Coronavirus Emergency Response

LAST UPDATED January 14, 2021

This page is monitored and updated to provide real-time information regarding the status of our services affected by our precautions taken in accordance with the WHO, CDC, and WA State guidance, as well as potential staffing limitations due to the global pandemic, COVID-19.

As of Jan. 11, all counties/regions within Washington State are currently in Phase 1. We are continuing to expand COMC operations while maintaining compliance with the state mandate. To learn more about these restrictions, refer to the Washington State Coronovirus Response Page.

Expect delays and refer to this page for status updates and changes. All digital purchases and sales through the COMC Marketplace and in your COMC account will continue as normal.

We are hiring for positions on our Processing and Shipping teams in our Washington offices. As new hires are trained we will improve our shipping and processing times. If you are interested in applying please visit our COMC Job Board.

We will keep you updated on our Processing and Shipping backlog progress by letting you know the oldest due date we are working on in a given week. All non-guaranteed services will be worked on from oldest to newest.

Lead times will begin when packages are opened – expect delays of up to 3 weeks, particularly Mailbox submissions.

We are currently working on the following due dates:

  • Economy Shipping: 11/16 – 12/07
  • Completing final remaining past due orders for:
    • Basic (retired)
    • Current Year 3 Week
    • 12 Week

Canada Economy: Orders placed thru 11/11 will ship by February 5th.

Canada Rushed: Orders placed thru 12/10 will ship by January 29th.

International Economy (non-Canadian orders): Currently working on orders due up to 12/18 Note some countries do not currently have mail service so some packages may need to be held longer. Please review the list of countries not currently accepting international mail on the USPS International Service Alerts page.

Please note we are working as quickly as possible in both Processing and Shipping to complete all past due items. Our Customer Service Team is unable to process any expedite requests for items with due dates on or after the dates listed above.

Items Stored Remotely: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the processing of some consignments is required to be done in a remote facility. The “Stored Remotely Standard Shipping Only” designation, while not optional, is only temporary while these submissions make their way to one of our fulfillment centers; please note that we are unable to provide an ETA as to when this designation will be removed for a given submission.

The following service levels are currently affected:

Processing Services

To better support the processing of previously submitted items and reduce any additional delays, we have suspended our 12 Week Service effective 5/12. We feel the gravity of suspending this service and look forward to bringing back a more affordable processing option for you, once we’ve made significant progress on our processing backlog.

Lead times will begin when packages are opened – expect delays of up to 3 weeks, particularly Mailbox submissions. We are prioritizing opening packages containing Elite, Auction, and 1 Week submissions.

IMPORTANT: in order for us to prioritize these time-sensitive submissions, you will need to upload your shipment tracking number for your submission here:

The following service levels will still receive a processing discount for items deposited after the due date:

  • 1 Week
  • 3 Week
  • Elite Services
  • Vintage and Obscure Services
  • Comic Book Services

The following services are not eligible for processing discounts due to delays for the duration of the pandemic:

  • 12 Week
  • Current Year 3 Week

Shipping Services

Effective April 1, 2020 the Shipping Bonus Credit has been temporarily suspended.

The wonderful differentiator with COMC is you can buy now and ship later.  We want to encourage our customers to take advantage of that and please ship later.  Customers should expect slower shipment times on all services and we are not guaranteeing ship dates.

Customer Service

We are suspending support for in-person customer drop-offs/pick-ups.

We are suspending phone support. Please contact us via email at Please expect delays in response time.

To ensure we are able to resolve your issues as quickly as possible, please include all of the following information when available:

  • Brief Description in Subject Line (Combine Shipment, Missing Cards, Return Item, etc.)
  • Customer Name
  • User Name
  • Batch Number
  • Order Number/s
  • Item Number/s
  • Detailed description of your request

The more detail you provide regarding how we can provide support without needing to request additional information, the quicker we will be able to resolve your issue.

We value your business and we are diligently working to complete orders as quickly as possible.

If you have changes or need assistance, please contact customer service at

Please stay safe and healthy during this critical time. Our thoughts are with the people and families who are affected by this health crisis.

  • – The COMC Team

Are You Ready for Some Football?

The NFL Playoffs are rushing towards this year’s Super Bowl, with the Conference Championship games taking place this Sunday. The NFC Conference Championship will see Buccaneers QB Tom Brady appear in his 9th conference championship game in the last 10 years, having now played in 14 conference championship games in his 21-year career. His opponent will be the #1 seed Green Bay Packers led by QB Aaron Rodgers, who many experts expect to win the MVP award this season. A snowy Sunday forecast for Lambeau Field should create an incredible atmosphere for this epic matchup of two great quarterbacks.

For the second season in a row, the AFC conference championship will feature the Kansas City Chiefs, who had another dominant season following their Super Bowl victory last year. They’ll take on Josh Allen and the rising Buffalo Bills in what will be the Bills’ first conference title game appearance since 1994.

Who will hoist the Lombardi trophy as victors of Super Bowl LV? We will have to wait a few more weeks to see, but it has already been a truly incredible NFL season.

The Season that Almost Wasn’t

As with most professional sports in 2020, the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic created uncertainty surrounding the NFL season. The NFL developed a plan to isolate coaches, players, and staff in hopes of preventing the spread of COVID. Although all of the preseason games were cancelled, the NFL kicked off a full 16 game regular season on September 10th.

The NFL was able to design the season with proper flexibility to move games to alternate dates and days of the week, or even switch teams that would play in the event of COVID spikes. After a 19-week season, and a total of 256 regular-season games on the schedule, the NFL managed to play all 256 games.

Several Teams Find New Homes

The 2020 season marked the Raiders’ debut in Las Vegas after spending the past 22 years in Oakland. The Raiders franchise is no stranger to moving and changing cities. After making their debut in 1960, the Raiders called Oakland home for 22 seasons before moving to Los Angeles in 1982. The team would then return to the Bay Area in 1995 and remain there until their move to Las Vegas this season, the third move in franchise history! The Raiders’ new home in Las Vegas is Allegiant Stadium, which opened this fall.

Two teams which moved to Los Angeles in recent history also settled into their new home this season. 2020 was the inaugural season for SoFi Stadium, the home for both the Chargers and Rams in Inglewood, CA. COVID restrictions in California prevented attendance at SoFi Stadium this season, so we will have to wait to see the 70,240 seat stadium filled with fans.

It’s All in a Name Change

After many years of debate, NFL owner Dan Snyder dropped the Redskins name and imagery from his franchise in July 2020. Although there was a plan to announce a new team name and mascot before the season began, the re-branding timeline was pushed into the future and the team will be renamed at a later date. For the 2020 season, they’d be known as the Washington Football Team. The first official Washington Football Team trading cards appeared in some of the 2020 football products, including Prizm.

Top Quarterbacks Change Teams

Another storyline which made the 2020 season special was that some of the NFL’s most well-known quarterbacks found new homes.

After 20 years with the New England Patriots, Tom Brady became a free agent and found a new home with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, or “Tompa Bay” as their fans would soon say. Brady largely lived up to the hype and led the Bucs to the playoffs this year for the first time since 2007.

Tom Brady’s departure left a big question mark at QB for the Patriots: who would Belichick choose as Brady’s successor? The Patriots sent shockwaves through the football world by signing 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton, a former #1 overall draft pick and the longtime QB for the Carolina Panthers. The hobby’s reaction to the news reflected excitement and optimism for Cam to succeed with the Patriots, and his football cards were rapidly bought and sold in the hours following the news. Although Newton showed flashes of his former greatness, the Patriots ultimately finished at 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

After mutually agreeing to part ways with the Chargers franchise after 16 seasons, Philip Rivers found a new home with the Indianapolis Colts, leading them to the playoffs with a wildcard berth this season. This would be his final NFL season, as Rivers announced his retirement from pro football on January 20th.

Quarterbacks Rule the Game

Some of the game’s younger quarterback are quickly becoming faces of the NFL. One of those is Patrick Mahomes, who has already won an MVP award and a Super Bowl in his first four seasons. Putting up another brilliant season, Mahomes has the Kansas City Chiefs poised to make a run at back to back Super Bowl victories.

Several other young QBs are taking their place in the spotlight too. The Bills’ Josh Allen and the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson each led their teams to the playoffs, and 2019 #1 overall draft pick Kyler Murray showed signs of growth in his second year with the Cardinals.

The 2020 NFL Draft featured a trio of talented young quarterbacks in the top 10 picks. #1 overall draft pick Joe Burrow was Cincinnati’s starting quarterback from the beginning of the season, but unfortunately suffered a season ending injury in Week 11. #5 overall pick Tua Tagovailoa showed his potential to be a future franchise quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. The early favorite of the 2020 rookie QB class, however, was the player taken one pick after Tua, the Chargers’ #6 overall pick Justin Herbert. He broke Carson Wentz’s 2016 NFL Rookie record for the most completions this season, and passed for a near-record of 4,336 yards and 31 touchdowns in his rookie campaign.

Don’t Miss COMC’s Football Finale Auction Event

Football card collectors, don’t miss COMC’s eBay Homepage Auctions Event January 25th – 31st. Building up to this year’s Super Bowl, this “Football Finale” Auction Event will place a special focus on modern football cards and is the perfect opportunity to find high-end football cards to add to your collections and portfolios.

While the eBay homepage the promotion will be focused on football cards, COMC Auctions lists new 7-day, $0.99 auctions across all major sports every night from 5-9pm PST. Shop auctions ending soon here! And with a COMC account, you can transfer your auction wins from COMC’s eBay store directly into your COMC account to ship later or try to flip. Link your COMC and eBay accounts today at to take advantage of this incredible feature of COMC!

Whether you have hot football cards of your own, rarities from Pokémon, or high-end trading cards from nearly any other category, COMC makes it easy to sell them! Please review our “COMC Supported Trading Cards” blog for more information about which cards can be consigned with COMC, and get started selling with us at

About the Author:

Andy is the COMC Marketing Manager, bringing a wealth of marketing experience combined with a passion for trading cards. As an active hobby investor, he enjoys collecting and selling trading cards, especially football cards. Andy’s energy and enthusiasm are shared with the local community through his volunteer efforts at the theater and shouting from the stands at the University of Tennessee football games.

Should I Get My Cards Graded?

“To grade, or not to grade?” This is a question which many collectors found themselves asking more and more as the trading card market reached new heights in 2020. Most collectors have their own preference for ungraded (“raw”) or graded cards when it comes to their own personal collection, but might be new to the process of sending cards off for grading themselves. Submitting your cards for grading will require research, money, and patience, but could ultimately result in profit and peace of mind for you.

Let’s examine some of the important pros and cons of getting your trading cards graded.

Why you should get your cards graded 

Protecting Your Investments

Graded cards hold up much better over time than a standard raw card. If you want to invest in a player that you believe in, grading their cards is an excellent way to protect your investment for the long haul. Raw or poorly-protected cards can get lost or damaged over time, but grading them can help preserve their condition and value.

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It’s a great idea to get cards graded of some of your favorite rookies or prospects. If you think they’re going to become a superstar later in their career, getting their cards graded early on could prove to be very lucrative in the long run. By the time the players are in their prime, you’ll already have graded copies of their cards in hand and ready to sell with confidence.

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Maximizes Value

Simply put: the higher the grade, the better it sells! If you pull a low numbered parallel of one of the game’s hottest players, that’s great. Getting it graded and having it come back as a 9.5 or 10 is even better. Many buyers are willing to pay steep premiums for high-grade copies of certain cards, creating opportunities for value creation if you have a good eye for gem mint raw cards.

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Less Guesswork

Grading a card provides you with an expert valuation of its condition, which is extremely beneficial whether you intend to sell or hold the card. Buyers who are particularly selective about the condition of raw cards know exactly what they’re getting with a graded card, saving you the headaches of condition-related returns claims.

Even if you have no intentions of selling the card, having it graded will help you establish its value and authenticity for your own collection.

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Ultimate Protection

There is no better form of protection for a card than a graded slab. The slabs themselves are very difficult to damage, and you won’t have to worry about the safety of the card inside. While a scratched or chipped slab might negatively affect the value, it takes a lot to damage graded slabs as long as you are careful handling, storing, and shipping them.

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If you have after-market autographed cards from TTM or in-person signings, major grading companies can offer an extra sense of security that the autograph on the card is authentic. Authenticity can also be a concern for vintage cards, and getting them graded will establish that they are not counterfeit or altered.

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Online Certification Database

When your card gets graded, it gets added to the grading company’s database and assigned its own certification number. This certification number could help identify your card if it were to ever be stolen, which can be especially valuable for vintage or otherwise unnumbered cards.

Why you shouldn’t get cards graded 

Quick Flips

If you want to make quick cash, forgo grading and sell your cards raw. As the trading card industry boomed amidst the pandemic, turnaround times at most major grading companies became much slower than expected and are still in flux today. Given how volatile the trading card market can be, your cards’ value will likely change during the time they are going through the grading process. For leading grading companies’ standard services, many collectors have been waiting for more than six months to receive their cards back. If you’re looking to sell your card in the short term, think carefully before sending away for grading unless you are using one of the fastest turnaround services.

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It’s Expensive!

While some grading companies offer services starting at $10 per card, these low-price services come with longer turnarounds and certain maximum value restrictions. Grading in bulk or using more premium grading services comes with substantial upfront costs, never mind the opportunity cost associated with sending the cards away. Beyond the grading fees themselves, you must consider all of the costs of getting the cards to the grading company in the first place. Unless you have the opportunity to drop the cards of for grading in-person, this will include supplies, postage, and insurance for your shipment. So, if you’re going to get your cards graded, you better be sure they’re going to be worth the investment. 

They Can’t All Be Perfect Tens

Receiving high grades can add value to your cards, but for some modern cards any grade less than “Gem Mint” 9.5 or 10 could result in the loss of value. A card which might seem to be a Perfect 10 to the untrained eye could still have flaws, resulting in disappointment when it comes back with a less than mint grade. Even the adage of cards being gem mint fresh out of the pack isn’t always the case. Before you develop your own eye for Gem Mint Tens, consider seeking a second opinion on the condition of your cards before submitting them for grading. Another risk which must be considered is that your cards will be damaged or lost in the process, so be sure to ship them to the grading company with the utmost care.

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Graded cards can be hard to store compared to raw 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ cards which can be easily preserved in widely-available nine-pocket pages and cardboard boxes. Some collectors will invest in custom boxes, containers, or even display cases to keep all their graded cards together, but those can be expensive and take up a lot of space in your home.  

Low Value Cards

If you’re considering grading low-end cards, you should carefully evaluate whether its even worthwhile based on recently sold listings and overall demand for the card. In many cases with base and widely produced cards, there are enough cheap raw options available where sellers would probably end up losing money on a lot of what they sent away to get graded. 

One of Ones

There has been much debate within the hobby about whether or not one of ones are worth grading. Some collectors would argue that the only time you should ever get a one of one graded is if you’re 100% sure you’re going to get a 10. After all, why go to the trouble of grading a one of one when there’s no other copy out there in better condition than yours? Conversely, grading can help establish a card’s authenticity as a true one-of-one.

We hope this blog provided you with some informative pros and cons about grading your trading cards. When considering grading your cards, remember to ask yourself “Is this worth the risk?” Good luck! accepts consignments of cards from many of the leading grading companies, including PSA, BGS, and SGC. To see the full list of grading companies whose cards we accept for consignment, visit this link. COMC also offers a Condition Review service, where 2-3 people independently look at the physical item and determine the condition rating. To learn more about COMC Condition Review, visit

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About the Author:

Roman Tomashoff is a Senior Trading Card Specialist at COMC. Prior to working at COMC, Roman worked in the sports department at the Everett Daily Herald newspaper. He’s a big fan of baseball, football, and basketball, the proud dad of two dogs, and he’s been collecting cards his whole life. His personal collection includes a wide array of Boston Red Sox, Washington Huskies, and New England Patriots cards.

Sports Highlights & How They Affected the Trading Card Hobby in 2020

2020 has been full of surprises that no one, not a single one of us, has ever asked for.

Every year typically has a few defining moments, but this past year has contained so many world-changing, paradigm-shifting developments that it’s getting hard to believe we’re not in a simulation that’s running every possible scenario at once.

Against the backdrop of the global Coronavirus pandemic, the events of 2020 brought new challenges no one was prepared for, changing the way we live and how we connect with each other. 

This year has taken many things from us — birthday celebrations, live concerts, and simply hugging the people we love. But COVID-19 cannot take our love of trading cards.

It can be said that 2020 was the year of the trading card hobby boomed during a pandemic. It was a year that saw wax and online exclusives from trading card manufacturers sell out instantly, and retail card aisle shelves empty shortly after each restock. 2020 also saw the hobby embrace purchasing fractional shares of trading cards, giving collectors a vehicle by which they could own a part of a trading card grail they could never own otherwise.

In many ways, this year saw more growth in the trading card hobby than any year before. Even the boom of the junk wax era of the mid-80s and 90s could not hold a candle to the explosion that we witnessed this year. There were many events that helped drive that increased interest in the hobby this year: some from the sports world, others from hobby influencers, and others born out of tragedy. This is a look back at all of those events, and how they shaped the biggest trading card boom ever.

Kobe Bryant’s Death

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2020 started off with what can be described as a national tragedy. On the cold winter morning of January 26th, the devastating news began to spread that NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, along with his oldest daughter Gianna, several of her teammates, coaches, and friends, had all perished in a helicopter crash just outside of Los Angeles, California. 

Sports fans began to flock to anything that helped them to connect to Kobe, including his basketball cards. Kobe’s legacy lives on through the fans he inspired, and he will be officially inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in May 2021.

The Last Dance Effect

As winter turned to spring, so did the attention of the sports world to another NBA icon. In ESPN’s documentary series “The Last Dance”, basketball fans got a closer look at Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ 1997-98 NBA championship team.

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Originally scheduled to premiere in Summer 2020, ESPN made the decision to move up the premiere of the series to April in light of the pandemic. It provided a way for sports fans to re-live one of the greatest championship runs in sports history during a time when the return of live sports was still taking shape.

Michael Jordan was already an icon within the sports card hobby. His 1986 Fleer rookie card is considered by many collectors as one of the holy grails of the hobby. The Last Dance fueled even more interest in his legacy, leading to unprecedented all-time highs in his cards’ values.

Zion-Mania Takes Off

Looking to basketball’s future stars, “Zion-mania” had the hobby in overdrive chasing rookie cards this year. Zion Williamson, the New Orleans Pelicans’ #1 overall pick out of Duke, may have had the most highly hyped and sought-after basketball rookie cards since LeBron James. The chance of pulling red-hot Zion rookies sent unopened wax of the newest releases into never before seen heights.

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Zion was just one of many talented rookies in a 2019-20 class which also featured Ja Morant and Tyler Herro. All of a sudden, collectors and flippers alike were buying up hangers, blasters, hobby boxes, and more in the hopes of pulling the next hot rookie they could flip for profit. It drove the prices and demand for new releases sky high and left many collectors wondering if they would be able to even find or buy any basketball card products at retail prices again.

Panini Mosaic Emerges

Another factor driving the basketball trading card fever was Panini revamping Mosaic Prizm to a wider release as the standalone Mosaic product. Mosaic Prizm Basketball had been released as a limited-edition online product since the 2016-17 season. The re-configured 2019-20 release of Mosaic Basketball brought a new spin on the product to a much larger audience, including blasters and hanger packs which flew off of retail shelves.

Panini followed up the success of the new Mosaic Basketball with 2020 Panini Mosaic Football. The fervor for this product was driven by the rookie cards of three quarterbacks: Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert. Just as with Mosaic Basketball, the product was impossible for many collectors to find on retail shelves.

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The Ups & Downs of Topps Project 2020

Even as plans for a 2020 MLB season were still up in the air, Topps ignited the market for baseball cards with its Project 2020 set. Partnering with some of the best-known modern artists from around the world, Topps had created a way to marry the cutting edge of art and design with classic baseball cards.

Topps picked 20 of its most iconic cards and had each of the 20 artists chosen for the project recreate them in their own style. Two new cards were released each week and were only available for a 48-hour period on Topps’ website. Topps would print as many of the cards as customers’ ordered, and the initial print runs hovered around ~2,000 copies of each card.

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What started off with little to no fanfare would grow to become one of the biggest stories of the hobby this year. As the hobby began to take more notice of Project 2020, collectors sought after the initial card releases such as the Ben Baller Ichiro and Ermsy Trout. Cards that were originally sold through Topps website for $19.99 were being sold for hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars on the secondary market. Once collectors and flippers saw these incredible returns, they started ordering more and more of the newest releases directly from Topps, pushing the print runs from less than two thousand to tens of thousands of copies. Project 2020 saw its peak print run with Keith Shore’s version of the 1989 Topps Ken Griffey Jr. rookie: 99,177 copies!

Those elevated print runs would ultimately be the downfall of Project 2020. As flippers bought more cards, the scarcity of the cards evaporated, and so did the profits. Project 2020 officially wrapped up in December 2020 and has left the hobby community with many valuable lessons and exciting questions. Will we see more on-demand card releases in the years to come, and will the hobby continue to cross over into art and culture?

Baseball is Back…Maybe

Although it is hard to remember, traditional spring training was just getting started in February prior to the impact of the pandemic. Players began to gather at their teams’ spring training locations, all while keeping a close eye on the news about COVID-19, and wondering if their season would happen at all.

This year’s baseball season came with a lot of hype, and high expectations for several young budding superstars. All eyes were on Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. following his fantastic sophomore season in 2019. Baseball fans and sports cards collectors everywhere were ready for him to have truly superstar season.

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Collectors’ eyes were also on two potential future superstars in the Nationals’ Juan Soto and the Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. Soto’s 2019 season ended with a World Series win for Washington, and Tatis Jr.’s rookie season in 2019 had many collectors seeing flashes of a player who could become one of the game’s biggest and brightest future stars.

The interest in all three players had collectors scooping up 2020 Topps Series 1 cards as fast as Topps could print them, in search of both these superstars and the next wave of talented rookies. The hype heading into the 2020 season also saw an explosion in collectors chasing any high-grade versions of superstars’ cards. From autographed cards, relics, and more, collectors could not get enough of baseball’s superstars.

2020 also saw a continuation of a hobby trend that picked up speed in 2019. More and more collectors were paying top dollar for high-grade cards of the hottest superstars across all sports that were not the players’ traditional rookie card. Before in the hobby, collectors were only willing to pay top dollar for players rookie cards, but now collectors were willing to pay big bucks for top graded cards of players second, third, fifth, eighth-year cards, and more. 

Love for Panini Prizm Continues to Grow

2020 also saw the continuation of the trend of collectors flocking to a player’s first Panini Prizm card as well. The love for Panini Prizm cards is no secret in our hobby. Collectors have the yearly Prizm releases for individual sports marked on their calendars. The chase for players’ Prizm rookie cards became increasingly competitive both upon release and in the secondary market, leading to desolate retail shelves shortly after each restock and rising online sales activity and prices.

Another important trend was the chase for veteran players’ first Prizm card with a specific team. An example is card #129 in 2019-20 Prizm, which is LeBron James’ first Prizm card picturing him in his Lakers uniform. Though the card is from LeBron’s 17th season at the time, high-grade parallels of that card have sold for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. This led collectors to chase other superstars’ first Prizm releases such as the 2014 Prizm World Cup soccer cards of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s a trend that exploded in 2020 and could grow into 2021.

Soccer Cards Surge

Speaking of soccer, or as our friends around the world would say “football”, no other sport experienced the level of exponential growth that soccer cards did this year in the hobby. Prior to 2020, soccer had been considered a distant 5th place among the most popular sport among collectors, but this status quo has been disrupted.

Thanks to several young stars and 2022 World Cup hopefuls, the fervor for soccer cards took the hobby by storm this year. Young superstars Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, and Jadon Sancho each set the soccer card world on fire as collectors worldwide chased after the limited quantities of their cards available. American players such as Christian Pulisic, Giovanni Reyna, and Weston McKennie impressed fans as international competition resumed, fueling excitement for soccer’s future in the United States.

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As 2020 comes to a close, soccer cards are argued by some to have passed hockey cards as the fourth most popular sport in the hobby this year. With the next World Cup looming in 2022, the surge in soccer card sales likely isn’t stopping anytime soon.

Pokémon’s Return to the Spotlight

Talking about growth in the hobby this year, raise your hand if you foresaw the unprecedented growth and resurgence of Pokémon cards? It seems like every day a Pokémon card is selling at a new record price thanks to celebrities continuing to showcase their high-grade collections.

Recent Pokémon releases featured stunning full-art and holographic cards of Charizard, and collectors chased after increasingly rare sealed boxes and packs of the original Wizards of the Coast releases. As the saying goes, “everything old is new again,” and this could never be truer than for Pokémon cards in 2020.

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Collectors who were captivated by the original cards as children are now in their twenties and thirties, and are paying top dollar to “catch them all” decades later. If you still have a Pokémon collection from your childhood, you should check to see if you have some of the iconic cards driving the Pokémon market, such as holographic Charizards and the elusive Gold Star rares from the EX series.

Chasin’ Jasson

As with every year, collectors are always seeking and hunting for the next big thing in the sports card world. 2020 was no different, with this year’s future star card chase revolving around one of baseball’s biggest prospects in Jasson Dominguez.

Collectors had good reason to be excited about Dominguez. He’s a power-hitting outfield prospect for the Yankees, one of baseball’s most popular and perennially competitive teams. At the time of 2020 Bowman’s release he had just turned 17 years old and had yet to appear in a professional game, but scouts were reporting a bright future and high ceiling.

His 2020 1st Bowman Chrome card and its autographed parallels became must-have baseball cards upon release. As collectors pulled more of the cards and got them graded, the prices only continued to rise, with some of his high-grade cards selling for five figures at their peak.

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Without a minor league season in 2020, we have still yet to see if Dominguez’s hype will translate to on-field success. Although he’s likely a few seasons away from his major league debut in the Bronx, his minor league debut in 2021 is anxiously anticipated by card collectors.

Balling in a Bubble

In an effort to complete the 2019-20 NBA season that was put on hold earlier in the spring, the NBA decided to resume play in July for a shortened finish to the regular season in a “bubble” in Orlando, Florida. The games were played in one location to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

There were 22 teams that were invited to the bubble: the 16 teams in playoff position and the six teams within six games of playoff position. With less active teams and higher stakes games, there was a mad dash to buy and flip any and all players that performed well in the bubble, with surprise breakouts including Bol Bol and T.J. Warren.

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All in all, the NBA Bubble created the perfect storm for collectors during a pandemic and exemplified just how volatile the trading card hobby has become. With little to no other sports to distract collectors, all of the hobby focus was on the bubble games.

We Finally Got a Shortened Baseball Season

Last but not least on our 2020 hobby journey is the MLB Playoffs and the World Series. Much like the NBA, Major League Baseball decided to play the World Series from one location and showcased the Rangers’ brand new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Compared to the NBA Bubble, the MLB Playoffs were fairly quiet amongst collectors. Even with superstars such as Mookie Betts, Fernando Tatis Jr, and Ronald Acuña Jr. in the pennant races, collectors were less engaged game to game. That was until rookie right fielder Randy Arozarena broke out for the Rays in the American League Division Championship Series.

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Randy had a fairly quiet regular season, but he would leave an everlasting mark on the playoffs and the World Series. He would set the record for the most hits, total bases and home runs in a single postseason run. After his ALDS breakout to help the Rays get past the Yankees, the hobby was clamoring for his cards.

Since Arozarena had been so under the radar, very few of his cards had been graded and those that had been became like gold to collectors. He was featured in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform in both 2020 Topps Series 1 and 2020 Chrome, so the few cards of him in a Rays uniform at that point were also sought after.

Thanks in large part to Randy’s record-setting performance and late-game heroics, the Rays were able to stretch the heavily favored Los Angeles Dodgers to a sixth World Series game, before eventually losing as the Dodgers finally captured their first World Series since 1988.

It will be interesting to watch Arozarena’s sophomore performance this coming season and see the hobby’s reaction. Was his 2020 postseason dominance lightning in a bottle, or the beginning of a great career?

What a Year 2020 Proved to Be

So how do we sum up 2020, what has been the strangest year in all of our lives, when it comes to the trading card hobby? It was first and foremost a year of tremendous growth for the hobby. Some say the hobby grew by 3 times, 5 times, and even 10 times in size this year. 2020 was the year with more active collectors than ever before engaging in the hobby. Some of these new entrants were true rookies to the hobby, while others returned to the hobby after years or even decades away from cards.

This year saw the hobby make the news again in print, on the airwaves, and across the internet. Newspapers, magazines, and more media outlets excitedly reported the hobby’s phenomenal growth amidst the pandemic. The hobby received TV coverage on ESPN and cable business news channels as well. As cards become mentioned more and more alongside stocks and other tangible investments, the great debate amongst hobbyists continues as to whether or not trading cards are true investments.

If 2020 left us with anything, it left us knowing that our hobby is stronger than ever. The passion collectors have for the hobby was on full display this year. We are all the caretakers of this hobby we love and enjoy. Let us remember to take care of it, take care of each other, and together we will enjoy this hobby for many more years to come. 

About the Author:

Andy is the COMC Marketing Manager, bringing a wealth of marketing experience combined with a passion for trading cards. As an active hobby investor, he enjoys collecting and selling trading cards, especially football cards. Andy’s energy and enthusiasm are shared with the local community through his volunteer efforts at the theater and shouting from the stands at the University of Tennessee football games.

Best of 2020 Pokémon

It’s no news that Pokémon saw an incredible resurgence in popularity in 2020’s trading card market. Everyone got in on the action, including celebrities and entertainers such as Steve Aoki, Logic, and Logan Paul. Across social media and streaming platforms, live content and “box-breaks” took off allowing collectors the opportunity to watch and buy into live Pokémon breaks.

So, what’s next in the world of Pokémon? I’m going to explore some key 2020 sales, highlight products to look out for, and suggest some unique opportunities for your collection. I’d love to hear from you (I’m @laurrrrmeow on Instagram) if you need advice on your collection, or come across any newly discovered Charizards!

2020’s Biggest Sales


At a record-breaking $233,244, the Pikachu Illustrator card broke the internet and went down in history as one of the most important single Pokémon sales ever. The Pikachu Illustrator card is incredibly rare, as it was given out as a prize only to winners of a 1998 illustration contest. It is estimated that only 20-39 of these exist in the world and even fewer that remain in PSA-high grade condition.


The OG for most collectors is Pokémon’s inaugural 1999 Base Set. Base Set soared as collectors and entertainers chased after increasingly-rare sealed products, with 1st Edition Sealed Booster Boxes leading the way, now commanding at least $300,000 in the open market. With the growing popularity of community box breaks, the 1st Edition Base Set product is becoming incredibly scarce in sealed format, fueling explosive price growth. If the trend of “unboxing” continues, the supply will continue to run thin on early-era Pokémon sealed products.

Pokémon Cards to Watch


There is no denying Charizard is one of the only Pokémon to hold value and interest no matter what era or set it comes from. The holy grail is the 1999 Base Set First Edition Shadowless Holo which sells for upwards of $25k based on its condition. More than 20 years later, the big guy has the hobby on fire (no pun intended) making a popular appearance in

Champion’s Path, which can barely stay in stock in retail locations. If you’re lucky, you can find a Champion’s Path Elite Trainer box at retail ($50) on the shelves at your local Target or Walmart giving you a chance to pull one of these fiery beasts. There are many key Charizard cards from over the years, so it’s important to research their differences in rarity and value. You can’t go wrong collecting Charizard as you will always find new opportunities to add to your collection.


I purchased a 1st edition Jungle Pikachu in a PSA 10 on October 12th for just under $500. On October 18th, it sold at auction for $950. It almost doubled in price in under a week. Now with any dramatic price increase, you should think carefully about what the price reflects. From being Ash’s starting Pokémon in the anime to starring in the Detective Pikachu movie, Pikachu is iconic and a natural starting point for collectors entering the market. As the 1st Edition Base Set Pikachu starts to become too expensive for most collectors, they will look towards other desirable Pikachu cards. 1st Edition Jungle is one example, but there are a lot of incredibly fun Pikachu promo cards and holo releases.


Promo cards are a major part of Pokémon, with the majority being Japanese-exclusive. Some promo cards (like the Illustrator) tend to be very exclusive due to the fact that they are produced in limited quantities for special events, sometimes unavailable to the general public.

Japanese Promo cards have been causing quite a stir in 2020. I recently purchased the Lillie & Clefairy Pokémon Dream League Promo back in September for $25 and we’re seeing bids at Auction already for $120 in PSA 10. Another Promo Card released this year was the Eevee Futsal, only available in the UK. This exclusive card was only given out if you were a registered Club team for The FA Pokémon Youth Futsal Programme. These cards are already seeing strong price growth, and word on the street is that the Pikachu Futsal promo card is next to be released!

Another hot promo this year was the Special Delivery Pikachu card, and it was FREE. If you follow me on Instagram (@laurrrrmeow), you know I gave early access and details on how to snag one via my story. If you didn’t catch it, stay tuned as I release promos and special deals on a daily basis. Charizard is next and it’s going to break the internet. Believe it or not, this promo was absolutely free with any purchase over $20 on, but you had to know where to look. The card was under a “hidden category” and quickly went out of stock as soon as word got out. If you were lucky enough to get one, consider holding on to it. This free card is now selling on eBay for $130 raw and the scarcity of the card could drive the price up well into the new year. The free bundle also came with a Pikachu Christmas ornament. Check it out below.

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If you can get your hands-on sealed products from early-era Pokémon in 2020, you have gold! Some sealed products to consider investing in are Japanese Base Set Starter Decks (did you know you get a random holo in each one?!) and older sets (depending on your price range). The newer products to look out for are Hidden Fates and Champion’s Path, and the exciting new Vivid Voltage.

My number one tip whether you’re just starting to invest in Pokémon, or you’re expanding on your personal collection, is to collect what you love, and not just buy what’s popular. No matter what is happening in the market, it is important to consider what matters most to you as a collector. If you are investing in this market, start with cards or sealed products that have some level of rarity. Whether it’s 1st Edition Base graded cards or exclusive promos – it’s hard to go wrong. If you are just starting out or have a small budget, I would suggest entering the market gradually. Educate yourself on promo releases and try to build a unique collection. Build on that gradually, accumulate some binder pieces that mean something to you and keep your cards in mint condition. Pokémon is redefining the definitions of modern art and investing and 2021 is going to be another revolutionary year!

Do you collect Pokémon cards? Check out COMC’s selection of over 20,000 different Pokémon cards at If you’re looking to cash in on your collection, COMC actively accepts your Pokémon cards for consignment, including CGC graded cards! For more information about consigning trading cards with COMC, visit

About the Author
About the Author

Laura is a member of our customer service team at COMC, and is a long time sports and trading card investor with a passion for discovering and collecting some of the rarest Pokemon cards in the world. She is always on the hunt for sealed product, especially out of print Pokémon and non-sports cards. She enjoys participating in box breaks, auctions, and adding new cards to her personal collection daily. Follow her on Instagram (@laurrrrmeow) to see all of her latest finds!

Announcing COMC’s Next eBay Homepage Auction Event: Football Finale

COMC Auctions are Set to Headline the eBay Homepage for the Football Finale from January 25th – 31st!

We are excited to announce that COMC Auctions will be featured on eBay’s homepage from January 25th – 31st. This “Football Finale” auction event will place a special focus on modern football cards, and is the perfect opportunity to increase your auctions’ visibility as the excitement builds leading up to the Super Bowl!

While the homepage promotion will be focused on football cards, you are also welcome to submit your high-end trading cards across all other sports and genres to auction with COMC. Whether you have hot sports cards, rarities from Pokémon, or high-end trading cards from nearly any other category, COMC makes it easy to sell them! Please review our “COMC Supported Trading Cards” blog for more information about which cards can be consigned with us.

All items must be received by 1/15 to be eligible for this promotion.

Here’s everything you need to know about submitting your trading cards for maximum exposure in this event.

When and how to submit your cards:

COMC users have multiple options for submitting cards for this event. Whether you already have cards consigned with us that you would like to auction off or are considering sending new cards to COMC specifically for this event, details and key dates are listed below.

Mail-In Submission Deadlines

Cards received 1/2 – 1/8 will END during the promotion
Cards received 1/9 – 1/15 will BEGIN during the promotion

To create a new mail-in auctions submission, visit Start New Submission in your COMC Account and select the eBay Auction processing service as shown below.

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COMC eBay Featured Auctions Event January 25th -31st 2021

Transfer to Auction Deadlines

Cards submitted for transfer 1/1 – 1/7 will END during the promotion
Cards submitted for transfer 1/8 – 1/14 will BEGIN during the promotion

If you already have cards in your COMC Inventory Manager, you can send them to auction in just a few clicks. This includes cards you bought from other consignors on our site, a potential opportunity for flipping! Inside the Inventory Manager, click on “Actions” and then select “Send to Auction” to begin the auction transfer process.

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COMC eBay Featured Auctions Event January 25th -31st 2021

Elite Item Transfer Deadlines

Cards transferred between 1/8 – 1/14 will END during the promotion
Cards transferred between 1/15 – 1/21 will BEGIN during the promotion

These Elite Item Transfer deadlines apply only to items which have already been processed through our Elite Consignment Service.

After transferring your cards to auction, they move from your Inventory Manager to Auction Submissions in your COMC account. Once scheduled for auction, you can monitor your auctions in Auction History.

Important Auctions Reminders

  • The minimum fee per auction is $3.50, regardless of the final sale price. We recommend you only submit cards to auction that will sell for at least $50 or more. COMC Auctions reserves the right to change the service level of new Auction submissions to our 3-Week fixed-price service ($0.50 per item) if submissions primarily consist of items valued less than $10. For a full breakdown of Auction fees, see the COMC Auction Schedule and Fees blog.
  • There are no cancellations once we receive your auction submission. If you want to consign your high-end trading cards through COMC as buy-it-now listings, we encourage you to submit them using our Elite Service.
  • Please review our Supported Trading Cards criteria if you have any questions about what items you can consign with COMC.

For more information about our auction service, please refer to our Auctions and Auctions FAQ pages. With any additional questions, please email COMC’s Auctions team at We are excited for you to participate in this eBay Homepage Auction Event!

About the Author:

Andy is the COMC Marketing Manager, bringing a wealth of marketing experience combined with a passion for trading cards. As an active hobby investor, he enjoys collecting and selling trading cards, especially football cards. Andy’s energy and enthusiasm are shared with the local community through his volunteer efforts at the theater and shouting from the stands at the University of Tennessee football games.

Best of 2020: Prizm Parallel Guide

Panini America’s Prizm for many years has enthralled all types of collectors by delivering an irresistible combination of colors, patterns, and technology that continue to stand the test of time and attract a crowd.

However, it seems more and more parallels are added to the Prizm checklist each year. Each sport has its own completely different parallels and names, making it extremely difficult for collectors to keep track of what is what!

Many questions thus arise: What specific parallel did I just pull? What parallels do I still need to complete the rainbow of my favorite player? What product contains exclusive parallels? There are so many things to consider!

To help answer some of these questions, we’ve put together this Prizm Parallel Guide. We compiled a comprehensive list of each major sport for which Panini has released a Prizm set: Soccer, Baseball, Football, and of course the insanely popular Basketball. We included example photos for each parallel, as well as information on where that specific parallel product can be found. We hope this guide will prove helpful for all Prizm collectors!

2019-20 Prizm Basketball

Looks for Prizms of your favorite NBA players, from rookies to all-time greats! Prizm Basketball features a 300-card base set, making that rare Prizm pull a special event!

2019-20 Panini Prizm English Premier Soccer League

Carrying over the basic look and format from the many other Prizm sets, 2019-20 Panini Prizm Premier League Soccer includes the full selection of EPL teams for the ’19-20 season.

2019 Prizm Football

One of the top NFL sets each year, 2019 Panini Prizm Football cards continue the evolution of the cornerstone brand with new Prizm colors making their gridiron debut.

*At the time this article was written, 2020 Panini Prizm Football had not yet been released so we have included 2019 Prizm Football.

2020 Prizm Baseball

2020 Panini Prizm Baseball is an eruption of Prizms for some of the top MLBPA players.

About the Author:

Shaun is a Customer Care Agent with COMC. Prior to working at COMC, he spent 14 years in the body shop industry with a variety of roles and positions. Shaun enjoys watching all kinds of sports, loves animals, and has a passion for food!  
Ever since Shaun was introduced to sports cards at the age of 9, he’s been hooked. From the wide variety of sets, cool colors, technologies, and reading the player’s bio and stats. In 2014, he discovered COMC and has greatly appreciated their platform for buying and selling his favorite cards.

Virtual Expo Post-Game Recap and Dice Game Winners

I hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving as much as possible under the circumstances.  The COMC Challenges throughout the Expo weekend culminated with an epic Sunday Showdown Tournament of Champions Finals.

Our booth was non-stop action throughout the entire weekend. We were pleased to offer all this content to our customers as a small token of our appreciation. We hope you enjoyed the experience. 

I want to take a moment to thank (in no particular order)…

  1. The Canadian contingent who helped behind the scenes to bring concept to reality
  2. The Marketing Team for helping move the project forward and communicating our presence at the event
  3. Sportscard & Memorabilia Expo & MKEM for having the platform for this event
  4. Sports Card Live for having me as a guest to promote this event
  5. Every guest who visited the Expo and every guest that dropped by our booth

Thank you for making us a part of your hobby life!

So, without further ado, here are the winners from our Dice Game…

  • ROLL A 3, 4, OR 5 – 2017 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Photo Variation Achievement Autograph #45 Tiger Woods – buck89
  • ROLL A 6 OR 7 – 2017 Bowman Draft Chrome Draft Pick Autographs – Refractor #CDA-NPE Nate Pearson #118/499 – mpheid
  • ROLL AN 8 – 2019-20 Upper Deck #249 Quinn Hughes RC – BrendonWFord
  • ROLL A 9 – 2019-20 Upper Deck Credentials Rookie Science Autograph #RS-20 Nick Suzuki – mint39
  • ROLL A 10 – 2020 Topps Chrome #60 Luis Robert RC – Canadiancollector21_7
  • ROLL A 11 – 2012-13 Panini Preferred Panini’s Choice Award #37 Kyle Lowry #31/74 – KD08
  • ROLL A 12 – 2019 Topps Living Set Online Exclusive #179 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. PSA 10 – MintDeals
  • ROLL A 13 – 2018-19 Panini Donruss Optic #176 Rated Rookies Alphonso Davies RC – gazelleknox
  • ROLL A 14 OR 15 – 2019-20 Panini Mosaic Silver Prizm #211 Coby White – Myanks26
  • ROLL A 16, 17, OR 18 – 2018-19 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Ultimate Access Premium Materials Copper Autographs #UAA-AM Auston Matthews #05/25 – legionitalia

All winners listed above must claim their prize by emailing with your username before 23:59:59 PST December 22, 2020. Prizes will be deposited into the winner’s account within 2 weeks of notification. All unclaimed prizes shall be forfeited. We are also currently working on other post-Expo prizes to award over the next three weeks. Your patience is greatly appreciated.   

We look forward to seeing you at the next show whether it’s live or virtual!

Barry Mah

About the Author:

If you’ve previously attended card shows, you’re likely to recognize this familiar face. Barry has been a valued COMC team member since 2012 and manages our COMC office in Canada. Barry brings a wealth of operational excellence experience and a passion for trading cards, especially hockey cards. Thanks to him, everything runs smoothly up in Canada!

Our Biggest Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale Ever!

As a ‘Thank You’ to all our loyal COMC members, we’re offering our biggest sale ever, November 27th through November 30th.

All times listed are based on Pacific Standard Time.

Take advantage of our BIGGEST savings & promotions this weekend!

  • Earn 5% Store Credit on all COMC Marketplace items purchased with your COMC account
  • FREE sales promotions for COMC Sellers
  • Daily prizes and giveaways on & our social media accounts

Earn 5% Store Credit on COMC Marketplace Purchases

If there was ever a perfect time to buy, now’s that time – The more you spend, the more you get! For ALL items purchased in the COMC Marketplace with your COMC account between November 27th 12:01am PST to November 30th 11:59pm PST, you’ll receive 5% store credit, which will automatically be applied to your account on December 7th.

Don’t have a free COMC account? Easily register for your free COMC account and make sure to complete all your purchases through your account to be eligible for the 5% store credit offer.

By using your COMC account to purchase items with COMC Credit, you can decide when you want items shipped. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of one of the benefits of COMC, to buy now and ship later!

FREE Sales Promotions for COMC Sellers

COMC sellers can run sales promotions for FREE this weekend! You can easily set up your Black Friday Weekend and Cyber Monday sales now on the Promotions Manager page. Setting up these sales promotions will showcase your COMC port on the Sales Page during this exciting sales event!

Don’t wait! Set up your Black Friday Weekend & Cyber Monday sales today!
Access your Promotions Manager page.

Prizes & Giveaways!

Social Media Giveaways

Follow COMC on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for daily social media giveaways Black Friday through Cyber Monday! We will be giving away one card each day and five COMC swag bags each day! Find out more and enter by following our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages.

Friday: 2016 Panini Torque – Quad Materials #QM-CE – Chase Elliott /199 

Saturday: 2018-19 Panini Donruss – [Base] – Optic #189 – Rated Rookies – Jadon Sancho [SGC 9 MINT]

Sunday: 2019 Panini Phoenix – Rising Rookie Material Signature – Gloves #RR-1 – Kyler Murray /35

Monday: 2016 Pokémon XY Evolutions – 20th Anniversary Expansion Pack [Base] #12 – Charizard EX

Online Giveaways

With any COMC account purchase, you will automatically be entered into the drawing for the Daily Card Giveaway on the day of your purchase. If you make a purchase each of the four days during the sale, you will be entered for each of four daily drawings!

Friday: 2019-20 Upper Deck Allure – [Base] – Blue Line Auto Jerseys #100 – Rookies – Jack Hughes /99

Saturday: 2017 Panini Black Friday – Happy Holidays Santa Hat Relics – Cracked Ice #HH-DB – Devin Booker /25

Sunday: 2001 Upper Deck – Golf Gallery #GG4 – Tiger Woods [BGS 9.5 GEM MINT] 

Monday: 2020 Topps Diamond Icons – Autographs #AC-RA – Ronald Acuna Jr. /25

You may also enter the Daily Giveaway without making a purchase by completing our Black Friday / Cyber Monday Drawing Entry Form. Visit our Online Daily Giveaway Entry Form Page for the updated link each day beginning Friday, November 27th through Monday, November 30th. 

Check out our Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sales Event Page for additional information!

Collecting Soccer Cards

Guest Post by Mitch – LDN Cards

So, you’d like to get involved with soccer cards, but you’re not sure where to start?

Maybe you’ve always been a fan of the sport, but you’re new to collecting. Perhaps you’ve always collected other sports, but you’ve just discovered the beautiful game. Maybe, you saw the incredible hype around the soccer card hobby during the Covid delayed Champions League, and you want a bit of the action.

Whatever your reason for wanting to get involved, know that you are not alone – in recent months, many people have taken their love of the beautiful game and extended it to ‘the hobby.’

After all, it was a hobby boom that was always coming. The most recent World Cup Final in 2018, hosted and won by the French, saw 1.1 BILLION viewers. The Premier League estimated that for their 18/19 season, they drew a viewership of 1.35 Billion, a growth of 11.5% in the prior year. These are huge numbers and give you some idea of the global appeal. Soccer is a juggernaut that keeps getting bigger.  For comparison, the 2020 NFL Super Bowl drew an estimated 102 million viewers.

For many around the world, collecting football (as I know it) cards and stickers is second nature. I can only speak directly about my own experiences, but most of us know it as part of growing up as an Englishman. It was simple as a child – we had stickers, and sometimes cards, for each season and tournament – you collected the set and traded your ‘swaps’ – but now it’s true that times have changed and maybe collecting isn’t so simple from the outside looking in.

So, where to start?   

There are plenty of topics to cover to bring you fully up to speed, but the first thing we need to talk about is the type of item you can collect. It doesn’t tend to go much further for most sports than cards, but for soccer, however, it is generally accepted that there are three main options that you can choose to collect.

1. TCG – Trading Card Games

You’ve probably seen these in stores, but you may not have looked twice at them. TCG cards are collectible soccer cards that can be used as playing cards. Think Pokemon or MTG, and you’ll get the idea.

These are typically targeted at a younger audience, and the price reflects this. That said, for some collectors, cards from these sets can hold genuine collectible value (if not always monetary) as it is frequently within these sets where many soccer stars make their first ‘hobby’ appearance.

Cast an eye at this year’s ‘Golden Boy’ shortlist, and you’ll struggle to find an earlier mass-produced item for Mitchel Bakker than his Adrenalyn card. What constitutes a rookie, or even a true-rookie, is often of immense consternation in the soccer hobby, but we will leave that for another day!

Brands to look for are both Panini with ‘Adrenalyn’ and Topps with ‘Match Attax.’ It may be that ‘Match Attax’ is a more recognizable brand name currently as they have benefited from a lot of hype due to inserting random autographs in their £1 packs (UK only). 

If you want to buy these, you can find them in most of your stores, and you can also order them online direct from the manufacturers.

2. Stickers

Across the world, stickers have been collected for a long time and in many forms. Everything from cards with areas you’d glue and stick down into albums to the modern style sticker you see now. Some of the oldest cards that vintage collectors hold in high regard were intended to be stuck down into an album.

Stickers are typically much cheaper than main hobby releases, and pricing for packs tends to be closer to what you’d pay for TCG cards.

Outside of the USA, stickers are likely most collectors’ entry point into the world of sports collecting. It’s easy, accessible, and has a massive nostalgia factor that draws someone like me back to them all the time. In the middle of a World Cup Summer, it isn’t rare to see a man in his mid-’30s sneaking a few packs of stickers into the shopping basket while out with the family as he tries to complete his album.

Why collect stickers now? Much like TCG, stickers can often be a superstar player’s earliest appearance but tend to carry more respect within the hobby. Want to pick up Erling Haaland’s ‘true rookie’? Well, I hope you like Austrian football stickers. Do you think Tariq Lamptey is the best full-back since Cafu? Again, grab yourself a sticker, my friend!

If you want to buy stickers, it boils down to your location. In Europe, you can buy these in your local stores or online from the manufacturer. In the US, you need to order them from the manufacturer or possibly turn to eBay for packs and boxes. Singles are available on eBay and, of course, through!

3. Hobby Cards

As a third option, hobby cards are an area of enormous growth, both in terms of interest and monetary value. The premium releases are made by Panini and Topps, who hold varying licensing for different leagues, countries, and tournaments.

If you know the hobby, you already know the names, I’m sure – Panini Prizm, Panini Select, Topps Chrome, all popular releases, also seen in soccer year-on-year. This year we have even seen the release of Topps Bowman for the MLS!

These cards tend to be viewed as the creme de la creme and can often prove more popular than other items, even if they are not the first releases of a specific player. For example, Erling Haaland’s first release is his Austrian Bundesliga sticker, but for some, nothing can beat his Topps Chrome 19/20 card in Red Bull Salzburg colors. It’s all comes down to personal preference.

With this high level of desirability, there also come higher costs. The product does tend to be of better quality than TCG, and typically features include relic cards and top stars’ autographs. Topps Museum Collection was £100/$125 for eight cards, but you could potentially open up an autograph of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Robert Lewandowski – nothing to shrug at.

So, how do you buy these hobby cards? You’ve got options, particularly in the US. For boxes and packs, you can buy directly from the manufacturer, online retailers, and your local hobby stores. Many releases even feature cheaper ‘retail’ options, such as a blaster and cello packs, where the rewards are not so large, but the cost is far lower.

If you’re in the UK or Europe, the kicker has been a lack of access to hobby products for a long time, but that seems to be changing as both Topps and Panini offer limited availability direct from their online e-commerce websites. There’s nothing to stop you from ordering directly from the USA either, but you should think about customs and tax charges before you do.

Finally, if you don’t want to open packs yourself, you have the option of joining group breaks or buying singles on eBay or COMC just as you do any other sport. Group breaks for soccer have been fewer with the largest most well-known breakers, but they are often breaking new products as the interest increases.

I hope that a brief introduction to your options is a helpful first step into the world of soccer card collecting. I’ll be back with more features soon, but you can always reach out to me on social media or YouTube, and I’ll be happy to chat.

And with that, it just leaves me to wish you ‘happy collecting’!

About the Author:

Mitch is a London based sports card collector, with a Soccer Card focused YouTube channel and an ever-growing collection of David Beckham cards.

Fall into Flipping

What a year it’s been for the trading card hobby! This year has seen tremendous growth across the entire collectors’ hobby, with sports and non-sports cards reaching new heights of popularity and prices. One of the most popular and fastest-growing aspects of the hobby has become flipping cards. 

So, what is card flipping? It’s a term you most likely heard around the hobby but may not know what it means or entails.  

Many in the hobby use the term flipping to describe purchasing a card at a low price and selling it at an increased price for a profit. Others refer to flipping as a card they pulled from a pack and sold for a profit. For most people in the hobby, flipping means selling a card quickly, no matter how it was acquired, for a profit. 

One of the great user features of COMC is buying cards directly on our marketplace and storing the cards there until you are ready to sell them. This feature allows you to purchase a card, and relist it at a higher price, and flip it on our marketplace without ever requiring you to ship the card out to you. With COMC, you can purchase a card, immediately relist it, and quickly flip it for a profit all in the same day.

Looking to flip trading cards for profit on COMC but don’t know how to get started? We put together this easy to follow tutorial for you.

If you have any questions after reading this tutorial, don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.

About the Author:

Andy is the COMC Marketing Manager, bringing a wealth of marketing experience combined with a passion for trading cards. As an active hobby investor, he enjoys collecting and selling trading cards, especially football cards. Andy’s energy and enthusiasm are shared with the local community through his volunteer efforts at the theater and shouting from the stands at the University of Tennessee football games.