to find. Let’s take a look at the players that averaged at least 50 in the Last 5 games and that have less than 10 cards in circulation:
|Player||Cards Count||Average Last 5|
|Mohamed Buya Turay||4||62|
For example Buatu has just 1 card available, and his last 5 is quite impressive
Cards with the most bids
When a card goes on the market, there are always bidding wars going on between different managers. Let’s take a look at the cards that had the most bids throughout Sorare’s history.
|Card Link||Player Name||Number of Bids|
Popular names such as Neymar and Mbappe feature heavily, as they are wanted by so many different managers due to their star status.
Players with highest card circulations
Cards can come in from both the primary market and rewards. Here are the players that feature the most:
Mainly, we see players that had cards minted in all of Sorare’s seasons: 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Now, let’s take a look at the players that have the most distinct users that own the card. So if a user owns 4 Jonathan David, we count it as 1.
I hope you enjoyed this fourth post, any feedback is appreciated. Also feel free to share what kind of data analysis you would like to see in the future!
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Next article will focus on best criteria to buy a good midfielder on Sorare.
See you soon,