“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!

[Featured Video] 2018 Ultimate Collection Hockey Box Break (While Riding a Ferris Wheel!)

One of the best resources to previewing new products released is to simply type in the name of the product into a Youtube search. Perhaps you’re a veteran of the group break circuit, spending hours watching breakers such as Firehand and Cards Infinity, hoping that they have the hot hands and pull some sick mojo for your spot in a break. Maybe you’ve even shot your own box break video and shared it via Instagram or Facebook live. Case in point: you’re no stranger to the world of box break videos. But we’re guessing that you’ve never seen a break quite like this!

Earlier this month at the 2018 National Sports Collector’s Convention, two members of our team saw an opportunity to shoot a unique one-of-a-kind break, and wasted no time planning their move. The IX-Center in Cleveland, Ohio, the venue that hosted this year’s National Convention, features a full-sized Ferris Wheel in the center of the building that ascends up into the rafters of the building, offering a view of the entire show floor as well as at the Hopkins International Airport outside in the distance.

Join James and Jeremy of COMC as they embark on a box break like no other. Did Jeremy find incredible hits in his box of 2018 Ultimate Hockey? Did James immediately regret his decision to step foot on the Ferris Wheel when his fear of heights kicked in? Check out our video and let us know what you think!

 

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The Hunt is OVER! Item #50,000,000 Has Been Found!

The Hunt is OVER! COMC Acquires Card #50,000,000 From ePack/COMC Member!

#50000000 – 2017-18 Upper Deck – [Base] – Silver Foil #376 Chris Kreider

Earlier this year we put out a call to action asking for YOUR help in helping us secure a very important milestone card in COMC history. That item was the 50-millionth item processed by COMC in our 10+ year history and just so happened to be an ePack card from the 2017-18 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Set.

It took almost four months to the day, but one lucky COMC member has answered the call and claimed the $1,000 reward that we placed upon this item. Alex B. (COMC username loki__101) from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada was the lucky individual who randomly received the assigned item number of  50,000,000 when he combined 10 digital Chris Kreider base cards from the 2017-18 Series 2 Hockey Set into one physical silver foil card on ePack and transferred it to their COMC account. Alex promptly contacted our Customer Service Team to claim the reward and was gracious enough to answer a few questions for our blog!

How long have been collecting, and what do you collect?

“I collect hockey cards. I used to collect a lot as a kid and didn’t pick it back up until a few years ago (2015-16 season).”

Who are some of your favorite players?

“I am die hard Oilers fan, so of the current team McDavid and Draisaitl are my favorites. I’m also a sucker for goalies so Cujo and Bill Ranford are two of my all-time favorites.”

Do you have a favorite card in your collection?

“Growing up I was proud of my Forsberg rookie card, before he was traded in the Lindros deal. He still has a Flyers jersey on.”

Were you actively hunting for item #50,000,000, or did you come across it without much effort?

“I had bought some boxes on ePack (9-10 I think) and was really close to getting a silver foil for all of the base set. It took my a while to get the last Krieder due to its high demand. I admit I was crossing my fingers when I transferred it over to COMC and did a double take when I saw the number.”

What do you like about Upper Deck ePack?

“Its an easy was to collect, especially if you like the idea of collecting but don’t want / need to have the physical card right there. The ability to have a community for trading is also convenient.”

What do you primarily use COMC for?

“I do use it mainly for selling cards (not many). Also browsing to see what is available.”

Do you have any advice for those who use ePack or COMC?

“Find what you like and stick to it – be it a player, team etc. You’ll have more fun that way.”

 

 

COMC Office Pack Battle League Season Recap

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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…..

Even More Funny Topps Triple Threads Baseball Captions You Need to See!

A few weeks ago, we showed you some of the funnier captions to come from the Topps Triple Thread product over the years. You can check out that blog here. This time around, we have even more Triple Threads cards that might have had you scratching your head at first before they made sense….

The Best of Nicknames

Dustin Pedroia earned this nickname after a nearly 6-hour marathon game that saw his uniform covered in dirt and mud when it was all said and done. (Source)

This one is just plain bitter sweet. We all thought we knew Robinson Cano, but apparently this nickname had a bit more truth than we all could imagine.

Just Plain Strange

So Ian Kinsler likes to wear throwback high socks. What’s the big deal? Low effort here, Topps.

The internet brought it’s full savagery to the table upon the release of a promotional video for the then-free-agent Cespedes back in 2011. Topps decided to further the ribbing by taking their own stab at it. (Source)

With his slow pitching mechanics and a slight pause in his wind up, Dan Haren‘s pitching style was coined a ‘chess match’ by reporters and announcers.

This one did not age very well. Imagine pulling a card in 2018 that had a similar cringe worthy phrase on it. Tyler “Snap” Chatwood? Trevor App-Store-y? We’ll stop now. At least this card is a good segue into our next topic.

PUNDERFUL!

Topps Triple Threads has featured some of the best and worst puns ever printed on cardboard. Keep in mind that they printed these puns on cards that are $200/box! We will respond to these strictly using images only.

Pop Culture References

Before Johnny Cueto was scaring hitters with his heat, Jack Nicholson was scaring everyone in the legendary horror film ‘The Shining’. This card plays homage one of that movie’s most memorable scenes

It hasn’t been Hammer Time for a very long time, but that didn’t stop Topps from dropping a 90’s reference pun to the disapproval of Cole Hamels‘ collectors everywhere.

We’d like to think someone at Topps wanted to pay homage to the video game character Duke Nukem with this clever play on ‘King’ Felix Hernandez‘s nickname.

Billy Murray’s 1993 classic movie reference or a show of appreciation to his defense behind the plate? You be the judge!

Mike Napoli with another appearance on our list! If you’re older than 25 years old, don’t click this link to understand the reference. You’ve been warned.

.You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. Did you click the link above anyways? If so then you probably need some ear bleach. Here you go.

 

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #8

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Introduction

We’re now through 16 of the 18 weeks in our inaugural Office Pack Battle League! There are just two weeks left until we announce the overall winner as well as the winners of our three respective stat categories. Be on the lookout for that update in a couple of weeks!

Current Standings

The rich only managed to get a little richer this time around, as league leader Kevin only added two points to his total over the last two weeks. The same goes for James, who lost ground to Sean over the last three weeks to round out our top three. Steve’s five points earned over weeks 15 & 16 were good enough to bump him up one spot in the standings, while Jade made the biggest leap of all with his eight points, catapulting him from 11th to the the five spot.

Home Run King Standings:

In our Home Run King category, James maintained his four point lead over the field and can clinch the category win by accumulating just three points over the final two weeks of the season. Bryson, Sean, Kevin and Jeff all sit behind him at 17 points a piece, meaning one of these managers will need to accumulate second place or better points in both weeks to tie or overtake the lead.

Hit King Standings:

In the Hit King category, Kevin’s 15 points are good enough to lead the category, but may not be good enough to win the category. With Angela at 12 points, James at 11 points, and Brandon, Sean and Jade each with 10 points, these managers are not completely out of the running to win the category. While Kevin controls his own destiny, this one is far from over.

Strikeout King Standings:

In recent weeks, Steve had made an impressive run to overtake Jeremy, but with back-to-back wins, Jeremy is leading the Strikeout King category with 15 points. Steve is right behind him at 14 points and will look to answer back over the course of the final two weeks. Kevin’s 13 points keep him within striking distance of the top spot. This race is effectively down to those three, as only one other manager could reach the 15 point mark, but would need to earn top points in back-to-back weeks to do so.

Week 15 Results (July 5th – 11th)

Jade’s five home runs on the bats of J.D. Martinez (2) and Jose Ramirez (3) were enough to earn him top points in the home run category. Chris’ superstar combo of Andrew Benintendi (14) and Paul Goldschmidt (10) was able to bang out 24 hits and secure three points for him. In the first of his back-to-back strikeout wins, Jeremy’s 1-2 punch of Chris Sale (12) and Justin Verlander (10) proved too potent to be touched.

HR Points: Jade (3), Jeff (2), Kevin (1), Angela (1), James (1)
Hits Points: Chris (3), Bob (2), Dieter (2), Dylan (1), Tim (1), Jade (1)
K’s Points: Jeremy (3), Dieter (2), Jade (1), Dylan (1)

Week 16 Results (July 12th-25th)

In an extended week due to the All Star Game break, Khris Davis was able to put up the highest home run total we’ve seen so far with six bombs. His six plus Joey Gallo‘s four dingers gave Jeff a dominate win for the week. Sean put up a ridiculous 27 hit performance with Joe Mauer (15) and Jonathan Schoop (12) leading him to first place points. Jeremy was able to notch his second win in as many weeks thanks to Astros teammates Justin Verlander (12) and Gerrit Cole (8).

HR Points:  Jeff (3), Jade (2), Sean (1), Steve (1), Kevin (1), Chris (1), Angela (1)
Hits Points:  Sean (3), Steve (2), Angela (1), James (1)
K’s Points:  Jeremy (3), Steve (2), Chris (1), Jade (1)

That’s going to do it for our update this week. Be sure to come back in just a couple weeks for our league wrap up where we announce our winners!

13 Funny Topps Triple Threads Baseball Captions You Need to See!

Topps Triple Threads Baseball made it’s debut in 2006 and has been a fixture in the hobby ever since. Ask 10 collectors what they think of Triple Threads, and you’ll likely get 10 vastly different responses. Love it or hate it, Topps has carved out a niche in the hobby, offering unique memorabilia cards that for the last 13 years are much more unconventional from the standard swatches and patches that the hobby is accustom to. While it’s $200/box price tag is nothing to make fun of, Triple Threads generally doesn’t take itself too serious.

We’re far from the 2012 to 2014 glory days of Triple Threads that produced some of the funniest, clever, and most pun-filled memorabilia cards the hobby has ever seen. During that era, it appears that the creative department at Topps had free reign to do as they please, and as a result, collectors got some of the most hilarious and sometimes head scratching cards introduced into the product.

Without further ado, we present to you some of those gems that you may have missed:

The Weird Obsession with Foods:

Without context, this the context of this swatch is a bit dry, and is one of the most obscure nicknames of all time in Triple Threads. The legend goes that Mike Napoli was often ribbed by teammates because he looked like the chef that cooked food in the Detroit Tigers visiting team clubhouse. (source)

A clever play on words using Mike Moustakas‘s last name. Don’t worry if you have to audibly say it out loud a couple times, we did too!

Billy Butler‘s nickname ‘Country Breakfast’ went viral after a sports reporter aptly coined the nickname for him during a rain delayed game. The reason? Billy can apparently put away the protein! (source)

Although there does not appear to be an origin to this nickname, the back of the card reads ‘Busch Stadium is home sweet home for Stephen.’  Needless to say, Topps may have more than one foodie working for them

We had to dig real deep to figure this one out. During the 2015 season, a Seattle Mariners Stadium Give Away saw 10,000 dads receiving a Mike Zunino BBQ apron. Topps felt it was significant enough to warrant it’s own card, because let’s face it, what else do you remember from the M’s 2015 season? (source)

C.C. Sabathia claims that before becoming clean and sober of the cereal, at one point he ate a box of Captain Crunch a day. Topps felt the need to poke fun at his sugar addiction. Bad Topps, Bad. (Source)

Matt Moore. Get it yet? M&M . The idea probably looked better on paper than it did on this card.

While his perfect game was certainly sweet for Giants fans, this play on words is a ground out to short.

Stemming from his nickname, ‘Georgia Peach’. It doesn’t matter what Topps printed on the front of this card, because ANY collector would love to own a Ty Cobb bat relic!

This nickname didn’t age very well. Given to him as a child growing up the Carolinas, Josh Hamilton was known as ‘Hambone’ to friends, family and teammates.  (Source)

Where are they now? “Future Aces” Edition: 

With a career record of 19-26 and an ERA of 4.15, this one didn’t pan out too well for Topps. In fairness, Cingrani did look like a good starting pitcher in Cincinnati. He’s now a reliever for the Dodgers, but consider this strike 2 for Topps.

Which means this is definitely strike 3 for them as Jarrod Parker never made it back to the bigs following an injury prior to the start of the 2014 season.

 

That’s going to do it this time around. Be on the look out for a follow up blog in a couple of weeks that highlights even more of the lighter side of Triple Threads!