Beckett Sports Card Hot / Cold – May 21, 2022

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Welcome to a (hopefully) sunny springtime edition of Beckett Sports Card Hot/Cold where we take a fun and quick look at what’s hot and what’s not in the worlds of sports cards and sports.

2022 Bowman Baseball continues at the top. The combination of prospects, color, autographs and wide availability have kept collectors ripping, buying and selling en masse. And while it may be a couple of years before the biggest players emerge over the longterm, that’s ultimately part of the prospecting appeal.

As far as what’s happening on the field, the Yankees are winning and their biggest star is leading the way. Aaron Judge has been on a tear. He’s leading the majors with 14 home runs including six in his last 15 games. He’s also batting over .300 and tied for sixth in the league with 30 RBI heading into Saturday.

For the past decade, if you’ve been talking about Los Angeles Angels baseball cards, the conversation has likely centered on Mike Trout or Shohei Ohtani. They’re starting to get some company, at least for the time being. Taylor Ward has been one of the breakout players so far this season. He’s hitting a league-leading .370 to got a with a very respectable nine homers, 23 RBI and a 2.3 WAR. Ward’s Rookie Cards are in 2019 products. He has USA Baseball cards dating back to 2014 and his 1st Bowman Chrome Autograph is in 2015 Bowman Draft.

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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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3 comments

  1. Jennifer Richard 22 May, 2022 at 05:20

    I have found a card that I have and it’s been protected in a hard case, so it should grade well. Anyways, it’s a Corey Bradford card . While going through my cards I noticed on the front of the card, that half his name, the “Ford” in Bradford was inked out. A square that blocked out half his name. So it says Corey Brad. Then I noticed that just beneath the name, when tilted in the light, I see EMMITT, printed. This clearly is a error, a ink error. Maybe the only one of it’s existence, if interested in helping me , to know what and who to trust with my card, but will be interested to find out if I have a one of a kind card. Thank you.

  2. Leonard courvier 23 May, 2022 at 12:25

    I want to know how to get my baseball and football and basketball card authentic I have over three thousand card

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