Fresh Out of the Pack #4 – New Sets Found on the COMC Marketplace

In our ongoing series ‘Fresh out of the Pack’ , we shine the spotlight on the latest sets that have emerged on the COMC Marketplace. In recent weeks, several key perennial sets have found their way to COMC. For baseball, none have been more popular than 2018 Bowman, while on the basketball front chromium technology cards and National Treasures high end items share the spotlight. While Hockey is still going strong as well with new sets like SPX and OPC Platinum, we are beginning to see the first few 2018 Football sets find their way to the market as well.

Fresh new inventory of these sets will be added for many months to come, so be sure to check back often!

Baseball

Basketball

Football

Hockey

Misc. Sports & Non-Sports

#Cardstock Volume 6 – Legends of the Game

#CardSTOCK is an ongoing series created by Baseball Cards Daily’s Chris Steuber that details the hobby value of baseball players based on their popularity and performance . You can check out all past editions of #CardSTOCK here. You can catch Chris’s podcast ‘Baseball Cards Daily’ for free on itunes and Google Play.

In this edition of #CardSTOCK , we’re looking at six players who’s names are universally recognized. Of these six players, four were pillars of sports card collecting in the 90’s and into the 00’s, while two of these players carried that torch forward after their debut in 2001. Love them or hate them, this group of Hall of Fame talent have earned their respective statuses in the hobby.

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #5

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Introduction

With 10 weeks out of our 18 week season in the books, we are careening towards the finish line of our COMC Office Pack Battle League! Over the last two weeks the rich have continued to get richer, while a couple hopeful Managers have made a run at breaking out of the pack and into the upper echelons of the standings.

If you’re not familiar with our scoring system or the rules of our league, you can read our introductory blog here. If you’ve missed some updates and want to catch up on how we got to our current standings, you can read all pack battle league updates here.

Current Standings

In the overall league standings through 10 weeks, Kevin is currently pacing the field with 29 points, adding five to his total from our previous update. Brandon’s seven points over the last two weeks was good enough to move him up two spots to second. James was only able to add one point to his total, and Jeremy’s five points moved him up a slot for a tie at 3rd and 4th place. Rounding out our top five is Sean who falls two spots from our last update.

Brian’s seven points over the last two weeks leapfrogged him from 16th place all the way to 8th. Dylan has also been on the move over the last two weeks, moving from the 11th to the 7th spot on a 6 point performance.

While 10th – 17th place are only separated by 3 points,the climb up the ladder is starting to get steeper and steeper as the top five continue to separate themselves from the pack.

Home Run King Standings:

Having cooled off substantially, James was only able to add a single point to his lead in the Home Run King standings. He sits three points ahead of Brandon(13 pts), who has a one point lead over Tad and Kevin. Sean rounds out the top 5 with 11 points.

Hit King Standings:

Kevin and Brandon swapped wins in the Hits category over the last two weeks to keep pace with one another in the standings. Kevin leads overall with 12 points, with Brandon just two points behind. Angela and Bob sit in a tie for 3rd-4th with seven points.

Strikeout King Standings:

It took ten weeks, but a trend finally emerged in the Strike Out Kings standings as Jeremy was able hold on to the top spot by notching a Week 9 win in the category. He sits in first with nine points, with Dylan and Steve close behind at eight points. Tim and Brian are in striking distance at six points.

Strikeouts remain the most competitive category by far, and will certainly be the race to watch down the stretch. Like a win in FirstEnergy Stadium (Have fun Googling that!), fielding a competitive pitching staff remains a difficulty for some Managers.  It should be interesting to see if Manager’s start trading to focus specifically on strike outs in coming weeks.

Week 9 Results (May 24th-30th )

To absolutely no one’s surprise, Brandon was able to dominate the HR category with the 1-2 super combo of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. Seven Managers managed to put just one home run or less this week, so there was a serious power outage. Kevin rode the bats of Buster Posey and Jose Altuve to an easy win in the hits category. Geoff was able to tie Kevin on the interesting combo of Salvador Perez and Adam Jones. Strikeouts belonged to Jeremy thanks to Stephen Strasburg‘s 8 K’s and Aaron Nola‘s 10 K performance.

HR Points:  Brandon (3), Geoff (3), Bob (2), Jeff (1), Sean (1)
Hits Points: Kevin (3), Geoff (2), Jeff (2), Brandon (1)
K’s Points:  Jeremy (3), Steve (2), Tim (1)

Week 10 Results (May 31st – June 6th)

You get points, you get points, EVERYONE gets points! In our HR category, 17 of the 20 managers were able to notch at least third place points thanks to a log jam in the category. Just two homers was good enough to net 3rd place points.  Angela (Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Ramirez), Brian (Cody Bellinger, Edwin Encarnacion), and Grant (Manny Machado, Andrew Benintendi) led the field with 5 HR’s each. In the hits category, Brandon (Andrew Benintendi, Brandon Crawford) and Bob (Brandon Crawford, Matt Kemp) tied at the top with 18 hits a piece. Finally, in strikeouts, Dylan scorched the competition with both Nat’s aces Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

HR Points:  Angela (3), Brian (3), Grant (3), Jeff (2), Bryson (2), Dylan (2), Dieter (2), David (1), James (1), Sean (1), Steve (1), Tim (1), Kevin (1), Chris (1), Jeremy (1), Bob (1), Tad (1)
Hits Points: Brandon (3), Bob (3), Brian (2), Angela (1), Dylan (1), Jeremy (1), Chris (1), Kevin (1)
K’s Points: Dylan (3), Brian (1), Tad (1)

That’s going to do it for this week’s update. We’ll be back in two weeks to break down weeks 11 &12. With Topps Series 2 Baseball releasing later this week, now is the perfect time to get a league started with your friends or coworkers!

[Featured Video] COMC Origins – The Birthplace of Check Out My Cards!

Hello COMC Nation,

Today we have a very special treat for you. Recently, a group of our longest tenured employees had an opportunity to visit the the birthplace of COMC. Just miles from our current Redmond, Washington Headquarters, this residential house played a key role in the early years of Check Out My Cards, serving as our first headquarters, work space and warehouse.

The COMC experience that you’re use to today could not be possible without the groundwork that was laid at our first location. Take a step back in time with Tim, Julia, Steve, and Heather as they recall their old stories and memories from the early days of Check Out My Cards.

Have you been with us since the early days of Check Out My Cards? If so, we want to hear from you! Leave a comment below and let us know about your memories and experience with early versions of our website and service. Or let us know what you think about the video! We’d love to her your feedback. Enjoy!

Check Out Your Grades! – May BGS Grading Returns

Welcome back to ‘Check Out Your Grades!”, our monthly BGS submissions results blog where we show you our favorite cards that have returned from BGS in the past month. In April, we saw the first results from our new 3-week grading service, our fastest grading option that we’ve ever offered.

Did you know that you can submit any item in your inventory manager via the actions menu to BGS for grading or to COMC for our weekly Condition Review? Not only will your cards be graded within three or six weeks, but they’ll have a chance to be showcased in our monthly blog series!

Here are some of our favorite returns this month:

The Faces Behind COMC #3 – Getting to Know our Canadian Team

Welcome back to our ongoing series, “The Faces Behind COMC”. In this series, we showcase the personalities of the members of our team responsible for making sure we offer our customer’s the best experience possible when using COMC. This time around, we’re taking our readers up North to get a glimpse inside our Canadian Processing Facility. We opened our Canadian location in January 2013 in an effort to create a more streamlined COMC experience for our Canadian Customers.

Derek (OTCards on COMC)

An avid collector and former sports card shop owner, Derek was a familiar face to our Canadian Team long before officially joining COMC. Derek joined our Processing Team in late 2016, but the majority of the Canadian COMC Team had already been regular customers at his shop many years prior. Joining the COMC Team seemed like a natural transition for the Vancouver born native.

In his spare time away from COMC, he enjoys watching movies and participating in trivia nights at local bars and establishments. Derek also routinely competes in reality TV fantasy leagues with his friends. That all being said, he stays plenty busy buying and selling cards both locally as well as online. He collects mostly non-sports cards such as entertainment autographs, but also enjoys picking up key sports rookie cards when he can.

Favorite sport:  Any and all.
Favorite player:  LeBron James
Favorite Food:  Pizza, sushi
Favorite Musical Artist(s):  Creedence Clearwater Revival, Rush, Eminem
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: Game of Thrones, Top Chef, The Rock
Favorite card in your collection: Ryan Reynolds X-Men Origins Deadpool Auto


“Vicious” Verne Siebert (Turnbuckle99 on COMC)

Verne joined our Canadian Processing Team about two years and has one of the most colorful backstories of any COMC employee. Verne is a former professional wrestler who is still active in the independent scene as a Manager and Agent for All Star Wrestling Inc. In 1991, Verne even had two televised matches for WWF (now WWE) where he competed against the likes of Sgt. Slaughter and The Texas Tornado. A simple google search will reveal pictures, highlights and even youtube videos of some of his matches over the years if you want to learn more!

Born in Victoria, British Columbia, he has resided across Canada. Away from COMC and the squared circle, Verne enjoys staying in shape by working out and doing yoga as well as taking care of his 16-year old Dachshund named Jasper. He collects comic books and wrestling memorabilia as well as hockey cards. He promotes a collectibles show as well.

A true story adding to the legend of Verne, he broke a chair on his first day of work at COMC and autographed the broken leg for our CEO Tim Getsch.

Favorite sport(s):  Hockey, Pro Wrestling
Favorite player(s):  Ed Belfour, Gerry Cheevers. Pavel Bure, and Bo Horvat.
Favorite Food:  Pizza
Favorite Musical Artist(s):  Pink, Guns N Roses.
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc:  Two Broke Girls, Trading Places
Favorite card in your collection:  Don Cherry Suit Card.


Joel (JayMack on COMC)

Having lived his whole live in Vancouver, B.C., Joel joined our Canadian Processing Team in the Fall of 2016.  Joel is a loving husband, a Father of three, and a Grandfather to eight who is enjoying his retirement.  He stays plenty active in the hobby however, and prefers to collect new and vintage baseball and hockey cards.

Favorite sport(s): Baseball, then Hockey
Favorite player(s): Mickey Mantle as a kid, Roger Clemens thru the 80’s and 90’s. Now Aaron Judge.
Favorite Food: Thai food. Could eat it every night!
Favorite Musical Artist(s): Willie Nelson, The Beatles, Bruno Mars
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: The Longest Day. I know, a war movie, but loaded with stars.
Favorite card in your collection: 1990-91 Pro-Set Stanley Cup Hologram


Eddie (Stammer on COMC)

Eddie joined our team in early 2017 as the first Canadian employee hired primarily to work on identification and cataloging. He collects primarily hockey cards, although he does confess that a bit more basketball cards have found their way to his collection as of late. The Vancouver-area native has spent his whole life in the area, and stays active through playing sports such as football and basketball.

Eddie isn’t shy about his skills on the court, and opted to use this blog as a platform to issue a formal one-on-one challenge to Tim Getsch. He would love to step on the court with our CEO, but only on the stipulation that Tim cannot post-up during the contest!

Favorite sport(s): Hockey, basketball, football
Favorite player(s): Steven Stamkos, Patrik Laine, Steph Curry
Favorite Food: French Fries
Favorite Musical Artist: Drake
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: Hockey & Basketball Games.
Favorite card in your collection: 2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio Profiles Materials Sixes Sidney Crosby #1/1

 

Peter (FastFeet65 on COMC)

Peter is the most recent addition to our Canadian Team, having joined to help with order fulfillment just a few months ago. He is the most well-traveled our Canadian Team, having lived in Mexico and the United Kingdom.  He confesses that he does not collect cards as extensively as he previously did in his youth, but he does like to buy cards of young players with lots of potential as well as older hockey and baseball cards that remind him of his youth. He also maintains a collection of old game programs and world currencies no longer in circulation.

Peter shared with us that ins his past he helped run youth camps for many years, primarily in the summer time. He was often involved in helping with organizing sports schedules and led evening music and singing events. He spent four months volunteering in an orphanage in Mexico when he was 20 years old and says that to this day it was one of the most impactful and greatest things he has done in life.


Barry (CPA-CMA) – Manager, COMC Canada

Barry has the distinct honor of being our first Canadian employee as Operations Manager of our Canadian location. After working in the banking industry for 23 years, he became a Chartered Professional Accountant, and now oversees the operation of our Canadian Facility – no small task by any means. He was born in Edmonton (the same home town as Zarley Zalapski) and has also lived in the same hometown as Rene Bourque (we’ll let you Google that one!). He collects cards of Red Wings players as well as other cards that catch his eye.

Away from COMC, he can be found enjoying Ted Talks and science documentaries on Youtube. From a professional development course, he is currently challenging himself to give a deserving compliment to someone at every day at home, office, or outside.

Favorite sport(s): Volleyball, Cycling (in particular, the Tour de France)
Favorite player: Danny Grant
Favorite Food:  BBQ Ribs
Favorite Musical Artist(s):  Hall & Oates and other 80’s music artists.
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: The Shawshank Redemption, The Amazing Race, Star Trek TNG
Favorite card in your collection:  1990-91 ProSet Stanley Cup Hologram PSA 8.5

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #4

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Introduction

Not wanting to risk losing his auto, Dieter sadly did not play this card.

Welcome to our fourth COMC Office Pack Battle League Update. We’ve now concluded eight weeks of our 18-week season, and trends are starting to take form. There is still a lot of baseball left to play, so nothing is set in stone, and comebacks will surely happen. We’ve seen Managers go on some pretty incredible runs up the league standings as a result of smart decision making when setting their line up. With trading always a possibility, we expect to see more teams look for trade partners to start heavily skewing their line ups towards individual categories.

If you’re not familiar with our scoring system or the rules of our league, you can read our introductory blog here. If you’ve missed some updates and want to catch up on how we got to our current standings, you can read all pack battle league updates here.

For the second time this season, one of our League Managers has pulled an auto out of our case of 2018 Topps Opening Day! This time it was Dieter who hit this minty fresh Noah Syndergaard auto.

Current Standings

In the overall league standings through eight weeks, Kevin has regained the top spot with an impressive 10 point gain over the last two weeks. James moves up two spots with an equal 10 point gain, while former leader Sean falls to the three spot in a tie with Brandon, who’s nine point performance moved him four spots up the league standings. Jeremy drops two spots to round out our top 5.

Four weeks ago, Bryson sat dead last with just two points, but he has caught fire and sits in 7th after snagging 12 point over the course of the last few weeks of play. With just a four point difference between 9th and 18th place, competition in the middle of the pack should be getting very interesting as new contenders emerge.

Home Run King Standings:

With back-to-back wins in the Home Run category, James has increased his lead over the rest of the field and sits with 15 points. Kevin and Tad remain close behind at 11 points each, but sit more than a week’s worth of points behind.

Hit King Standings:

Kevin came out the winner of his tie with Jade for the lead in the Hit King category with his week 7 1st place points performance. Angela and Brandon now sit in second place with six points each after each notched three point top performances over the last two weeks.

Strikeout King Standings:

Pitchers continue to come at a premium out of our packs of Opening Day, and as a result the Strike Out King trophy is still anyone’s to win. Steve and Jeremy sit in first with six point each, but five other managers (Dylan, Sean, Grant, Tim and & Kevin) are tied for second just one point away from the lead.

Week 7 Results (May 10th-16th )

Four teams tied for top points in home runs this week at five home runs each, with two of these teams flourishing thanks to Manny Machado‘s three-day power flurry that produced four home runs. Kevin and Angela tied for 1st in hits at 18 each, with Kevin platooning Ozzie Albies and Nick Markakis while Angela opted for Freddie Freeman and Brian Anderson. Kevin capped off his eight point week with top points in the K’s category as the 1-2 Washington Nationals punch of Stephen Strasburg (9) and Max Scherzer (11) were only rivaled by the equal 20 K’s of Chris Sale (15) and Jake Arrieta (5) for Steve. In a rare feat, James notched points in each of the three categories, the first to do so since Sean’s triple 3rd place performance in week 4.

HR Points:  James (3), Tad (3), Bryson (3), Brandon (3), Dylan (2), Kevin (2), Sean (2), Grant (2), Jeremy (1)
Hits Points: Kevin (3), Angela (3), Jeremy (2), Bob (2), Tim (2), Sean (2), Steve (2), Steve (1), James (1), Brandon (1), Bryson (1)
K’s Points: Steve (3), Kevin (3), Jade (2), James (1)

Week 8 Results (May 17th – 23rd)

As the rest of the world outside of Boston is realizing that Mookie Betts is the real deal, our League Managers are being rewarded by his dual threat potential in our Pack Battle League. Mookie and Jonathan Schoop helped carry James’ team to first place points in the HR category for the third straight weeks. Seven teams were able to notch second place points in the HR category with three home runs each. Brandon’s combo of Betts and Odubel Herrera yielded 18 hits, good for first place points. Steve puts up back-to-back wins in the K’s category as Max Scherzer (13) and Jon Lester (8) were able to get the job done with 21 K’s.

For a second straight week, we see a League Manager acquire points in all three categories, as Dylan’s 2nd and two 3rd place finishes make him the third manager to do so.

HR Points:  James (3), Geoff (3), Tad (2), Brian (2), Jade (2), Jeremy (2), Chris (2), Bryson (2), Kevin (2), Brandon (2), David (1), Dylan (1), Tim (1)
Hits Points: Brandon (3), Dylan (2), James (2), Bryson (1), Steve (1)
K’s Points: Steve (3), Dylan (2), Angela (1)

Thanks for checking in with us and for following along with our Pack Battle League. Do you play any similar fantasy sports inspired games with your trading cards? Sound off in the comments below and let us know! We’ll be back in two weeks with all of the action from Weeks 9 & 10!