Don’t Miss Out on The National Special!

Happy Friday COMC Nation!  This week has truly been a photo finish kind of week as the Team returned from Rosemont.  Before heading into a very well deserved weekend, we wanted to take a moment to remind everyone to take advantage of the National Special before it’s gone for another year.  To recap, it is:

National $70 Flat Rate Special

  • Limit 1 660ct box per person
  • Single row, no jammed in minis
  • If you don’t have a 660ct box, please measure no more than 11.75″ of cards
  • These cards will be processed at a 6 Week Processing speed
  • All submissions must be postmarked by August 22nd

Don’t Forget Canada

Also, we wanted to remind all our friends in Canada that they can send their submissions to our Canadian Warehouse and save both time and money on the shipping.  If you haven’t ever tried out this service, please send your items to:

COMC Consignment
4311 Canada Way
Burnaby BC  V5G 1J3

All submissions must be postmarked by no later than August 22nd whether they are heading to our US or Canadian locations.  This kind of a special only comes around once a year, so don’t miss out on getting a deal that brings the average submission price down to $.11 per card.  Have a great weekend and be on the lookout next week for some stories from the National.  Be sure to also keep up with us on our FacebookTwitter, and Google+ pages.

The Vault has Launched at The National!

Hello folks, and welcome from the 34th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention in Rosemont, Illinois!  As many of you know, the first day of the National has coincided with the official launch of The Vault.  Not only have items begun to sell on The Vault online, they have begun selling offline at the show via our showroom cases!

As a reminder, there are several reasons this new service is an amazing opportunity to display and sell high end items:

  • Only 10% commission on all items sold
  • High quality 36x zoom scans of front and back of each item
  • Items may be showcased at some of the most prestigious shows in the country
  • Additional payment options (e.g. wire transfer)
  • It is the safe and easy way to buy and sell high end collectibles

Within the first hour of the launch, 10 cards had already sold, and sales continued throughout the afternoon.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to see the Vault yet, take a look at vault.comc.com!

COMCs First Day at the National: The Recap

We spent a majority of our day getting the booth up and running and all your Vault items set into the cases.  With thousands of vendors preparing in much the same fashion, it was truly remarkable sight.

For those of you who have not been to the Donald E. Stephen’s Convention Center, it is massive.  Measuring in at 840,000 square ft. of convention space, well over half of that is being used over the course of the next few days.  And every last foot of space is devoted to cards from every sport, and of every value imaginable.

Here is a behind the scenes look at what the Convention looks like before the doors open to even the VIP pass holders.

Gaze across a sea of Cardboard Construction….

Mark Anderson making the Vault Showcase come to life!

We only had a half day on Wednesday to show things off, which means the best is yet to come, and Booth 850 is ready for the storm!  We look forward to seeing many more of you at the show and be sure to keep up with us as the National heats up on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

National Days: The Show Begins

Greetings COMC Nation from Rosemont, Illinois!  After a harrowing journey fraught with such dangers as landing a plane on two wheels and Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, the COMC Team has landed and is ready to take the National by storm.

This week, we will be spending most of our time at booth 850 showing off items in the Vault and performing on-site processing.  You can expect to hear about our daily adventures on the blog each day this week, courtesy of yours truly.  Come by and say hi if you are at the show and be sure to check out the booth!  As always, you can also keep up with us on us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ while we spread the word about COMC at the National!

Sneak Peek: Vault Imaging

The Vault is going to be a whole new way to buy and sell high end items online.  It is going to bring with it 10% cash outs, sale of these items at major shows, and a brand new set of high resolution scans!  Today, we wanted to take a moment to show you a before and after shot of one of the items that will be available for sale very soon on The Vault.

Here is a scan of this item as it appeared on COMC:

The original 4x Zoom

The pictures of the individual items have been a hallmark of the service COMC provides since we started the site.  But now, we are able to provide an even clearer view of the items placed into The Vault.  Here is the same item after having been rescanned and placed in The Vault:

These scans are more pristine and clearer than any that have been on our site before.  Better yet, once the new Super Zoom function has been released on The Vault, it will be easy to view every detail of the card with a 36x zoom!

The new 36x “Superzoom” – click on the card to see the difference!

So tell us, what you think of our new imaging and about your plans for The Vault in the comments below.  Be sure to join us on our FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for more information about this service!

One Just Isn’t Enough

Hello COMC Nation!  There’s just over a week to go before the official launch of the Vault, as well as the start of The National, and COMC is kicking things into high gear.  With the building excitement over our new service, we felt that just one announcement in the upcoming issues of Beckett wouldn’t be enough.

Here is a sneak peek of the ad that will be hitting the shelves in next month’s issues of Beckett:

The Vault - Coming Soon

The Vault – Coming Soon

We look forward to hearing your thoughts on this advertisement and are eagerly awaiting the chance to see as many of you as we can while we are at the National.  As a reminder, be sure to have your Vault Eligible items listed for sale by the 24th in order to have them taken to the show!  And as always, keep up with us on our FacebookTwitter, and Google+ pages.

Meeting Tim & Team at The National

Hello COMC Nation! As you may have heard us mention in the COMC Blog, we’re headed to Chicago at the end of July to take part in the biggest card show of the year. We’re looking forward to hanging out at Booth 850, and meeting as many people as we can over the course of the convention.

There will be plenty of reasons to come see us: contests, giveaways, On-Site Processing, and The Vault. There is also one other big reason to come to the booth; An opportunity to meet the Team and the man who got the COMC ball rolling 7 years ago: Tim Getsch.

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And, we want to meet as many people as possible. So, to make that possible, we are asking that you contact us so you can schedule a time to meet with us. These meetings will be scheduled at the top of each hour during the convention’s hours, except between the hours of 12pm and 2pm. After all, we need to keep our strength up, too…

If you would like an opportunity to sit down and chat with Tim or the team about COMC, the Hobby, or something else that’s on your mind – then please email us at timewithtim@comc.com.  In your email, please let us know what topics you wish to discuss, as well as 2 or 3 one hour blocks of time that work best for you.  Please have your requests in no later than Wednesday, July 24th - after that we’ll get back to you with your scheduled “Time With Tim”.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing everyone in Chicago. And, as always, stayed tuned for the latest news and developments at our FacebookTwitter, and Google+ pages.

Our Team on Victory Road!

COMC is proud to announce that one of the members of our identification team, James Good, will be competing in the Pokemon Trading Card Game World Championships, taking place in Vancouver, BC. James is one of 180 players in his division who qualified to play in this prestigious event, running from August 9th – 11th.

COMC’s Champion Trainer

An avid collector of sports and gaming cards, James made the decision to play Pokemon competitively last year and never looked back, playing in nearly 40 events this competitive season while accumulating championship points along the way.

No matter where he’s playing, James always represents his city and team.

The Pokemon Company International plays host to thousands of events worldwide as players bring their best 60-card deck to battle in an effort to gain championship points and improve their ranking. Players build decks around different pokemon types, such as dragon or electric pokemon, each having a different strategies for victory.  In order to qualify for the World Championship, a player needs to earn 400 championship points…not an easy task by any means.

Victory After Victory

James’ season began last fall with the Battle Roads series, where he earned 51 out of a maximum 90 points including besting a field of 50+ to capture his first Battle Roads victory. Since then, he has continued to collect the needed championship points in tournament after tournament.

“I started to feel real good about my prospects of earning a Worlds invite at that point,” James recalled.

Consistently shrugged off by other more established players as having “beginner’s luck”, he made a firm statement to his detractors. During the City Championship Series, held from November through January, he showed that he belonged by netting 150 of a maximum 200 possible points. He brought home two trophies, one of which he earned by going undefeated throughout Swiss and playoff rounds in Portland, Or.

James plans his next play while squaring off in the finals of Spring Regionals

Final Showdown

James earned his invitation to the Pokemon Trading Card Game World Championship by finishing 13th in a recent “last chance” qualifier tournament. In spectacular and nail biting fashion, James finished 4-1 earning 50 points. This put his total at 425 for the season and successfully punched his ticket to go to Vancouver and play in the World Championship.

“What drives my passion in competitive card games is a mindset that with enough hard work and dedication I can be the best in the world,” James explained. “ I’m thrilled to be in a position to be playing for a World Championship, but I’m not just settling for that honor. I want to be a World Champion, that’s the aspiration of every great competitor.”

New Vault Filters

With the official launch of The Vault service approaching, we’ve introduced some new tools to help you manage your Vault Eligible items.  There are now three new filters in your Inventory Manager to help you list your items on The Vault.

***If you want us to take your items with us to sell at The National that are currently on COMC.com, you need to mark them for rescan by TOMORROW, Wednesday, July 17th.  More details below.***

New Filters

From your Inventory Manager, select the Show Items dropdown.  You will see three new options: Vault Eligible, Vault Needing Attention, and Vault Candidates.

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  • Vault Candidates: shows you a list of items in your inventory that qualify for the Vault. These items will have at least a $20 Beckett Book Value (or no BV due to scarcity) and a minimum $40 COMC asking price. With each Vault Candidate item, you’ll see an “Actions” button underneath your asking price where you can select the “Make Vault Eligible” option.  From there, choose the “COMC Services” option, then “Rescan for The Vault.”  At that point, your item will be assigned to receive a high-resolution 36x scan.
    • please note, there is a .50 cent fee to have your cards re-scanned at the higher 36x
  • Vault Eligible: displays items in your portfolio that qualify as Vault Candidates and have already been scanned at the 36x level.
  • Vault Needing Attention: shows items that are Vault Eligible but await a Vault-appropriate asking price. To enter your asking price, click “List on The Vault” and a popup screen with listing options will appear. You may also mark these items “Not for Sale on The Vault” from this popup.

Important Dates

  • Until September 30th listing cards on The Vault will be free.  This is an introductory special, so take advantage of it now!
  • Any items listed on The Vault by July 24th will be going to Chicago for display at the COMC booth at the National.
  • To ensure your Vault Candidates are made Vault Eligible by the 24th, they need to be submitted for a 36x rescan by Wednesday, July 17th.

Your cards could be on display and available for sale at the biggest card event in the country, but you need to act quickly to take advantage of this offering.  In the meantime, be sure to keep following us on our FacebookTwitter, and Google+ pages for more news and further updates.

Talking With Tim: Beckett Subscriptions

Hello COMC Nation. The past week has seen a significant shift at COMC.com with the introduction of Beckett Subscriptions and changes in when Beckett Book Value data is visible.

These adjustments generated a lot of attention, and we received a lot of constructive feedback from our users. We’ve worked on responding to your questions and concerns via our Blog and other social media channels, and recently Tim sat down to discuss some of the most common questions in greater detail.

0:26 Why Did COMC stop displaying Beckett Book Values?

3:15 How are the subscription level prices determined?

3:42 What is included in my Beckett Subscription?

5:51 Why is a Beckett Subscription $31/month and not $10?

6:55 Why doesn’t BV follow a card?

8:42 Can we have a subscription for a team?

9:24 Will there be bundle deals available?

9:51 Will this kill flipping?

11:36 Will this harm casual buyers?

13:19 Why so many changes so quickly?

Hopefully, this better explains this new situation and the direction that COMC is going.  Please feel free to leave your comments below and discuss today’s video.  Also, be sure to keep following us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for further updates as we get closer and closer to The National!

The Road to The National

It is that time of year when the team at COMC packs their bags and heads to the largest card show in the nation: The National Sports Collectors Convention!  This particular year, we are packing some slightly heavier bags than normal thanks to your help in filling up The Vault.  However, we are also bringing along a few extra goodies as well.

Where to Find Us

This is our first time in the Corporate Area!  You will find us at booth 850 in between Panini and PSA.  You will have an opportunity to see Tim, Julia, Geoff, Steve, Jim, me, and other members of our Team.  After you have met us, we have a few surprises.

For the first time ever, we will be doing On-Site Processing at The National!  You heard us right: bring your cards to us while we are at the show, and we will process your cards right there at the convention.

Breakdown of National Specials

  • New Consigners – 1 item free, same day, onsite processing
  • $0.50/item (200 items per user), One Day onsite processing for Vault items
  • $2/item (no limit) One Day onsite processing for COMC or The Vault
  • FREE (no limit) To Be Graded submissions (see details below)
  • $70 Flat Rate Special – 1 660 count box, 6 week processing (see details below)
  • Save on shipping by submitting to us at The National
  • Note: Due dates will be based off of when items are submitted at The National instead of waiting until we receive them back at the office.  
  • Beckett Collectible Cards- come by the booth for a chance to get access to a unique collectible card featuring COMC!
  • Blowout Raffles

How Onsite Processing at The National Works

If you have never consigned with us, we will process your first item for free while you wait!

Submit up to 200 cards at $0.50 per card to The Vault, and we will have the cards processed and on the site as soon as possible, for sure in One Day!

Submit any number of cards with our One Day, One Week, or One Month services.  Not only will we pay to ship your items back to Redmond for you, we will also start processing your items at the National so that your due dates will be based on when you drop off your items instead of when they get back to our office.

FREE – To Be Graded Submissions

If you would like any of your items graded by Beckett and than returned to your COMC account, you can drop them off with us, and we will put them in your COMC account within 24 hours for FREE.  Once they are in your account the only thing you will be able to do with them is to select a grading service.  The grading fees start at $12 for one month service.


$70 Flat Rate Special

To celebrate our 7th National and our 6th anniversary, we are offering a $70 Flat Rate Special for a 660ct box.

  • Use the Submission Wizard to notify us of the submission
  • Limit 1 660ct box per person
  • Single row, no jammed in minis
  • If you don’t have a 660ct box, please measure no more than 11.75″ of cards
  • These cards will be processed at a 6 Week Processing speed
  • All submissions must be postmarked by August 22nd

You may also elect to drop these cards off at the National and avoid any shipping costs!

Beckett Collectible Cards

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This year, Beckett has produced a full set of collectible cards featuring major sports stars from Chicago on one side of the card and details of major companies in the trading card industry.  COMC is happy to say that we are numbered among those companies selected for these cards!  There will be a very limited quantity of these cards.  Our card features Derrick Rose.  Here are three ways to get your hands on a copy:

  • First 10 people to fund their account with $100 of Store Credit at our booth
  • First 10 people to spend $100 in either The Vault or COMC at our booth
  • 5 of these cards will be raffled off Thursday and Friday in the Blowout Raffle and 10 on Saturday

These cards will be given out Thursday-Sunday at our booth, so be sure to swing by for your opportunity to collect them!

Blowout Raffles

Blowout will be hosting a raffle Thursday-Saturday at 3 pm, and COMC will be there.  Not only will you have a chance to win one of the unique Beckett Collectible Cards, but there will be 2 $20 COMC Gift Cards in the raffle each day as well!  Don’t miss your chance to have some fun with Tom Fish and earn a chance at some awesome prizes.

We Want to Meet You!

While we are at the National, Tim and the team are looking forward to speaking with many of our users face to face.  If you are at the National and would like an opportunity to sit down with Tim and chat, please email us with the subject line “Time With Tim” and let us know what days you will be at the National.  We will work with you to reserve 30 minutes of one-on-one time with Tim.

We are especially eager to hear from those of you that run group breaks or box breaks for your customers.  We are building some new innovative services that will help you save time and money.

Putting The Team in Gear

Well, there you have it folks.  Not only will we be showcasing hundreds of valuable cards from The Vault at this year’s show, but we will also be processing your items right there during the festivities!  So come by to say hello to the team, see some beautiful cards, and tell us your thoughts about the site in person.  We look forward to seeing many of you there as well as unveiling our newest service in front of one of the world’s most lively group of collectors.