Beckett Sports Card Hot / Cold – February 18, 2023
Welcome to another edition of Beckett Sports Card Hot/Cold. Put down those card stacks and let’s look at what’s hot and what’s not in the worlds of sports and sports cards.
Pitchers and catchers may have started to report to spring training, but for baseball card collectors, the start of the new season comes with the release of Topps Series 1. This time around, there are lots of familiar elements and plenty of new ones as well. The traditional SP and SSP variations have given way to a full parallel-style set of Golden Mirror Image Variations. Tough individually, all 330 cards in the base set get one. Topps is also continuing to expand their lineup of case hit-style inserts with things like AKA, Heavy Lumber and another batch of Home Field Advantage.
Another big new release this week was 2022 Donruss Football. Arriving later than usual, it still brings a lot of cornerstone elements like Rated Rookies and lots of inserts including both Downtown and Super Bowl Downtown. Even Santa Claus is in the mix this year.
The NFL season is over, the Kansas City Chiefs are the champs and legend pf Patrick Mahomes continues to grow. While the quarterback is the talk of football and a bonafide hobby darling, Eagles QB Jalen Hurts had a strong showing as well, carrying Philadelphia’s offense.