Check Out Who’s Hiring – 4/17

We are looking for a few good people to add to the COMC Team.  Are you looking for a fun job, working with fellow collectors, for a company that’s going places?  Do you know someone in the Seattle area who would be a great fit?  All interested parties should email their resume to hr@comc.com.

Identification Specialist 1

Do you know the difference between a refractor and an X-fractor?  Can you identify a short printed card?  Could you tell a parallel from the base set?  The Identification Specialist will help us to accurately sort, identify, and list sports trading cards. Our ideal candidate will be passionate about collectible sports cards and have an exceptional attention to detail. Familiarity with computers & 10-key / data entry is a strong plus.

Responsibilities:

  • Sort received inventory, and add condition notes accurately where required
  • Identify unlicensed, unsupported, counterfeit, altered, or suspicious inventory
  • Identify the catalog information for many thousands of trading cards each week with the aid of a sophisticated computer system
  • Correct or update database information where appropriate
  • Maintain excellent communication within the identification team
  • Review work at all stages to ensure accuracy
  • Maintain accurate records of all activities

Qualifications:     

  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent training and experience
  • Extensive knowledge of collectible cards is required. Individual must possess functional knowledge of diverse collectible card brands (including but not limited to Topps, Upper Deck, Panini, Leaf, Fleer, Donruss, Bowman, Goudey and other sports and non-sports brands)
  • Strong computer skills required; knowledge of Microsoft Access a plus
  • Strong 10-key and data entry experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Salary & Benefits:
Starting salary ranges from $12-14/hour depending upon experience. After 90 days on the job employees will be eligible for medical benefits, dental benefits, 4 weeks of PTO/year, and other employee benefits.

Processing Team Member

This full-time position will help us to accurately sort, identify, scan, and organize our incoming inventory.   Our ideal candidate will be focussed, observant, self-directed, and passionate about all types of collectibles.  Processing Team Members deal directly with incoming customer consignment items and coordinate efforts using a sophisticated computer system.

Responsibilities:

  • Ability to stay on task for extended periods
  • High visual attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Maintain two-way communication within the identification team
  • Review work at all stages to ensure accuracy
  • Identify and help to investigate issues
  • Maintain accurate records of all activities
  • Help with projects for other teams as needed

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Familiarity with sports and/or gaming cards a strong plus
  • Solid computer skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Salary & Benefits:
Starting salary ranges from $10-$12.00/hour depending upon experience. After 90 days on the job employees will be eligible for medical benefits, dental benefits, 4 weeks of PTO/year, and other employee benefits.

Order Fulfillment Team Member

This full-time position will provide warehouse support, assisting with all shipping activities in a safe, accurate and dependable manner.  Ideal candidates will have high attention to detail and dexterity to work quickly using both hands processing small, valuable items.

Responsibilities include:

  • Retrieve and process warehouse orders through a computerized system
  • Provide fast and accurate retrieval and processing of outgoing orders
  • Demonstrates delicate manual dexterity, handling small, fragile inventory with great precision and care over extended periods of time and at a swift pace
  • Report errors and missing inventory to shipping lead
  • Interpret and prepare invoices
  • Participate in the inspection and physical count of incoming and outgoing materials
  • Verify goods received against purchase orders or invoices
  • Maintain inventory, and handle items with care
  • Assist leads and managers in all organization projects

Desired Qualifications:

  • High School diploma, GED or equivalent training and experience
  • Familiar with sports cards, gaming cards, or collectible items preferred
  • Ability to multitask and excellent hand dexterity
  • Strong sense of urgency
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal & communication skills
  • Positive work attitude and strong team player
  • Basic mathematical skills

Salary & Benefits:
Starting salary ranges from $10-$12.00/hour depending upon experience. After 90 days on the job employees will be eligible for medical benefits, dental benefits, 4 weeks of PTO/year, and other employee benefits.

Check Out Your Cards – April 10th

Hello COMC Nation,

I hope you all enjoyed the special edition we ran last week on April 1st. I had one person tell me it was a literary masterpiece, but as he is related to me, he might be biased. Today we return to the standard format of Check Out Your Cards, our weekly post where I sit down with a member of our staff and talk about some of the great cards they have seen on our site. I spoke to Greg from our ID team. He wanted to share some more fantastic finds, as well as a card mystery that he has been puzzling over for more than a year.

2008-09 Exquisite Collection NBA All Access Triple NBA Logo #TRIP-MBR Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley, O.J. Mayo

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The 2008-09 Exquisite cards did not disappoint when it came to showcasing great players. Although O.J. Mayo sounds like two of the ingredients in the worst smoothie ever, the three players on this card were the number 1, 2, and 3 NBA draft picks of 2008. You can see why a card like this would catch Greg’s eye.

2008-09 Exquisite Collection Dual Logoman Autographs #DLOG-NK Jason Kidd, Steve Nash

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Greg has already admitted his bias towards Logoman cards. There’s a real thrill in the quest to own, or even find these cards. On this particular card you have Jason Kidd and Steve Nash, contenders for best point guard to ever play the game. As a side note, I remember the time spent trying to unlock Jason Kidd in NBA Jam TE.

2013-14 Panini Preferred 2013 NBA Finals Memorabilia Booklet Prime #4 LeBron James

 

 

15306121We are getting closer to the center of our mystery with this LeBron James card. Being an amazing booklet with a humongous patch, there is just one thing that could make this card better – an autograph. However, you might have noticed that newer LeBron cards will either have him in his uniform, or with a signature, but not both. LeBron has an exclusive contract with Upper Deck, and they are the only ones who are able to have his signature on a licensed card. However, UD is no longer licensed to show NBA uniforms. That is what brings us to the below unicorn of a card, so rare that, even after time spent deep in research, Greg is baffled.

2012-13 Fleer Retro Autographs #NoN LeBron James

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This is a card that should not be. LeBron in a Heat uniform with a signature. While we’re not an authenticating company, that is an amazing autograph. Greg was telling me about how he remembered seeing this card years ago, and when I was telling him about my plan for COYC, he went back on a search for whatever he could find about this card. It came in through our Mailbox service and was shipped out to a very, very lucky fan. If anyone knows more about this card, please email us at staff@comc.com.

Thank you everyone, and have a great weekend!

Check Out Your Cards: Special Edition

A hearty hello to everyone in COMC Nation from NathanCOMC.

No need for a long face, because I’m coming to you with another exciting entry of Check Out Your Cards, our blog post where we sit down with someone special and ask them about some of the fantastic cards we have on our site. This time, however, we got a horse of a different color. Hold on to your reins, folks, because yesterday’s interview left me so excited that I was racing to get this published. It simply would not do to keep this in the gates until Friday. For this edition, I got to horse around with Washington native, famed Triple Crown winner, and noted stallion, Seattle Slew, and talk about our terrific assortment of horse racing cards.

 2008 Sportskings Series B #80 – Seattle Slew (BGS 9.5)

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Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I wanted to ask Mr. Slew (as he told me his acquaintances call him) about ranking 9th in Blood-Horse Magazine’s List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century. Mr. Slew whinnied triumphantly and stomped his hooves with joy.

 2008 Sportkings Series B Double Memorabilia Silver #DM-09 Seattle Slew, Secretariat

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In 1978 Mr. Slew had his first, and only, match up where he was not the favorite to win. While the race was neck and neck, it ended up with Mr. Slew out running Affirmed (another Triple Crown winner) by three lengths. Not only this, be he shaved .40 off the track record set by Secretariat.

 

2013 Panini Golden Age Box Topper Exhibit #15 – Seabiscuit

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When I took Mr. Slew to see our warehouse he immediately seemed drawn to this card – so much so that I had to stop him from nibbling the case off. With my horse-whispering expertise I gleaned from this action that Mr. Slew had always admired Seabiscuit. When I asked him if he was the least bit jealous of the several film and book deals that Seabiscuit had, Mr. Slew gave a resounding, “Neigh.”

 

2012 Sportkings Series E Redemption Quad Memorabilia Premium Back #SKEQM08

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This was the last card that I got a chance to ask him about before we put him back out to pasture. I wanted to know how he felt being put on a card along with the likes of Isiah Thomas, Payne Stewart, and Tito Ortiz. “I am deeply humbled by people’s desire to own a piece of my maiden silks, and am impossibly glad to be considered worthy of the honor of being immortalized in this manner,” said the ever loquacious steed.

Check Out Your Cards – March 27th

Happy Friday, everyone. It’s time for the latest installment of Check Out Your Cards, our blog post where I meet with a member of our COMC team and find out more about some interesting cards that they’ve seen while on the job. This week I’m switching it up a bit, and sitting down with myself to go over some cool cards that I remember from my time in the shipping department. Today I showcase some non-sport items from Topps American Pie, Upper Deck, and Topps Allen & Ginter.

2011 Topps American Pie Pieces Memorabilia #APCR-GK – Grassy Knoll

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This card is one of the first truly weird cards I remember from my time in shipping. After the first few hundred baseball, basketball, football, and hockey cards, I remember this one jumping out at me. Regardless of its historical relevance, I am completely astounded by the simple fact that there are cards with bits of earth in them that people collect.

2001 Topps American Pie Relics #PAPM2 – John F. Kennedy

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It’s wonderful what people will put inside a card. Contained in this small piece of printed cardboard are authentic remnants from the Berlin Wall.  Seeing a card like this makes me fully appreciate the amazing things we have stored in our warehouse.

2013 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Museum Collection Relics #MR-CN Chuck a Luck Number

ChuckI was introduced to this card a few weeks back when one of our users called in asking about a redemption card they had sent our way. The user had mailed the card to us, and we took care of the hassle of scratching and putting the code into the manufacturer’s site. While most use this service because it allows them to sell the card while waiting for the redemption to come in, this user wanted to get the card shipped back to them when it arrived. I remember going into our warehouse and looking for what I expected to be a standard sized card – but the relic in this piece was massive, easily the size of my hand. I’m happy that we were able to assist, if only in a small way, with helping send this card off to a good home.

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter’s Colony in a Card – Artemia Salina

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I wanted one last card to round out this display of strange cards, and I thought that there was no better place to turn than to our shipping department. Thousands of cards pass through here over the course of a week, and I was sure to find something surprising. Here I leave you with this truly unusual card, which has as an insert a packet of shrimp eggs, perfect for starting your own sea monkey colony.

Stay tuned next week for an extra special edition of COYC!

 

Check Out Your Cards – March 20th

Hello again, folks. It’s time for the second edition of Check Out Your Cards, our new blog post where I meet with a member of our identification team and ask them to tell me about some of the amazing cards that they’ve seen while working at COMC. This week we continue with some items that Greg had flagged when I asked him to help with this project. Today we’ll show off a Black Slabbed card, a nice Logo man, an impressive auto, and a great soccer card.

2014 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs #JA Jose Abreu [BGS 10 BLACK]
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Introduced as the ultimate label, for the ultimate card, for the ultimate collector, this is the first black slabbed card that we’ve seen. A perfect ten in centering, edges, corners, and surface. And on a chrome card, this is even more difficult to achieve. Not much more needs to be said about this spectacular Jose Abreu card, other than it’s great to have an item of this quality listed on our site.

2013-14 Panini National Treasures Logoman Signatures #LS-KI Kyrie Irving

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Greg admitted that, beyond this being a good looking card with a great signature of a rising star, it was the Logoman that made him want to rescue this card from mailbox obscurity and give the world a chance to see it. Logoman cards are such a chase, and with a patch this pristine, you know the owner of this card is happy.

2014 Bowman Prospects Chrome Printing Plate Magenta #BCP25 – Kris Bryant /1 [PSA/DNA Certified Auto]

Kris Bryant

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Kris Bryant, Dick Howser Trophy winner and second pick in the 2013 Major Leauge Baseball Draft, is one of the hottest prospects in baseball right now. He has what it takes to be one of the greats, and only time will tell how far he’ll go. Greg thought that it was great to see people sending such rare 1/1’s through our site.

2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signatures #S-LME – Lionel Messi [BGS 9.5]

Lionel Messi

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This card is from the 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signatures, one of the coolest soccer sets ever. In fact, when the product came out, Greg and a few of his friends went in for a case, hoping to pull something as valuable as this. Sadly, they were out of luck. But, shortly after, Greg and another friend went in together on a box, and wouldn’t you know, they pulled a Lionel Messi. While this is not the card they found that day, seeing this one on our site made Greg smile.

Next Time on COYC

We show off some strange non-sport items from Topps, Upper Deck, and Allen & Ginter.

Canadian Promotion and Sportscard and Memorabilia Expo

A quick update for our Canadian users.

COMC will be attending the Sportscard and Memorabilia Expo in Mississauga, ON on May 1st, 2nd, & 3rd. We will have free giveaways for everyone who stops by – while supplies last – as well as store credit draws and more giveaways for all registered COMC users.  We will also be accepting drop-off submissions so you can save on the cost of shipping.

In addition, for a limited time, we are offering our Canadian Spring Promotion starting from today until April 2, 2015.  Refer your friends to us, and if you are a new consignor, let us know so we can welcome you aboard!  This great deal is available for batches sent to our Canadian office under the guidelines outlined below:

Ship to or drop off at

COMC Consignment
4311 Canada Way
Burnaby BC V5G 1J3
Canada

The Special:

$0.20 per raw standard-sized or tobacco-sized trading or gaming card
All other cards of different sizes will be sorted out and processed separately under either basic (for tall boys) or premium (for graded, encased, booklets, oversized, sports poker chips, coins, or pins)
User Account not required to be funded at the time of shipment (account still required to be funded before cards are uploaded)
Cards in penny sleeves are acceptable
Cards in toploaders and cards requiring condition notes subject to $0.05 handling fee per card
Additional 50¢ upgrade charge is required to list a card for $50 or more
Additional 25¢ charge for cards that are valuable, fragile, or thicker than 3.5mm (138pt) and must be scanned in a toploader
Maximum 5000 cards per household
Minimum 125 cards (or $25.00 batch fee)
Cards will be live within 10 weeks of receipt of shipment
All shipments must be postmarked no later than Thursday April 2nd, 2015
Mark your package “Canadian Spring Promotion”

Non-Canadians are welcome to use the Canadian Spring Promotion, but will be responsible for all customs, duties, and taxes associated with the submission.

Check Out Your Cards – March 13th

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first edition of Check Out Your Cards, our new blog post where I meet with a member of our identification team and ask them to tell me about some of the amazing cards that they’ve seen while working at COMC. There are over 3,380,000 unique items on our site –  and that’s not even counting cards through our mailbox service that few people will ever get to see. It’s my goal to highlight some of these cards and let our ID staff explain what they find interesting about them. For this inaugural post, I sat down with Greg and picked his brain regarding a rare card from a mailbox user, a sneakerhead’s dream, a great celebrity autograph, and BGS success story.

2014-15 Panini Gold Standard Black Gold Threads Platinum Prime #43 Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O'Neal

One of the great things about the mailbox, at least from the point of view of the members in our ID department, is being able to see some beautiful and rare cards. This Shaq, from one of the rarer inserts of the newer Panini Gold Standard, is one of the cards that caught Greg’s eye. He thought that everyone deserved a chance to see this 1/1.

2013-14 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection UD Signature Kicks Monumental Laces #ML-AH Anfernee Hardaway

Anfernee Hardaway

Greg, a self-described sneakerhead, was amazed at this card. Most of the memorabilia in shoe swatch cards are about the size of a nickle, so a piece this large is pretty astounding. Even I was impressed by the amount of shoe they fit in this card. (For disclosure purposes, I also want to say that Greg has owned several pairs of Nike Air Foamposite 1’s in his life. His choice to add this card to COYC may be biased.)

2014 Leaf Pop Century Live Signatures Blue #LA-AP1 Al Pacino

Al PacinoWhile COMC was originally a place for sports cards, there are some heavy non-sports hitters. Over the years we’ve added a number of Leaf Pop Century cards to our site. In recent memory, this is one of Greg’s favorites, as this is the first signed Al Pacino card that we’ve seen come through our site. We’re lucky to have items like this pass through our mailbox service.

2014-15 Panini Prizm Black Pulsar Prizms #48 LeBron James

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When I asked Greg what was so special about this Prizm Black card, he told me to think about this card like a success story. First, it’s a hard card to pull. Second, even fresh from the pack a card is not guaranteed to come back a ten. On top of that, this success story was made possible by COMC being a BGS Authorized Submission Center. A user sent us this card, and we got it off to Beckett and back to them with a stellar grade – a result that everyone hopes for.

Next Time on COYC

We show off a Bowman Black Slabbed card, a nice Logo man, an impressive auto, and a great soccer card.