#Cardstock Volume 7 – Unsung Heroes

#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.

This time around, we’re taking a look at the players that appear on the line up card daily, but their popularity is often overshadowed by bigger name stars on their respective teams. These are the players who’s consistent and above average play on the field often does not translate to the same amount of love in the hobby that their more popular counterparts receive. Or perhaps they play in a smaller market, where they are beloved locally, but fail to register in the national spotlight until they’re helping their team defeat your favorite team.

We’re showing plenty of love for these six unsung heroes, and we think that you should too!

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #6

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Introduction

With just four weeks left in the season, Managers are jockeying for position as they look to improve their overall league standings OR stack their roster towards one particular stat to maintain a lead or gain ground in the individual stat standings. Over the last two weeks, the rich have gotten richer while one Manager made a strong push towards the Top 5.

If you’re not familiar with our scoring system or the rules of our league, you can read our introductory blog here. If you’ve missed some updates and want to catch up on how we got to our current standings, you can read all pack battle league updates here.

Current Standings

In overall league standings, Kevin’s eight points over the last two weeks helped pad his healthy lead over the field. James slides into second with a five point performance. Sean and Brandon enter a tie at the third and fourth place while Jeremy hit a mid season slump and falls one spot to round out the top 5. Tad’s seven point performance catapulted him up the standings from 12th to 7th, placing him just outside of the Top 5. He’ll look to continue the impressive run and muscle his way into the Top 5 over the final four weeks of the season.

Home Run King Standings:

With back-to-back second place points showings in weeks 11 & 12, Tad has positioned himself in 2nd place with 16 points just behind James’s leading 18 points. Sean sits in the three spot with 15 points, and three others are tied at 14 to round out the top five.

Hit King Standings:

Despite having an excellent showing over the last two weeks, Kevin was not able to add to his league leading 12 points in the Hit King Standings. Brandon also stood pat with 10 points, still good for a tie for second with James. Both remain within striking distance of overtaking the lead. Rounding out the top five is Jeff and Jade, who are each tied with 8 after adding three points to their totals..

Strikeout King Standings:

Kevin’s back-to-back wins in Weeks 11 & 12 meant that he leapfrogs the field and sits atop the Strikeout King leader board with 11 points. Jeremy sits just two points behind him, while Steve, Dylan and Brian are all tied with 8 points a piece.

Strikeouts remain a hot commodity to pull from our 2018 Topps Opening Day packs, and the Managers gunning to take down the Strikeout King category are in trade mode as they look to stack their team with strikeout pitchers at the cost of premium hitters.

Week 11 Results (June 7th – 13th)

Tad pulls off the trifecta in week 11, gaining five points across the three categories thanks to a team consisting of Freddie Freeman, Didi Gregorius, Yuli Gurriel, Xander Bogaerts, Luis Severino, and Danny Duffy. Steve potent combo of California bombers Mike Trout and Khris Davis smashed eight home runs, earning him top honors. Whit Merrifield and Jose Altuve‘s 17 combine hits were good enough to earn him first place in the hits column. Kevin continues his impressive run by nabbing first place points in strikeouts with 19 K’s on the arms of Gerrit Cole and Carlos Carrasco.

HR Points: Steve (3), Tad (2), Bob (2), Sean (1), Dieter (1)
Hits Points: Chris (3), Grant (2), Tad (2), James (1), Jeff (1), Dieter (1),
K’s Points: Kevin (3), Geoff (2), Chris (2), Tad (1)

Week 12 Results (June 14th – 20th)

Home runs came at a premium this week as just three home runs were good enough for first-place points. With the bar so low, 13 of our Managers were able to nab points in the category. Jade (Eddie Rosario, Paul Goldschmidt) and James (Nolan Arenado, Carlos Correa) mustered up 18 hits a piece to tie for first place points in hits. Kevin piled onto his league leading points total and overtook the Strike Out Kings lead on the 18 combined strike outs of Julio Teheran and Sonny Gray.

HR Points: Bob (3), David (3), Bryson (3), Sean (3), Kevin (2), Tim (2), Tad (2), James (2), Chris (1), Steve (1), Jeremy (1), Dylan (1), Brandon (1)
Hits Points: Jade (3), James (3), Jeff (2), Sean (2), Grant (1)
K’s Points: Kevin (3), Brian (2), Jade (1)

We have just two updates left until the conclusion of our inaugural Pack Battle League. We’ll be back in a couple of weeks to break down all of the week 13 & 14 action!

The 18 Names You Need to Know in 2018 Bowman

The baseball card market was set ablaze in 2017 with the emergence of a rookie phenom by the name of Aaron Judge. The hobby continues that trend in 2018 as #Shotime has once again produced a frenzied hype surrounding the first few baseball products of 2018. While all eyes are on Shohei Ohtani to see what the young Japanese two-way phenom can do in The Show, he’s not the only rookie who’s name that you’ll be hearing for years to come.

While Topps products are best known as being the home of the true rookie card, those players are featured sometimes years earlier in Bowman branded products. 2018 Bowman is the first of several Bowman products to be released this year and has generated strong buzz. Not only is there handsome payday on the horizon for the lucky individual who pulls the Shohei Ohtani Superfractor Autograph, but a strong prospect checklist makes this product well worth the price.

If you’re not familiar with this year’s crop of prospects and rookies, we’ve got your back! Presenting the 18 names that you need to know in 2018 Bowman:

The Top 10

  1. Shohei Ohtani | P/DH | Los Angeles Angels

Until one or more of these prospects make it to The Show and their cards catch fire, 2018 Bowman is the Shohei Ohtani set. The Angels two-way player tops our list as the most desirable autograph to hit in the product, with base autographs currently selling for over $1,000. Ohtani also has a paper rookie card and various colored parallels that will hold steady value even after his true rookie is released in 2018 Topps Series 2.

The 1/1 Superfractor autograph was hit just a couple of weeks ago by a lucky collector in California. If it hits the market, it could fetch in excess of $75,000.

 

 

 

  1. Luis Robert | OF | Chicago White So

Robert signed one of the largest contracts ever for an international amateur player last year and is currently the #3 prospect in the Chicago White Sox farm system. The highly touted 20-year-old outfielder’s first chrome autograph and non-autographed cards are featured in 2018 Bowman.

Although injuries have delayed his 2018 debut, he hit .310 with an OPS of 1.027 through 28 games in the Dominican Summer League in 2017 in his first professional level action.

 

 

 

  1. Hunter GreeneP | Cincinnati Reds

Greene was the second overall pick for the Cincinnati Red in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft, joining the team to the tune of a $7.2 million signing bonus. Despite a slow start in Single-A in 2018, the hard-throwing 18-year-old has raw, unrefined potential and is equally potent with a bat. His fastball routinely hits the gun at 100 MPH.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. | OF | Toronto Blue Jays

Son of a Hall-of-Fame big leaguer? Check. Headed to the majors before his 20th birthday? Likely check as well. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the #1 prospect in all of baseball and his impending arrival to the Blue Jay is simply a formality at this point. Guerrero Jr. has been flirting with a .400 batting average in Double-A with over a dozen home runs through 230 at bats in 2018.

Even though this is the third year of Bowman products he’s featured in, as we’ve seen in the past with big league bound prospects, parallels of his 2018 chrome and insert cards should yield strong returns when the kid gets the call up. His Big League Breakthroughs insert is particularly coveted as it should be redeemable for a short printed uncirculated RC.

 

    1. Ronald Acuna Jr. | OF | Atlanta Braves

Similar to Guerrero Jr., Ronald Acuna is not a stranger to the Bowman line, previously having cards in 2017 sets.  Acuna made an early season debut for the surging Atlanta Braves, byut still found his way in 2018 Bowman as a prospect. Parallels of his base and inserts should command good prices.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Royce Lewis | SS | Minnesota Twins

This 19-year-old Minnesota Twins prospect as drafted first overall in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft. The speedy shortstop has produced well in Single-A during his brief professional career, and his well-rounded set of skills should be a welcome addition to the Twins ball club. He has autos in both 2017 Bowman Draft and 2018 Bowman.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Keibert Ruiz | C | Los Angeles Dodgers

Although his impending arrival isn’t likely until late 2019 at best, Ruiz ranks as the #3 best catching prospect in baseball and is the 6th best prospect in the Dodgers organization. His high upside and young age should help his case to take over behind the backstop for the Dodgers when the time is ready.  Both his auto and non-autographed chrome cards are his debut in the Bowman line.

 

 

 

 

  1. Juan Soto | OF | Washington Nationals

This prodigal outfielder arrived a bit early for the Washington Nationals in 2018 and become a household name in Washington D.C. when he became the youngest Nationals player ever to smash a home run at 19 years and 208 days old. The previous record holder? Bryce Harper. That’s pretty good company. Although he has an auto in 2016 Bowman Chrome, and a prospect card in 2017 Bowman Chrome and Draft, his is 2018 cards should also fetch solid prices.

 

 

 

 

9.Cristian Pache | OF | Atlanta Braves

19-year-old Christian Pache swiped 32 bags in Single-A in 2017 and appears to be the next-in-line to join the youth movement in Atlanta.  2018 Bowman features his first prospect autographs and are a solid long term investment, as it’s quite apparent that the Braves organization knows how to nurture young talent given the success of Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuna and Sean Newcomb in 2018.

 

 

 

 

  1. Jordan Hicks | P | St. Louis Cardinals

Hicks arrived in the majors in 2018 for the St. Louis Cardinals and loudly made a name for himself with a fastball that has touched 105 MPH this season. He posted an 8-3 record in the minors in 2017 with a 2.74 era and 95 strikeouts in 105 innings as a starter. What his future in the big leagues holds is still undecided, but this flamethrower’s potential cannot be ignored. Despite being drafted in 2015, his first Bowman wasn’t issued until 2018.

 

Best of the Rest

  1. DJ Peters | OF | Los Angeles Dodgers

22-year-old outfielder prospect with above average power that is currently the #6 prospect in the Dodgers system.

  1. Colton Welker | 3B | Colorado Rockies

20-year-old third baseman with a good eye at the plate and can hit for power. The #4 prospect in the Rockies system is expected to arrive in the Bigs in 2020.

  1. Jose Siri | OF | Cincinnati Reds

Hey Siri, tell me about the 22-year-old outfielder who signed with the Reds from the Dominic Republic in 2012. Jose Siri is has great speed, above average power and is exciting player to watch.  His first Bowman autograph can be found in 2018 Bowman.

  1. Andres Gimenez | SS | New York Mets

19-year-old speedy shortstop that is the #1 prospect in the New York Mets farm system. Collectors won’t care about his ugly autograph if he can perform at the major league level. ETA 2020.

  1. MacKenzie Gore | P | San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres 19-year-old pitching prospect put up gaudy numbers in high school, but has had limited exposure to Rookie and Single-A ball so far. He hit the 2018 Top-100 prospect list at #17 and is second in the Padres system behind Fernando Tatis Jr.

  1. Kyle Tucker | OF | Houston Astros

2018 Bowman marks the fourth year of Bowman cards for Tucker, the 21-year-old outfield prospect for the Astros. He should arrive in 2018 for the World Series champs and will have every opportunity to an already stacked batting order.

  1. Brendan McKay | P / 1B | Tampa Bay Rays

This 22-year-old two-way player is the Tampa Bay Rays #3 prospect as a pitcher and a first basemen. He pitches with great command with three above average pitches and has a smooth swing at the plate. His 2017 Bowman Draft autos will command premium over his 2018 Bowman.

  1. JB Bukauskas | P | Houston Astros

21-year-old right handed pitcher with a plus-plus fastball and slider ranks #3 in the Astros organization. He should have a clear path to the majors in 2020, and his 2018 Bowman prospect autograph is currently his best card available.

Honorable Mentions: McKenzie Mills, Shed Long, Eloy Jimenez

Fresh Out of the Pack #4 – New Sets Found on the COMC Marketplace

In our ongoing series ‘Fresh out of the Pack’ , we shine the spotlight on the latest sets that have emerged on the COMC Marketplace. In recent weeks, several key perennial sets have found their way to COMC. For baseball, none have been more popular than 2018 Bowman, while on the basketball front chromium technology cards and National Treasures high end items share the spotlight. While Hockey is still going strong as well with new sets like SPX and OPC Platinum, we are beginning to see the first few 2018 Football sets find their way to the market as well.

Fresh new inventory of these sets will be added for many months to come, so be sure to check back often!

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#Cardstock Volume 6 – Legends of the Game

#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’re looking at six players who’s names are universally recognized. Of these six players, four were pillars of sports card collecting in the 90’s and into the 00’s, while two of these players carried that torch forward after their debut in 2001. Love them or hate them, this group of Hall of Fame talent have earned their respective statuses in the hobby.

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #5

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Introduction

With 10 weeks out of our 18 week season in the books, we are careening towards the finish line of our COMC Office Pack Battle League! Over the last two weeks the rich have continued to get richer, while a couple hopeful Managers have made a run at breaking out of the pack and into the upper echelons of the standings.

If you’re not familiar with our scoring system or the rules of our league, you can read our introductory blog here. If you’ve missed some updates and want to catch up on how we got to our current standings, you can read all pack battle league updates here.

Current Standings

In the overall league standings through 10 weeks, Kevin is currently pacing the field with 29 points, adding five to his total from our previous update. Brandon’s seven points over the last two weeks was good enough to move him up two spots to second. James was only able to add one point to his total, and Jeremy’s five points moved him up a slot for a tie at 3rd and 4th place. Rounding out our top five is Sean who falls two spots from our last update.

Brian’s seven points over the last two weeks leapfrogged him from 16th place all the way to 8th. Dylan has also been on the move over the last two weeks, moving from the 11th to the 7th spot on a 6 point performance.

While 10th – 17th place are only separated by 3 points,the climb up the ladder is starting to get steeper and steeper as the top five continue to separate themselves from the pack.

Home Run King Standings:

Having cooled off substantially, James was only able to add a single point to his lead in the Home Run King standings. He sits three points ahead of Brandon(13 pts), who has a one point lead over Tad and Kevin. Sean rounds out the top 5 with 11 points.

Hit King Standings:

Kevin and Brandon swapped wins in the Hits category over the last two weeks to keep pace with one another in the standings. Kevin leads overall with 12 points, with Brandon just two points behind. Angela and Bob sit in a tie for 3rd-4th with seven points.

Strikeout King Standings:

It took ten weeks, but a trend finally emerged in the Strike Out Kings standings as Jeremy was able hold on to the top spot by notching a Week 9 win in the category. He sits in first with nine points, with Dylan and Steve close behind at eight points. Tim and Brian are in striking distance at six points.

Strikeouts remain the most competitive category by far, and will certainly be the race to watch down the stretch. Like a win in FirstEnergy Stadium (Have fun Googling that!), fielding a competitive pitching staff remains a difficulty for some Managers.  It should be interesting to see if Manager’s start trading to focus specifically on strike outs in coming weeks.

Week 9 Results (May 24th-30th )

To absolutely no one’s surprise, Brandon was able to dominate the HR category with the 1-2 super combo of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. Seven Managers managed to put just one home run or less this week, so there was a serious power outage. Kevin rode the bats of Buster Posey and Jose Altuve to an easy win in the hits category. Geoff was able to tie Kevin on the interesting combo of Salvador Perez and Adam Jones. Strikeouts belonged to Jeremy thanks to Stephen Strasburg‘s 8 K’s and Aaron Nola‘s 10 K performance.

HR Points:  Brandon (3), Geoff (3), Bob (2), Jeff (1), Sean (1)
Hits Points: Kevin (3), Geoff (2), Jeff (2), Brandon (1)
K’s Points:  Jeremy (3), Steve (2), Tim (1)

Week 10 Results (May 31st – June 6th)

You get points, you get points, EVERYONE gets points! In our HR category, 17 of the 20 managers were able to notch at least third place points thanks to a log jam in the category. Just two homers was good enough to net 3rd place points.  Angela (Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Ramirez), Brian (Cody Bellinger, Edwin Encarnacion), and Grant (Manny Machado, Andrew Benintendi) led the field with 5 HR’s each. In the hits category, Brandon (Andrew Benintendi, Brandon Crawford) and Bob (Brandon Crawford, Matt Kemp) tied at the top with 18 hits a piece. Finally, in strikeouts, Dylan scorched the competition with both Nat’s aces Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

HR Points:  Angela (3), Brian (3), Grant (3), Jeff (2), Bryson (2), Dylan (2), Dieter (2), David (1), James (1), Sean (1), Steve (1), Tim (1), Kevin (1), Chris (1), Jeremy (1), Bob (1), Tad (1)
Hits Points: Brandon (3), Bob (3), Brian (2), Angela (1), Dylan (1), Jeremy (1), Chris (1), Kevin (1)
K’s Points: Dylan (3), Brian (1), Tad (1)

That’s going to do it for this week’s update. We’ll be back in two weeks to break down weeks 11 &12. With Topps Series 2 Baseball releasing later this week, now is the perfect time to get a league started with your friends or coworkers!

[Featured Video] COMC Origins – The Birthplace of Check Out My Cards!

Hello COMC Nation,

Today we have a very special treat for you. Recently, a group of our longest tenured employees had an opportunity to visit the the birthplace of COMC. Just miles from our current Redmond, Washington Headquarters, this residential house played a key role in the early years of Check Out My Cards, serving as our first headquarters, work space and warehouse.

The COMC experience that you’re use to today could not be possible without the groundwork that was laid at our first location. Take a step back in time with Tim, Julia, Steve, and Heather as they recall their old stories and memories from the early days of Check Out My Cards.

Have you been with us since the early days of Check Out My Cards? If so, we want to hear from you! Leave a comment below and let us know about your memories and experience with early versions of our website and service. Or let us know what you think about the video! We’d love to her your feedback. Enjoy!