Beckett Sports Card Hot / Cold – January 8, 2021


It’s the first Beckett Sports Card Hot/Cold of 2021 where we take a quick look at what’s scorching in the hobby and sports this week and what’s making the most of winter.

We’re barely a week into the new year and there’s already some weird things happening in the hobby. The person sitting atop the “hot” side of things isn’t, though. Derrick Henry continues to barrel his way downfield, rushing for a season-high 250 yards. It’s the third time in 2020 he’s topped 200 yards. Henry’s total for the year, 2,027 yards, is the fifth highest for a single season.

While Henry can make a case for MVP, Aaron Rodgers can, too. The Packers quarterback threw for 231 yard and four touchdowns against the Bears last Sunday.

Coming in at #2 is Tiger Woods. He hasn’t done anything notable on the golf course recently. However, he has a two-part documentary debuting on HBO on January 10. That, memories of The Last Dance and Woods’ iconic status all have his key cards back to the forefront for the time being.

2020 Bowman Draft Baseball continues to plug along at #3. Baseball is in that in-between phase where one year goes into the next. A couple of late releases are adding a bit of freshness, including 2020 Topps Holiday (which arrived after the holidays), but Bowman Draft should continue to pace things for a little longer until the excitement really starts to boil over for 2021 Topps Series 1.

Several young baseball stars have seen prices of their key Rookie Cards spike in recent weeks. This includes Juan Soto, who some could argue hasn’t gotten the attention he deserves over the past couple of years.

In basketball, Bradley Beal is having a monster year, leading the NBA in scoring. This includes a 60-point effort on Wednesday in a loss to the 76ers. Collectors are happy to see Stephen Curry back and Nikola Jokic is carrying on from where he left off during Denver’s playoff run.

This week’s Hot/Cold is brought to you by Dynasty Breaks.


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. Craig Thompson 9 January, 2021 at 09:25

    I enjoy reading your articles. My “problem” which I mentally address is how best to control my massive card inventory. Maybe 300,000 cards. I have been storing by brand/year. But when I wish to find a particular player`s card my search/find time is consuming. Example a friend asked to see my Molinda brothers cards. Maybe 5 hours to find the actual cards. Still not certain that I found all.
    Do you have a recommendation?
    My Guy Craig

    • Ryan Cracknell 12 January, 2021 at 11:55

      @Craig – I’d say it likely depends on what you’re wanting to do. With a Beckett Organize subscription, you can build an inventory through the database:

      Personally, I use Google Sheets to build a simple spreadsheet. I used to do it for all my cards but focus more on inserts. I set it up with columns for year, set, insert, player, number, team, serial number and a “notes” column in case I need a reminder. Then if I’m looking to trade, I can sort by column based on what the person I’m trading with is looking for (player, team, specific set, etc.)

  2. MIKE BURNS 13 January, 2021 at 10:14

    Can you explain the difference between an football orange card and gold card? I’ve looked on line, on Ebay and I can’t figure out how to do it? I think I have a JUSTIN HERBERT 2020 Panini Mosaic Football ROOKIE SILVER MOSAIC – it’s really silver and it’s a refractor. I also have a card that I think is a 2020 Panini Mosaic NFL JUSTIN HERBERT #204 REACTIVE ORANGE ROOKIE RC. But I can’t find anything that explains the difference? On Ebay the gold and the orange look the same as well.
    Thanks for any help you can provide!

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