COMC Office Pack Battle League Season Recap

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After 18 grueling weeks, our inaugural COMC Office Pack Battle League season has come to an end! Over four months ago, our 20 employees embarked on a hybrid fantasy sports meets wax busting experiment for fun and bragging rights, and needless to say, everyone involved greatly enjoyed this maiden voyage. Let’s take a look at our final league standings, shall we?

No real surprise here as Kevin started to pull away from the pack with several weeks left to play. Kevin’s 50 points (19 from HR, 18 from hits, 13 from strike outs) was a league best by 11 points, putting him more than a three-category sweep away from second place. Steve finishes behind him in second place as our runner up, improving his standing from 5th to 2nd in the final four weeks of play. James takes home the bronze trophy with 35 point, with 23 of those points coming from the HR category!

Now let’s move on to our Stat King winners…

Home Run King WinnerJames – 23 points

With 23 of his 35 league points, James managed to overpower the competition en route to the Home Run King title. James took an early season lead in the category and heavily leaned his team toward that category, consistently trading away top tier pitching for elite power hitters. Kevin and Bob finished tied for second in the category with 19 points a piece, with Bryson, Sean, and Jeff each sitting at 17 points.

Hit King Winner:

Kevin – 18 points

Kevin picked up the ‘W’ as our Hit King winner with 18 total points. Despite his huge dominance in the overall league standings, he only managed to take hits by three points over the second place Angela. Kevin was our only manager to finish in the top three in all three categories, meaning he fielded a well-rounded team all season long, opting not to lean his team towards one particular stat. Bob rounded out the top three in hits with 12 points.

Strikeout King Winner:

Steve – 19 points

Comeback complete! In the most exciting of the three categories, Steve was able to cap-off an epic comeback and win the Strike Out King title by accumulating 19 total points, with his final five points coming in the last two weeks of the season. Those five points propelled him ahead of Jeremy (15) and Kevin (13) to round out our stat king winners.

In Conclusion…

Thanks to everyone for following along at home! We had a great time testing out and learning this new fantasy meets collecting format, and we’re currently looking at how we can apply it to the upcoming NFL season. Is that a sign of things to come for the COMC Blog? We’ll see…..

Sets Revisited: Analyzing the 2012 Panini Contenders Football Rookie Autograph Checklist

One set that remains near and dear to my heart is the 2012 Panini Contenders Football set. Just a couple months before the set came out, I joined the COMC Team. This particular set has the distinct honor of being one of the first sets that I ripped with my fellow wax busting co-workers.

I’m not a big fan of a large autograph checklist, and the mammoth 145-card base and short print autograph checklist (not including insert autos) for this set was simply unbearable. Even though autographs drop at five per box for Contenders, more often than not your hits would wind up being 4 players who’s names you needed to google and one more desirable auto. We may never know the true print runs of base autos for sets like Panini Contenders, Topps Chrome, etc, but it’s realistic to believe that one would have open four or five cases (12 boxes per case x 5 autos per box = 60 autos per case), to acquire a complete set from a 145-card autograph checklist from this set.

Let’s look at who these 145 names were that made up this enormous set list from 2012 before we deep dive into what cards are worth actually investing in from the 2012 Panini Contenders set. For those who are playing along at home, be sure to tally the number of times you ask yourself, “Who?”:

101. Alfred Morris SP
102. Adrien Robinson
103. Andre Branch SP
104. B.J. Coleman SP
105. B.J. Cunningham
106. Bobby Rainey
107. Bobby Wagner SP
108. Brandon Hardin
109. Brandon Taylor
110. Bruce Irvin
111. Bryce Brown SP
112. Case Keenum
113. Casey Hayward
114. Chandler Harnish
115. Chandler Jones
116. Chris Polk
117. Chris Rainey SP
118. Josh Gordon SP
119. Coty Sensabaugh
120. Courtney Upshaw SP
121. Cyrus Gray
122. Dan Herron
123. Danny Coale
124. David DeCastro SP
125. Nigel Bradham
126. Deangelo Peterson SP
127. Demario Davis
128. Derek Wolfe SP
129. Devon Still SP
130. Devon Wylie
131. Dont’a Hightower SP
132. Dontari Poe SP
133. Dre Kirkpatrick SP
134. Bill Bentley
135. Jeff Demps SP
136. Josh Cooper
137. Fletcher Cox SP
138. George Iloka SP
139. Gerell Robinson
140. Rod Streater
141. Harrison Smith SP
142. Jamell Fleming
143. James Hanna SP
144. Janoris Jenkins SP
145. Jared Crick
146. Jeff Fuller
147. Jerel Worthy SP
148. Jonathan Martin
149. Josh Robinson
150. Juron Criner SP
151. Kellen Moore SP
152. Kendall Reyes
153. Keshawn Martin
154. Kevin Zeitler
155. Kirk Cousins
156. Ladarius Green SP
157. LaVon Brazill SP
158. Lavonte David
159. Luke Kuechly SP
160. Marc Tyler
161. Mark Barron SP
162. Jorvorskie Lane SP
163. Marvin Jones SP
164. Marvin McNutt
165. Matt Kalil
166. Melvin Ingram
167. Michael Brockers SP
168. Michael Smith SP
169. Mike Martin
170. Morris Claiborne SP
171. Mychal Kendricks SP
172. Najee Goode
173. Nick Perry
174. Olivier Vernon
175. Omar Bolden
176. Orson Charles
177. Quinton Coples SP
178. Rhett Ellison
179. Riley Reiff SP
180. Rishard Matthews
181. Ronnell Lewis SP
182. Ryan Lindley
183. Sean Spence
184. Shea McClellin
185. Stephon Gilmore
186. T.Y. Hilton SP
187. Greg Zuerlein SP
188. Tavon Wilson
189. Terrance Ganaway
190. Tim Benford
191. Tommy Streeter SP
192. Travis Benjamin
193. Trumaine Johnson
194. Tyrone Crawford
195. Vontaze Burfict
196. Whitney Mercilus SP
197. Vick Ballard
198. Vinny Curry
199. Zach Brown
200. Brandon Bolden SP
201. Andrew Luck SP
202. Robert Griffin III SP
203. Trent Richardson SP
204. Ryan Tannehill SP
205. Justin Blackmon SP
206. Brandon Weeden SP
207. Brock Osweiler
208. Michael Floyd
209. Kendall Wright
210. A.J. Jenkins
211. Doug Martin SP
212. Lamar Miller
213. Isaiah Pead SP
214. David Wilson
215. Stephen Hill
216. Mohamed Sanu SP
217. Bernard Pierce
218. Nick Foles SP
219. LaMichael James
220. Rueben Randle
221. Coby Fleener
222. Ryan Broyles
223. Dwayne Allen
224. Ronnie Hillman
225. Russell Wilson SP
226. Michael Egnew
227. Chris Givens
228. Joe Adams
229. Robert Turbin
230. Nick Toon
231. T.J. Graham
232. Brian Quick
233. DeVier Posey
234. Jarius Wright
235. Alshon Jeffery
236. Deonte Thompson SP
237. Justin Tucker SP
238. Damaris Johnson
239. Evan Rodriguez SP
240. Kris Adams SP
241. Daryl Richardson SP
242. Lance Dunbar SP
243. Blair Walsh SP
244. Miles Burris
245. Josh Norman SP

 

The Investment Group:

These four superstar quarterbacks need no introductions, as most should be household names at this juncture of their careers. Out of the gate, Andrew Luck was THE rookie autograph in the set that collectors were chasing, with Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III (more on him later) rounding out the big three autographs to chase from 2012 Panini Contenders.

Injuries in 2015 and 2017 have sidelined Luck’s stellar-up-to-this-point career. That hasn’t deterred his Contenders RC auto from fetching a premium however, as recent completed sales of Luck’s rookie ticket autograph have placed its value in the $550-$625 range.

A Seahawks Super Bowl victory in 2014 and a near repeat in 2015 propelled Russell Wilson to head of the 2012 Panini Contenders class before the ‘Hawks fell back down to earth in recent seasons. Raw copies of his base auto have settled around $225-250 for now, but PSA 10 copies of his white jersey variation autograph have seen sales of more than $600.00

The Kirk Cousins hype train is in full effect as he takes the reigns of the Minnesota Vikings in the upcoming season. RG3 was the Redskins QB to pull when 2012 Contenders was released, but now it’s Cousins that sits firmly as the third best QB in the set. Raw copies of his auto have sat in the $150-175 price range in recent weeks, with a Gem Mint BGS 9.5 hitting an all-time COMC high of $261.99 back in March. These prices should continue to rise, especially if he is able to achieve the same level of success that Case Keenum saw wearing a purple jersey in 2017, but more on him later.

It blows my mind how little love Nick Foles gets in the hobby. To steal a line from a certain NFL commentator, “Now here’s a guy…” who has a career completion percentage of 60.1%, has 61 career touchdowns to 29 interceptions, and oh yeah, a Super Bowl MVP to his name. All of this, and yet his 2012 Contenders auto is hovering at around the $50 range, a far cry from the all-time COMC high of $177.48 that it achieved in June of 2014. At just 29 years old, Foles has a proven track record and this card should be a strong long-term hold.

 The Up in the Air Crowd:

I’ve dubbed these four players the ‘Up in the Air’ crowd because even after nearly six years since product release, the jury is still out on their careers. These are players whose Contenders Rookie Ticket autos still have room to grow, but they will have to ascend upwards as they hit the prime of their careers.

Ryan Tannehill was sidelined by injury last season after leading the Dolphins to a 37-40 career record over his first five seasons. Case Keenum will be under center for the Denver Broncos, reunited with familiar coaches Vance Joseph and Gary Kubiak whom he spent time with in the Houston Texans organization. He led the Minnesota Vikings on a deep playoff run last season.

Alshon Jeffery has always had the talent to be a top-level receiver, but didn’t quite have the production output that the Eagles were looking for in his first year away from the Chicago Bears. With no shortage of talent in Philadelphia, a breakout season from Jeffery could add just another weapon to the team that will already give opposing defenses nightmares. T.Y. Hilton had his best pro season in 2016, but his production was limited in 2017 due to Andrew Luck’s injury. He’ll look to establish himself as a top receiver in the league – and should get plenty of targets to do so.

 The Value Menu:

These next three players have flown under the radar in terms of value in the 2012 Panini Contenders product, but that could all start to change in the upcoming season. Perhaps I’m a little bit partial here, but getting to watch Bobby Wagner play each week here in Seattle has led me to believe he is of the best linebackers in the league. He racked up nearly 100 tackles last season and continues to improve on a yearly basis.

No one has ever questioned Josh Gordon’s on-field abilities, but his actions off the field have led to limited action that saw him missing the 2015 and 2016 seasons completely. With renewed passion, and a seemingly new direction, if he can best his 87 reception, 1647 yard, 9 Touchdown performance in 2013, the Cleveland Browns will certainly be headed in the right direction as well.

Mohamed Sanu has always served his entire career as a very solid wide receiver who has lined up opposite of a superstar. On the Cincinnati Bengals he was overshadowed by A.J. Green, and now for the Atlanta Falcons he lines up opposite of Julio Jones.  He is one breakout season away from establishing himself as a go-to receiver. His Contenders auto can be had for less than $10 at time of writing. Taking a chance on this card could be a high-risk, high-reward venture. 

The Falls from Grace

When this product was released, these two autos were two of the top tier names on the checklist. The hype surrounding their rookie seasons was unreal. Unfortunately, no matter how bullet proof a player might look on draft day, dynamics can change in the blink of an eye.

On the field, Robert Griffin III was electric. By all accounts, his first two seasons showcased that he had all the potential to live up to the hype. However, injuries and concussions have derailed his career to date, and his 2012 Contenders auto has not come close to touching the $350 high watermark sale that it saw back in February of 2014.

Trent Richardson was taken 3rd overall in the 2012 draft by the Cleveland Browns, behind Luck and Griffin III.  A three-year college standout, his first season in Cleveland was not a total bust – as he averaged 3.6 yards per carry over 15 games while tying Jim Brown’s record of 9 rushing TD’s by a rookie running back. He was traded to the Colts the following season and averaged just over three yards a carry splitting time before being waved in early 2015.

 Those Coy Colts:

Thanks for the memories, Chandler Harnish and Coby Fleener! By memories, I’m referring to the number of times that my heart raced every time that I saw a Colts logo on one of autographed cards, only to realize that it was not the much-coveted Andrew Luck short print auto.  Harnish and Fleener were particularly painful to hit because Harnish had a similar pose as Luck, while Fleener’s photo was the same focal length as Luck. Both players were depicted in white jerseys as well. Dwayne Allen and Vick Ballard get a pass here for being depicted in their blue jerseys. 

Most in Stock:

If you read my last installment of Sets Revisited, you’ll know that I don’t like to say anything bad about the ‘hits’ in the product that just didn’t pan out at the professional level. At the time of writing, there were over 20 copies available of the players named above all in the $1 range. Let’s take a look at what these five accomplished in their NFL careers:

Devon Wylie (WR): Devon played six games for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 and two for the Tennessee Titans in 2013. Playing in six games in 2012, he caught six passes for 53 yards while primarily serving on kick and punt return special teams.

Bobby Rainey (RB):  Currently a free agent, Rainey suited up for nearly every game from 2013-2016 for three different teams. He’s averaged 4.0 yards per carry over 267 rushes as a commendable back up. Despite only playing 4 games in 2017, he did manage a 96-yard kickoff return for the Baltimore Ravens.

Brandon Hardin (Safety): We may never know what Brandon Hardin could have been in the NFL, as his career was derailed by injuries. In a preseason game in 2012, he was carted off the field with a neck injury and shortly after placed on injured reserve. In the final preseason game of 2013, he broke his scapula, further delaying his first appearance in the regular season. He has yet to make an appearance in a regular season game, but at 28 years old, is still considered as a free agent.

Josh Cooper (WR) – Undrafted out of Oklahoma St, Cooper played in 11 games over 2012 and 2013 for the Cleveland Browns. He caught 17 passes for 166 yards. He had a short stint with the Vikings in 2014 before being released.

Gerell Robinson (TE / WR) – Another undrafted player, Robinson played three games for the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns in 2014, but failed to register a reception.

Retrospective

Contenders has established itself as the home of the true rookie auto, and rightfully so. This flagship product is not without it’s flaws, however, as I will continue to fight tooth and nail that enormous autograph checklists are as much a pain to collectors as they are to card manufacturers in acquiring those autographs. 2012 was a particularly memorable Contenders product for myself and a lot of my fellow coworkers at COMC, as Russell Wilson had already taken over the QB job for a Seahawks team desperately in need of a direction. The chase for Andrew Luck rookie autos will remain a memorable history point in my time at COMC. I had much better results busting 2012 Panini Contenders than I did on 2012 Topps Supreme, but that’s a story for a different day.

Even More Funny Topps Triple Threads Baseball Captions You Need to See!

A few weeks ago, we showed you some of the funnier captions to come from the Topps Triple Thread product over the years. You can check out that blog here. This time around, we have even more Triple Threads cards that might have had you scratching your head at first before they made sense….

The Best of Nicknames

Dustin Pedroia earned this nickname after a nearly 6-hour marathon game that saw his uniform covered in dirt and mud when it was all said and done. (Source)

This one is just plain bitter sweet. We all thought we knew Robinson Cano, but apparently this nickname had a bit more truth than we all could imagine.

Just Plain Strange

So Ian Kinsler likes to wear throwback high socks. What’s the big deal? Low effort here, Topps.

The internet brought it’s full savagery to the table upon the release of a promotional video for the then-free-agent Cespedes back in 2011. Topps decided to further the ribbing by taking their own stab at it. (Source)

With his slow pitching mechanics and a slight pause in his wind up, Dan Haren‘s pitching style was coined a ‘chess match’ by reporters and announcers.

This one did not age very well. Imagine pulling a card in 2018 that had a similar cringe worthy phrase on it. Tyler “Snap” Chatwood? Trevor App-Store-y? We’ll stop now. At least this card is a good segue into our next topic.

PUNDERFUL!

Topps Triple Threads has featured some of the best and worst puns ever printed on cardboard. Keep in mind that they printed these puns on cards that are $200/box! We will respond to these strictly using images only.

Pop Culture References

Before Johnny Cueto was scaring hitters with his heat, Jack Nicholson was scaring everyone in the legendary horror film ‘The Shining’. This card plays homage one of that movie’s most memorable scenes

It hasn’t been Hammer Time for a very long time, but that didn’t stop Topps from dropping a 90’s reference pun to the disapproval of Cole Hamels‘ collectors everywhere.

We’d like to think someone at Topps wanted to pay homage to the video game character Duke Nukem with this clever play on ‘King’ Felix Hernandez‘s nickname.

Billy Murray’s 1993 classic movie reference or a show of appreciation to his defense behind the plate? You be the judge!

Mike Napoli with another appearance on our list! If you’re older than 25 years old, don’t click this link to understand the reference. You’ve been warned.

.You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. Did you click the link above anyways? If so then you probably need some ear bleach. Here you go.

 

#Cardstock Volume 8 – Young Guns

#CardSTOCK is an ongoing series created by Baseball Cards Daily’s Chris Steuber that details the hobby value of baseball players based on their popularity and performance . You can check out all past editions of #CardSTOCK here. You can catch Chris’s podcast ‘Baseball Cards Daily’ for free on itunes and Google Play.

In this edition of #CardSTOCK , we’ve got five of the game’s youngest and most flat out fun players to watch play the game. All of these players are under the age of 22 (and only 19(!!!) in the case of Juan Soto), and are already contributing to their respective organizations in a big way. Let’s take a look at what each of these five have done through the first three months of the season:

Ronald Acuna: Sidelined by injury, but provided a major spark to the Brave’s early season including 5 home runs in 117 at bats before being sidelined to injury. Will be a catalyst in helping push the Braves towards the postseason down the stretch.

Rafael Devers: Holding his own in an absolutely stacked Red Sox lineup. His infectious smile is making him a fan favorite among the Boston faithful.

Gleyber Torres: Doing it all under the bright lights of Yankees Stadium. Launching bombs and hitting for average as a welcome addition to the Baby Bombers. Earned his first All-Star nod in 2018, but missed the game due to injury.

Eloy Jimenez: The #4 overall prospect in baseball (rated by Baseball America) is making waves in Triple A. His impending arrival to the White Sox will be another weapon for a young team on the rise.

Juan Soto: When you’re breaking records set by Bryce Harper for the Nationals, you’re doing something right. Hitting for average and power while maintaining a close to 1:1 ratio in walks to strikeouts. All under the age of 20. Whew.

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #8

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Introduction

We’re now through 16 of the 18 weeks in our inaugural Office Pack Battle League! There are just two weeks left until we announce the overall winner as well as the winners of our three respective stat categories. Be on the lookout for that update in a couple of weeks!

Current Standings

The rich only managed to get a little richer this time around, as league leader Kevin only added two points to his total over the last two weeks. The same goes for James, who lost ground to Sean over the last three weeks to round out our top three. Steve’s five points earned over weeks 15 & 16 were good enough to bump him up one spot in the standings, while Jade made the biggest leap of all with his eight points, catapulting him from 11th to the the five spot.

Home Run King Standings:

In our Home Run King category, James maintained his four point lead over the field and can clinch the category win by accumulating just three points over the final two weeks of the season. Bryson, Sean, Kevin and Jeff all sit behind him at 17 points a piece, meaning one of these managers will need to accumulate second place or better points in both weeks to tie or overtake the lead.

Hit King Standings:

In the Hit King category, Kevin’s 15 points are good enough to lead the category, but may not be good enough to win the category. With Angela at 12 points, James at 11 points, and Brandon, Sean and Jade each with 10 points, these managers are not completely out of the running to win the category. While Kevin controls his own destiny, this one is far from over.

Strikeout King Standings:

In recent weeks, Steve had made an impressive run to overtake Jeremy, but with back-to-back wins, Jeremy is leading the Strikeout King category with 15 points. Steve is right behind him at 14 points and will look to answer back over the course of the final two weeks. Kevin’s 13 points keep him within striking distance of the top spot. This race is effectively down to those three, as only one other manager could reach the 15 point mark, but would need to earn top points in back-to-back weeks to do so.

Week 15 Results (July 5th – 11th)

Jade’s five home runs on the bats of J.D. Martinez (2) and Jose Ramirez (3) were enough to earn him top points in the home run category. Chris’ superstar combo of Andrew Benintendi (14) and Paul Goldschmidt (10) was able to bang out 24 hits and secure three points for him. In the first of his back-to-back strikeout wins, Jeremy’s 1-2 punch of Chris Sale (12) and Justin Verlander (10) proved too potent to be touched.

HR Points: Jade (3), Jeff (2), Kevin (1), Angela (1), James (1)
Hits Points: Chris (3), Bob (2), Dieter (2), Dylan (1), Tim (1), Jade (1)
K’s Points: Jeremy (3), Dieter (2), Jade (1), Dylan (1)

Week 16 Results (July 12th-25th)

In an extended week due to the All Star Game break, Khris Davis was able to put up the highest home run total we’ve seen so far with six bombs. His six plus Joey Gallo‘s four dingers gave Jeff a dominate win for the week. Sean put up a ridiculous 27 hit performance with Joe Mauer (15) and Jonathan Schoop (12) leading him to first place points. Jeremy was able to notch his second win in as many weeks thanks to Astros teammates Justin Verlander (12) and Gerrit Cole (8).

HR Points:  Jeff (3), Jade (2), Sean (1), Steve (1), Kevin (1), Chris (1), Angela (1)
Hits Points:  Sean (3), Steve (2), Angela (1), James (1)
K’s Points:  Jeremy (3), Steve (2), Chris (1), Jade (1)

That’s going to do it for our update this week. Be sure to come back in just a couple weeks for our league wrap up where we announce our winners!

Introducing the 2018 COMC Summer Sales Event (August 1st – 5th, 2018)

Beat the Heat and Find Huge Savings from August 1st -5th!

COMC is happy to announce our first-ever Summer Sales Event! The action gets started on Wednesday, August 1st and will last through Sunday, August 5th. Not only will this sale coincide with the 2018 National Sports Collector’s Convention, but it will give those unable to attend the convention a chance to find equally amazing deals on the COMC Marketplace. To kick off this inaugural sale, we are offering all COMC sellers the opportunity to run FREE sales promotions throughout the sales period.

 

Free Sales Promotion for all Sellers Throughout our Summer Sales Event!

That’s right! We want to see our sellers out in full-force and in order to accomplish that we’re offering them the ability to run a FREE sales promotion during the duration of our Summer Sales Event. To get started, simply head on over to the Promotions Page and set up your FREE Sales Promotion now! With more eyes than ever before on the COMC Marketplace, be sure to offer prospective buyers deals that they just can’t turn down!

 

Buy Now and Ship Later or Flip Cards With Your COMC Account!

One of the biggest advantages of shopping with COMC Store Credit using your COMC account is that you can INSTANTLY purchase items when you find them and ship everything all together at any time in the future! When you buy items with store credit with your COMC account, they stay safe and secure in our warehouses until your ready to request shipment of them. You can buy items throughout our Summer Sales Event and request a shipment for your items next week, next month, or even next year! You pay shipping just once, regardless of how many items you buy.

Perhaps you found an amazing deal on an item throughout the Summer Sales Event, but you had a change of heart or don’t collect that particular player. Why not flip it for profit!? With a COMC account, you can purchase an item on sale and instantly give it a new price. When that item sells you receive COMC store credit, without ever taking possession of the card! It’s that easy!

If you’re not already a COMC member, register your free account today! This summer there is a cooler place to be at than your favorite swimming spot! We look forward to seeing you on COMC!

 

13 Funny Topps Triple Threads Baseball Captions You Need to See!

Topps Triple Threads Baseball made it’s debut in 2006 and has been a fixture in the hobby ever since. Ask 10 collectors what they think of Triple Threads, and you’ll likely get 10 vastly different responses. Love it or hate it, Topps has carved out a niche in the hobby, offering unique memorabilia cards that for the last 13 years are much more unconventional from the standard swatches and patches that the hobby is accustom to. While it’s $200/box price tag is nothing to make fun of, Triple Threads generally doesn’t take itself too serious.

We’re far from the 2012 to 2014 glory days of Triple Threads that produced some of the funniest, clever, and most pun-filled memorabilia cards the hobby has ever seen. During that era, it appears that the creative department at Topps had free reign to do as they please, and as a result, collectors got some of the most hilarious and sometimes head scratching cards introduced into the product.

Without further ado, we present to you some of those gems that you may have missed:

The Weird Obsession with Foods:

Without context, this the context of this swatch is a bit dry, and is one of the most obscure nicknames of all time in Triple Threads. The legend goes that Mike Napoli was often ribbed by teammates because he looked like the chef that cooked food in the Detroit Tigers visiting team clubhouse. (source)

A clever play on words using Mike Moustakas‘s last name. Don’t worry if you have to audibly say it out loud a couple times, we did too!

Billy Butler‘s nickname ‘Country Breakfast’ went viral after a sports reporter aptly coined the nickname for him during a rain delayed game. The reason? Billy can apparently put away the protein! (source)

Although there does not appear to be an origin to this nickname, the back of the card reads ‘Busch Stadium is home sweet home for Stephen.’  Needless to say, Topps may have more than one foodie working for them

We had to dig real deep to figure this one out. During the 2015 season, a Seattle Mariners Stadium Give Away saw 10,000 dads receiving a Mike Zunino BBQ apron. Topps felt it was significant enough to warrant it’s own card, because let’s face it, what else do you remember from the M’s 2015 season? (source)

C.C. Sabathia claims that before becoming clean and sober of the cereal, at one point he ate a box of Captain Crunch a day. Topps felt the need to poke fun at his sugar addiction. Bad Topps, Bad. (Source)

Matt Moore. Get it yet? M&M . The idea probably looked better on paper than it did on this card.

While his perfect game was certainly sweet for Giants fans, this play on words is a ground out to short.

Stemming from his nickname, ‘Georgia Peach’. It doesn’t matter what Topps printed on the front of this card, because ANY collector would love to own a Ty Cobb bat relic!

This nickname didn’t age very well. Given to him as a child growing up the Carolinas, Josh Hamilton was known as ‘Hambone’ to friends, family and teammates.  (Source)

Where are they now? “Future Aces” Edition: 

With a career record of 19-26 and an ERA of 4.15, this one didn’t pan out too well for Topps. In fairness, Cingrani did look like a good starting pitcher in Cincinnati. He’s now a reliever for the Dodgers, but consider this strike 2 for Topps.

Which means this is definitely strike 3 for them as Jarrod Parker never made it back to the bigs following an injury prior to the start of the 2014 season.

 

That’s going to do it this time around. Be on the look out for a follow up blog in a couple of weeks that highlights even more of the lighter side of Triple Threads!