Beckett Sports Card Hot / Cold – June 11, 2021


Welcome to this week’s Beckett Sports Card Hot/Cold where we have some fun taking a quick look at what’s hot and what’s definitely not in sports cards and sports.

Today might be the official 2021 Topps Series 2 Baseball release day, but it has actually been popping up for the past week or so. Traditionally, it doesn’t have quite the same buzz as Series 1, but it’s still one of the biggest of the year. There’s the typical massive checklist, lots of variations and plenty of 70th anniversary-themed inserts. Key rookies include Alex Kirilloff and Ke’Bryan Hayes. If you haven’t seen it in you neck of the proverbial woods yet, it shouldn’t be long.

Some familiar faces around these parts continue to mash baseballs and other things. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Shohei Ohtani and Fernando Tatis Jr. are no hobby strangers, but all three are excelling this year. Guerrero is quickly blossoming into the superstar many were expecting. Ohtani is doing things we’ve never seen in baseball. For Tatis, it’s the electricity and swagger he brings that’s just as important as what he’s doing on the field.

On the opposite side, we’ve got Jarred Kelenic. The highly touted prospect was sent back to the minors after a tough stretch. He’s not the first prospect to struggle and he won’t be the last. For the moment though, there has been a significant dip in his cards as speculation collided with an 0-39 run at the plate.

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. Jeff 12 June, 2021 at 15:10

    When I was 10 years old in 1963 and 1964 I collected football cards. I’d like to know if they’re worth anything today. They’re almost all from Philadelphia Sports Cards. I have maybe 250 cards all in good shape, considering they’re almost 60 years old.

    • Ryan Cracknell 14 June, 2021 at 00:00

      @Jeff – The price guide can be accessed through the link in the top menu bar.

  2. Cindy Fillers 13 June, 2021 at 09:26

    I have recently found some cards that I had packed in a tot few years ago. Got them in a box lot. I was buying for the vase in it. I started to look them up.
    The best are 1969 Topps basketball. They are all in good shape (in sleeve’s and hard shell). Actually a couple are really great.
    My question is should I have them graded or sell as is? After much research, I think some would be 8.5-9.5, or maybe even 10. What would you suggest?

    • Ryan Cracknell 14 June, 2021 at 00:04

      @Cindy – Choosing to get things graded is a personal choice with several things to consider like whether you’re planning to sell, how much time and money you’re wanting to invest in getting them graded and, if planning to sell, what the grades might be.

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