Welcome to another edition of Beckett Sports Card Hot/Cold where’s it’s time to take a quick and fun look at what’s hot and what’s not in the worlds of sports and sports cards over the last week or so.
We’re still living in a 2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball world. The initial burst of excitement might be gone, but it’s still getting ripped at a furious rate. One of the big questions now is what are these Hidden Gems that are listed on the pack odds. Topps officials assured those at their recent Industry Summit that they do exist and they’re out there. But at this point, nobody knows what to be looking for. And with incredibly long odds, it’s not like there are many to find in the first place.
One of the big early-release basketball sets has arrived with 2022-23 Donruss Basketball. While not necessarily a premium offering, there’s lots to go for including Rated Rookies and lots of inserts including short prints like Animation and Night Moves.
As far as top performers go, Joel Embiid is stringing together dominant games one after another. In his last three games, he’s averaging right around 40 points per. It’s a similar story for Devin Booker. The Suns will be relying on even more as new arrival Kevin Durant recovers from injury.
Look who’s back — Jarred Kelenic. After a couple of disappointing years that saw his hobby stock tank, the young Mariners outfielder has been scorching during his first few spring training games. Yes, it’s spring training, but collectors are taking notice, particularly with prices as low as they have gotten.