On the Horizon: Our Most Anticipated Products to Come in 2018

Hello COMC Nation!

We are less than three months away from the start of a new year as 2019 rapidly approaches. That being said, one quick look on the New and Upcoming Releases Calendar offered by Cardboard Connection and you’ll know that the hobby is in for a strong close to what has been a very hot year for trading cards across all sports. In this blog, we want to highlight and showcase some of our most anticipated products that are yet to come before the calendar turns.

2018 Topps Update Baseball
October 22nd, 2018

2018 Topps Update Baseball will round out the Topps Baseball flagship set for the year, bringing 300 more base cards and plenty of short print variations as well. All of the familiar parallels return from Series 1 and 2, along with new insert sets such as ‘An International Affair’ and Washington D.C. All Star Game themed relics, patches, and autographs to those lucky enough to land a tough odds monster hit from the product. Update is a perennial favorite with collectors and generally features rookies who came on strong in the second half of the season. We’re expecting to see first Topps flagship rookie cards from players such as David Bote, Dereck Rodriguez, and Franmil Reyes find their way in 2018 Topps Update. That’s reason enough to get excited about this set.

Revisit 2017 Topps Update Baseball

2018 Panini Prizm Football
October 24th, 2018

We’ll admit that we’re still not entirely acclimated to the new landscape of football cards in the wake of the NFL and NFL Player’s Association’s exclusive agreement that started in 2016 and effectively eliminated all Topps football products.That being said, Panini has done a commendable job transitioning their Prizm set as the new standard chromium flagship product in the wake of the loss of Topps Chrome. Featuring over 100 rookies, this year’s Prizm set is sharply designed and will feature coveted rookie autographs from Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley, and more. The new stained glass parallel should be popular among player collectors.

Revisit 2017 Panini Prizm Football

2017-18 Panini Flawless Basketball
October 31st, 2018

Flawless Basketball has carved out a place for itself among basketball collectors as the highest of high end products, coming in at around $1800 per box at time of writing. While this set is out of the price range of many collectors, putting it in the look but don’t touch realm in their local hobby shop, it does generate huge buzz among group breakers in particular. Even the packaging for this product is ultra high end, with each ‘box’ of 10 cards being presented in a locking suitcase bearing the Flawless logo.

Revisit 2016-17 Panini Flawless Basketball

2017-18 Upper Deck The Cup Hockey
October 2018

Although the start of the 2018-19 NHL season has begun, Upper Deck saves the best for last with their final 2017-18 season release with The Cup. Each tin of The Cup contains one pack of six cards, that yields two autographed patch cards on average. Laundry Tags, Triple Autographed Booklets featuring legends of the NHL, and NHL Shield Patches are just some of the obscenely monster hits to be found throughout the product. With a base set limited to just 249 copies, The Cup will be home to some of the best looking rookie cards of Brock Boeser, Alex DeBrincat, and Alex Tuch.

Browse 2016-17 The Cup Hockey

Even More Sets We’re Looking Forward to this year:

2018 Topps Dynasty Baseball
2018 Upper Deck Marvel Masterpieces
2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey
2018 Panini Immaculate Collection Football
2018 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects

#Cardstock Volume 11 – Undervalued and Under 30.

#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 highlighting a unique group of players under the age of 30 who are all experiencing different trajectories of their careers. Each of these players came into the league with high exceptions, and while some have performed better out of the gate than others, we still have faith that the others will come around. While Alex Bregman and Trevor Story cards are reaching new heights almost daily, there is still plenty of room for growth. On the other hand, cards from players such as Byron Buxton and Amed Rosario remain largely undervalued, and could see huge growth if these players can live up to their expected potentials.

Who are you investing in from this group?

Rookie Review – Five Hot Football RC’s that you need RIGHT NOW!

We are now two weeks into the NFL season, and the landscape of the league is beginning to take form. While perennial greats such as Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, and Julio Jones are doing their thing and posting the type of stats that are to be expected, there is a whole crop of players who have emerged from the pack and are positioning themselves to have a stand out 2018 season.  As a result of their strong performances, the collecting world has taken notice and these player’s cards have seen renewed and/or increased interest on the COMC Marketplace.

With that in mind, we want to share our top players who’s rookie cards you should consider picking up sooner rather than later. Whether you’re looking to invest and resell at a later point in time or you’re simply adding them to your collection, here’s who we think you need to consider buying right now:

Patrick Mahomes II | Quarterback | Kanas City Chiefs
38-55, 582 yards, 10 touchdowns, 0 interceptions

The 10th overall pick of the 2017 draft, Patrick Mahomes II has lit the NFL on fire through the Kansas City Chiefs first two victories. After his six passing touchdown performance in Week 2, Mahomes set a record for most TD’s thrown through the first two weeks of the season. Will he eclipse Peyton Manning‘s record of 55 in a season? Only time will tell, but regardless this second year stud is headed in the right direction both on the field and in the collecting world. As of this writing, his Optic Rated Rookie RC is currently selling above $12 and continue to rise with only a handful of copies available.
Our Pick: 2017 Donruss Optic #177 Rated Rookie
Alternative Pick: 2017 Panini Rookie & Stars #201 


Ryan Fitzpatrick | Quarterback | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
49-61, 819 yards, 8 Touchdowns, 1 Interception

2018 marks the emergence of ‘Fitzmagic’. Over his career, Ryan Fitzpatrick has perfected the disappearing act, as the Buccaneers are his 7th team in 12 seasons. In the wake of Jameis Winston‘s suspension, Fitzpatrick was given one more chance to shine and did he ever! Not only has he accumulated back-to-back 400 yard, 4 touchdown performances in two wins, including one against the defending Superbowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, but he’s created a buzz off the field as well. Donning teammate Desean Jackson‘s outfit, he set social media on fire with an appearance that can only be described as Conor McGregor‘s older brother. Plenty of his 2005 rookie year cards can be found on COMC, including autographs at reasonable prices (for now).
Our Pick: 2005 Bowman #180
Alternative Pick: 2005 SPX #162 /1199


Tyreek Hill | Wide Receiver | Kansas City Chiefs
12 receptions,  259 yards, 3 Touchdowns, 1 Return Touchdown 

With Mahomes having a record setting start, someone has to be catching all of those passes right? That someone is Tyreek Hill, who is on pace to shatter the career bests that he set in 2017. A dynamic play maker, Tyreek not only found pay dirt three times on passing plays, but he also electrified the Chiefs Kingdom by running back a 91 yard return for a touchdown as well. We could be seeing the rise of the next great QB to WR duo in the NFL.
Our Pick: 2016 Panini Prizm #296
Alternative Pick: 2016 Donruss Optic #117


Michael Thomas | Wide Receiver | New Orleans Saints
28 receptions, 269 yards, 3 Touchdowns, 2 fumbles lost

In his first two seasons, Michael Thomas has posted 1,000+ yards seasons, while hauling in 14 touchdowns combined. It’s been apparent that the talent has always been there for this 2016 2nd round pick, but Drew Brees‘ favorite target has taken it to another level in 2018. He’s hauled in 28 of the 30 balls thrown his way through the Saints first two games. Even though he has lost a couple of fumbles, Thomas is positioning himself to have a truly special 2018 if he can stay consistent. He has no shortage of rookie cards to choose from, but we prefer his 2016 Prizm over the rest of the field.
Our Pick: 2016 Panini Prizm #230
Alternative Pick: 2016 Panini Playoff #240


James Conner | Running Back | Pittsburgh Steelers
39 rushes, 150 yards, 3 Touchdowns, 10 receptions, 1 touchdown

Leveon who? In the absence of arguably the best running back in the league, James Conner has emerged in the Steeler’s backfield as a similar offensive threat. With Le’veon Bell‘s hold out having no end in sight, Conner is doing his teammate no favors by stepping up and increasing his stock, while decreasing the chances of Bell getting the big payday that he seeks. Though the Steelers are 0-1-1 on the season, Conner is a big winner among fantasy owners and card collectors alike. His rookie card market has gone from stagnant to ablaze, so we’d recommend getting in on the action sooner than later!
Our Pick: 2017 Panini Prizm #225
Alternative Pick: 2017 Panini Donruss #322 

 

That’s going to do it for this installment of rookie review. We’ll be back in a few weeks with another installment. What do you think, COMC Nation? Which NFL player’s rookie cards will you be hoarding this season?

#Cardstock Volume 10 – Onward and Upward

#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 highlighting six players who have stepped their game up in a huge way in 2018. Whether it be an immediate impact upon their big league debut, posting career highs at the plate, or helping carry their team to the postseason, these players have turned on the jets this season. As a result, their most coveted prospect and rookie cards have seen substantial growth. Who should you invest in? Check out their cardstock and decide which of these players has room for the most growth both professionally and in the world of cardboard!

 

 

“It Sold for WHAT?!?” – The Giannis Antetokounmpo 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!

In our last installment, we looked at some skewed historical sales history on baseball’s Mike Trout. You can check out that blog here. This time around, we’re featuring ‘The Greek Freak’ Giannis Antetokounmpo. Selected 15th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, Giannis’ first couple of years in the NBA produced stat lines that were commendable but by no means eye-popping. Coupled with playing for the smaller market Milwaukee Bucks, it wasn’t until the 2015-16 season that his rookie cards begun to take flight.

Then came his breakout season, which saw his cards surge in value and popularity. Not only did Antetokounmpo notch his first All-Star Team selection, but he also won the 2016-17 Most Improved Player award. Playing in 80 games for the Bucks, he accumulated a stat line of 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.9 blocks per game. He became the first player in NBA history to finish a season in the top 20 in points, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocks. Even though the Bucks fell to the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, the statement had been made. Giannis Antetokounmpo was a megastar in the making.

He did not disappoint the following season, further cementing himself as the centerpiece of the Milwaukee Bucks franchise. He improved in nearly every statistical category, earning the nod as an Eastern Conference All Star Team starter. By posting his ninth career triple-double in 2017-18, he overtook Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the history books as the Bucks all-time triple-double leader. Now it’s our turn to look at the history books of COMC and present some of the deals of the past that could have been yours!

2013-14 Panini National Treasures – [Base] #130 Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Panini National Treasures RPA is without question one of the most desired rookie cards in the game. Numbered to just 99 copies, our most recent sale saw the highly coveted card sell for just over $3600 back in February 2017. Two years prior, a savvy COMC user was able to snag one for less than 1/6th of that price! Earlier this month, a BGS 9.0 copy of this card ended at auction for $5300.00!

2013-14 Panini Immaculate Collection – Rookie Patch Autograph #131 – Giannis Antetokounmpo

These are our favorite examples to showcase in the ‘It Sold for What’ blog format because it shows exactly how lucrative rookie card investments can become. Here we see a BGS 9.0 copy achieving an all-time high sale of over $5200 in October 2017. This even better BGS 9.5 Gem Mint version sold back in June 2015 for just over $700.

2013-14 Panini Select – Rookie Jerseys Autographs #1 – Giannis Antetokounmpo 

This is also a fun card for us to showcase because the pricing for different graded copies is all over the place! With raw copies having sold for up to $430, none of the yesteryear sales have remotely come close to that figure. That being said, the buyers of the two Mint 9’s and one Gem Mint 10 were all able to secure their graded copies in 2016 right before the rise of The Greek Freak took form.

2013-14 Panini Crusade – Crusade – Orange Die-Cut #61 – Giannis Antetokounmpo

Crusade inserts have always been a set that is sought after by collectors for it’s beautiful design and wide array of colors of the rainbow. In recent years, Panini has added die-cut versions into the mix, which makes these cards especially difficult to secure a high grade on. This BGS 10 Pristine copy narrowly missed the prestigious black label by just .5 on corners, but it’s former owner narrowly missed hundreds (thousands?) of dollars by selling it in June 2016. With raw copies selling for over $100 just one year later, we’re willing to bet that it will be a long time before another pristine copy hits the market again!

2013-14 Fleer Retro – [Base] – Fleer Metal Precious Metal Gems Red #252 – Giannis Antetokounmpo

Precious Metal Gems are another multi-colored insert set that are widely popular among collectors, with some earlier year sets worth thousands upon thousands of dollars for the right player. Seven lucky individuals were able to get their precious fix by securing one of the 150 red gem Giannis’ printed for less than $20 in 2014. The last completed sale of a PSA 8.5 version was in November 2017 for $236.99, with raw copies selling elsewhere as of late in the $100.00 range.

2013-14 Panini Prizm – Autographs – Target Red Prizms #33 – Giannis Antetokounmpo

We shared this card back in May in our first ‘It Sold For What?’ blog post, but we wanted to bring it back for the Giannis edition! This beautiful Red Prizm RC autograph sold for just $256 back in October of 2016. A Non-graded version of this card sold for over $1,700 earlier this year.

2013-14 Panini Prizm – Red, White, & Blue Wave Prizms #98 – Giannis Antetokounmpo

A word to the wise: BGS 10 Pristine grades are very hard to get, especially on chromium cardstock rookie cards. If you’re ever so lucky as to get one that doesn’t break the bank, hold onto it as long as you can!  This BGS 10 Pristine copy of his 2013-14 Panini Prizm ‘true’ rookie card sold for a paltry $20.87 back in December 2015. Santa delivered one heck of a Christmas present that year, as this card has topped the $300 raw completed sale mark as of November 2017. A PSA 10 copy of this card sold at auction one month ago for $470, but we’re guessing it’s BGS counterpart would sell for a lot more!

Now we want to hear from you! What Giannis Antetokounmpo cards have graced your collection for less than a pretty penny? Share your best investment and #collectfail stories with us!

#Cardstock Volume 9 – All Stars and Almosts

#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.

We’re just a couple weeks removed from the 2018 MLB All Star Game. As you may or may not know, the All Star Game’s participants are decided by fan vote for position players and player vote for pitchers. This means that many deserving candidates can be overlooked in favor of more popular players (as if Bryce Harper wasn’t going to be a starter in an All-Star Game held in Washington D.C.).  This time around we’re looking at four All-Stars that fans chose to be a part of this year’s festivities, and one player who came up a little bit short to the Mariners’s Shortstop Jean Segura’s #SendSegura campaign in the fan vote for the final spot.

COMC Office Pack Battle League Season Recap

pack battle

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…..