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!

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!

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #5

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Introduction

With 10 weeks out of our 18 week season in the books, we are careening towards the finish line of our COMC Office Pack Battle League! Over the last two weeks the rich have continued to get richer, while a couple hopeful Managers have made a run at breaking out of the pack and into the upper echelons of the standings.

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 the overall league standings through 10 weeks, Kevin is currently pacing the field with 29 points, adding five to his total from our previous update. Brandon’s seven points over the last two weeks was good enough to move him up two spots to second. James was only able to add one point to his total, and Jeremy’s five points moved him up a slot for a tie at 3rd and 4th place. Rounding out our top five is Sean who falls two spots from our last update.

Brian’s seven points over the last two weeks leapfrogged him from 16th place all the way to 8th. Dylan has also been on the move over the last two weeks, moving from the 11th to the 7th spot on a 6 point performance.

While 10th – 17th place are only separated by 3 points,the climb up the ladder is starting to get steeper and steeper as the top five continue to separate themselves from the pack.

Home Run King Standings:

Having cooled off substantially, James was only able to add a single point to his lead in the Home Run King standings. He sits three points ahead of Brandon(13 pts), who has a one point lead over Tad and Kevin. Sean rounds out the top 5 with 11 points.

Hit King Standings:

Kevin and Brandon swapped wins in the Hits category over the last two weeks to keep pace with one another in the standings. Kevin leads overall with 12 points, with Brandon just two points behind. Angela and Bob sit in a tie for 3rd-4th with seven points.

Strikeout King Standings:

It took ten weeks, but a trend finally emerged in the Strike Out Kings standings as Jeremy was able hold on to the top spot by notching a Week 9 win in the category. He sits in first with nine points, with Dylan and Steve close behind at eight points. Tim and Brian are in striking distance at six points.

Strikeouts remain the most competitive category by far, and will certainly be the race to watch down the stretch. Like a win in FirstEnergy Stadium (Have fun Googling that!), fielding a competitive pitching staff remains a difficulty for some Managers.  It should be interesting to see if Manager’s start trading to focus specifically on strike outs in coming weeks.

Week 9 Results (May 24th-30th )

To absolutely no one’s surprise, Brandon was able to dominate the HR category with the 1-2 super combo of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. Seven Managers managed to put just one home run or less this week, so there was a serious power outage. Kevin rode the bats of Buster Posey and Jose Altuve to an easy win in the hits category. Geoff was able to tie Kevin on the interesting combo of Salvador Perez and Adam Jones. Strikeouts belonged to Jeremy thanks to Stephen Strasburg‘s 8 K’s and Aaron Nola‘s 10 K performance.

HR Points:  Brandon (3), Geoff (3), Bob (2), Jeff (1), Sean (1)
Hits Points: Kevin (3), Geoff (2), Jeff (2), Brandon (1)
K’s Points:  Jeremy (3), Steve (2), Tim (1)

Week 10 Results (May 31st – June 6th)

You get points, you get points, EVERYONE gets points! In our HR category, 17 of the 20 managers were able to notch at least third place points thanks to a log jam in the category. Just two homers was good enough to net 3rd place points.  Angela (Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Ramirez), Brian (Cody Bellinger, Edwin Encarnacion), and Grant (Manny Machado, Andrew Benintendi) led the field with 5 HR’s each. In the hits category, Brandon (Andrew Benintendi, Brandon Crawford) and Bob (Brandon Crawford, Matt Kemp) tied at the top with 18 hits a piece. Finally, in strikeouts, Dylan scorched the competition with both Nat’s aces Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

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

That’s going to do it for this week’s update. We’ll be back in two weeks to break down weeks 11 &12. With Topps Series 2 Baseball releasing later this week, now is the perfect time to get a league started with your friends or coworkers!

Check Out Your Grades! – May BGS Grading Returns

Welcome back to ‘Check Out Your Grades!”, our monthly BGS submissions results blog where we show you our favorite cards that have returned from BGS in the past month. In April, we saw the first results from our new 3-week grading service, our fastest grading option that we’ve ever offered.

Did you know that you can submit any item in your inventory manager via the actions menu to BGS for grading or to COMC for our weekly Condition Review? Not only will your cards be graded within three or six weeks, but they’ll have a chance to be showcased in our monthly blog series!

Here are some of our favorite returns this month:

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #4

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Introduction

Not wanting to risk losing his auto, Dieter sadly did not play this card.

Welcome to our fourth COMC Office Pack Battle League Update. We’ve now concluded eight weeks of our 18-week season, and trends are starting to take form. There is still a lot of baseball left to play, so nothing is set in stone, and comebacks will surely happen. We’ve seen Managers go on some pretty incredible runs up the league standings as a result of smart decision making when setting their line up. With trading always a possibility, we expect to see more teams look for trade partners to start heavily skewing their line ups towards individual categories.

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.

For the second time this season, one of our League Managers has pulled an auto out of our case of 2018 Topps Opening Day! This time it was Dieter who hit this minty fresh Noah Syndergaard auto.

Current Standings

In the overall league standings through eight weeks, Kevin has regained the top spot with an impressive 10 point gain over the last two weeks. James moves up two spots with an equal 10 point gain, while former leader Sean falls to the three spot in a tie with Brandon, who’s nine point performance moved him four spots up the league standings. Jeremy drops two spots to round out our top 5.

Four weeks ago, Bryson sat dead last with just two points, but he has caught fire and sits in 7th after snagging 12 point over the course of the last few weeks of play. With just a four point difference between 9th and 18th place, competition in the middle of the pack should be getting very interesting as new contenders emerge.

Home Run King Standings:

With back-to-back wins in the Home Run category, James has increased his lead over the rest of the field and sits with 15 points. Kevin and Tad remain close behind at 11 points each, but sit more than a week’s worth of points behind.

Hit King Standings:

Kevin came out the winner of his tie with Jade for the lead in the Hit King category with his week 7 1st place points performance. Angela and Brandon now sit in second place with six points each after each notched three point top performances over the last two weeks.

Strikeout King Standings:

Pitchers continue to come at a premium out of our packs of Opening Day, and as a result the Strike Out King trophy is still anyone’s to win. Steve and Jeremy sit in first with six point each, but five other managers (Dylan, Sean, Grant, Tim and & Kevin) are tied for second just one point away from the lead.

Week 7 Results (May 10th-16th )

Four teams tied for top points in home runs this week at five home runs each, with two of these teams flourishing thanks to Manny Machado‘s three-day power flurry that produced four home runs. Kevin and Angela tied for 1st in hits at 18 each, with Kevin platooning Ozzie Albies and Nick Markakis while Angela opted for Freddie Freeman and Brian Anderson. Kevin capped off his eight point week with top points in the K’s category as the 1-2 Washington Nationals punch of Stephen Strasburg (9) and Max Scherzer (11) were only rivaled by the equal 20 K’s of Chris Sale (15) and Jake Arrieta (5) for Steve. In a rare feat, James notched points in each of the three categories, the first to do so since Sean’s triple 3rd place performance in week 4.

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

Week 8 Results (May 17th – 23rd)

As the rest of the world outside of Boston is realizing that Mookie Betts is the real deal, our League Managers are being rewarded by his dual threat potential in our Pack Battle League. Mookie and Jonathan Schoop helped carry James’ team to first place points in the HR category for the third straight weeks. Seven teams were able to notch second place points in the HR category with three home runs each. Brandon’s combo of Betts and Odubel Herrera yielded 18 hits, good for first place points. Steve puts up back-to-back wins in the K’s category as Max Scherzer (13) and Jon Lester (8) were able to get the job done with 21 K’s.

For a second straight week, we see a League Manager acquire points in all three categories, as Dylan’s 2nd and two 3rd place finishes make him the third manager to do so.

HR Points:  James (3), Geoff (3), Tad (2), Brian (2), Jade (2), Jeremy (2), Chris (2), Bryson (2), Kevin (2), Brandon (2), David (1), Dylan (1), Tim (1)
Hits Points: Brandon (3), Dylan (2), James (2), Bryson (1), Steve (1)
K’s Points: Steve (3), Dylan (2), Angela (1)

Thanks for checking in with us and for following along with our Pack Battle League. Do you play any similar fantasy sports inspired games with your trading cards? Sound off in the comments below and let us know! We’ll be back in two weeks with all of the action from Weeks 9 & 10!

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.

Check Out Your Grades! – April BGS Grading Returns

The winds of change are blowing! Last month, we published out 2018 Spring BGS Service Update which included the news that we’re rolling out a new 3 week expedited service. The early results are in, and this service is quite popular among COMC users!

Did you know that you can submit any item in your inventory manager via the actions menu to BGS for grading or to COMC for our weekly Condition Review? Not only will your cards be graded within three or six weeks, but they’ll have a chance to be showcased in our monthly blog series!

Without further ado, our favorite BGS returns for the month of April: