The Faces Behind COMC – Getting to Know Our Customer Service Team

We’re going to step outside the box and do something a little bit different in the first installment of this ongoing blog series. Instead of showcasing some of the great cards found on COMC, we want to introduce you to a few of our employees here at COMC. If you’ve ever sent an email to staff@comc.com or given us a call, it is very likely that you’ve been helped by one or more of our Customer Service Team. In this blog, we’ll put faces and personalities to the names that have helped improve your COMC experience. Enjoy!


Christopher Thornton

Originally joining COMC to help bolster our Shipping Team in the Fall of 2015, Chris quickly found his way to our Customer Service Team thanks to his keen eye for detail and appreciation for language. Born in Wenatchee, WA (a three-hour trek across the mountains from COMC), he has lived all across Washington including Seattle and the Tri-Cities area.

Away from COMC, Chris can be found partaking in partner acrobatics 4-5 nights a week with his friends. His fascination for cooking using both unique combinations of ingredients and niche cooking gadgets always spurns conversation around the office. His remaining free time is usually spent squeezing in other hobbies such as watching sci-fi, astronomy, self-improvement through reading and being a wine enthusiast. He collects literature in the form of poems as well as old books.

Favorite Sport: Acrobatic Gynastics
Favorite Players: Simone Biles
Favorite Food: Sushi or Szechuan
Favorite Musical Artists: Astronautilus, Garbage, Jesse Cook, Daft Punk, Aesop Rock, Metric
Favorite Card in his collection: Magic: The Gathering card, “Cauldron Dance”


Norbert Strub

The longest tenured member of our Customer Service Team, ‘Norb’ joined the team back in October of 2013. Originally from Virginia, he now resides close to COMC with his adorable eight-year-old Japanese Chin dog.

He is the resident expert at COMC for any and all things retro video gaming. In addition to knowing virtually everything there is to know about retro gaming, he owns a vast collection of video games spread across a variety of consoles.  When not gaming it up,  he can be found on the disc golf course competing or honing his skills.

Favorite Sport: Football, Hockey
Favorite Food: Dishes with noodles (spaghetti, yakisoba, pad thai, etc.)
Favorite Game in his collection: King of Dragons


James Good

James joined the COMC Team in the Fall of 2012 as a member of our Identification Team. He transitioned onto the Customer Service Team as an extension of his role as our Social Media Coordinator in early 2016. Born just outside of Los Angeles, California, he has lived the majority of his life in the Pacific Northwest.

In his spare time, James enjoys being active within the hobby buying and selling sports cards. A former professional Pokemon Trading Card Game Player, he finished 3rd in the 2013 Pokemon World Championship. James is an automotive enthusiast, owning a limited edition Dodge Challenger SRT8 and a Ram 1500 pickup truck.  He is self-professed homebody who would much rather spend his free time at home with his girlfriend Brittany and their three cats.

Favorite Sport: Baseball
Favorite Players:  Bryce Harper, Tim Lincecum, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mitch Haniger
Favorite Food: Carb-free burrito bowl from Chipotle
Favorite Musical Artists: Tycho, Caspian, Josh Abbot Band, and Chis Stapleton
Favorite Card in his collection: 2007 Bowman Chrome Prospects Blue Refractor Autograph Tim Lincecum

 

Joseph Highfill

Having joined our team more recently midway through 2016, Joe has quickly acclimated to the culture of COMC. His infectious laugh can be heard frequently throughout the halls of our Redmond Headquarters. The most- well traveled of the Team, he has previously lived in Portsmouth, VA, Orlando, FL, and Georgia before settling in Washington.

When not helping and assisting our customers, Joe can be found making music and enjoying media arts. His passion for music is second-to-none as he packs a substantial collection of records and various forms of music highlighted by an extensive David Bowie collection. When not rocking out or spending time with his family and friends, he can be found remaining very active as an enthusiast of cycling, martial arts, and dancing.

Favorite Sport: Performing live.
Favorite Food: Thai
Favorite Musical Artists: David Bowie, The Fall, Skinny Puppy, Talking Heads
Favorite Card in his collection: 1974-81 Dutch/Swedish Star Gums #601 – David Bowie


Chris Brown

Chris started his journey at COMC as a member of our Identification Team in 2015 before transitioning to the Customer Service Team last year. Born and raised in the State of Washington, he has resided all across the state from as far north as Bellingham to across the Puget Sound in Port Orchard.

He surrounds himself with friends and family that keeps him plenty busy in his free time. He has a standing weekly chess appointment with one of his oldest friends. It’s not uncommon to find Chris attending a game night on the weekends where any number of games might get played. He has a small dog named Jax who he says is an equal part delight and pain in the rear.

Favorite Sport: Boxing
Favorite Players: Gennady Golovkin, Earl Thomas, Kyle Seager
Favorite Food: Lasagna… No, Burrito…
Favorite Musical Artists: At the Drive-In, Red Fang, et al.
Favorite Card in his collection:1996 Topps – #290 Reggie White – “I got to meet him and he signed this card for me.”

 

Fresh Out of the Pack #2 – Newly Released Sets on the COMC Marketplace!

Hello COMC Nation,

In our ongoing series ‘Fresh out of the Pack’ , we take a look at the latest sets that have found their way to the COMC Marketplace. As these sets are among the newest released, consignors are still opening product found at their local hobby shops and purchased online and submitting it to COMC, meaning our inventory is continuing to grow of these sets. Don’t get discouraged if we don’t have your player or team in stock! Fresh new inventory of these sets will be added for many months to come, so be sure to check back often!

 

Your Guide to the 2018 NBA All Star Game (via Rookie Cards!)

The 2018 NBA All Star is next week and as expected, the format under which the game will be played has been changed YET AGAIN. Instead of a classic Eastern Conference vs Western Conference showdown, this year the two top vote getting players in each conference were named Team Captains. Unsurprisingly, Lebron James led the voting in the East and Stephen Curry took the West. As a result, this year we now have Team Lebron vs Team Stephen highlighting NBA All-Star Weekend in just a few days.

After being announced as Captains, Lebron and Steph were then able to draft their team’s starters based on a pool of players decided upon by fans, NBA players and media without any consideration for which conference those players played in. The reserve players for the two teams were chosen by their two respective coaches, with Mike D’Antoni coaching Team Steph and Dwane Casey coaching Team Lebron. Here’s the starters for each of the two teams:

 Team Lebron  Team Stephen
 Lebron James  Stephen Curry
 Kevin Durant  James Harden
 Kyrie Irving  DeMar DeRozan
 Demarcus Cousins  Giannis Anteokounmpo
 Anthony Davis  Joel Embiid

We decided that it wouldn’t quite be an All-Star Game without us making a bold prediction. We turned to the historical sales data of each player’s rookie card. To keep things fair, we used the highest completed sales data available on COMC of each player’s Topps Chrome Refractor RC or Panini Prizm Silver Prizm RC, when available. In the event that the player didn’t have a rookie card in either of those sets, we defaulted to the player’s best available rookie autograph from a comparable set. As expected, the result was fun but not quite perfect, as some historical sales data was rather old due to the scarcity of the cards and did not accurately reflect the card’s current market value.

Team Lebron

Total Team Value = $1380.56

Team Stephen

Total Team Value = $1525.10

There you have it! On the backs of the silver prizm rookie cards of The Greek Freak and The Process, Team Steph bests Team Lebron by nearly $145, making Steph & Co. our pick to win the 2018 NBA All Star Game. Despite our Super Bowl prediction not going so well a couple weeks ago, we have faith that our highly in depth analysis of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game Starters will prove us right!

NBA All-Star Weekend kicks off February 16th at 9pm EST with the Rising Stars Game All-Star Saturday Night (Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest) will be held February 17th at 8pm EST) and capping off the weekend will be the Team Lebron vs Team Stephen All-Star Game on February 19th at 7pm EST).

Check Out Your Grades! – January BGS Grading Returns

Hello COMC Nation!

February is here which means it’s time for another installment of Check Out Your Grades! In this series, we showcase our favorite items that have been submitted to BGS Grading via COMC and have just recently returned. Last month, we said that we would limit each installment to our ten favorite grading returns. However, we’ve decided that sharing just 10 cards a month is a little too restricting for our taste. We’ll be sharing ALL of our favorites, which means 17 grading returns made the list this month!

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 six weeks, but they’ll have a chance to be showcased in our monthly blog series!  Without further ado:

January 2018 Grading Returns:

That’s all for this month! Check out previous installments of this blog series here:

December 2017

It’s in the Cards – Super Bowl LII Rookie Card Showdown

The 2017 NFL season will be concluded this Sunday when the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles square off in Super Bowl LII. Will the Patriots seemingly unstoppable dynasty add yet another ring to their long list of achievements? Or will the Eagles overcome and upset to create joyous pandemonium in their championship starved hometown of Philly?

Nobody knows for sure what the future holds for these two powerhouse franchises that earned their rightful spot in the big game. With the masses making bold predictions, we wanted to do something a little bit different and break down the two team’s offensive weapons – by evaluating their rookie cards!

Our criteria was simple – we’d judge the quarterback, running back, two wide receiver and tight end positions for both teams based on their rookie cards. In choosing our favorite card from each position, we considered card design, player pose and if applicable – quality of their autograph. To keep things interesting, we chose a different set for each rookie card.

Quarterbacks

For the QB position, we chose the much coveted Contenders Rookie Ticket as our preferred rookie card for both players.  We prefer the overall cleaner design of the 2000 Playoff Contenders set over the busier 2012 Panini Contenders look. Nick Foles‘ pose is perfectly acceptable for his rookie card, but the poise in Tom Brady‘s pose even 18 years ago impressively stands out more. That being said, Foles gains a point over Brady in the autograph category as his autograph is legible, whereas ‘TB12’ has certainly won’t be winning any championships for penmanship. Patriots 1, Eagles 0.

Running Backs

In looking at Dion Lewis and Jay Ajayi’s rookie cards, it was apparent that Topps Chrome was the best set to evaluate that featured the two players. The 2011 Topps Chrome set features a classic bordered style, but we prefer the futuristic appeal of the 2015 Topps Chrome set. We’ll also take Ajayi pictured in a pro uniform over Dion Lewis’s training camp workout gear. Ajayi picks up the three point sweep here with an overall cleaner autograph as well. Patriots 1, Eagles 1.

Wide Receivers

We wanted to do something different for our wide receivers match up, so we chose Bowman Sterling Jumbo Patches as our platform for our first wide receiver match up. We prefer the design of the 2014 Sterling Jumbo Patch over it’s 2012 counterpart as it features the team logo prominently in the center of the patch. Both receivers showcase a great pose on their respective cards, but Brandin Cooks gets the ‘W’ in this category over Alshon Jeffery as we found the presence of the pigskin fully visible to be more aesthetically pleasing overall. Patriots 2, Eagles 1.

This battle is somewhat of a hodgepodge, as Danny Amendola has very few true rookie cards and none from the same set as Nelson Agholor. For this battle we opted for Amendola’s SP Authentic RC over his Topps Factory Set Cowboys Exclusive RC and for Agholor, we chose his Silver Prizm variation RC. Because the two cards are vastly different in card design, we’re going to omit that category and move on strictly to player pose. Unlike his play on the field, Amendola’s action shot is somewhat forgettable, whereas Agholor’s attentive photo shoot pose makes his Prizm variation RC stand out from the base variation. In a somewhat subjective battle, we’ll give the point to the Eagles to keep it interesting. Patriots 2, Eagles 2.

Tight Ends

So it all comes down to this battle between Rob Gronkowski and Zach Ertz. We like the throwback appeal of the 2013 Score football set over the splattered look of the 2010 Score set. However, the close crop photo on Ertz card is very unappealing, while Gronk’s rookie card features a more traditional on field pose.

We’ve yet to determine a winner in this battle, so we’ll turn to our tiebreaker – rookie autographs! Which one of these TE’s was more proliferate with the pen?

It is safe to say that Gronk isn’t the most well spoken player, but he can certainly sign on the dotted line. Gronkowski impressed us with a full name signature featuring hard, up-and-down, legible lines. Ertz disappoints, omitting the ‘AC’ from his first name and a opting for a sloppy EZ scribble to round out his autograph.  Patriots 3, Eagles 2

There you have it folks! If the Super Bowl were to be determined strictly based on rookie cards, we’d have to give the victory to the New England Patriots! Luckily, this battle will be settled on the gridiron this Sunday, February 4th at 3:30PM PST. Be sure to tune in and catch what is sure going to be one great game!

Over on our Facebook Page, we’ll be playing a Super Bowl Pick ‘Em contest that starts this Thursday. Be sure to like our page and be on the lookout for your chance to win COMC store credit!

2017-18 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey ePack Box Break!

Hello COMC Nation!

Last week we were treated to the release of 2017-18 Upper Deck Series One Hockey on the ePack platform! Upper Deck’s flagship hockey set is a perennial favorite best known for it’s Young Guns rookie card inserts.

What better way to celebrate the release of this set than to feature it In our ongoing COMC Breaks series. In this video, we bust a full box of 24 packs in search of coveted Young Guns rookie cards of Brock BoeserNico Hischier and Charlie McAvoy among others.

Please enjoy our video below and as always, we would love to hear your thoughts, suggestion and feedback as to what future breaks and video content that you would like to see on the COMC Blog!

Be sure to check out the COMC_BreakHits account to purchase any physical items found in this break!

Fresh Out of the Pack! Newly Released Sets on the COMC Marketplace!

Hello COMC Nation!

The trading card world wrapped up a whirlwind 2017 with a tremendous number of popular products released in the month of December. In this blog, we’ll look at some of the sets that have already started making their way to the COMC Marketplace.

Baseball

Basketball

Football

Hockey & Non-Sports