Beckett Sports Card Hot / Cold – December 3, 2022

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Welcome to another Beckett Sports Card Hot/Cold where we take a fun and quick look at what’s hot and what’s not in the worlds of sports cards and sports.

After a week’s break for Thanksgiving, Hot/Cold is back. Leading off this week is a bit of a weird one. Yes, Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Judge are the MVPs of their respective leagues this year. But let’s face it, their base cards in current mainstream products don’t typically command more than a couple of dollars (if that). But then 2022 Topps Chrome MVP Buyback happened. Collectors can now go and trade their 2022 Topps Chrome Judge and Goldschmidt cards at participating hobby shops for $20 each. And it’s more for Refractors. Needless to say, lots are getting traded. There’s also been a burgeoning secondary market for them as collectors scoop them up to trade in.

Even though baseball is firmly focused on off-season moves, a couple of products rank among the most active in the hobby right now. 2022 Bowman Chrome is its typical prospect-driven release where we won’t really know how things pan out for a few years. But collectors are already staking their claims, particularly when it comes to autographs and Refractors. There’s also 2022 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball being its usual quirky self.

The World Cup is Qatar has moved on to the knockout round. 2022 Panini Prizm World Cup continues to draw a crowd with its timely release. As far as players go, Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands has been one of the breakouts to watch. He’s up to three goals and the Netherlands are into the elite eight.

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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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