Beckett Sports Card Hot / Cold – December 4, 2020

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It’s another Beckett Sports Card Hot/Cold where we take a quick look at what has collectors’ attention and what’s waning in the worlds of sports and sports cards.

2020 Panini Prizm Football has arrived. Actually, it has been heating things up for a couple of weeks thanks to retail popping up in many parts of the country. With that head start, many parts of the market are on their way to being established. Rookie Cards and color are leading the way. But this is Prizm and that’s to be expected. With the arrival of hobby, it means a lot more colors hitting the hobby including several of the rarest. For those chasing rainbows, 2020 Panini Prizm Football has more than 30 different parallels. Some are hobby-only. Others are available only at certain stores in specific pack types. The brand also continues to include several tough inserts like Color Blast that bring big sales despite not having autographs or serial numbers. They’re exceptionally rare and equally beautiful, which is enough to draw a lot of attention.

Elsewhere in football, another dominant game by Derrick Henry has brought more momentum to his cards. Quarterbacks might rule football cards right now, but all rules are broken at some point.

Top draft picks continue to drive early basketball and hockey products. Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball are the current basketball darlings while Alexis LaFreniere is who most everyone is chasing in 2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1.

It wasn’t long ago that Randy Arozarena was topping the weekly Hot/Cold list. With baseball season over, that momentum has slowed. Toss in some potential legal issues and he finds himself on the Cold side, at least for now.

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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. Randy Johnson 4 December, 2020 at 19:41

    LOL, “Prizm Retail” … this stuff sat on the shelf for months last year.

    And why is Arozarena cold? The thing in Mexico? Details are/were very sketchy and no charges were filed, so that seems a bit unfair.

    Because last time I saw him on the field he almost singlehandedly bashed the Rays to a title.

    • Ryan Cracknell 4 December, 2020 at 23:39

      @Randy – 2020 Prizm Football has been flying for a couple of weeks. And base RCs for the top players are selling for $200+ right now.

      As for Arozarena, it’s in the write-up. Often times things that are very hot slow dramatically in a hurry.

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