Catch COMC in California at Trade Fest II!!

Hello COMC Nation!

We’re happy to announce we’ve added another stop to our upcoming shows calendar! Later this month on October 25th & 26th you’ll be able to catch us at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for Trade Fest II hosted by The Bullpen!

We had a fantastic time at the first Trade Fest event and can’t wait to return! Our team will be available both days to accept your drop-off submissions and answer any questions you may have about our service!

Prepping your drop-off consignment:

Here are some helpful tips in order to have a quick and easy drop-off experience:

  1. All submissions must have complete and accurate printed paperwork by using our Submission Wizard
  2. Ensure your submission is packed securely.  We strongly recommend one row boxes instead of multi-row boxes (such as 1600ct or 3200ct).  For large submissions, multiple single row boxes can be used, labelled 1 of X, 2 of X, etc.
  3. Please allow up to five business days for consignments submitted at Tradefest to reach our Redmond, Washington headquarters.

As always, we are more than happy to answer any questions you have about COMC. Our Customer Service Team is available at staff@comc.com to answer any questions you may have leading up to the event.

L’Anti Expo (Montreal) Dice Roll Prize Winners!

We had a great time in Montreal this year eating smoked meat sandwiches and poutine, visiting local card stores, and meeting the people who use COMC for their buying and selling needs.  We thank-you for your continued support. 

Without further adieu, here are the winners of the dice roll contest from Anti-Expo 2019:

Grand Prize:

(Roll a 3, 4, 5, or 6) – 2018-19 Upper Deck Canvas #C223 Jesperi Kotkaniemi – TGLON2662
(Roll a 15, 16, 17, or 18) – 2019 Topps #US250 Ronald Acuna Jr. – starbuckqc


Secondary Prizes:

(roll a 7) –  2014-15 Upper Deck Exclusives #462 Phillip Danault #021/100 – JonathanVaillancourt
(roll a 8) – 2015-16 Upper Deck Canvas #C244 Guy Lafleur – Nilan
(roll a 9) – 2013-14 Panini Prizm Autograph #A-GA Brendan Gallagher – kevbou34
(roll a 10) – 2015-16 Upper Deck MVP #276 Max Domi – jpizzuti
(roll an 11) – 2016-17 Upper Deck MVP Thomas Chabot – omnious
(roll a 12) – 2016-17 Upper Deck SPx Extreme Black Holo-Shield #EB-SM Sean Monahan – BigFrankie88
(roll a 13) – 2017-18 Upper Deck #247 Brock Boeser – Anto93poirier
(roll a 14) – 2018-19 Upper Deck #451 Andrei Svechnikov – Burno8421210
 
 
To claim your prize, contact staff@comc.com with your name and username before December 8, 2019.
 
 
Our next show is the Twin Oaks Sports Card and Collectible Show at Mall 205 in Portland Oregon on Saturday, October 12th.
 
 
To view the remaining 2019 shows COMC will be in attendence, check out our show calendar here.

2019 COMC Pack League Fantasy Baseball Team Results

Earlier this year we introduced you to our latest iteration of fantasy sports meets trading card collecting concept when we presented our 2019 Topps Opening Day Fantasy Pack Team. If you missed that blog, you can check it out here and learn about this fun and unique way to play fantasy sports using packs of trading cards! Today we want to share with you how our team did now that the 2019 MLB regular season has concluded.

If you remembered how scoring works, or read the blog linked above, you’d know that points are calculated as WINS. The ultimate goal of the game is to have more wins than the other players in your league if you’re playing with friends. If you’re playing alone, the goal is to have more wins than any team in the Major Leagues this season.

Scoring System:

Hitting Scoring 
Every 40 runs = +1 win
Every 15 Home Runs = +1 win
Every 15 Stolen Bases = +1 win
Every 30 RBI’s = +1 win
Every 50 walks = +1 win

Pitching Scoring:
 Every 5 Wins = +3 Wins
Every 5 losses = -1 Win
Every 5 Saves = +1 Win
Every 75 Strikeouts = +1 Win

The 2019 COMC Fantasy Baseball Team & Results

Designated Hitter: Mark Trumbo (Missed 2/3rds of the season, replaced by bench player Max Muncy)
Catcher: J.T. Realmuto (5 Wins)
First Base: Anthony Rizzo  (7 Wins)
Second Base: Gleyber Torres  (8 Wins)
Short Stop: Francisco Lindor (6 Wins)
Third Base: Rafael Devers  (9 Wins)
Outfield: Ronald Acuna (11 Wins)
Outfield: Mike Trout (10 Wins)
Outfield: Mitch Haniger  (Missed 2/3rds of the season, replaced by bench player Juan Soto)

Pitching Staff

SP: Justin Verlander (14 Wins)
SP: Gerrit Cole (12 Wins)
SP: Trevor Bauer (7 Wins)
SP: Blake Snell (3 Wins)
SP: Jacob Degrom (8 Wins)
Closer: Edwin Diaz  (5 Wins)

Bench:

Hitter: Juan Soto (9 points)
Hitter: Max Muncy  (8 points)
Hitter: Whit Merrifield
Pitcher: Dereck Rodriguez
Pitcher: German Marquez

All in all, our team put up a total of 122 wins, which is six wins above the all-time record of 116 set by the 2001 Seattle Mariners. Our win total is a little bit inflated thanks to the stellar performances of Verlander and Cole, as well as our team being stacked with top-tier talent on rookie contracts. For that reason, in future years, we’ll propose a rule to the salary cap where all players on a rookie contract will automatically be bumped to $5 million.

We know that some readers of the COMC Blog were  also playing along at home. How did your teams do this season? Did you beat us? If you weren’t playing along, have you found a different way  to turn your trading card collecting experience into a game? We want to hear about it! Drop a comment below and let us know!

“It Sold for WHAT?!?” – Six Ronald Acuna Cards That You’ll Never Be Able to Find at These Prices!

Over the course of our 12 plus year existence, we’ve seen A LOT of cards. In many cases, we first saw a superstar’s cards long before they became a household name. As a result, this lends itself to some pretty hilarious completed sales in our historical sales history. Whether these buyers are cardboard Nostradamus’s, or simply happened to pick up a card before it’s value skyrocketed into oblivion, one thing is for sure: they got a crazy good deal!

In our previous installments we’ve shown you Mike Trout Trading Cards that now the grace the nose-bleed section of the high-end of our hobby, Giannis Antetokounmpo rookie cards that sold for just a fraction of their present day value, and Christian Yelich cards that sold for prices that would make you as sad as Miami Marlins fan.

We’ve scoured our sales data and are ready to unleash our next wave of cards that make for some pretty good laughs. We don’t need to talk up the greatness of Ronald Acuna Jr. If you’ve been following baseball at all, you know that the 21 year old is on a meteoric rise to super stardom. At this point the only question is whether or not his rookie cards will reach Trout-esque levels in the next 2-3 years!

Let’s get right into how silly the trading card industry can be with just a little bit of hindsight:

2017 Bowman – Chrome Prospects – Gold Shimmer Refractor #BCP127

A great debate in our hobby will always rage about non-original Bowman Chrome parallels. Whether you like ‘Shimmers’ or hate them, we can all agree that for $145 this Gold Shimmer numbered to 50 copies of Acuna’s first Bowman Chrome would be an absolute steal present day. BGS 9.5 copies of this card have sold for around $500, and that’s before the huge September bump the Acuna market saw.

2017 Bowman – Chrome Prospect Autographs #CPA-RA

Were you one of the five lucky collectors who were able to snag this card for under $160 on the COMC Marketplace? How about the collector who bought the very first one to hit our marketplace for $53.07? It’s very likely that we’ll never see a $50 Ronald Acuna Jr. autograph of any kind on the COMC Marketplace in a very long time, if ever again. BGS 9.5 copies of this base auto are now selling for around $1500. While they still have a long way to go to reach the levels of Mike Trout’s 1st Bowman Auto, they’re still up 10x from the last copy to sell on the COMC Marketplace!

2017 Bowman – Chrome Prospect Autographs – Blue Refractor /150

Oh, you thought we were done with Acuna’s 1st Bowman Autos? Not yet! Had you been able to predict the future, and had $500.99 to spend on COMC on 7-7-2017, you could have been the lucky (notice all of those 7’s!) owner of this beautiful tried-and-true blue gem! This card recently fetched nearly $11,000 earlier this month at auction. We can’t imagine where this card will be if Acuna and the young Atlanta Braves team is able to bring a championship back to Georgia.

2018 Panini Flawless – Rookie Dual Patch Autographs #RDP-22

Similar to the argument about non-traditional Bowman Chrome parallels, another argument in the hobby rages on about unlicensed cards. With Topps having an exclusivity agreement with the MLB, Panini and other manufacturers are relegated to creating cards that do not infringe on MLB copyrights such as team logos. Even without the logos, Acuna’s Panini cards are still trending upwards, with this encased Flawless auto numbered to 25 being sold for nearly double what the COMC buyer originally paid for it just three months ago.

2018 Topps #698.2 – Back Behind Back Variation

Without question this is one of the hottest trading cards on the planet today, and probably will be for a very long time. With Acuna posed in a follow through swing, and it being an extremely tough pull out of a Topps Series 2 product, it has all the makings of an iconic trading card. While the card is a short print, we have seen significant volume of the card bought and sold, with over 50 total copies changing hands. One thing is for sure, nobody is acquiring this card for under $50 anymore, and the two lucky individuals who were able to get their hands on one for under $25.00 certainly have a story to tell around the hobby!

2018 Topps Update #US250.3 – SSP White Jersey Variation

As rare as the 2018 Topps Series 2 Bat Behind Back SP Variation is, there is an even more elusive Acuna Jr. rookie card – the super short printed white jersey variation from 2018 Update! This is a card that is rarely seen in the wild that most collectors aren’t even aware it exists! The card has already found it’s home in the high-end section of the hobby, where raw copies have recently sold at auction for nearly $2,000! Not a bad come-up for the two COMC buyers who were able to snap this card up for 1/3rd of that price just three months ago!

Now we want to hear from you! What Ronald Acuna Jr. trading cards did you not hold onto just quite long enough? Do you have a stash worth the equivalent of a new sports car that you’re hoping will one day be worth a new house or boat? Share your best investment and #collectfail stories with us!

Service Update: Internet Sales Tax Legislation Changes

What’s Changing on October 1st, 2019: 

Last year, the Supreme Court voted to remove the requirement that online retailers must have a physical presence in a given state in order for individual states to impose sales tax obligations on a retailer. Since then, states have begun to adopt and implement this legislation. While these laws are still relatively new and will continue to expand and evolve over time, COMC will comply with any states requiring us to collect states sales tax on incoming payments from customers that reside within that state.

In accordance with this new legislation, COMC will calculate, collect, and remit sales tax for all incoming payments received from customers residing in the following states starting on October 1st, 2019:

Ohio
Kansas 
South Dakota
Texas

COMC will calculate, collect, and remit sales tax for all incoming payments received from customers residing in the following states starting on October 7th, 2019:

Arizona
Idaho
South Carolina
Tennessee
Virginia

Earlier this year in April we published a similar update for 29 other states. You can read that service update here.

We expect that more states will continue to be added to this list in the coming months and will continue to provide updates as needed.

Tax-Exemptions

For tax-exempt and non-profit organizations with a sales tax exemption certificate, or businesses with a resellers permit, please contact staff@comc.com with  documentation so that our team can ensure that your account is not charged sales tax going forward.

Make a Trade! 

Sell Items to Earn COMC Credit to Buy the Cards You Want Without Additional Sales Tax

With this new Sales Tax Legislation, COMC is only required to collect sales tax on incoming payments from customers in states that have adopted these new laws. Store Credit earned through selling items on COMC is not taxed.Whether you’re selling items that you submit for consignment, or flipping items you bought on the COMC Marketplace, sales tax is not applied to purchases made with Store Credit you earned from the sale.

This is an enormous added benefit that you’ll only find on COMC to the already abundant reasons that you should be selling your trading cards and comic books through our service. By doing so, you’ll not only save the time and hassle of doing the work yourself, but you’ll now save by not paying sales tax for the items that are purchased on COMC.

If you have any questions or comments regarding these changes, our friendly Customer Service Team will be more than happy to assist! Thank you.

– The COMC Team 

Guest Bloggers Wanted! Write for the COMC Blog!

Hello COMC Nation!

Earlier this year we put out the word that we were opening up the COMC Blog to allow guest bloggers, and many of you enthusiastically answered the call! Over the last few months we’ve featured many great guest writers covering a wide range of subjects from definitive parallel guides to in-depth non-sports editorials to your favorite cards of all-time. We’d like to continue that trend by continuing to offer a platform for the many voices of the hobby to be heard. 

We want you to write for the COMC Blog! Here are just a few potential blog ideas that our readers love: 

  • Personal Collections: Do you have a collection that features a specific player, team, set or theme? We want to hear about and see your collection! Share your story and pictures of your collection!
  • How Do you use COMC?: Our team absolutely loves Customer Testimonials. How do you use COMC for your collecting experience? Do you have any good tips for buying or selling that you wan to share with others? Do you want to talk about your ‘flips’ and steals? Sound off and let us know!
  • Your Favorite Sets & Cards: Can you tell us why a card or two stands out the most to you? Does a particular insert set have a place in your heart? We want to hear about it!
  • Top 10 lists: Everyone loves lists right? Share with us your ten favorite cards in your collection, or ten favorite cards of a particular player!  You get the idea!
  • Expert Analysis: Do you know more about a particular set, theme, or niche in the hobby that anyone else does? Share you wealth of knowledge with us!
  • Your Hobby Experience: When did your journey into the trading card industry get started and where is it now? Share your history in the hobby with fellow collectors!

To Submit a Guest Blog: We ask that each guest blog be at least 500 words, and contain at least two photos and/or images of trading cards. Using images found on COMC is encouraged!  Blogs can be submitted via email body, word document, or any other standard file format. Simply send your content to Jamesgood@comc.com. In your email, please include a brief biography (1 paragraph or less) about yourself, so that our readers can have a little insight into who you are and what you collect!  Please include your COMC username as well! We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

COMC @ L’Anti Expo in Montreal (October 5th & 6th)

Bonjour, COMC Nation!

We are pleased to announce our attendance at the L’Anti-Expo, at Stade IGA, 285 Rue Gary-Carter in Montreal, Quebec on October 5th & 6th, 2019.  Visit us at our booth for one or all of the following events.

Dice Roll

All registered COMC users can roll the COMC dice for a chance to win one of ten prizes.  Limit one roll per.  New participants can sign up for a free account at the show.  Winners will be announced shortly afterwards on our blog and Facebook pages.  All participants will also receive a COMC branded storage box and a COMC souvenir (while supplies last). 

 Games for the Kids

All kids accompanied by a COMC account-holding parent can roll the dice for instant prizes (while supplies last).

Consignment Drop-Offs

We will be accepting drop-off submissions at the show.  Please read the instructions below to help facilitate a smooth hand-off.

1) All submissions must have complete and accurate paperwork by using our Submission Wizard.  Use the L’Anti-Expo drop-off location option on step 5 of the submission wizard to expedite processing.

2) Ensure your submission is packed securely.  We strongly recommend one row boxes instead of multi-row boxes (such as 1600ct or 3200ct).  For large submissions, multiple single row boxes can be used, labelled 1 of X, 2 of X, etc.

3) The cut-off time for accepting submissions at the show will be Sunday, October 6th at 2:00PM EDT.

4) Please allow up to 10 calendar days for consignments submitted at the L’Anti-Expo to reach our Burnaby office.  Your submission at the show will be entered into your account and begin processing on the week of October 14th to 18th.

As always we are more than happy to answer any questions you have about COMC.  Our Customer Service Team is available at staff@comc.com to answer questions leading up to the L’Anti-Expo.  

Merci Beaucoup Tout le Monde!