Beckett Baseball Retro Hot / Cold – September, 1989


From the September, 1989 issue of Beckett Baseball Card Monthly, here’s a look at what was hot and what wasn’t in the world of baseball cards 30 years ago.

Here’s the full list:


  1. Bo Jackson
  2. Kevin Mitchell
  3. Will Clark
  4. Ken Griffey Jr.
  5. Mike Greenwell
  6. Jim Abbott
  7. Don Mattingly
  8. Ruben Sierra
  9. Mark Grace
  10. Gregg Jefferies
  11. Mark McGwire
  12. 1989 Upper Deck
  13. Kirby Puckett
  14. Jose Canseco
  15. Tom Gordon
  16. Wade Boggs
  17. Nolan Ryan
  18. Gary Sheffield
  19. Barry Larkin
  20. Fred McGriff
  21. Ricky Jordan
  22. Eric Davis
  23. Darryl Strawberry
  24. John Smoltz
  25. Mike Schmidt
  26. Howard Johnson
  27. Tony Gwynn
  28. Mickey Tettleton
  29. Sandy Alomar Jr.
  30. Julio Franco


  1. Pete Rose
  2. Jose Canseco
  3. Gregg Jefferies
  4. Matt Nokes
  5. Gary Sheffield
  6. Sportflics
  7. 1989 Fleer
  8. Chris Sabo
  9. Sam Horn
  10. Don Mattingly


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Kerry Orton 27 September, 2019 at 12:11

    Why are Jose Canseco, Gregg Jeffries and Don Mattingly on both lists? I assume that Don is hot and the other two are not…

    • Ryan Cracknell 2 October, 2019 at 14:53

      @Kerry – Back in the day, the Weather Report was compiled based on input from shops and collectors. A player can be hot and cold simultaneously in a few regards. Regionally, someone may be big in the local market and loathed elsewhere. Also, momentum can come into play. For example, earlier this season it’d be fair to say Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was both hot and cold a few weeks after he was called up. His stuff was still moving very briskly but he wasn’t doing well and prices seemed to plateau.

  2. Rick 30 September, 2019 at 13:51

    There is a prime example of why I quit collecting. Every card shown except the Griffey could be bought for a penny at most large shows.

  3. Chuck 1 October, 2019 at 12:26

    This was fun to look over. Great idea.

    What caused a player to be simultaneously on the hot and cold list back then (Jose Canseco and Don Mattingly in this case)? When I was a kid I always found that interesting. I think Bo Jackson was frequently on both at the same time as well.

    I wonder who would be on both lists today. Bryce Harper maybe?

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