5 Great “It Sold for WHAT?!?” Cards in COMC History

Over the course of our 11 plus year existence, we’ve seen A LOT of cards. When we say a lot of cards, we mean somewhere in the neighborhood of 52 million and climbing at the time of writing. As you can imagine, we’ve seen our fair share of iconic cards, especially cards that didn’t gain notoriety until many years after we first saw them. This can lend itself to some pretty hilarious historical pricing data when some of these cards sell years or even a decade before they peak in value.

That being said, we’ve scoured some historical sales to find some of the best “It Sold for WHAT?!” examples in COMC’s history:

2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects – Prospects Chrome – Refractor Autograph #BDPP89 – Mike Trout /500

As the legend of Mike Trout continues to grow, so do the value of his 2009 Bowman cards. This particular card was listed for sale on February 19th, 2010 and sold almost two weeks later for a fraction of what it’s worth today. These cards are so desirable that we’ve never seen a copy of this card consigned since. BGS 9 versions of this same card have recently sold for $7000.00.

2000 Playoff Contenders – [Base] Rookie Autograph #144 – Tom Brady [BGS MINT 9]

We have seen our fair share of this coveted Tom Brady rookie card over the years. This BGS 9 version was sold back in June of 2013 for a paltry $1254.00. Recent sales of this card with an equal grade have recently sold in excess of $10,000.

2013-14 Panini Prizm – Autographs – Target Red Prizms #33 – Giannis Antetokounmpo /49 [BGS 9.5 GEM MINT] 

Before earning his nickname ‘The Greek Freak’ and becoming the NBA mega star that he is today, Giannis  Antetokounmpo’s rookie cards could be had for a fraction of what they’re worth now. This beautiful Red Prizm RC autograph sold for just $256 back in October of 2016. A Non-graded version of this card recently sold for over $1,700.

1986-87 Fleer – [Base] #57 – Michael Jordan [BGS 9.5 GEM MINT] 

We’ve seen just two BGS 9.5 graded copies of perhaps the most iconic basketball card ever printed sold on the COMC Marketplace. The most recent took place in 2016 and sold for over $11,000, but it is the first sale that makes this card earn a spot on our list.  In the summer of 2013, a BGS 9.5 Michael Jordan RC was had by a buyer for just over $4,000.00. Talk about a good return-on-investment!

2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects – Draft Picks Chrome – Gold Refractor #BDPP19 – Aaron Judge /50

In hindsight, a 6’7″ power-hitting Yankees prospect flying under the radar just seems silly, but it’s safe to say that Aaron Judge cards sold at pedestrian prices until #AllRise took baseball by storm last year.  Not one, but TWO of these gorgeous gold refractors sold for right around $30 in 2014. This card can’t be had for under $1,000 just four years later.

If you happen to have sold one of these cards, just remember time heals all wounds. It also increased the value of your card exponentially. If you’ve sold a card on COMC that you’ve regretted years later when a player’s stock rose significantly, we want to hear about it! Share your best “What was I thinking?” stories with us!

#Cardstock Volume 5 – The Hobby Darlings

#CardSTOCK is an ongoing series created by Baseball Cards Daily’s Chris Steuber that details the hobby value of baseball players based on their popularity and performance . You can check out all past editions of #CardSTOCK here.

This time around, we’re highlighting six of the games younger players who we’ve aptly referred to as ‘The Hobby Darlings’. These players are favorites among collectors and already command top dollar in the market. Whether it be through stellar play to start their 2018 campaign or they’re simply a big name bat in a big town, you can’t deny these players potential both on the field and in the hobby. The sky truly is the limit.

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #3

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Introduction

The COMC Office Pack Battle League is now 1/3rd of the way through it’s inaugural season and we’ve had a major shake up in the standings! With six weeks down and 12 weeks to go, a lot has happened over the last two weeks!

If you’re not familiar with our scoring system or the rules of our league, you can read our introductory blog here. If you’ve missed some updates and want to catch up on how we got to our current standings, you can read all pack battle league updates here.

Gerrit Cole continues to be the runaway MVP of 2018 Topps Opening Day, claiming his 3rd appearance in six weeks atop the strikeout leader board.

Current Standings

In the overall league standings through six weeks, Sean made a huge run from 13th all the way to the top spot, adding 9 points to his total over the last two weeks. While the middle of the pack is 7th through 15th is only separated by 3 points, the top of the leader board is beginning to define itself a little clearer. Jade, James and Bryson also put up strong efforts of five points each, substantially improving their positions on the leader board.

Home Run King Standings:

James came out the winner of a four-way tie at the top of the Home Run King standings with a third place performance in Week 5 and a first place tie in week 6.  He now leads the field with 9 points, with Kevin and Sean close behind at 7.

Hit King Standings:

Kevin and Jade sit a top the Hit King leader board with five points each. The rest of the field is tightly behind them, as 10 teams are currently sitting at three points. Any of those teams can claim the top spot with a strong showing.

Strikeout King Standings:

Jeremy came out the victor in our previous tie at the top, claiming the top spot in overall strikeout points with six. With four teams on his heels  at five points, strikeouts has been one of the most exciting categories to watch as the season progresses. League Managers have found pitchers found in 2018 Topps Opening Day to be somewhat polarizing. Cards like Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber, and Max Scherzer can single handedly carry a team to points in this column. Not pulling one of these players from their weekly two packs can often spell a middle of the road performance.

Week 5 Results (April 26th  – May 2nd )

Sean began his run to the top in week 5, fielding a team of Aaron Judge (hr), Wil Myers (hr), Joe Mauer (hits), Francisco Lindor (hits), Gerrit Cole (K’s) and Sean Manaea (K’s). With Lindor exploding for 12 hits, and Cole doing what he does and leading the week in strikeouts, Sean was able to add five points to his total. Brian took HR category for the week with the duo of Gary Sanchez (3) and Nelson Cruz (2) hitting a combine five homers.

HR Points:  Brian (3), Steve (2), James (1), Angela (1), Kevin (1)
Hits Points: Dylan (2), Sean (2), James (1)
K’s Points: Sean (3), Grant (2), Jade (1), Dieter (1), Angela (1), Brian (1)

Week 6 Results (May 3rd – 9th)

It was a clean sweep for Texas state players on our player of the week board, as Nomar Mazara came out of nowhere to put up the best HR week we’ve seen so far. George Springer‘s six-hit performance catapulted him to a 15-hit performance and Gerrit Cole remained untouchable in an Astros uniform.

While hits and k’s were pretty cut and dry categories, with Jade taking hits with 28 total thanks to Springer and Lindor and Bryson taking K’s with 25 total on the arms of Carlos Carrasco (14) and Luis Severino (11). The home runs category produced three teams earning top points with five home runs each, while six teams nabbed 3rd place points with three homers each.

HR Points:  James (3), Sean (3), Kevin (3), Jeremy (2), Bob (1), Jade (1), Tad (1), Jeff (1), David (1), Grant (1)
Hits Points: Jade (3), Bryson (2), Angela (1)
K’s Points: Bryson (3), Jeremy (2), Tim (1)

Whew, that was a crazy two weeks. That’s going to do it for this time around for the Pack Battle League. We’ll be back in two weeks to break down all the Week 7 & 8 action.

Toronto Spring Expo Prize Wheel & Second Chance Drawing Winners

We had such a fantastic time at the 2018 Toronto Spring Expo last weekend! Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth to chat, participated in our contests and giveaways, and dropped off their consignment submissions. We want to especially thank all those who set up at the show and participated in making our partner program a success by wearing COMC-branded apparel throughout the show.

Now it’s time to announce the winners of our Prize Wheel and Second Chance Store Credit Drawings:

Toronto Spring Expo Prize Wheel Drawing Results

Grand Prize Winner:
A-S – 2017 Canada Post Hockey Night Heroes Autographed Bobby Orr Stamp – DaKidder

Runner-Up Winners:
A-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck #468 Mitch Marner RC – WOOKIE111
2-S – 2016-17 Upper Deck #451 Patrik Laine RC – Jedione
2-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck NHL Firsts #NF-23 Auston Matthews Achievement – CardsFromTheZotel
3-S – 2017-18 Upper Deck UD Game Jersey Patch #GJ-MH MIke Hoffman #/15 – Bobby42cards
3-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck Compendium Blue #900 Auston Matthews – NewYork
4-S – 2017-18 Upper Deck SP Game Used All-Stars Skills Fabrics #AS-CP Carey Price – Lhmez
4-H – 2017-18 Upper Deck Game Dated Moments #7 Auston Matthews – Bruins1724
5-S – 2015-16 Upper Deck MVP NHL Territories Autograph #NT-JG Johnny Gaudreau – ogrund
5-H – 2017-18 MVP Bright Futures #BF-51 Auston Matthews Achievement – don711
6-S – 2017-18 Upper Deck Game Dated Moments #1 Connor McDavid – illeagle81
6-H – 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Rainbow Color Wheel #155 William Nylander – canadianfletch
7-S – 2017-18 Upper Deck Game Dated Moments #47 Connor McDavid – Ryan87
7-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck Instant Impressions #II-21 Auston Matthews Achievement – Coach665
8-S – 2017-18 Upper Deck Game Dated Moments #48 Mathew Barzal – hockeygoalie31
8-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck Number Crunchers #NC-23 Connor McDavid Achievement – Flyers27
9-S – 2017-18 Upper Deck Game Dated Moments #3 Nico Hischier – buddyraccoon
9-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck Overtime Optimum Performance #OP-20 Wayne Gretzky – deniset
10-S – 2017-18 Upper Deck Game Dated Moments #32 Brock Boeser – kpclancy
10-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck MVP Rinkleaders #RL-0 Wayne Gretzky Achievement – 19duker19

To claim your prize, you must contact staff@comc.com with your name and username before June 29, 2018 @ 23:59:59 PDT.

Second Chance Store Credit Draw Winners.

If these accounts holders purchased store credit between April 29, 2018 and May 8, 2018, they will win matching store credit up to $100.00:

k_northrup
bailey5
joshmerrick
jjs31
Kevin17

Check Out Your Grades! – April BGS Grading Returns

The winds of change are blowing! Last month, we published out 2018 Spring BGS Service Update which included the news that we’re rolling out a new 3 week expedited service. The early results are in, and this service is quite popular among COMC users!

Did you know that you can submit any item in your inventory manager via the actions menu to BGS for grading or to COMC for our weekly Condition Review? Not only will your cards be graded within three or six weeks, but they’ll have a chance to be showcased in our monthly blog series!

Without further ado, our favorite BGS returns for the month of April:

COMC Spring Cleaning Sale GOING ON NOW!

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(5/7/18 Update – Our Spring Cleaning Sale is now LIVE! Find great deals on all of your favorite teams and players:  https://www.comc.com/Promotions/Sale

COMC’s Annual Spring Cleaning Sale May 7 – 13!

Free up your schedule, because you’ll want to spend a lot of time on COMC throughout the course of our Spring Cleaning Sale. Whether you’re a buyer, seller, or even a flipper – however you choose to take advantage of this sale – you’re going to want to use your COMC account. Don’t have an account yet? Creating an account only takes a minute, but the advantages last forever!

Buy Now and Ship Later!

Free shipping vouchers to COMC members who purchase $50 or more in COMC Store Credit!

One of the biggest advantages of purchasing items with COMC Store Credit using your COMC account is that you can purchase items at your convenience and choose to ship your items at any time in the future! Buy items from any of our thousands of sellers, and your items will stay safe and secure in our warehouses until you request shipment. Shop every day, week, or month for the items you want – when you’re ready to take delivery, pay for shipping only once!

We’re so confident you’ll love using your COMC account to purchase items that we’re providing a Free Shipping Voucher to COMC members who purchase at least $50 in COMC Store Credit from now until Sunday, May 13th. The voucher will be good for $3.99 off any shipping service and will be added to your account on June 1st. (Limit one voucher per customer, vouchers expire August 31st, 2018).

Get Ready, Sellers!

Free Sales Promotion for all Sellers throughout Spring Cleaning!

This year, we’re offering our consignors the ability to run a FREE sales promotion throughout the course of our Spring Cleaning Sale. Head on over to the Promotions Page and set up your FREE Sales Promotion now! Remember, every COMC seller can run a free sale – so be sure to offer buyers a reason to keep coming back for more!

If you’re not already a COMC member, register your free account today! We look forward to you joining us for our first big sale of 2018!

 

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #2

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Introduction

The COMC Office Pack Battle League is now four weeks into it’s inaugural season and trends are starting to take form. Of course, it’s still very early in the season, and no team is too far out of the hunt to be counted out.

If you’re not familiar with our scoring system or the rules of our league, you can read our introductory blog here. If you missed our first update and want to take a look at how things got underway through the first two weeks of the season click here.

A big congratulations to Sean Manaea for his 10-strikeout no hit performance against the Boston Red Sox in Week 4!

Current Standings

standingsweek2In the overall league standings through four weeks, Bob has emerged as the front-runner with 10 total points. Over the past two weeks, he’s secured 8 points and has leapfrogged the field after sitting in 17th place after the first two weeks of the season. The rest of the field remains tightly packed, with only three points separating 10th place from 1st place.

Home Run King Standings:

No clear leader has emerged in the Home Run King standings as a four-way tie exists at the top with Brandon, James, Bob and Tad each with five points. Bob took the ‘w’ in the HR category in week 3 with six home runs and Tad claimed top honors in week 4 with five homers.

Hit King Standings:

Despite adding no points from the hits category over the past two weeks, Kevin’s fast start with five points through the first two weeks was enough to keep him in the lead. The field is tightly closing in however as David sits in second with four points. Four teams tied with 13 hits each in week 3 to claim 1st place points while Jeff took the victory in hits in week 4 with a whopping 21 hits.

Strikeout King Standings:

Our five-way tie from the previous update has become just a two-way tie as Tim and Jeremy top the leader board with four points each. Dylan blazed past the competition in week 3 with 23 strike outs, while Bob followed up in week 4 with an 18-strikeout performance that was good for the top spot.

Week 3 Results (April 12th  – 18th )

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In week 3 action, Bob begun his march to the top of the leader board by scoring top points in the home run category with six home runs with his high risk high reward decision to play two Charlie Blackmon cards in the home run stat. A four-way tie at hits this week at 13 total hits yielded first place points distributed liberally. Dylan’s 23 strike outs from Gerrit Cole and Julio Teheran were enough to cement a strong first place finish.

HR Points:  Bob (3), Sean (2), Jeff (1), David (1), Kevin (1), Jade (1)
Hits Points: Jeremy (3), Geoff (3), Tim (3), David (3), Dieter (2), Angela (2), Tad (2), Chris (1)
K’s Points: Dylan (3), Brian (2), Jeremy (1)

Week 4 Results (April 19th – 25th )

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Bob followed up his three-point week 3 with a five point week 4 effort. Bob took first in Strikeouts with 18 K’s thanks to Gerrit Cole (is that name looking familiar yet?) and Sean Manaea and put up a second-place effort in hits coming just three hits short of the 21 hits acquired by category winner Jeff. Tad reigned supreme in the home run category with 5 on the bats of second-year studs Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger.

HR Points:  Tad (3), James (2), Brandon (2), Dylan (1), David (1), Sean (1), Jeff (1), Kevin (1)
Hits Points: Jeff (3), Bob (2), Sean (1)
K’s Points: Bob (3), Chris (2), Tim (1), Brian (1), Sean (1)

That will do it for this update. Our next update will come in two weeks where we’ll break down the week 5 & 6 action in the COMC Office Pack Battle League.