Beckett Sports Card Hot / Cold – May 14, 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 not in sports cards and sports.

Thursday provided baseball with its biggest call-up so far this season with Jarred Kelenic making his debut in Seattle. He may have gone hitless in his first game, but that doesn’t matter in the bigger picture. Entering the season, the outfielder was near the top of every legit prospect list out there. In short, he’s expected to give the Mariners’ lineup an immediate boost. And he’s got plenty of personality to add that x-factor that lots of collectors love.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the Kaboom! inserts in 2020-21 Panini Crown Royale are exploding on the secondary market. Several have already sold for over $1,000 (some top players over $5,000).

This week brought the first NFL set of the season with 2021 Score Football. It might not be a high-end release, but it does offer a fresh start to the year . That also means the first NFL cards of the latest draft class. Standard for most Panini releases in recent years, there’s a broad mix of inserts as well with a wide range of rarity.

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. Rex E Blankenship 15 May, 2021 at 20:00

    I got back into card collecting this past year I’m 72 yrs old and I collected when I was 8 up in my 40’s Buddy of mine would do baseball card shows all over the south about every weekend. I was out of it for 20 to 25 yrs but now that I’m back collecting I see one trend that bothers me is that the prices these packs cost are keeping kids and young adults from buying and collecting cards and that the dealers are going in and buying all the good stuff and selling it on different sites I don’t have a problem with that but I blame the card companies for pricing kids and young adults out of the market. I’d like your take on that. There’s nothing cheap anymore

    • Ryan Cracknell 17 May, 2021 at 14:27

      @Rex – My personal take is that there are cards available in all price ranges. Topps Series 1 and 2, Opening Day and Heritage are all available where I live and cost less than a pack of Pokemon. Sure, there are some products that run thousands, but the days of being able to chase everything disappeared in the early 1990s. Now it’s about catering to individual interests and budgets.

  2. Harvey Levenson 16 May, 2021 at 11:29

    I have 97 original 1950s NY Yankees baseball cards, mostly Topps, including five Mickey Mantle cards, one of which is the 1953 card. All of the cards are my original cards from when I was a kid, and have been in plastic sleeves nearly ever since with the sleeves sealed at the edges. These cards include several full Yankee lineups from that era.

    I do not have to sell them, but would consider selling the entire collection for the right price. How do you recommend that I express their availability? I also have digital images if anyone wants to see them.

    Thanks for your considerations.

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