Social Media Roundup: Spring 2019

It’s been a little while since our last Social Media Roundup, so we wanted to take a moment to get you caught up on what you might have missed by not following our growing social media accounts. The COMC Blog will always be the #1 source for COMC updates, industry news and hobby focused editorials, but you’re missing a lot of other great weekly trading card and sports-related content if you’re not following our social media pages! Be sure to give our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts a follow if you haven’t already done so to stay up of what we’re up to all across the internet!

Facebook: 

Earlier this month we gave away over $2000 in COMC Credit during our annual Spring Cleaning Sale. We probably won’t be doing giveaways of that magnitude every month, so hopefully you had a chance to get in on the action and claim your piece of our giveaway prizes! If not, be on the lookout for future giveaways that are 100% FREE to enter and are as simple as telling us your favorite trading card, or how you would spend your prize if you won!

We listened to some of your feedback when creating our latest recurring original Facebook series, which is our ‘eBay Flip of the Week’. Once a week we’ll show you the most impressive flip of a trading card that was purchased by a COMC member on the COMC Marketplace that later sold through our eBay cross-listing feature for a significantly higher price. Why is this relevant? Not only does this give a glimpse into the flipping aspect of COMC, but it also hints at the types of trading card sets and players that have strong flipping potential. So far we’ve showcased flips of sports cards from NBA megastars, minor league baseball top prospects, and even UFC fighters!

Here is just a taste of some of our recent eBay Flips of the Week:

Twitter

Our Twitter account (@checkoutmycards) gives us the perfect social media platform to connect with COMC members and sports fans alike to talk everything sports and trading cards! You’ll regularly catch us tweeting the best daily sports highlights, historic ‘on this day’ memories, and routinely stirring up discussions about the trading card hobby.

We kick off every week with our Monday Morning Discussion, where we poll our some 12,000+ twitter followers with a question related to the world of sports or trading cards. You’ll catch quality discussions on a weekly basis such as this one from last week:

You’ll also catch the #DailyCheckout every single day, which is our mid-day ongoing series that shines a spotlight on athletes from a particular weekly theme. Recent themes have included MLB Catalysts Week, or players who often spark huge offensive outputs for their team, NBA Finals MVP’s Week, and NHL Legends Week!

Instagram

We can’t thank our Instagram followers enough for all of the love we’ve received in 2019! Our Instagram account (@checkoutmycards) remains our fastest growing social media platform to date! Our followers are very eager to share their COMC #Maildays and their flipping success stories with us, and we’re more than happy to give them a signal boost by reposting their COMC experiences to our growing base of followers.

Our instagram account is also home to our eBay Top Sale of the Week! You asked for it and we delivered! Each week we’ll show you the most expensive trading card sold on eBay via COMC from the previous week. Here’s a small taste of the last few weeks:

Hopefully this small glimpse into our weekly musings across social media will convince you to give us a follow and get involved! Most of our weekly recurring content was shaped specifically based on feedback from our followers, and we’re going to keep that ball rolling! Leave a comment below with any feedback or suggestions that you have for us on what sort of social media content you would like to see from COMC!

Memorial Day 2019 – Reduced Customer Service 5/27/19

In observance of Memorial Day, we will have reduced Customer Service support on Monday, May 27th. Our team will be unavailable to answer phone calls throughout Memorial Day. Phone support will return to our normal 9am-5pm PST schedule on Tuesday, May 28th.

If you need to contact us over the holiday, please email staff@comc.com or leave a voicemail message at 1-800-517-3540 and our team will respond promptly.

We are forever grateful to those who have served our great country, past or present. Your sacrifice will never go unremembered. Thank you.

Guest Blog: Collecting What you Love – A Few Quick Tips

(Editor’s Note: Please welcome Tanner Jones to the COMC Blog. Tanner Jones is author of Confessions of a Baseball Card Addict and has been in love with cardboard since he was a child.  For the past 30 years, he has gone from being a casual collector to…scratch that…he has never been casual about collecting baseball cards.  He is an addict!  You can visit his website at www.TanManBaseballFan.com)

Let me ask you a question.  Have you ever purchased a baseball card you have fallen in love with?  If you are like me, you have – many times.  Now, let me ask you another.  Have you purchased a card that you didn’t love?  If you are like me, the same answer is true:  many times.  Perhaps it was a card that you thought you wanted, but turned out that it was just due to the hoopla around it created by others.  In other words, you bought it because other people loved it.

Perhaps you have indulged in one too many boxes, case breaks or razzes, only to find your collection is littered with cards you simply don’t care about.

What to do about it

It appears as though our hobby is far above average when it comes to being made “liquid” in the sense that we have many options to sell the cards that no longer appeal to us.  Websites like COMC make it easy!  All you have to do is sit down with your collection, and determine what you want to keep.  The rest can be put in the for sale/trade pile.  From there, you can use the proceeds of your sales to put into cards that will put a smile on your face.

Only buy what you love

Isn’t our hobby great?  There are so many collecting niches to choose from!  We may find the refractor shine more mesmerizing than anything else we lay our eyes on.  Holograms that jump off the card can captivate us as we tilt them back and forth.  Patch cards allow us to feel like we have a piece of the game as we rub our fingers over them.  Vintage cards are like mementos that have survived numerous wars and depict players that the childhood version of our grandfathers marveled at.

Before diving in head first, sit down and really think about what you love about this hobby.  Do you want to collect a certain type of card?  A player?  Team?  Even if you narrow it down to a certain player or team, more specificity is still likely warranted.  With the sheer amount of cards being produced each year, it can be easy to get in over your head – and quickly. Instead, perhaps consider only focusing on a certain date range for a team or perhaps only the career years for your favorite player(s).

Those are just a few ideas – don’t be afraid to really put pen to paper and jot down all of your ideas, while window shopping for cards on COMC.  With each card that passes by your eyes, ask yourself if it is something you truly want.  If it is, then the odds are it is likely a good candidate to add into your collection.  Don’t forget to set a budget, either!

Remember:  Collecting only cards you love that are within your budget is key to having a fulfilling and meaningful collection.

Rich Reminisces: The 1973 Mets

By Rich Klein
Recently I heard the sad news of George Thomas Seaver (we know him better as Tom) beginning his long goodbye as his great mind is slowly becoming less active and he is suffering from Alzheimer’s. This news comes just as the New York Mets begin to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their “Miracle Mets” season. Let me assure you, if you were in the NY Area in 1969, that was truly a miracle season. So many things occurred that year which were a confluence of events never to be repeated or duplicated.  When this 1969 Topps card was released the Mets were just starting to roll a bit towards their successful conclusion.  Thankfully for collectors without deep pocketbooks there is no “White” last name version of this card. If there were, the 1969 Master Set collection cost would have grown by a decent chunk of change.

Because baseball was so important in ’69 and the Mets were such a great story,  with them located in New York and having had such a short history at the time, there were countless books written about the team during the next few months. I believe I read every single one of them. Yes, there was actually a time where reading print in all forms was how we garnered information, and in my cas,e put the information into my muscle memory, which when my turn comes to forget everything but the past, will be remembered much easier than what I had for lunch yesterday! (Grilled chicken sandwich with sautéed mushrooms, grilled jalapenos and grilled onions and a side salad).

But the real point is that those books were able to talk both about the days when the Mets were lovable loser. In fact, the Mets had books written about their beginning when the great newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin penned a tome about the 1962 team. Since New York was a major media capital back then, and the team was so bad they were good (yes Marv E. Throneberry we’re thinking of you), a detailed tome about their debut season was a first as far as I know.

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So 7 years later was the year we first walked on the moon, and since all things seemed possible, why not have a baseball team do something we thought was impossible?  We have tons of material about the 1969 Mets, but what we don’t have very much about is a Mets team which four short years later almost completed an even greater miracle.

The 1973 Mets had many of the same key players of the 1969 team, but the team was carried by their pitching staff led by Tom Seaver. They also featured Jerry Koosman and Tug McGraw as their key pitchers, and some of the same position players including Ed Kranepool, Cleon Jones, Ken Boswell, Wayne Garrett, Bud Harrelson, and Jerry Grote.

If you look carefully enough you can see Yogi Berra 5th from the left on the second row and Tom Seaver two people to his left and Cleon Jones directly to Seaver’s left.  We’ll let other sleuths identify the rest of the team, but remember this is a photo of the 1972 team. And based on not seeing Willie Howard Mays, I’d say this was produced in 1972 spring training.

The reason this team was such as miracle was because as late as August 30th, 1973 the Mets were mired in last place, but the NL East race was so bunched up that every team could have a hot streak and become competitive. Although the Mets were in last place in the six-team National League East Division, they were only  6 1/2 games out of 1st place.Now remember, in 1973 there were no wild card spots, so you won the division or you went home.

The team that went on the run was the Mets. The story goes that General Manager M. Donald Grant went to give the team a pep talk and Tug McGraw was reacting sarcastically and stated, “You gotta believe!” Well, those three words became the mantra for the team in September, and they went on to win their division with an 82-79 record.

The “Tugger” would run with the publicity he garnered from this run and became quite the media darling. He helped to co-author a daily comic strip which you can still find a compilation of in book form:

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September was when the school year begin in New York, but all kids big and small were too entranced by the events going on. There was a play against the Pirates in which the baseball had about a one percent chance of ricocheting off the wall in a way which would it would go back to the fielder. The miracle bounce occurred and lives on forever thanks to youtube.

A few days after that, Willie Mays, who had returned to New York the previous season to finish out his career, finally announced he would be retiring from baseball. As he said he knew it was time for Willie to say goodbye to America. The Mays Tribute Night part of this video begins at approximately the 12:45 mark.  Today, the Mets would have figured out a way to do that on a sunny Sunday afternoon with tons of publicity. Believe it or not, there was not much advance notice for the Mays ceremony.

Finally, on a rainy day in Chicago, the Mets clinched the division and the weather was so bad that the second game was never played. The game might have been played if it mattered to the pennant race, but since it did not, why risk injury to any of the players? Here is restrained way the Mets clinched the National League East.

The Mets would then go to the playoffs and defeat the Cincinnati Reds, who were just beginning to evolve into the Big Red Machine. The highlight was a brawl instigated by a fight between Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose. Many fans then already did not like Pete Rose because of the 1970 All-Star game collision with Ray Fosse, so this just added to the hatred of Rose in New York.

That is a video of their kerfuffle. Big Bad Pete Rose versus Bud Harrelson. who by that point in a season might not have even weighed 150 pounds.

The Mets would then go deep into the World Series against the Oakland Athletics and force the series into a 7th game to be on the precipice of winning a second World Series. However, the A’s, led by their pitching staff, proved why they would be able to win three straight World Series in the 1970’s. Thanks to Topps practice at the time of showing pictures from each World Series game we did get one last 1974 Willie Mays card out of our packs. Now I realize Topps did certain things in those days to appease the target audience of kids, but the lack of a 1974 Mays card ranks right up there with other players who never received a final tribute card.

Off the top of my head such cards as a 1964 Stan Musial, 1967 Sandy Koufax and 1977 Hank Aaron would have been great for the kids then and the adults today. I’m convinced one reason the 1969 Mickey Mantle is so beloved is because he did not formally retire until March 1969 and Topps had already planned his card. Thus he got the last cards those other greats missed.

And as for Tom Seaver, as he heads into the long goodbye. he would pitch for more than another decade and amass more than 300 career victories, as well as gaining a first ballot selection by the BBWAA to elect him into the Hall of Fame on the 1st ballot.

This is just a cool modern card of “Tom Terrific” so we can all remember him as he was.

Last Chance to Save! Spring Cleaning Sales Ends May 12th!

All Orders of $99 or More Ship Free!

Whether you’re using COMC Credit to make offers on items with your COMC account, or you’re using our shopping cart to complete an order as a member or guest, spend at least $99 or more during our Spring Cleaning Sale and your order will qualify for free shipping!

(Terms: All shopping cart orders and COMC Member shipment requests must contain at least $99 worth of items purchased during the Spring Cleaning Sales to qualify for the free shipping promotion. Sales tax, per-item shipping fees, duties paid, and shipping add-ons such as supplies do not apply towards $99 threshold. All items purchased in advanced reseller mode are still subject to their per-item shipping fees) 

Social Media Giveaways ALL Week Long!
Over $3000 in COMC Credit  & Cards Will be Given Away to Our Followers!

Our goal is to get the internet trading card community buzzing about our Spring Cleaning Sale. So with that in mind we’re going to be holding daily COMC Credit Giveaways and chances to win some pretty spectacular cards! Here’s how you can get in on the action:

Facebook:  Want to win COMC Credit to spend during the Spring Cleaning Sale?  Every afternoon from May 5th-10th on our Facebook page be on the lookout for your chance to win COMC Credit!
Twitter:  Every day at Noon from May 5th-12th on Twitter we’re giving our followers a chance to win one of eight incredible cards including an incredible Mike Trout autograph!
Instagram: Be sure to stay tuned to our instagram account for your chance to win three very hot cards of Giannnis Antetokounmpo, Baker Mayfield, and Juan Soto. Did someone say autograph? 

Win a $250 COMC Shopping Spree! 

To show our appreciation to customers and blog readers, we’re giving back to you! If you’ve made an order or shipment request that qualifies for our FREE Spring Cleaning Shipping Special, be sure to come back to our blog and leave a comment with your order number or shipment request number! At the conclusion of our Spring Cleaning Sale, all qualifying comments will be entered to win a $250 COMC Shopping Spree! Winner will be announced via our Social Media pages and notified on May 14th. 

Sign Up and Save! The benefits of a COMC Account!

Did you know that by simply signing up for a FREE account that you unlock all of these perks and many more:

  • Always save 10% to 15% more than COMC guests.
  • Make offers to sellers on cards for sale on the COMC Marketplace.
  • Keep Items in your online inventory until you’re ready to ship them home.
  • Choose additional shipping services that are exclusive for COMC members.
  • Sell Cards by sending in your own cards for consignment.
  • Flip cards sent in by other sellers by instantly by relisting at a higher price.

Toronto Spring Expo Prize Wheel Winners!

We want to thank everyone who stopped by our booth last weekend at the Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto and participated in the Spin-To-Win Contests.  We look forward to returning to the next Expo!

Here are our Spring Expo Winners: 


A-S – 2016-17 Upper Deck #468 Mitch Marner RC –  Dan755
A-H – 2017 Fleer Ultra Spider-Man – Manufactured Webbing #WEB5 #25/49 – 7bovay3
2-S – 2016-17 Upper Deck #249 William Nylander RC – Longskis29
2-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck Overtime Optimum Performance #OP-20 Wayne Gretzky – chickencoupe
3-S – 2018-19 Upper Deck #228 Travis Dermott RC – lucasmackey
3-H – 2015-16 Upper Deck Retired Stars Canvas #C246 Patrick Roy beaucoupfish
4-S – 2018-19 Upper Deck Cup Components #CCPCB Ace Bailey / Charlie Conacher – THSN
4-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck Program of Excellence Canvas #C261 Thomas Chabot – DeBairos
5-S – 2016-17 Upper Deck NHL Firsts #NF-23 Auston Matthews Achievement – den3000nis
5-H – 2009-10 Upper Deck #203 Matt Duchene RC – gostl
6-S – 2018-19 Parkhurst Mini Tall-Boys #TB-57 John Tavares – Wyattket88
6-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck Ice Frozen Fabrics Red #FF-JQ #03/20 Jonathan Quick – slaroche
7-S – 2017-18 Upper Deck Game Dated Moments #7 Auston Matthews – Grandpoobah
7-H – 2017-18 Upper Deck Game Dated Moments #47 Connor McDavid – hockeygoalie31
8-S – 2017 Upper Deck Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial #MLM-GV Garry Valk – Hajni
8-H – 2015-16 Fleer Showcase Metal Universe Precious Metals Gems Blue #MU-12 Mikko Rantanen #/4850 – koko6727
9-S – 2013-14 Upper Deck Black Diamond Star Rubies #230 Morgan Rielly #025/150 – lukaTAG
9-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck MVP #367 Brayden Point – bb_bros
10-S – 2016-17 Upper Deck MVP #368 Auston Matthews – primetimesportz
10-H – 2017-18 Upper Deck #247 Brock Boeser RC – itrodaj


Don’t forget that in order to claim your prize, you must contact staff@comc.com with your name and username before July 5, 2019 @ 23:59:59 PDT.

We look forward to announcing details of our appearances at both the National in Chicago at the end of July and at the Fall Expo in mid-November shortly!

The COMC Spring Cleaning Sale is NOW LIVE!

(5/6/19 Update: The COMC Spring Cleaning Sale is NOW LIVE!)

Win a $250 COMC Shopping Spree! 

To show our appreciation to customers and blog readers, we’re giving back to you! If you’ve made an order or shipment request that qualifies for our FREE Spring Cleaning Shipping Special, be sure to come back to our blog and leave a comment with your order number or shipment request number! At the conclusion of our Spring Cleaning Sale, all qualifying comments will be entered to win $250 in COMC Credit to spend however you want! Winner will be announced via our Social Media pages and notified on May 14th. 

Get ready to save! The annual COMC Spring Cleaning Sale is coming May 6th – 12th, 2019!  This is the perfect opportunity for buyers and sellers to connect during our first big sales event of 2019!  This year we’re giving our buyers, sellers, and even flippers plenty of reasons to get excited!

Orders of $99 or More Ship Free!

While the best deals can be had by making offers and buying items using COMC Credit with your COMC account, no matter how you choose to shop, orders of $99 or more will qualify for our free shipping promotion! Whether you’re a COMC Member using COMC credit or our shopping cart to buy items, or shopping on COMC as a guest, your order of $99 or more will ship FREE!

(Terms: All shopping cart orders and COMC Member shipment requests must contain at least $99 worth of items purchased during the Spring Cleaning Sales to qualify for the free shipping promotion. Sales tax, per-item shipping fees, duties paid, and shipping add-ons such as supplies do not count towards the $99 threshold. All items purchased in advanced reseller mode are still subject to their per-item shipping fees)

Social Media Giveaways ALL Week Long!
Over $3000 in COMC Credit  & Cards Will be Given Away to Our Followers!

Our goal is to get the internet trading card community buzzing about our Spring Cleaning Sale. So with that in mind we’re going to be holding daily COMC Credit Giveaways and chances to win some pretty spectacular cards! Here’s how you can get in on the action:

Facebook:  Want to win COMC Credit to spend during the Spring Cleaning Sale?  Every afternoon from May 5th-10th on our Facebook page be on the lookout for your chance to win COMC Credit!
Twitter:  Every day at Noon from May 5th-12th on Twitter we’re giving our followers a chance to win one of eight incredible cards including an high-end Mike Trout autograph!
Instagram: Be sure to stay tuned to our instagram account for your chance to win three very hot cards of Giannnis Antetokounmpo, Baker Mayfield, and Juan Soto. Did someone say autograph? 

COMC Members Do and Save More!

Longtime COMC members agree that there is no better way to use COMC than with a COMC account. We offer a unique online inventory system that you won’t find anywhere else! Just take a look at a few of the things you can do by just signing up for a FREE account:

COMC Members Advantages:

  • Always save 10% to 15% more than COMC guests.
  • Make offers to sellers on cards for sale on the COMC Marketplace.
  • Keep Items in your online inventory until you’re ready to ship them home.
  • Choose additional shipping services that are exclusive to COMC members.
  • Sell Cards by sending in your own cards for consignment.
  • Flip cards sent in by other sellers by instantly relisting at a higher price.

Get Ready, COMC Sellers! 

Free Sales Promotion for all Sellers throughout Spring Cleaning!

Back by popular demand we’re waiving our promotion setup fee for all COMC sellers throughout the course of our Spring Cleaning Sale.Head on over to the Promotions Page and set up your FREE Sales Promotion now! But don’t forget – thousands of other sellers will be running sales also – so make sure to give buyers a deal too good to resist!

If you’re not already a COMC member, register for your free account today! We look forward to you joining us for our first big sale of 2019!