Beckett Sports Card Hot / Cold – December 24, 2022

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Twas the day before Christmas and throughout much of the land, things were very cold and not everything went as planned. But here we are, hopefully bundled up and cozy, for Beckett Hot/Cold to see what is rosy. However, it wouldn’t complete if we didn’t mention some sports cards that are lacking in heat.

In sports, sometimes it often takes one small moment to take a legend and make them something more. Heading into the World Cup, few would argue that Lionel Messi belonged among the game’s all-time greats. But now that he has the one thing that was missing from his massive list of accomplishments, the conversation shifts from whether Messi is one of the best to the best. Understandably, his cards, which were already among the most coveted in the hobby, saw increased interest at all ends.

Even in defeat, Kylian Mbappé continued to rack up the accomplishments, including a hat trick in the final. Having just turned 24 this week, there is still a lot of time left for Mbappé, who took care of winning a World Cup at age 19. With Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo winding down their careers, Mbappé will be at soccer’s forefront for a long time.

Less than a month after 2022 Bowman Chrome Baseball‘s release and 2022 Bowman Draft Baseball is here to wrap up the main Bowman trilogy for the year. This year’s draft class is the star with first overall pick Jackson Holliday leading the way. Not surprisingly, Draft is off to a very fast start, even in an extremely crowded month of new releases.

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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. Jimmy Tosnia 25 December, 2022 at 15:08

    2005-2006 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey Hobby Box and 2005-2006 The CUP Hockey are heavy duty STRENGTH

  2. Mikerong 28 December, 2022 at 16:38

    My jordan rookie isnt rated but it was never handled by anyone i collect this card when i was young mid i0s and put it in plastic card holder

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