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Category Archives: Hot & Not

Friday Hot List: baseball prospects, GPK Chrome and rookie autos

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Football cards look like they are really beginning to heat up this week. With the regular season a couple short weeks away, collectors are hitting their collecting stride.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that two products came out recently in 2013 Topps and 2013 Rookies & Stars. But collectors are still thinking about baseball with a few odds and ends thrown in.

Check out this week’s Friday Hot List:


Kolten Wong

The St. Louis Cardinals prospect was called up about a week ago. The second baseman’s cards have seen the appropriate spike a call up gets when he first gets in the Majors.

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Sizzling Starts: Who’s the hottest on the field — and on cards — this season?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

We’ve made our picks, but we’re curious what you think.

For the next issue of Beckett Baseball, we’ve selected our five hottest players in MLB this season on the field with consideration of their cardboard, too. After all, now’s the time for new stars to emerge or for fans to truly take ahold of what they want from the newest players, the newest faces in new places and more after the first month or so of a new season. (Need a checklist or OPG for one of the 335 sets already made this year? Click here.)

Take a few minutes and ponder your top five picks for the hottest starts — and the hottest cards — this season with our poll — and leave a comment if you need — after the jump.

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Beckett Baseball’s Hot & Not (mid-April): Mets rookie Matt Harvey steals the show

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary & Opinion

With the MLB season’s first month half over, now’s the time to look at who’s hot and who’s not …


Matt Harvey — SP, New York Mets (Beckett checklist & OPG here)
3-0, 0.82 ERA with 25 Ks and six walks in 22 innings
Harvey is the poster boy for red-hot baseball cards this season with his start on Saturday en route to NL Player of the Week honors. His next start on Friday will be just his 14th in MLB and he’ll face a young pitcher many a collector may know, Stephen Strasburg. This guy already has some uttering Gooden and Seaver, so the Big Apple hype machine is primed. His earliest cards can be found in the 2006-07 USA Baseball set — he has plenty of autographs and game-used there — while his MLB prospect debut comes in 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft. That one has generated a lot of attention with a BGS 9.5 Orange Refractor recently selling for $825, while another copy has an even loftier asking price, like many Harvey cards across the board. Remember Ike Davis’ start a couple years ago? We do, but we also remember Strasburg’s.

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