Beckett Sports Card Hot / Cold – February 18, 2023

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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.

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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. Jeffrey Catalan 19 February, 2023 at 12:16

    Acquired collection of 2500 cards, baseball 1975 cards from 1968 to 2001 . It is full of Hall of fame players. The balance are hockey cards, 1989 to 1995. Lots of Hall of fame players. Most of these are rookie cards of those players. How do I get information on value and grade.

  2. John 20 February, 2023 at 20:47

    I have a Bowman Tiffany. 1989 set with Ken Griffey jr. Rookie. Also have 1989,90,and 91. Full set donuss baseball cards. Just wondering am I waisting my time with these cards. I see that some players are high dollar. So I don’t know. So confussing

  3. Ronnie 21 February, 2023 at 16:55

    John, keep them, do not get them graded. Everybody threw their wax cards away when they heard they werent worth much, but that now makes them that much more rare in say 20-30 years from now as we start nearing it being 100 years since those were made. And all this grading going on will make graded cards valueless almost because every card is basically an 8 9 or 10 if so many cards are graded that way

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