Beckett Sports Card Hot / Cold – April 2, 2021


Welcome to another edition Beckett Sports Card Hot/Cold where there’s no fooling around as we take a quick look at what’s hot and what’s not in sports cards and sports.

This we gave us the monster known as 2020-21 Panini Prizm Basketball. With 2021 Topps Heritage Baseball and 2020-21 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey still fresh on collectors’ minds, there’s a lot of new product out there to chase.

Not surprisingly, rookies and color are what people are chasing in Prizm. But there’s also an 18th year LeBron James that is netting some serious attention.

2020-21 Panini Prizm Basketball LeBron James

It’s still very early and things will likely drop as more hit the market, but several of the first copies of LeBron’s base card have topped $150 and parallels are hitting four figures. It’s too soon to say where things will settle, but the card is reminiscent of James’ 2008-09 Topps Chrome card with the iconic chalk toss.

With baseball season here, rookies are already drawing some attention. Not in the 2021 Topps Series 1 base set, Ke’Bryan Hayes is starting to show up more frequently. The Opening Day hero has RCs in 2021 Heritage, Topps Inception and Donruss. Expect dozens more in the months ahead.

As the team resets, Red Sox fans are expecting big things from Bobby Dalbec. He is in 2021 Topps Series 1 along with several others. Dalbec is also among this week’s Topps Living Set cards.

This week’s Hot/Cold is brought to you by Dynasty Breaks.


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. Peggy L Godsey 2 April, 2021 at 23:13

    Could you please tell me what book that I need to purchase. So I can understand more about sports cards. My husband passed away. And I have so many sports cards.Very overwhelming.

    Thank you
    P.J Godsey

  2. Miguel A Casanova 3 April, 2021 at 11:05

    Good review, want more like in the past .

    Bring back the list of all cards on a monthly issue for selected hot players active and inactive.

    I believe that young and old would like to chase their favorite players cards generating more excitement to the hobby.

    Beckett be the first one again!

    • Ryan Cracknell 3 April, 2021 at 23:47

      @Miguel – Every Beckett magazine has a hot list every month. We have also started rotating them in online through Beckett PLUS.

  3. Brian 4 April, 2021 at 17:27

    I have what looks to me a rookie Wayne Gretzky card. The problem i am having when looking it up i can not find it listed. I also have many basketball cards i can not look up. Not sure if i am looking them up correctly. Cards are from Jordan era.

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