[Tutorial] COMC Mailbox Service Explained!

We love connecting with collectors all across social media and doing our best to convey all of the unique and innovative ways that COMC can be used to serve your collecting needs. COMC is so much more than just a marketplace for buying and selling trading cards online. One great example of this is our mailbox service, which was created with international collectors in mind.

Whether you’re looking to save on international shipping by shipping all of your purchases made over time in one package, or you’re on the go and need a safe location for your cards until you’re ready to send them home, the COMC Mailbox Service is a perfect, cost-effective solution.

We recently created this multi-slide tutorial and demonstration with the intent of showing our instagram followers the ins-and-outs of our mailbox service. With the overwhelming positive response it received, we felt it would be a good idea to also publish it on our blog for those unfamiliar with how the COMC Mailbox Service works.

Please note that as we are located in Washington, your purchases being shipped to the COMC Mailbox Service from other websites may be subject to Washington State Sales Tax under new Internet Sales Tax Legislation.

As always, if you have any additional questions about our mailbox service, or anything related to COMC, our friendly Customer Service Team is more than happy to help simply by emailing them at staff@comc.com!

Retail Therapy: 2018-19 Panini Chronicles Basketball

Welcome back to Retail Therapy, a blog series where we like to venture down to our local retailer and snag some of those trading card hangers and blaster boxes that are too irresistible pass up! We all know the drill – the odds of a big hit aren’t nearly as good as buying a hobby box at your local card shop or online, but when you’ve got the urge to rip a few packs, convenience is king!

The corner damage to the box didn’t concern us, the cards are safe within the bottom portion of the hanger.

This time around we’re taking a look at 2018-19 Panini Chronicles Basketball. Chronicles has become Panini’s catch-all set for all of the basketball products and set designs of years past that didn’t get their own release during a calendar year. If you missed opening products from sets such as Panini Marquee, Studio, Luminance, Gala, and Crusade, you’ll find loads of rookie cards that utilize these set designs and many more. It truly is one of the most fun and interesting breaks in all of the basketball trading card world, offering a much different experience focused on collecting and enjoying the hobby first.

We only managed to find two of the 22 different RC’s for Luka and Trae, but we also pulled a couple retail exclusive green parallels.

This product is absolutely dominated by rookie cards. In our five hanger packs, roughly 80% of all of the cards we pulled had an RC logo on them. There are 21 different insert sub-sets with unique designs that are entirely composed of rookie cards to be found within Chronicles. Yes, that means for some of the more popular rookies (such as Luka Doncic and Trae Young) there are 22 different rookie cards to be found.

The only non-rookie cards to be found in the product are either autographed cards, or from the 100-card Chronicles base set. The base set is the only real low point of the product, as the design is ironically hideous in contrast to all of the other great sets found within the product:

Each $9.99 hanger box yields one 30-card sealed pack.

Even though the base set is nothing to write home about, there are some gorgeous looking cards in this product. It would have been very easy and somewhat forgivable for Panini to save money by printing all the different sets on the same card stock, or cheaper card stock than the original sets, but they didn’t do that. They also did an excellent job curating and choosing which past sets to feature in the product. Crusade and Luminance stand out as being our favorites.

How could you not like the epic Crusade design?

All-in-all in our five hangers, we saw a total of 13 of the designs featured as shown in the picture above. And yes, that is in fact six different Michael Porter Jr. rookie cards! Having so many rookie cards in this product will dilute the value of these cards, and none will be able to compete with the more desirable Prizm Basketball RC’s of the world, but for those collectors looking to bolster their collection, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better product to fill up your binders and boxes. Younger collectors less focused on the value of their cards will be over the moon with this product.

In five hanger packs we did not see an autograph or relic, and our only numbered card was this Classics Allonzo Trier Purple parallel numbered to 49. However, the real fun is just enjoying this product for what it is, rather than searching out the big hits. You will likely not make your money back opening retail Chronicles products, but as long as you go into opening the product knowing that, your experience will be substantially better.

Now hobby products of this set are a different story – with two autographs falling per box from an autograph checklist that features everything from legends (Kobe, Dirk), to retired fan-favorites and stars (Sean Elliot, Marcus Camby), to active players and of course, plenty of rookies.

That said, with each hobby box you’re only going to get six packs with eight cards each, so a $100+ hobby box is going to only yield 18 more cards than a $10 hanger pack. If you’re trying to put together a particular set found in Chronicles, or stash a pile of rookie cards for a few years or decades, retail products area actually the better option. That’s what makes this product so unique.

Of course, there is no better option than simply buying the 2018-19 Panini Chronicles cards that you want on the COMC Marketplace! We have over 2,500 unique Chronicles cards in stock, and any cards you see in this blog, or any retail therapy blog for that matter can be found in our COMC_Breakhits account.

Until next time, see ya’ in the card aisle!

Rich Reminiscences: New York Life in the 70’s.

by Rich Klein

If you have ever spent any time in waiting rooms, the odds are pretty good the television station was playing HGTV. The reason is pretty simple: these programs are designed to appeal to everyone, and have no political or religious viewpoints which might upset some of the patients or guests waiting. 

Recently, the house which was used for the Brady Bunch series was purchased by that network, and all the living members of the cast have reunited as part of a series titled: “A Very Brady Renovation”. I should point out there is no mention if Cousin Oliver is going to show up near the end of the production.

But what this really proves to all of us is that we still long for the memories of seeing what appeared to be a perfect family, which for years was part of the pre-cable world, and seemingly always in reruns somewhere on our daily television dial.  We do have the memories of the original show, just as we’re also fortunate to have our memories from the sports world (some of which were kept and are still available) of our youth.

Growing up in the New York Metropolitan area in the 1970’s, we were always enthralled by the exploits of the New York Yankees and seemingly everyone in the organization, including the boisterous owner, George M. Steinbrenner. Since the Yankees were one of the best teams of baseball from 1976-81, and had all those personalities, let’s take a look back at some of the fun we had in New York in those days. 

Here’s some footage of George Steinbrenner in the early days, including the introductory press conferences.  Look how uncomfortable Mike Burke, the previous Yankees head honcho is during Steinbrenner’s speech.


For the next couple of decades Steinbrenner continued to be embroiled in controversy, and was actually suspended from baseball twice in his first two decades as the Yankees owner. The first time was for improper political donations, and the second was when Steinbrenner was involved in a scandal where he was trying to dig up dirt on Hall of Famer Dave Winfield.   Here is some audio of John Sterling, who has been a Yankees announcer for the past 30 years (albeit, he took some much deserved time off this year) breaking the news of the 1990 decision.


Of course, 1990 was such a fine season for the Yankees that Andy Hawkins pitched a no-hitter (at least according to the rules of the time) and lost on an error by Jesse Barfield.  But I digress.

Billy Martin as Yankees Manager


Although Steinbrenner hired and fired managers like a grandparent handing out cookies, the manager who kept recurring in the first 15 years of his rule was Billy Martin. Now, there might have never been anyone who loved being a Yankee more than Martin, and how he put up with indignities big and small to keep in George’s good graces was legendary. Billy had plenty of his issues, as he never met a punch he did not like to throw, or a drink he could pass up. That combo led to some interesting experiences and interesting publicized stories.  Without delving too far into details, let’s just say Billy enjoyed the not-so-quiet night life and debauchery a little too much.

So instead of writing of such events on this blog, here is a newspaper account of some of the Yankees highlights of his off-field exploits. This does not even mention the barroom fight he got in with Baseball in 1969 while managing the Minnesota Twins.

Billy;s favorite player protagonist was Reggie Jackson, the Hall of Famer who played on many post-season teams during his career. One of the myriad quotes Reggie came up with was “If I played in New York they’d name a candy bar after me“. 

Well after some twists and turns that we’ll get to later on, Reggie hit 3 homers in the final game of the 1977 World Series, and by the next opening day the Reggie candy bar was created. Having had some of those back in the day (no, it did not unwrap itself and tell you how great it was), I can assure you that it was perfectly edible, but a not great chocolate bar. In my opinion, the Pro Set Puck Chocolate was actually better, but that’s a different argument for a different day.

And now for some of the bumps along the way that Reggie faced on his way to hitting those 3 famous World Series homers. First was this infamous quote in a Sport Magazine article released a couple of months into the season. This was in a pre-social-media world where newspapers and magazines mattered just as much as the modern day facebook and twitter.

You can imagine just how well that statement went over in the Yankees clubhouse, especially since Thurman Munson was coming off an MVP season in 1976, and was a beloved figure with both teammates and fans. Supposedly by the end of the season, Reggie’s only person he could really turn to was Fran Healy. Healy was able to parlay his positive presence for all concerned to a 40-year post-playing career working in the New York area as a baseball personage. 


And of course, there was some playing drama on the field in both 1977-78. There was this famous incident where Billy Martin wanted to fight Reggie in the dugout because Reggie did not apparently hustle after this ball in the outfield.

But at the end of the season all was forgiven after 1977 World Series game 6.

If you have ever seen the footage of the game, note the top of the 9th inning. The fans are actually sitting on the fence waiting to jump on the field and celebrate/riot after the final out. Thankfully, no baseball came close to the fence, so what could have been a real disaster never occurred.

The next season Billy and Reggie had round 2. Billy got so worked up over everything that he uttered this famous line one night:  “One’s a born liar and the other one is convicted.”

Yes, seemingly we can use that line about politicians then and still today, but calling your owner “convicted” is a pretty good way not to be working in the near future. So Billy got let go, but the fan reason was so anti-Steinbrenner that a few days later at old-timers day this event occurred: 

The ovation lasted a long time and is still remembered as of the seminal moments of that era. Here are clips of some of the other famous late 1970’s moments:

No, Chris Chambliss never touched home plate, but under those circumstances who was going to take away the homer!

And I love to tease my Red Sox friends about this one:

Bill White’s understated call is still great to hear.  “Deep to Left”.   

This card featured Dent being greeted at home plate after the homer.


Sadly the next year, the Yankees lost Thurman Munson in a tragic plane crash in 1979. Jerry Narron told us at a SABR meeting that having to catch in that game was the hardest and most emotional game he ever participated in his life.

A year earlier Munson had hit this massive homer in the American League Championship Series. He was broken down, and every bone in his body was hurting, but he had that one great moment left:

A few games later the final out of the World Series was this play:

Looking back over 40 years, we can’t even imagine all the sub-plots which the Yankees were involved with.  This became the theme for the Bronx in 1977. On top of everything else, New York City was having major issues in the 1970’s:

The Bronx was indeed burning, and the Son of Sam was shooting innocent people:


And in 1976 the Daily News had this unforgettable headline:

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 And we had songs written about those pre-1970 older days in NY City:


When I first heard this Simon and Garfunkel song I understood the importance to both singers, because of the break-up they had a few years earlier.  Listen to the wonderful lyrics of Paul Simon and this song, which was recorded at the famed Muscle Shoals studio.

This was the only top 40 single for Cashman and West, who were better known as Jim Croce’s producers in those days. In case you didn’t know, Cashman is the same Terry Cashman who recorded Talking Baseball just in time for the 1981 season. 

And with that, we’ll always remember baseball is part of our life today, it was part of our life in the 1970’s and 80’s, and it was part of our life even before any of us were born.

COMC on the Haunted Road: Toronto Fall Expo

Happy Halloween COMC Nation!

2014 RRParks Halloween Trick or Treat - Promos #2 - Witch - Courtesy of COMC.com

Tomb whom it may concern:  COMC is on the dark and winding road to the Fall Expo! We are returning from the afterlife to reappear once again at the 58th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo on November 15th, 16th, & 17th at the International Convention Centre at 6900 Airport Road in Mississauga, Ontario!

We will be eating leftover candy and monitoring paranormal activity at Booth #3300 in between the Upper Deck and the Autograph Pavilion.  In attendance will be Geoff “Don’t Call Me Steve” Holland, Boo-Barry, and Jim “The Wizard of” Osborn.  We will be conducting the usual morbid events and perhaps will surprise you with a few other fang-tasticly unexpected things.

Free Giveaways!

Stop by the COMC Lair each day of the Expo for a free treat – One per customer per day, while supplies last.

Prize Wheel!

The spirits of hockey greats lie within the cardboard in our display case.  Spin the COMC Prize Wheel to determine which portal you’ll open and grasp an entry to win one of these 20 prizes!  To qualify for this hair-raising experience you must have a COMC account. All participants will receive a COMC branded miniature coffin in the shape of a storage box (while supplies last).

Winners will be drawn the week of November 17th and the results will be SCREAMED on our Facebook page and our “blob”post

Games for the Kids!

All little Goblins, Witches, and Skull Troopers (Yes, that’s a Fortnite reference) accompanied by a COMC account holding “mummy” or daddy can spin-to-win prizes that magically appear (while supplies last).  The chilling details will be announced at the show!

Drop Off Consignments Accepted!

As always, we’ll be accepting your drop-off submissions of cardboard, candy corn, and caramel apples!

Please read the instruction below to help facilitate a smooth hand-off without any scares.  There is a ominous submission limit of 10,000 cards per account.  We will gladly accept more than 10K cards, but those over and above will have their due date extended by a full moon cycle (one extra month).

1) All submissions must have complete, accurate, & spook-tacular paperwork by using our evil Submission Wizard.  Use the Expo drop-off location option on step 5 of the submission wizard to magically expedite processing.  You will receive a hard copy receipt to acknowledge your drop off.

2) Ensure your submission is packed securely so it doesn’t arrive in a gruesome state.  We strongly recommend one row boxes (400ct, 550ct, 666ct, 800ct) instead of the multi-row boxes (such as 1600ct or 3200ct).  For large submissions, multiple single row boxes can used, marked 1 of X, 2 of X.

3) The cut-off time for accepting submissions at the show will be Sunday, November 17th at 3:00PM local time. After that, we vanish into the night.

4) Please allow up to 10 calendar days for consignments submitted at the Fall Expo to reach our Haunted House in Burnaby.  Your show submission will be entered into your account during the the week of November 24th to 30th.

As always we are devilishly happy to answer any questions you have about COMC.  Our Creepy Customer Service Team is available at staff@comc.com to answer those questions leading up to the Expo.  Bats all folks!

Stay Connected! Here’s What You’ve Missed on Social Media..

We entered 2019 with a vision: We wanted to bring COMC to the forefront of the most popular social media circles within the trading the card hobby and continue our goal of globally uniting collectors. In doing so, we wanted to connect and engage with current and past COMC members and users, and introduce our service to a new wave of collectors who may have heard of us, or saw our cards on eBay, but were unfamiliar with who we were and the features we offer on our platform.

Over the past 10 months we’ve tailored our social media content based off of feedback from our followers. Our followers told us that they wanted more transparency, such as which players sell the best, what super high-end items have sold recently on COMC, and how to use our service. In response, we’ve created recurring series on Instagram and Facebook tailored towards flipping successes and top selling players of the week.

Not the least bit surprising, we’ve also found out that collectors simply want to see cool and unique cards fill up their timelines! With that, we’ve found new opportunities to get some of the more unique and trending cards from our consignors in front of more buyer’s eyes than ever before.

If you’re not following us on social media, here’s what you’re missing out on:

Instagram:

Recent Inventory Drops 

A sneak peak at some of the most desirable recently added cards to the COMC Marketplace featuring top selling and current trending players.

Top Selling NFL Players of the Week

Sundays in the Fall & Winter are not just packed with sports – they’re also the busiest day of the week for buying and selling trading cards. In this weekly series we crunch the numbers and show our followers who in the NFL sold the most items for week, and recommend some items worth considering!

COMC to eBay Flip of the Week

COMC Members know that there is no better way to buy cards than with a COMC account. There’s also no easier way to flip cards online! In this weekly series, we showcase the top flipping success of the week by showcasing an item that was bought on COMC that later sold via eBay for a huge gain!

Twitter

Monday Morning Discussion

We kick off every week with our Monday Morning Discussion, where we pull no punches and ask the hard-hitting questions about the hobby and the world of sports. One of our recent more fiery discussions was regarding limited release products and how they can be better allocated among collectors:

Our Favorite Rookie Cards

Earlier this year we replaced the #DailyCheckout with our new daily afternoon series “Our Favorite Rookie Cards”. This series gives us the opportunity to feature hot new rookie cards, and reminisce to the cards of yesterday either captured the hearts of the hobby, or stand out for their tremendous set design.

Facebook

Weekly NFL Pick ‘ Em Contest:
Win $20 COMC Credit!

Each week we pit our followers against one another in an epic 100+ player NFL Pick ‘Em contest. If you can pick a winner and get closest to the tie breaker, we have $20 COMC Credit with your name on it!

This is just a small taste of the type of content that you can find across all of our social media pages. We didn’t even have time to get into the other contests & giveaway that you can catch on a regular basis across all three platforms (hint hint).

We’re always open to suggestions for the type of content you’d like to see, so feel free to drop a comment below with your thoughts and suggestions!

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.