Sizzling Starts: Who’s the hottest on the field — and on cards — this season?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

We’ve made our picks, but we’re curious what you think.

For the next issue of Beckett Baseball, we’ve selected our five hottest players in MLB this season on the field with consideration of their cardboard, too. After all, now’s the time for new stars to emerge or for fans to truly take ahold of what they want from the newest players, the newest faces in new places and more after the first month or so of a new season. (Need a checklist or OPG for one of the 335 sets already made this year? Click here.)

Take a few minutes and ponder your top five picks for the hottest starts — and the hottest cards — this season with our poll — and leave a comment if you need — after the jump.

Who's hottest on the field -- and on cards -- so far this season? (pick your top five)

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. David Johnson
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    FYI, Chris Davis is on your list twice

  2. chrisolds
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Not any more! (Fixed it earlier.)

  3. Gary
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    What about Shelby Miller?

  4. chrisolds
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Check the list again. Replaced one player with him.

  5. kris
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    wheres nick swisher? lol

  6. chrisolds
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    He doesn’t need to be on the list. It goes without saying that he’s a superstar.

  7. Posted May 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad to see Harvey getting some recognition, and I can definitely agree on the top members of this list.

  8. Kevin
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Bryce is the biggest name, but I think Chris Davis will see the biggest gain in card value by the end of the season.

    If he can keep it going and bring down the strike outs he will be a beast.

    I agree, Swish goes without saying…

  9. Matt
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Who would have predicted at the end of last year that Trout wouldn’t even make this list?

  10. Posted May 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Matt Harvey is a solid choice for this list and it’s nice that the voting has reflected that so far. Any time you have 2 year old autograph redemption cards (2011 Bowman Platinum) selling for $80+ with no fulfillment in sight, you’ve got a very hot player (especially considering that Harvey has plenty of autograph cards with actual autographs on them available for the same price). This is an absolute embarrassment for Topps though; MLB’s chosen one true card manufacturer can’t deliver something that’s live in its unlicensed (by MLB Properties at least) competitor’s products.

  11. chrisolds
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Trout’s still selling cards — but he’s not playing as well.

  12. Scott M
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Where’s Evan Gattis? Where’s Chris Johnson?

  13. Vic Robertson
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    Albert Pujols not on the list?

  14. Richard Gobis
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Can’t you just wait to see what the numbers will look like for Bryce Harper when he’s in his prime?…video game numbers?

  15. Tom Waldron
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    tim hudson go braves Gattis hmm beat harper and nats 7/8
    thanks but Chris who is leadibng in card sales so far?

  16. Scott
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    What about Manny Machado. Show some love for my O’s

  17. Terry Blevins
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Permalink


  18. Ryan Miller
    Posted May 19, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    Gotta give Manny Machado some votes!!

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