Making Steady Progress

Catalog Progress
The sheer volume of work in order to build out the sports card catalog from scratch has been monumental.  I am so impressed by the efforts of our team and the COMC community.  We updated 195,000 listings in just the past 7 days, and our catalog has grown by nearly 15% to more than 3.4 million listings in just the past three weeks.

We estimate that we are about 90% done with the first stage of the catalog (set names, card #’s, and descriptions).  We have already started collecting a lot of extra data such as autograph type and college teams, and throughout the rest of the year we will continue collecting more of this data.

Sales Update
You may have noticed that sales have been steadily improving. In fact, the past week was the best week since our switch over to the new catalog on April 1st. As the catalog continues to make progress our sales have steadily rebounded.

Manufacturer Checklists
We have started cross-referencing the COMC catalog with manufacturer checklists in order to find errors and fill out missing data.  If we were simply importing data into a blank database, this would be a very simple task.  However, we have 15 million scanned cards that we are using to verify the data.  As we are comparing the images to the checklists, we are not only finding and fixing mistakes we have made but we are also discovering discrepancies between the manufacturer checklists and the products they actually produced.

Our goal is to build the most accurate catalog of sports cards that were actually produced.  There are many websites that replicate the manufacturer checklists, but they are not 100% accurate.  You really have to do the work to compare the checklists to the cards that were released to get the most accuracy.

The catalog we have now is a work in progress. We will continue to do “heavy construction” throughout the rest of this year, and we will continue investing in the catalog on into the future. These are just some of the things we are doing to get to our goal.

See below for a list of products that we have completely cross-referenced.

Processing Backlog Progress
It has been a balancing act for us to dedicate effort to both the catalog completion and the backlog of items that people have submitted for processing.  Fortunately, we have made good headway since my last update.  The backlog of past due items is less than half of what it was, and we expect the vast majority of the rest that is past due will be done by the end of July.

With our Basic processing service, we don’t charge anything until your items are linked to listings in our new catalog and the scans have been uploaded into your inventory.  At that point you can start selling your items, but the catalog data may not be complete.  If any portion of the set name, card number or description is still missing, we don’t charge any storage fees.

Basic Processing Guarantee
We guarantee to have the items in your account within 8 weeks.  Anything that misses that window will only be charged 50% of the normal processing fee. If you still have items that are past the 8 week guaranteed due date on August 1st, we will credit your account 12.5¢ per item, effectively giving you free processing for anything that still isn’t done.

Basic Processing Expectations
By August 1st, we will have almost nothing that is past due.  This is also the time of year that we normally run a processing special in conjunction with the National Sports Collectors Convention.  This year’s promotion will be limited to one 550ct box per user so that we don’t get too flooded.

By this fall, we expect to average 4 weeks for basic processing.

Edits and Correction Requests
With our limited resources, we have not been able to stay on top of all of the incoming edits and correction requests. Our energies have been focused on the most expensive items. Once we get caught up with the processing backlog that is past due, we will make a push to get caught up with all of the edit and correction requests. Our goal is to be fully caught up, and start maintaining a 48 hour turnaround by September. In the meantime, if you have a couple important items that need to be corrected or are missing data, please feel free to contact us and include the corresponding item ID.

Complete Catalog Information
We have nearly complete catalog information for many vintage sets.  In the coming months we will be reviewing them to confirm that they are complete.  For now, here is a list of modern sets that we have cross-referenced with manufacturer checklists in order to confirm that our catalog is complete and accurate. Most of the product below are from Panini and Upper Deck. We have started working with other manufactures such as Topps and Leaf to get more checklists.

Baseball
2014 Panini Donruss
2014 Panini Prizm
2013 Panini America’s Pastime
2013 Panini Cooperstown Collection
2013 Panini Elite Extra Edition
2013 Panini Golden Age
2013 Panini Hometown Heroes
2013 Panini Pinnacle
2013 Panini Prizm
2013 Panini Select
2013 Panini Triple Play
2012 Elite Extra Edition
2012 Panini Cooperstown
2012 Panini Golden Age
2012 Panini National Treasures
2012 Panini Prizm
2012 Panini Signature Series
2012 Panini Triple Play
2012 Panini USA Baseball National Team
2012 Playoff Prime Cuts
2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition
2011 Panini Limited
2011 Playoff Contenders
2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition
2008 Upper Deck Documentary
2007 SP Authentic
2007 SP Authentic By the Letter Autographs
2007 SP Authentic By the Letter Rookie Signatures
2005 Donruss Classics
2005 Donruss Throwback Threads
2005 Leaf Certified Materials
2005 Upper Deck SP Collection
2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot
2003 Upper Deck First Pitch
1999 Upper Deck

Basketball
2013 Upper Deck All-Time Greats
2013-14 Fleer Retro
2013-14 NBA Hoops
2013-14 Panini
2013-14 Panini Court Kings
2013-14 Panini Crusade
2013-14 Panini Elite
2013-14 Panini Gold Standard
2013-14 Panini Innovation
2013-14 Panini Intrigue
2013-14 Panini Pinnacle
2013-14 Panini Prestige
2013-14 Panini Prizm
2013-14 Panini Select
2013-14 Panini Signatures
2013-14 Panini Titanium
2013-14 Timeless Treasures
2013-14 Totally Certified
2012-13 Absolute
2012-13 Elite
2012-13 Elite Series
2012-13 Fleer Retro
2012-13 NBA Hoops
2012-13 Panini
2012-13 Panini Crusade
2012-13 Panini Flawless
2012-13 Panini Gold Standard
2012-13 Panini Immaculate Collection
2012-13 Panini Intrigue
2012-13 Panini Preferred
2012-13 Panini Prizm
2012-13 Panini Select
2012-13 Panini Signatures
2012-13 Playoff National Treasures
2012-13 Prestige
2012-13 Totally Certified
2011-12 Limited
2011-14 Panini
2010-11 Elite Black Box
2010-11 Panini Threads
2010-11 Playoff National Treasures
2010-11 Totally Certified
2009-10 Classics
2009-10 Court Kings
2009-10 Panini
2004-05 SP Authentic
2003-04 UD Glass
2002-03 UD Glass
2000-01 Upper Deck Slam

Football
2014 Panini Hot Rookies
2014 Score
2013 Panini Absolute
2013 Panini Black
2013 Panini Certified
2013 Panini Contenders
2013 Panini Crown Royale
2013 Panini Elite
2013 Panini Limited
2013 Panini Momentum
2013 Panini National Treasures
2013 Panini Playbook
2013 Panini Prizm
2013 Panini Prominence
2013 Panini Rookies & Stars
2013 Panini Select
2013 Panini Spectra
2013 Panini Totally Certified
2013 Prestige
2013 Score
2013 SP Authentic
2013 Upper Deck
2013 Upper Deck Rookie Lettermen Autographs
2012 Certified
2012 Crown Royale
2012 Gridiron
2012 Limited
2012 Panini Black
2012 Panini Contenders
2012 Panini National Treasures
2012 Panini Playbook
2012 Panini Prizm
2012 Playoff Prestige
2012 Prime Signatures
2012 Score
2012 Totally Certified
2011 Timeless Treasures
2010 Donruss Elite
2010 Panini Threads
2010 Playoff National Treasures
2009 Playoff National Treasures
2009 Upper Deck First Edition
2008 Donruss Gridiron Gear
2007 Donruss Gridiron Gear
2007 Score
2005 Donruss Classics

Golf
2014 SP Authentic

Hockey
2013-14 Fleer Showcase
2013-14 O-Pee-Chee
2013-14 Panini Dominion
2013-14 Panini Playoff Contenders
2013-14 Panini Prizm
2013-14 Select
2013-14 Totally Certified
2013-14 Upper Deck Trilogy
2012-13 Fleer Retro
2012-13 Panini Rookie Anthology
2012-13 Score
2011-12 Panini Certified
2011-12 Panini Elite
2011-12 Panini Playoff Contenders
2011-12 Panini Rookie Anthology
2011-12 Panini Titanium
2010-11 Donruss
2010-11 Limited
2010-11 Panini Luxury Suite
2010-11 Panini Playoff Contenders
2008-09 Upper Deck Montreal Canadiens Centennial Set
2005-06 Upper Deck
2005-06 Upper Deck The Cup
2005-06 Upper Deck Victory
2003-04 SP Authentic

Other
2010 Upper Deck Major League Lacrosse
2010 Panini Century Collection
2009 Upper Deck 20th Anniversary Retrospective
2008 Donruss Americana Sports Legends

Non-Sports
2013 Panini Beach Boys 50th Anniversary
2013 Panini One Direction

Soccer
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup

8 thoughts on “Making Steady Progress

  1. When can we start submitting cards for the National Special? Also any idea on pricing for the 550 count box?

  2. What will be the turnaround time and price on the National special 550ct box? Is it a 550 box or no more than about 10″ of cards?

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