Beckett Sports Card Hot / Cold – May 17, 2024

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Welcome to another installment of Beckett Sports Card Hot/Cold where we take quick and fun look at what’s and what’s not in the worlds of sports and sports cards.

2024 Bowman Baseball is still fresh on the shelves, bringing with it a lot of prospects many of us haven’t heard much about. But that’s part of the point — and the fun. Get the cards now, look up their profiles, follow their stats for a couple of years and see what happens. Maybe, down the road, there’ll be a harvest of sorts filled with baseball card bounty. Or the prospect you’ve gone long on doesn’t pan out.

Prospect autographs and Refractors are a central part of the 2024 Bowman checklist but, like a lot of Topps products in recent months, there’s a bigger emphasis on other inserts as well. Bowman Spotlights, Gladiators of the Diamond and the ultra-scarce Origins of Greatness are some of the highlights. But the set getting the most attention (and strong prices) is Bowman Anime, which combines the Japanese action art with the TV design of 1955 Bowman Baseball.

While it often takes two or three years for a top prospect to make the jump from the draft to the majors, 2023 first overall pick Paul Skenes is an exception. After a couple of starts, he’s showing just how dominant he can be. On Friday, in just his second start, he struck out 11 and gave up no hits against the Cubs. When it comes to baseball cards, pitchers are a big risk but Skenes is looking like a lot of fun right now.

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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 comment

  1. Hoagie2024 19 May, 2024 at 02:30

    I have a ted willams #124 graded beckett 9. 5 ggum derek jeter 1994 with a piece of game uniform I cant find how much is it worth there is only 4 cards that are higher graded then it

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