Beckett Sports Card Hot / Cold – November 20, 2020


It’s another Beckett Sports Card Hot/Cold where we take a quick look at what’s lava and what’s icy in the worlds of sports and sports cards.

On the field, it wasn’t a very eventful week. On the hobby side, it was a big one, though. Some major sets came out and things starting to take shape that will have card ramifications for the foreseeable future. The season’s biggest hockey set, 2020-21 Upper Deck Series 1, dropped. And with it came Alexis LaFreniere’s Young Guns Rookie Card. The first overall pick in the draft, he’s probably the sport’s biggest prospect since Connor McDavid. There are still a lot of questions surrounding the NHL season, but knowing that LaFreniere is in the cards, there’s a lot less hobby uncertainty.

Sticking with hockey, 2020-21 Upper Deck Tim Hortons has collectors (and non-collectors) across Canada ripping packs as they sip their coffees. It has become an annual tradition and one of the biggest food issue releases in the hobby.

The NBA had its draft this week, giving us an idea of where rookies are heading. The Minnesota Timberwolves kicked things off by taking Anthony Edwards. James Wiseman (Golden State) and LaMelo Ball (Charlotte) rounded out the top three. There aren’t the sure superstars like Zion Williamson and Ja Morant last year. However, there’s a good chance that a few standouts will emerge once the season stars.

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. Joe Coplen 21 November, 2020 at 15:34

    Like my cards from a kid, 50’s * 60’s today I dont collect..I did in the mid 80’s but the overflow of cards was ridiculously. Thanks for all you do, I am afraid to get mine graded, I just cringe at the thought of mailing them off!

  2. Thomas Owens 22 November, 2020 at 21:46

    I received my baseball beckett on friday.i thought I should have got my basketball mag but it did not come the date says January 2021 where’s the basketball???

    • Ryan Cracknell 23 November, 2020 at 00:36

      @Thomas – Not all magazines come out at exactly the same time. If you contact customer service (, they will be able to check your account.

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