Happy 4th of July!

We here at COMC want to wish you all a terrific holiday weekend! We thank you for your continued support and loyalty!

As a reminder, our phones will be turned off Friday in observance of the holiday. Also, just a heads up to let you know that we’ll be making some announcements regarding The National in the coming weeks. So stay tuned for those…and stay safe this weekend! Enjoy the fireworks.


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Want a Mobile App? Vote for us!

Hi COMC Nation,

I applied for a $100K grant for COMC!  If we win, we will apply those funds towards building a mobile app and increased marketing efforts.  We need 250 votes to be considered.

PLEASE VOTE FOR US!

It’s one click past the click in this post, so should only take 2 seconds of your time.

Even if you don’t care about a mobile app, your vote would really help!

Much appreciation!

Julia

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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.

Welcome Back Nathan Richards, COMC Communications Manager

It’s Good to be Back

While I know it’s been announced in the forums, and some of you might have seen me responding to emails or answering your calls in the last three weeks, I have not yet formally introduced myself. I am Nathan Richards, Communications Manager at COMC.

My name might be familiar to a few of you, I worked Customer Service at COMC from the summer of 2012 to the fall of 2013. I’ve spent the last few weeks reacquainting myself with the ins and outs of COMC, and I am looking forward to reintroducing myself to all of you. I am here to make sure that we have clear and open lines of communications between COMC and our fierce and loyal users.

In the next few weeks I will be working with Tim and Julia to answer a lot of long standing questions and to resolve a number of customer concerns that we have been hearing. My goal is to make sure that we are building the best company using all of the insights from our users and employees. Additionally, I will be on social media, in the forums, and answering email and calls along with the rest of our customer service team.

Goodbye to Moe

Yesterday was Customer Service Agent Maurice (Moe) Smith’s last day with us. He had been with us for some time, working first in the Identification Department, and most recently he was an important member of the customer service team, handling email and many of our social media accounts. We wish him well in his future endeavors.

We’re Hiring!

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.  If you refer someone, have them mention you, and if we hire them to a long-term position we’ll thank you with $250 in store credit!

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 $9.25-$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 $9.25-$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.

 

$1 per 1,000 points is back, plus new daily prizes in the COMC Challenge

The community has been awesome this month – good suggestions, helpful feedback, and amazing participation have gotten us 70% of the way to a complete basic catalog.  We’ve been listening, and folks have asked for the return of our reward from March: $1 of Store Credit for every 1000 points completed.  So it’s back, but for a limited time only!  Take advantage while you can, because now it’s even better than before:

  • INSTANT PAYOUTS  When you earn 1000 points by submitting data in the COMC Challenge, $1 of Store Credit will be immediately deposited into your account.
  • FOCUS ON YOUR INVENTORY  With our new Fast Track mode, you can earn Store Credit while speeding up the catalog creation of your own items.
  • DAILY PRIZES We’ve got some new contests with more winners than ever – you don’t need to spend the whole week competing, now you can win in one day.

Prize #1: Top Daily Overall Scores2014facebookmockup01

1st place: $40
2nd place: $20
3rd place: $10
4th place: $5

Prize #2: Fastest Weekly Times (“Ultimate Card # Race” only, with 100% accuracy)

1st place: $40
2nd place: $20
3rd place: $10
4th place: $5

And YES, you can win in both categories.  You can submit data in ANY Challenge and be eligible for these prizes, but please note that data submitted in Fast Track mode is not timed and so it cannot win for fastest time.

Prize #3: Get the word out

We want this news to reach as many people as possible, so if you have a Facebook account you can enter to win another prize!

1)      ‘Like’ our Facebook page
2)      Comment on the Facebook post below
3)      In your comment, tag a friend (use the “@” symbol and type their name)

We’ll randomly pick four winners who will each receive $25 in COMC Store Credit!

Finally, some of our Challenge superstars are accumulating an incredible number of points.  To any user who at any time earns a total of more than 1 million lifetime points, we will award an exclusive red COMC Contributor badge to your username on the site in honor of your amazing contribution.  This opportunity will badgebe ongoing, as new Challenges over the coming year will help us build a catalog that is deeper and richer than ever before. Earning a million points will be an incredible effort, but some people are more than halfway there already!

We appreciate everyone who has done even one Challenge; this is a community effort, and we are committed to eventually presenting a catalog with depth and accuracy that honors and reflects the community spirit of our hobby.

Thanks,
COMC