If it wasn’t apparent already – we are crazy about cards! Our employees come from a wide array of backgrounds in cards and collectibles. Some have joined our team from other roles in the industry, while others were previous hobby shop owners themselves. Nearly all our employees have a story and background with collectibles.
Although various forms of fantasy sports leagues became popularized and more efficiently managed thanks to the advent of the internet, the truth is fantasy sports origins can be traced back to the 1950s. COMC is no stranger to fantasy leagues, as our employees have been eager to pit their sport knowledge against one another in head-to-head fantasy baseball and football leagues over the years.
For the last two years, our employees have developed a clever Pack League concept that sees them not only testing their knowledge of the game, but also their hobby luck as well! For each of the last two football seasons, COMC Office Pack Leagues have been formed. The league predetermines a low-end product that is suitable to be used and each league member purchases a box of the product. Each week, leagues members opens the same number of packs (generally 1-2) and set their weekly lineups using only players found in those packs. The league uses a point based scoring system like weekly fantasy sports, and a winner is determined over the course of the season.
This year, we’re bringing the Pack League concept to Baseball with an 18-week long league using the recently released 2018 Topps Opening Day Baseball. Each week, League Managers will open 2 packs of Opening Day and choose six players (4 hitters, 2 pitchers) within those packs to set their weekly lineup. Trading between Managers will be permitted, but no cards will be carried over from week-to-week.
Scoring is broken up into three statistical categories:
Batting – Hits (2 cards)
Batting – Home Runs (2 cards)
Pitching – Strike Outs (2 cards)
A single card (player) can only be set to compete in one category. For example, if a Mike Trout card is pulled in a pack, the Manager must decide if they want Trout to compete for hits or for home runs, but not both. If a Manager pulls two Mike Trout cards, they can play one card in each category, or both cards in the same category. At the end of each week, the totals for each team in each category are tallied. The top 3 places in each category earn the following points:
1st – 3 points
2nd – 2 points
3rd – 1 point
(If a tie exists, the tied teams will each take one fewer point for that place and subsequent teams’ places will drop out of the winnings totaling the number of ties.)
- If 2 teams tie for 1st, they will each take 2 points for that category – no 3rdplace will be awarded and 2nd place will take 1 point
- If 4 teams tie for 1st, they will each take 2 points for that category – no 2ndor 3rd place will be awarded
- If 2 teams tie for 2nd, they will each take 1 point for that category – no 3rdplace will be awarded
- If 4 teams tie for 2nd, they will each take 1 point for that category – no 3rdplace will be awarded
- If 2 teams tie for 1st and 3 teams tie for 2nd, 1st will each take 2 points for that category and 2nd will each take 1 point for that category – no 3rd place will be awarded
*If any teams tie for 3rd, and no other ties exist in that stat category, each team will still take 1 point for that category
At the end of the COMC Baseball Pack League season, the league Manager who earned the most points throughout the season will reign as the 2018 Pack League Champion. We’ll also be awarding the Home Run King, Hit King, and Strikeout King titles to those Managers who dominated each statistical category.
In our next blog update, we’ll run down the list of competitors in this year’s COMC Baseball Pack League and showcase their week one results!
We hope you’ll enjoy following our Baseball Pack League throughout the 2018 baseball season and maybe even get inspired to get together with some friends and form a league of your own. If you do, be sure to tweet us @checkoutmycards and use #COMCpackleague to tell us about it and other exciting ways you enjoy your cards!