#Cardstock Volume 5 – The Hobby Darlings

#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.

This time around, we’re highlighting six of the games younger players who we’ve aptly referred to as ‘The Hobby Darlings’. These players are favorites among collectors and already command top dollar in the market. Whether it be through stellar play to start their 2018 campaign or they’re simply a big name bat in a big town, you can’t deny these players potential both on the field and in the hobby. The sky truly is the limit.

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #3

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Introduction

The COMC Office Pack Battle League is now 1/3rd of the way through it’s inaugural season and we’ve had a major shake up in the standings! With six weeks down and 12 weeks to go, a lot has happened over the last two weeks!

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.

Gerrit Cole continues to be the runaway MVP of 2018 Topps Opening Day, claiming his 3rd appearance in six weeks atop the strikeout leader board.

Current Standings

In the overall league standings through six weeks, Sean made a huge run from 13th all the way to the top spot, adding 9 points to his total over the last two weeks. While the middle of the pack is 7th through 15th is only separated by 3 points, the top of the leader board is beginning to define itself a little clearer. Jade, James and Bryson also put up strong efforts of five points each, substantially improving their positions on the leader board.

Home Run King Standings:

James came out the winner of a four-way tie at the top of the Home Run King standings with a third place performance in Week 5 and a first place tie in week 6.  He now leads the field with 9 points, with Kevin and Sean close behind at 7.

Hit King Standings:

Kevin and Jade sit a top the Hit King leader board with five points each. The rest of the field is tightly behind them, as 10 teams are currently sitting at three points. Any of those teams can claim the top spot with a strong showing.

Strikeout King Standings:

Jeremy came out the victor in our previous tie at the top, claiming the top spot in overall strikeout points with six. With four teams on his heels  at five points, strikeouts has been one of the most exciting categories to watch as the season progresses. League Managers have found pitchers found in 2018 Topps Opening Day to be somewhat polarizing. Cards like Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber, and Max Scherzer can single handedly carry a team to points in this column. Not pulling one of these players from their weekly two packs can often spell a middle of the road performance.

Week 5 Results (April 26th  – May 2nd )

Sean began his run to the top in week 5, fielding a team of Aaron Judge (hr), Wil Myers (hr), Joe Mauer (hits), Francisco Lindor (hits), Gerrit Cole (K’s) and Sean Manaea (K’s). With Lindor exploding for 12 hits, and Cole doing what he does and leading the week in strikeouts, Sean was able to add five points to his total. Brian took HR category for the week with the duo of Gary Sanchez (3) and Nelson Cruz (2) hitting a combine five homers.

HR Points:  Brian (3), Steve (2), James (1), Angela (1), Kevin (1)
Hits Points: Dylan (2), Sean (2), James (1)
K’s Points: Sean (3), Grant (2), Jade (1), Dieter (1), Angela (1), Brian (1)

Week 6 Results (May 3rd – 9th)

It was a clean sweep for Texas state players on our player of the week board, as Nomar Mazara came out of nowhere to put up the best HR week we’ve seen so far. George Springer‘s six-hit performance catapulted him to a 15-hit performance and Gerrit Cole remained untouchable in an Astros uniform.

While hits and k’s were pretty cut and dry categories, with Jade taking hits with 28 total thanks to Springer and Lindor and Bryson taking K’s with 25 total on the arms of Carlos Carrasco (14) and Luis Severino (11). The home runs category produced three teams earning top points with five home runs each, while six teams nabbed 3rd place points with three homers each.

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

Whew, that was a crazy two weeks. That’s going to do it for this time around for the Pack Battle League. We’ll be back in two weeks to break down all the Week 7 & 8 action.

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #2

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Introduction

The COMC Office Pack Battle League is now four weeks into it’s inaugural season and trends are starting to take form. Of course, it’s still very early in the season, and no team is too far out of the hunt to be counted out.

If you’re not familiar with our scoring system or the rules of our league, you can read our introductory blog here. If you missed our first update and want to take a look at how things got underway through the first two weeks of the season click here.

A big congratulations to Sean Manaea for his 10-strikeout no hit performance against the Boston Red Sox in Week 4!

Current Standings

standingsweek2In the overall league standings through four weeks, Bob has emerged as the front-runner with 10 total points. Over the past two weeks, he’s secured 8 points and has leapfrogged the field after sitting in 17th place after the first two weeks of the season. The rest of the field remains tightly packed, with only three points separating 10th place from 1st place.

Home Run King Standings:

No clear leader has emerged in the Home Run King standings as a four-way tie exists at the top with Brandon, James, Bob and Tad each with five points. Bob took the ‘w’ in the HR category in week 3 with six home runs and Tad claimed top honors in week 4 with five homers.

Hit King Standings:

Despite adding no points from the hits category over the past two weeks, Kevin’s fast start with five points through the first two weeks was enough to keep him in the lead. The field is tightly closing in however as David sits in second with four points. Four teams tied with 13 hits each in week 3 to claim 1st place points while Jeff took the victory in hits in week 4 with a whopping 21 hits.

Strikeout King Standings:

Our five-way tie from the previous update has become just a two-way tie as Tim and Jeremy top the leader board with four points each. Dylan blazed past the competition in week 3 with 23 strike outs, while Bob followed up in week 4 with an 18-strikeout performance that was good for the top spot.

Week 3 Results (April 12th  – 18th )

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In week 3 action, Bob begun his march to the top of the leader board by scoring top points in the home run category with six home runs with his high risk high reward decision to play two Charlie Blackmon cards in the home run stat. A four-way tie at hits this week at 13 total hits yielded first place points distributed liberally. Dylan’s 23 strike outs from Gerrit Cole and Julio Teheran were enough to cement a strong first place finish.

HR Points:  Bob (3), Sean (2), Jeff (1), David (1), Kevin (1), Jade (1)
Hits Points: Jeremy (3), Geoff (3), Tim (3), David (3), Dieter (2), Angela (2), Tad (2), Chris (1)
K’s Points: Dylan (3), Brian (2), Jeremy (1)

Week 4 Results (April 19th – 25th )

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Bob followed up his three-point week 3 with a five point week 4 effort. Bob took first in Strikeouts with 18 K’s thanks to Gerrit Cole (is that name looking familiar yet?) and Sean Manaea and put up a second-place effort in hits coming just three hits short of the 21 hits acquired by category winner Jeff. Tad reigned supreme in the home run category with 5 on the bats of second-year studs Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger.

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

That will do it for this update. Our next update will come in two weeks where we’ll break down the week 5 & 6 action in the COMC Office Pack Battle League.

#Cardstock Volume 4 – Around the Diamond

#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.

We’re a few weeks into the season and players are just starting to find their in the grind that is a the 162 game major league season. Batting averages are still a little wonky, and ERA’s are all of the place, but the perennial all-stars are once again beginning to separate themselves  from the crowd. In Volume 4 of #Cardstock , Steuber goes around the infield diamond by highlighting a player at each position that are worthy of your investment.

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #1

Introduction

Our case yielded a 1:93,600 packs mascot auto relic pulled by Tad.

Last month, we introduced our COMC Office Pack Battle League concept, structure and scoring system. If you’d like to revisit that blog to learn more about our league click here. Our league roster has been finalized with 20 teams in the hunt over the course of our 18-week season. Each week runs from Thursday through the following Wednesday, with each League Manager choosing 4 batters (2 for the hits category, 2 for the home runs category) and 2 pitchers for the strikeouts category using only cards found in their two packs opened for the week.

With two weeks in the books and each team opening just two packs a week to set their roster, our 20 teams has collectively opened just 2 boxes and 8 packs out of the 20-box case of 2018 Topps Opening Day that packs are being pulled from. Team Manager and COMC Processing Team Member Tad P. crushed the odds by hitting a 1:93,600 packs Billy the Marlin Mascot Autographed Relic card.

Current Standings

In the overall league standings, we currently have a three-way tie between Kevin, Grant and Brandon with seven total points each. Jeremy and James round out the top five each with five points, while 6th-12th place remain tightly bunched up in the season’s infancy. All twenty teams are on the board with points just two weeks into the season.

Home Run King Standings:

Brandon, Jade, Steve and James lead the home run leader boards each with three points in the category. James and Brandon tied for 1st place in week 1 each with six round trippers. Jade took top honors in week two with Mike Moustakas and J.D. Martinez each hitting two homers.

Hit King Standings:

Kevin has a firm lead on first place in the hits leader board with five points after winning the category in week one with 19 hits and following it up with a 2nd place finish in week 2 with 14 hits. Grant took top honors in week 2 with his 15-hit combination of Jose Altuve (6) and Kris Bryant (9).

Strikeout King Standing:

A five-way tie between Brandon, Tim, Grant, Jeremy and Jeff currently exists through the first two weeks of the season. The record for most strikeouts in a week currently belongs to Brandon’s week 2 combination of Yu Darvish and Corey Kluber who notched a combined 22 k’s.

Week 1 Results (March 29th – April 4th)

Excited to get underway, our Managers had their teams set and ready and go for Opening Day! In the home runs category, James and Brandon tied for top honors with six homers each, with Bryce Harper anchoring their respective teams. Kevin dominated the hits category with 19 hits (Paul Dejong 10 hits, Dee Gordon 9 hits). Grant, Jeremy and Jeff led the pack each with 17 strikeouts, enough to earn each team three-points.

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

Week 2 Results (April 5th – 11th)

Jade squeaked out a win over a tightly packed field in the home runs stat with four on the week. A six-way tie for 2nd place at three home runs and seven more teams tying for 3rd with 2 home runs meant that 14 teams earned points in the HR category this week. Hit was a little more clear cut, with Grant’s 15 hits being enough to earn 1st place points, besting Kevin’s 14 hits and denying him back-to-back wins in the category. Brandon dominated the field with 22 strike outs, five more than 2nd place.

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

We will publish weekly league updates every two weeks throughout the course of our 18-week season. Are you playing in a similar trading card inspired fantasy league, or did you get a major hit out of your rips of 2018 Topps Opening Day product? We want to hear about it! Share with us in the comments below!

#CardSTOCK Volume 3: Prized Prospects

#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 . In the last edition of #CardSTOCK, Steuber offered his take on six players poised to break out in their 2018 campaigns. You can check out all past editions of #CardSTOCK here.

This time around, Chris showcases seven prized prospects who have generated huge buzz within the hobby through phenomenal performance internationally, in the lower minor league levels, and in spring training. A couple of these prized prospects have already made a splash at the major league level, while others are waiting in the wings for their chance to shine on baseball’s grandest stage.

We want to hear from you! Which prospects do you have high hopes for? Are you currently stashing away cards from your favorite team’s off-the-radar sleeper prospect? Let us know in the comments below!

#CardSTOCK Volume 2: Poised to Breakout

Welcome back to #Cardstock!  If you missed the introductory installment, you can check it out here. #Cardstock is the brainchild of  Baseball Cards Daily’s Chris Steuber. Having collected and worked in the card industry for over 30 years, Steuber’s insight and knowledge of baseball and the card industry collide in the #CardSTOCK series.  By offering a a detailed analysis of hobby value and ‘Stock’ (i.e. popularity) of upcoming, established, and legendary Major League players, this series aims to help collectors by highlighting players currently trending and on-the-rise in the collecting world.

In this second installment, Steuber offers his take on six fast-rising players who could be poised for breakout 2018 campaigns.

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