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.

 

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!

COMC @ The 54th Sport Card & Memorabilia Expo Nov 10th-12 in Mississauga, Ontario!

Happy Halloween COMC Nation!

We are proud to announce our attendance at the 54th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo onThe-Great-Pumpkin November 10th, 11th, & 12th in Mississauga, Ontario.  We will be located at Booth #3300 in the Corporate Area.  The expo will be held at The International Centre (6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontario) and will feature over 400 “boo”ths!

Free Giveaways!

Stop by our booth each day of the Expo as there will be free treats for everyone!
– One per customer per day (while supplies last.) –

Prize Wheel!

In celebration of the Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial, we are offering 15 chances to win various Toronto Maple Leaf cards that are worth howling at! Some of these cards include:

EXPO1

Hat Trick or Treat! 

2016-17 Upper Deck Young Guns #201 Auston Matthews RC

2016-17 Upper Deck Young Guns #249 William Nylander RC

2016-17 Upper Deck Young Guns #468 Mitch Marner RC  

Please note that you must have a COMC account to participate.  You can create an account at our booth, but we recommend that accounts be created prior to the event as queues can form while creating accounts at the event.  Limit one magical spin per COMC account per show.  All participants will receive a COMC branded storage box (while supplies last).

Winners will be drawn the week of November 12th and will be announced on our Facebook page.

Second Chance Store Credit Draws in time for Black Friday November 24, 2017!

Black Friday is the greatest buying opportunity of the year on COMC as thousands of sellers will be running sales and offering huge markdowns on their inventory.  Having your account funded with store credit will ensure that you not only get fang-tastic deals on COMC, but you will also be able to take advantage of all of our Black Friday promotions (to be announced soon!)

All COMC members at the Expo without a winning prize wheel spin will have a wicked second chance at winning one of five store credit prizes valued at up to $100.00!   Details will be announced at the show.  

Games For The Kids!

Young collectors accompanied by a COMC account holding parent can spin-to-win COMC branded items such as fidget spinners and beanie hats as well as 2017 Upper Deck Toronto Maple Leaf Centennial cards (while supplies last).  Hair-raising details will be announced at the show.

Drop Off Consignments Accepted!

As always, we will be accepting drop-off submissions at the Expo to help our consignors save on the frightful cost of shipping. Prior to dropping off your submission please follow the steps below:

  1. All submissions must have complete and accurate paperwork. Please use the ’Sportscard & Memorabilia Expo drop off location’ option on step 5 of the Submission Wizard to expedite processing
  2. Ensure your submission is packed securely within a secure card box.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the most spook-tacular hockey card trade show in the world.  For more details on the Toronto Fall Expo, check out http://sportcardexpo.com/

COMC Black Friday Results

Hello COMC Nation, it’s Nathan with COMC.

Black Friday was an enormous success! We beat last year’s record by 23 percent. Over the one week surrounding this promotion, we had a spike of five times the number of items requested for shipment. Please join Tim, Geoff, and me as we discuss what made this years sales so special.

And, as a returning addition, the blooper reel!

Exciting news from COMC!

Everyone who’s been following COMC has noticed a number of changes over the years; we’ve grown in leaps and bounds, offering new and diverse services for our customers on a regular basis. Today we’re happy to announce that COMC is going in another new direction which is creating lots of excitement at COMC headquarters.

COMC is currently making plans to open it’s first “Brick and Mortar” store, as we move beyond the bounds of the internet and start setting up card and collectible shops in neighborhoods across the country and around the world.

Of course, an undertaking like this requires plenty of planning and development, and while something like this is a huge step, CEO Tim Getsch has decided that the company is going to start small. He’s already picked out where our first location will be, and (much to everyone’s surprise) it won’t be located near our main offices in Redmond, Washington. Tim has been scouting locations and determined our first store will be located in Antarctica.

Artist's rendition of COMC"s "eco-friendly" signage for new store location.

Artist’s rendition of COMC”s “eco-friendly” signage for new store location.

When asked about the location, Tim says “It’s prime real estate and it’s selling so cheap, it’s a great opportunity for us to get in on the ground floor of this recently opened territory. We can get ourselves established and there’ll be plenty of room for us to grow and expand as our company needs.” While Tim concedes it may be difficult for some collectors to visit our new store in such a remote location, he’s confident that the local population will be supportive during the new store’s early days.

“Penguins are awesome!” Tim says “They’re natural collectors and they have an abundance of disposible income. I’m really looking forward to working with them, as I’ve always been a fan of penguins. When I was a child, I wanted one for a pet, but my parents said it couldn’t happen. When they said that, I took my brother to the zoo, to try and trade him in for a penguin. My folks got really upset when I did that, because they said he was worth 3 penguins and an otter, at least.”

Tim prepares to meet with the local population, to discuss COMC's expansion into the area.

Tim prepares to meet with the locals, to discuss COMC’s expansion into the area.

There is a little hesitation among the staff, however. Said one employee, who asked to remain anonymous “It’s cool we’re getting a storefront, but no one wants to be chosen as a ‘day manager’ since the days can last up to 24 hours. I mean, how do you schedule breaks on that kind of shift?”

While some logistics are still being worked out, this is a huge development for COMC. Keep checking this blog for further updates and other penguin-related news.

COMC Lockout

Following the example of the NBA and NFL, the owner of Check Out My Cards has decided to lock out the workers over a labor dispute. Despite push back from workers that love their job, the owner feels that all workers should get a 4 day weekend after reaching all quarterly goals and setting a record for most cards shipped in a month (92,254).

This lockout will last until Tuesday July 5th. At this point, workers will be allowed to resume their regular schedules. No phone calls will be answered or emails responded to during the lockout.

Since it is only the workers that are being locked out, you can expect that the owner will likely continue to make updates to the experimental Card Details page during the course of the lockout.

🙂 Enjoy your holiday weekend!