Meet the COMC Crew at the National Show in Cleveland

Hello COMC Nation! We don’t know about you, but we’re getting pretty excited about the upcoming National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland. We’re getting everything ready for this trip and we’re looking forward to meeting and talking to as many people as we can. Just to let you know, we’re going to be at Booth #459 in the “Corporate Area”, so be sure to drop by and say hello.

In years past, Tim’s made the time to sit down and speak to people, one-on-one. We wanted to let you know that if you wish to schedule a meeting with our fearless leader, please send an email to timewithtim@comc.com.

When can we pencil you in? Let us know!

When can we pencil you in? Let us know!

We’ll be scheduling meetings at the top of each hour, except noon (we love talking to folks, but lunch is nice, too) on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Meetings will be slated for approximately 30 minutes, give or take depending on the topics.

If you want to talk about COMC, the hobby in general, or anything else that’s on your mind, please send us an email with the topics you wish to discuss, and 2-3 possible meeting times that work best for you.  We ask that you have your requests in no later than Thursday, July 24th - after that we’ll get back to you with your scheduled “Time with Tim”.

And, as always, stayed tuned for the latest news and developments at our FacebookTwitter, and Google+ pages.

Did someone say “Championship Parade”?

Hello COMC Nation – In his bid for the title of “Best Boss Ever”, Tim has made the announcement that any COMC employees who want to attend the Seattle Seahawks Championship parade would be able to do so – and, he’s even supplying bus passes for everyone, to help them get downtown. How cool is that?

Someone order this mug for Tim...stat! (Wait, does he even drink coffee?)

Someone order this mug for Tim…stat! (Wait, does he even drink coffee?)

With that in mind, we’re going to be a little short-staffed around the office on Wednesday. Our shipping crew is pushing to get more orders out Tuesday, and will be in early Wednesday (before the parade) to make sure we don’t fall behind in getting your orders out.

Also, Moe (Go 49ers!) will be running solo in the Customer Service department, as Norbert and Greg are heading downtown later tonight to secure their positions along the parade route. We wish them well, and hope they don’t freeze to the pavement overnight…in the meantime, any replies to your questions or concerns on Wednesday may be a little slower than usual.

Operations will return to normal at COMC on Thursday. However, our staff may never be the same.

Mark Anderson joins COMC

We have a very important announcement today.  The renowned Mark Anderson is joining the COMC team in the newly created position of Seller Advocate!  This is big news for COMC, and the timing couldn’t be better with our upcoming launch of The Vault, our new service for high end items.  There are many reasons why you should be thrilled we now have Mark on our roster.

For the past 12 years, Mark has been the Director of Grading for Beckett Grading Service (BGS), a service well-trusted to handle high end items.  He is a leading authority on card authenticity and grading, and had a significant role in building BGS’s positive reputation for processing, assessing, and caring for high end collectibles.

Having spent over 15 years with Beckett, Mark is well-established within the sports card community. We look forward to his assistance in strengthening our connections and building partnerships within our industry.

Mark also has a strong background as a card, comic, and coin dealer.  We are thrilled to have someone of his caliber help us take these offerings to the next level.

With the launch of The Vault, COMC is stepping up its game.  Whereas, previously we’ve been the niche for buying and selling $1-$100 cards.  As we progress to handling more $1,000 cards, and even $10,000 cards, the game changes.  Mark is another strategic piece in ensuring we hit this one out of the park.

Purposefully, Mark is in the position of Seller Advocate.  He loves our service and has been using us for years. Having been a seller – both on and off COMC – Mark knows the in-and-outs of selling, and will provide another high-level viewpoint on how to best understand and meet the needs of our sellers.  His explicit job will be to help facilitate and implement new opportunities on behalf of our sellers.  In this role, he will be in close contact with you.  Feel free to reach out to him and welcome him to the team at manderson@comc.com.

Even from our early beginnings, when Check Out My Cards was run from our garage, there has always been a drive to bring together the latest technologies and the best people in a mix that would support and revolutionize the sports card industry.  We’ve worked hard to be the safe and easy way to buy and sell collectibles, through our unique and fun online consignment model.  Today, we’ve taken a big step to further establish this reputation.

Mark will be at The National Sports Collectors Convention with us in Chicago and is looking forward to meeting you on our behalf.  Please stop by and say hi.

Live Q & A  with Tim and Mark

On Saturday, August 3rd, from 3 – 4 p.m. CST, during The National, we will be having a live Q & A with Tim and Mark on our Facebook page and Twitter.  Leave a question for Tim and Mark on our Facebook page during that time, or send us a question on Twitter with the hashtag #comcmark, and Tim and Mark will respond and interact with you.

As always, we ask that you stay tuned to our blog for the latest COMC news and be sure to join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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.”

Manic Monday

If there was ever such a thing as a figurative ‘perfect storm’, it happened here earlier this week. So I’ll get into that in a bit.

But first off, COMC wants to apologize for any issues on any accounts that had processing due dates of this past Monday, April 26. We are sincerely sorry for the confusion stemming from that incredibly hectic night.

Coby Stephen Lewison

Flash back to the previous day, when the ‘perfect storm’ was in its infancy stage. That’s when one of our primary reviewers, Brent Lewison, became a father for the third time as Coby Stephen Lewison was born.

Flash forward to Monday, when — wouldn’t you know it, with one of our key team members out, we had 20,248 cards scheduled to go live. That is the most cards we have ever had due on the same day in the history of the company.

To make things more interesting, Mondays are traditionally our busiest shipping days because of the backup from the weekend. This Monday was no different from normal accept it was our busiest shipping day in two weeks and second busiest shipping day in a month.

As if those circumstances weren’t problematic enough, with more that 20,000 cards due by midnight, we were also attempting to alter the image upload process. Keeping with the luck of the day, we somehow had a breakdown of our normal imaging process (which explains why some of your images didn’t trickle in until after deadline). The storm was in full effect at this point, for sure.

So, to recap, a baby was born (congrats Brent!), a company record was broken, the shipping team was maxed out, and the most unfortunate of computer issues occurred at the most inopportune time. Suffice to say, it was a 24 hours to remember (or forget, if you’re Jeff Maeda, Mark Boyer, or Jade Aspiras!). They were here until midnight trying to get as much stuff on the site as possible.

A little side note here is that COMC’s streak of consecutive days without missing a deadline was snapped at 144. Not quite Ripken- or Gehrig-esque, but we did deem it fairly impressive. Oh well, streaks are made to be broken. … We just wish it wouldn’t have come at the cost of some of you. Again, our apologies.

Cards_For_Alzheimers now accepting donations

COMC staffer Dave has seen the crippling effects of Alzheimer’s first-hand. His mother was diagnosed with the disease seven years ago.
2008 Upper Deck Heroes Jersey Light Blue #16 - Cal Ripken Jr./200 - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com
To help raise funds, as well as awareness for the disease, Dave recently created an account title Cards_For_Alzheimers. With 100 percent of the (post-cashout fee) proceeds, he plans on writing a check for the The Alzheimer’s Association, Western and Central Washington State Chapter — a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization.

“I just thought, ‘What can I do to help’,” Dave recalls thinking a couple years back. “I just look at all the hard work my dad has done as her caregiver. A lot of people don’t realize what it takes.”

In Dave’s account are everything from straight-out-of-the-box 2008 Upper Deck Heroes cards to common cards to even some cards donated from a friend. The lot went live last week, with all cards listed at High Beckett value. Beginning Wednesday, and approximately once a week until they sell, Dave plans on reducing the prices by 10%. This account will not accept any offers. Be sure to buy up the cards before the price drops too much and the cards disappear.

2008 Upper Deck Heroes Patch Purple #137 - Pat Burrell/5 - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com
One of the featured cards is a Pat Burrell jersey card, which is No. 5 of 5. With no book value, Dave has it listed at $20. It’s one of the 1,700 or so cards Dave has up for sale, and he says that when you purchase any of them you’ll be helping a great cause.

Dave and fellow COMC employees have volunteered  to handle all of the processing for future card submissions to this account, and COMC in turn is waiving the listing and storage fees. Simply send in a box (or boxes) of cards earmarked ‘Cards_For_Alzheimers’ and we’ll handle the rest. (While COMC is not currently issuing donation receipts, it is in the early stages of formalizing a tracking system for charitable donations. Stay tuned for further details… )

2008 Upper Deck Heroes Autographs Black #31 - Ryan Theriot/50 - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com 2007 Upper Deck #918 - Tim Lincecum RC (Rookie Card) - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

Job Openings

In spite of our crazy economy with nearly 2 million jobs lost in the last 4 months, I am happy to announce that we have a need for for a couple more employees.

Check out our current job openings.

We are looking for an Office Assistant and at least one Identification Specialist. Both of these will start as part-time positions, and they can become full-time positions.

Please follow the instructions on our job openings page to mail us your application and resume.