COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #7

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Introduction

Welcome to the seventh and second-to-last update before we announce winners in our ongoing COMC Office Pack Battle League! We’re now through 14 weeks of the season and have just four weeks remaining! To see how we got this far, click here to read past updates to get caught up on how this crazy game we’ve concocted is played and how you can start up your own Pack Battle League!

Current Standings

In the overall league standings, Kevin managed to add six points to his total over the last two weeks, putting him now twelve points ahead of second place. While anything can happen, one of the 2nd – 5th place managers would need to run nearly perfect and score top points in all categories amidst a complete Kevin collapse. James holds onto a three point lead over 3rd – 5th, while the rest of the field from 6th-10th remain tightly packed together, hoping for a final push into the top five. Jeff had the largest jump since our last update, as his six points earned were good enough to help him find his way into 10th place.

Home Run King Standings:

James leads the Home Run King standings overall with 20 points. He’ll look to stack his team heavily towards power for the final four weeks of the season. With five points earned over the last two weeks, Bryson leapfrogged the field to sit in 2nd place with 17 points. Tad and Sean are amidst a battle for 3rd with 16 points, while Kevin sits in 5th with 15 points.

Hit King Standings:

Kevin’s 15 points give him a comfortable four-point lead in the Hit King Standings. Angela is the closest rival and sits in 2nd with 11 points after earning four points in back-to-back second place performances. James and Brandon’s 10-points represent a tie for 3rd, while Jeff and Jade’s 9 points are good for a 5th place tie. Anything can happen in the final two weeks,and this category will come down to the wire.

Strikeout King Standings:

By far the most exciting points category, Kevin maintains a one-point lead over Steve with his 13 overall points. Jeremy falls behind the competition and sits in 3rd with 9 points after failing to add to once league leading 9-points.

We’ve seen some crazy occurrences in the strike outs category as we reach the midway point of the MLB season. An unlikely victory for Steve that you’ll read about below will have him heavily skewing his team towards pitching. On the other hand, Kevin remains in competition for top spots in all three categories, meaning he’ll have to field a well-rounded team these final two weeks.

 

Week 13 Results (June 21st – 27th)

On the bats of Nolan Arenado and J.D. Martinez, Bryson’s team was able to blast 6 home runs, earning top points in the category. The rest of the field bunched up, awarding 2nd and 3rd place points to three managers each respectively. Kevin pads his overall points lead AND his lead in the Hit King category with his 19 hits on the unlikely combo of Matt Carpenter and Yuliesky Gurriel. 22 Strikeouts from Jack Flaherty (13) and Max Scherzer (9) were good enough for Chris to notch top points for the week.

HR Points: Bryson (3), Geoff (2), James (2), Jeff (2), Tim (2), Bob (1), Kevin (1), Sean (1)
Hits Points:  Kevin (3), Angela (2), Jeff (1), Steve (1)
K’s Points: Chris (3), Tad (2), Jade (1), Geoff (1)

Week 14 Results (June 28th -July 4th)

Steve put up a huge five spot thanks to the five home runs of Nolan Arenado and Mike Trout earning him 2nd place HR points, as well as coy decision to play two Robbie Ray cards at his pitcher spots. Ray’s 7 strikeouts doubled were enough to secure first place points. Bryson followed up his first place HR win last week with a second place performance from the bats of Nelson Cruz and Eric Thames.

HR Points:  Jeff (3), Steve (2), Bryson (2), Jade (2), Chris (1), Brian (1)
Hits Points: David (3), Angela (2), Jade (1)
K’s Points: Steve (3), Kevin (2), Angela (1)

In our next update, we’ll break down all of the final league standings for the season. While the runaway winner Kevin likely has the overall points total on lock down, all three individual category trophies are still up in the air. Who will win? How will it all shake down? See you in two weeks!

“It Sold for WHAT?!?” – The Mike Trout Edition

Over the course of our 11 plus year existence, we’ve seen A LOT of cards. In many cases, we first saw a superstar’s cards long before they became a household name. As a result, this lends itself to some pretty hilarious completed sales in our historical sales history. Whether these buyers are cardboard Nostradamus’s, or simply happened to pick up a card before it’s value skyrocketed into oblivion, one thing is for sure: they got a crazy good deal!

We received an overwhelming positive response to what we intended to be a one-off posting highlighting some of the better skewed historical sales data. You can read the first installment here. In response to your desire to see more of these great ‘too good to be true’ deals, we’ve decided to make a series of it – highlighting one player per installment.

This time around we’re shining the spotlight on the man that is blowing up the hobby right now with some downright stunning recently completed rookie and prospect card sales. That player is none other than Mike Trout. In an early May 2018 sale that was eye-popping to the card industry, Trout’s 2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospect Superfractor Autographed 1/1 sold for $400,000 to famous collector ‘Vegas’ Dave Oancea. That sale, coupled with the fact that Trout is having what many consider to be his best season to date, has sent prices skyrocketing due to strong demand and future speculation.

Trout is just 26 years old, and questions have already been raised if his eight year career in the majors is HOF worthy if he were to retire today. He owns a career Wins Above Replacement (WAR) of over 60 games. Babe Ruth sits atop this list with 182.5 games over his 22 year career.  Are we witnessing the greatest player to ever play the game of baseball ? That answer lies in the future, so in the meantime lets turn to the past for some laughs.

2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects – Prospects Chrome – Refractor Autograph #BDPP89 – Mike Trout /500

We showed you this card in the first installment of the series, but as it is the most skewed historical sales data of any Trout card ever on COMC, it’s worth repeating. The most recent comparable sales data shows that  BGS 10 Pristine copy of this very card sold for $22,527 on June 3rd. That’s right – nearly 1000x what this card sold for back in March of 2010.

2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects – Prospects Chrome #BDPP89 – Mike Trout 

One of these things is not like the other. This BGS 9.5 Gem Mint Trout base auto sold back in October of 2013 for a paltry $464.99. The most recent completed sale of this card saw it fetch $7800.00 at auction. At this point in his career, Trout had won Rookie of the Year honors and was a 2x All Star.

2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition – [Base] – Status Signatures [Autographed] #57 Mike Trout

While not nearly as coveted as his 2009 Bowman, 2009 Donruss Elite Trout autographs do garner their fair share of attention in the market. This die-cut beauty sold for $166.27 in June of 2012 in the midst of what would be Trout’s Rookie of the Year season. He smashed 30 bombs that year while posting a career high 49 stolen bases. Recent completed sales of this card have seen it sell for around $1200.00

2010 Topps Pro Debut – [Base] – Gold #181 Mike Trout

Admittedly, Topps Pro Debut does not get the love that it rightfully deserves. Prospectors who closely follow minor league players generally gravitate towards a player’s first Bowman card when prospecting a future star. When that player starts to make a name for themselves in the major league, casual collectors often seek that player’s first Topps rookie card. Pro Debut cards fall somewhere in between that range.

This beautiful Gold /50 parallel from 2010 was first put up for sale in March of 2017, where it promptly sold for $31 to one savvy COMC flipper. That opportunistic individual scored a nice pay day just four days later when they sold it to the tune of $438.25. While over 14x profit is an amazing COMC flip, that seller left plenty of money on the table as the most recent completed sale of this card was $1200.00.

2011 Topps Update Series – [Base] – Hope Diamond Anniversary #US175 Mike Trout

Beautiful set design? Check. Great photography? Check. Unique parallels? Check. Stellar crop of rookies? Check! This is just a small fraction of what makes 2011 Topps Update such a great set. Trout headlines a rookie crop that also includes other notable stars such as Jose Altuve, Paul Goldschmidt, JD. Martinez, Anthony Rizzo, and Charlie Blackmon.

We’ve seen two of these gorgeous Hope Diamond parallels numbered to 60 copies sell on COMC. The first sold in June of 2012 for an even then steal of $50. The second copy sold just two months later to a certain COMC employee for $200, who promptly sold the card for the price that they paid for it just a week later. Sorry G, can’t win ’em all!

There haven’t been any recently completed sales of the Hope Diamond parallel, but a raw Black parallel also numbered to 60 copies sold earlier this month for $12,401 at auction.

2013 Topps Heritage – Chrome – Gold Refractors #HC10 Mike Trout

2013 Topps Heritage borrows it’s set design from the 1964 Topps set and is easily one of the better designed Heritage sets in recent memory. While not a rookie card, 2013 Topps Heritage Mike Trout and Bryce Harper cards often command a premium as the stellar design and photography make them favorites among collectors.

This gold refractor numbered to five copies belonged to a COMC employee who nearly managed to put together the entire 2013 Topps Heritage Mike Trout rainbow:

When that employee decided to piece out and sell their stash, the cornerstone gold refractor numbered to just five copies was sold on COMC for $503.25 in December of 2013. At that point in his career, Trout had been named Rookie of the Year, won two Silver Slugger awards, was elected to two All Star Teams and had finished runner up in MVP voting in back-to-back years.

There have been no recently completed sales of this ultra rare gold refractor. A PSA 10 Gem Mint black refractor numbered to 64 copies recently sold for $1,077. Sorry, Ghumbs. 😦

Now we want to hear from you! What Trout cards have you reeled in but let slip through your hands? Share your best “What was I thinking?” stories with us!

#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.