New Vault Filters

With the official launch of The Vault service approaching, we’ve introduced some new tools to help you manage your Vault Eligible items.  There are now three new filters in your Inventory Manager to help you list your items on The Vault.

***If you want us to take your items with us to sell at The National that are currently on COMC.com, you need to mark them for rescan by TOMORROW, Wednesday, July 17th.  More details below.***

New Filters

From your Inventory Manager, select the Show Items dropdown.  You will see three new options: Vault Eligible, Vault Needing Attention, and Vault Candidates.

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  • Vault Candidates: shows you a list of items in your inventory that qualify for the Vault. These items will have at least a $20 Beckett Book Value (or no BV due to scarcity) and a minimum $40 COMC asking price. With each Vault Candidate item, you’ll see an “Actions” button underneath your asking price where you can select the “Make Vault Eligible” option.  From there, choose the “COMC Services” option, then “Rescan for The Vault.”  At that point, your item will be assigned to receive a high-resolution 36x scan.
    • please note, there is a .50 cent fee to have your cards re-scanned at the higher 36x
  • Vault Eligible: displays items in your portfolio that qualify as Vault Candidates and have already been scanned at the 36x level.
  • Vault Needing Attention: shows items that are Vault Eligible but await a Vault-appropriate asking price. To enter your asking price, click “List on The Vault” and a popup screen with listing options will appear. You may also mark these items “Not for Sale on The Vault” from this popup.

Important Dates

  • Until September 30th listing cards on The Vault will be free.  This is an introductory special, so take advantage of it now!
  • Any items listed on The Vault by July 24th will be going to Chicago for display at the COMC booth at the National.
  • To ensure your Vault Candidates are made Vault Eligible by the 24th, they need to be submitted for a 36x rescan by Wednesday, July 17th.

Your cards could be on display and available for sale at the biggest card event in the country, but you need to act quickly to take advantage of this offering.  In the meantime, be sure to keep following us on our FacebookTwitter, and Google+ pages for more news and further updates.

COMC All-Star MVP Contest Player Assignments!

Hello everyone, Moe here. We’ve just closed the doors on entries for our 1st All-Star MVP contest. We want to thank everyone who joined us on Twitter and tweeted the winning phrase for everyone to see.

We’ve compiled our list of entries, as well as a list of the players participating in the All-Star game tonight, and through the use of abject randomization, we’ve matched each player to a twitter handle.

Now, you may notice that we have more MLB players than COMC Nation members – we noticed that, too. And, some of the starters didn’t even make the list, that’s just how random things got.

So, here’s what we’re going to do. If tonight’s MVP is a player *not* attached to a COMC Nation member, then we’ll head back to Random.org and use their services to pick a winner from the list of entries. One way or another, someone is getting $20 of COMC Store Credit.

So, here are the pairings! Enjoy the game tonight and we’ll announce the winner after the game!

*update*

Apparently, Twitter needs to do some work on their search engine software; we were trying to track #COMCMVP and we missed a few people. If your name isn’t on the list below, let us know by 3pm and we’ll add you to the list. We’ve sorry about the inconvenience!

scottkegarisejr 2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
Evolution316 RHP: Grant Balfour, A’s
iwasthere102908  LHP: Patrick Corbin, D-backs
onedream69s       LHP: Cliff Lee, Phillies
ravenjt42       2B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
LetsGoMarauders     OF: Torii Hunter, Tigers
HvSAB                   RHP: Chris Tillman, Orioles
daniel24303 RHP: Jose Fernandez, Marlins
djohnaisse 2B: Ben Zobrist, Rays
Alpha_Sigma74 OF: Adam Jones, Orioles
m_smith1695 RHP: Justin Masterson, Indians
25whitney RHP: Greg Holland, Royals
abardyn71 SS: J.J. Hardy, Orioles
AiTh0r LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox
batcavelv OF: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
bdlehman18 OF: Nelson Cruz, Rangers
brianruss LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
BrianTheBrain00 RHP: Max Scherzer, Tigers
calfaro630 LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Reds
chrisolds2009 C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
clevcrunch 1B: Allen Craig, Cardinals
collect_rfmeier RHP: Jason Grilli, Pirates
cubsfan1987 SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
dawescott 3B: Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
doppleganger14 RHP: Matt Moore, Rays
edthecollector SS: Everth Cabrera, Padres
fitchjr1 1B: Joey Votto, Reds
GameUsedCollect RHP: Joe Nathan, Rangers
gatorcards OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
GodsSon1985 3B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
JMVela7 LHP: Travis Wood, Cubs
JoelsHitShow LHP: Brett Cecil, Blue Jays
jp3sketch DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox
kevinkimmes 1B: Prince Fielder, Tigers
LCohenNYC RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners
LostInJake 3B: Manny Machado, Orioles
lushan5 C: Buster Posey, Giants
mseninsk25 C: Joe Mauer, Twins
olerud363 RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Braves
RJDUB81 SS: Jean Segura, Brewers
rororo43 OF: Domonic Brown, Phillies
RutgersFan93 RHP: Sergio Romo, Giants
Sarinnaspapa 3B: David Wright, Mets
ses3225 C: Brian McCann, Braves
shahekee RHP: Steve Delabar,Blue Jays
sketchcards OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals
StalkingPMS 2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds
strowyrm OF: Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
swearmp 2B: Jason Kipnis, Indians
tleeders DH: Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
TonyBailey00 RHP: Mark Melancon, Pirates
TYsabre20 OF: Mike Trout, Angels
xtremepaul13 1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs

Talking With Tim: Beckett Subscriptions

Hello COMC Nation. The past week has seen a significant shift at COMC.com with the introduction of Beckett Subscriptions and changes in when Beckett Book Value data is visible.

These adjustments generated a lot of attention, and we received a lot of constructive feedback from our users. We’ve worked on responding to your questions and concerns via our Blog and other social media channels, and recently Tim sat down to discuss some of the most common questions in greater detail.

0:26 Why Did COMC stop displaying Beckett Book Values?

3:15 How are the subscription level prices determined?

3:42 What is included in my Beckett Subscription?

5:51 Why is a Beckett Subscription $31/month and not $10?

6:55 Why doesn’t BV follow a card?

8:42 Can we have a subscription for a team?

9:24 Will there be bundle deals available?

9:51 Will this kill flipping?

11:36 Will this harm casual buyers?

13:19 Why so many changes so quickly?

Hopefully, this better explains this new situation and the direction that COMC is going.  Please feel free to leave your comments below and discuss today’s video.  Also, be sure to keep following us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for further updates as we get closer and closer to The National!

The Road to The National

It is that time of year when the team at COMC packs their bags and heads to the largest card show in the nation: The National Sports Collectors Convention!  This particular year, we are packing some slightly heavier bags than normal thanks to your help in filling up The Vault.  However, we are also bringing along a few extra goodies as well.

Where to Find Us

This is our first time in the Corporate Area!  You will find us at booth 850 in between Panini and PSA.  You will have an opportunity to see Tim, Julia, Geoff, Steve, Jim, me, and other members of our Team.  After you have met us, we have a few surprises.

For the first time ever, we will be doing On-Site Processing at The National!  You heard us right: bring your cards to us while we are at the show, and we will process your cards right there at the convention.

Breakdown of National Specials

  • New Consigners – 1 item free, same day, onsite processing
  • $0.50/item (200 items per user), One Day onsite processing for Vault items
  • $2/item (no limit) One Day onsite processing for COMC or The Vault
  • FREE (no limit) To Be Graded submissions (see details below)
  • $70 Flat Rate Special – 1 660 count box, 6 week processing (see details below)
  • Save on shipping by submitting to us at The National
  • Note: Due dates will be based off of when items are submitted at The National instead of waiting until we receive them back at the office.  
  • Beckett Collectible Cards- come by the booth for a chance to get access to a unique collectible card featuring COMC!
  • Blowout Raffles

How Onsite Processing at The National Works

If you have never consigned with us, we will process your first item for free while you wait!

Submit up to 200 cards at $0.50 per card to The Vault, and we will have the cards processed and on the site as soon as possible, for sure in One Day!

Submit any number of cards with our One Day, One Week, or One Month services.  Not only will we pay to ship your items back to Redmond for you, we will also start processing your items at the National so that your due dates will be based on when you drop off your items instead of when they get back to our office.

FREE – To Be Graded Submissions

If you would like any of your items graded by Beckett and than returned to your COMC account, you can drop them off with us, and we will put them in your COMC account within 24 hours for FREE.  Once they are in your account the only thing you will be able to do with them is to select a grading service.  The grading fees start at $12 for one month service.


$70 Flat Rate Special

To celebrate our 7th National and our 6th anniversary, we are offering a $70 Flat Rate Special for a 660ct box.

  • Use the Submission Wizard to notify us of the submission
  • Limit 1 660ct box per person
  • Single row, no jammed in minis
  • If you don’t have a 660ct box, please measure no more than 11.75″ of cards
  • These cards will be processed at a 6 Week Processing speed
  • All submissions must be postmarked by August 22nd

You may also elect to drop these cards off at the National and avoid any shipping costs!

Beckett Collectible Cards

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This year, Beckett has produced a full set of collectible cards featuring major sports stars from Chicago on one side of the card and details of major companies in the trading card industry.  COMC is happy to say that we are numbered among those companies selected for these cards!  There will be a very limited quantity of these cards.  Our card features Derrick Rose.  Here are three ways to get your hands on a copy:

  • First 10 people to fund their account with $100 of Store Credit at our booth
  • First 10 people to spend $100 in either The Vault or COMC at our booth
  • 5 of these cards will be raffled off Thursday and Friday in the Blowout Raffle and 10 on Saturday

These cards will be given out Thursday-Sunday at our booth, so be sure to swing by for your opportunity to collect them!

Blowout Raffles

Blowout will be hosting a raffle Thursday-Saturday at 3 pm, and COMC will be there.  Not only will you have a chance to win one of the unique Beckett Collectible Cards, but there will be 2 $20 COMC Gift Cards in the raffle each day as well!  Don’t miss your chance to have some fun with Tom Fish and earn a chance at some awesome prizes.

We Want to Meet You!

While we are at the National, Tim and the team are looking forward to speaking with many of our users face to face.  If you are at the National and would like an opportunity to sit down with Tim and chat, please email us with the subject line “Time With Tim” and let us know what days you will be at the National.  We will work with you to reserve 30 minutes of one-on-one time with Tim.

We are especially eager to hear from those of you that run group breaks or box breaks for your customers.  We are building some new innovative services that will help you save time and money.

Putting The Team in Gear

Well, there you have it folks.  Not only will we be showcasing hundreds of valuable cards from The Vault at this year’s show, but we will also be processing your items right there during the festivities!  So come by to say hello to the team, see some beautiful cards, and tell us your thoughts about the site in person.  We look forward to seeing many of you there as well as unveiling our newest service in front of one of the world’s most lively group of collectors.

An Apology To Our Most Important Partners

Hello COMC Nation. On Tuesday, July 9th, Beckett book values became no longer available for free on COMC.com. For the last 6 years, Beckett has been gracious in allowing us to provide their data to you, but the time has come where they are no longer able to extend this service through COMC.  Because we realize this tool is valuable to many of our users, we designed the ability to purchase Beckett subscriptions using COMC Store Credit, allowing our users to continue viewing book values while browsing items on the site.  Additionally, we are branching into offering our own COMC sales history as an added benefit.  As always, we are listening to you, your feedback, and truly care about you and the hobby.  While we are a business, we are also collectors, and we are passionate about building an awesome space for buyers, sellers, and flippers.

Learning From Our Mistakes

Through this, we realize an area in which we can improve as a company is communication, and we have taken steps to do that.  In this case, we should have communicated more clearly and repeatedly with you about these impending changes, and we apologize for that oversight.  Going forward, we now have a plan to build into every new site feature when and how we will communicate changes to our customers.  In the haste of making this necessary change to the site, we overlooked ensuring we communicated it well to you. We’re very sorry, will do better next time, and have already altered our system to do so.

Sales History

The loss of free book values on the site is, understandably, going to be a somewhat difficult transition for many users.  However, we are committed to our customers, and are working to provide a tool to aid you in your purchases and sales.  We are in the process of launching a new tool that will display historical sales data of actual sales on our site.  With access to this information, we believe that you will be able to even more accurately see what your cards are worth on the market.

This new tool is in its beta stages and we want your input on this new service.  For the time being, when you click on the asking price of a card, you can spend a History Point to see the historical data of the item.  Right now, this includes how many are currently on the site, how many have sold on COMC, and the highest price the card has ever sold and shipped for.

Why Do I Have To Answer Questions to Get History Points?

One of the first questions we were asked about the Sales History tool was why a user needed to answer questions in order to earn historical data points.  As some of you have guessed, one of the reasons Beckett has decided to no longer provide book values on COMC for free is because our site could be scraped for that data by various programs and that data could be used and sold to other sites.

The Sales History that we provide to our users falls under a similar category.  If the data is simply provided on the site, it can be scraped and that data sold.  In order to protect this data, our initial method is the COMC IQ Test, a sort of CAPTCHA which proves that the user is human and allows them to earn the credit needed to conduct healthy buying and selling practices.

How can we make Sales History better?

We want to make this feature available as quickly as possible and we want it to provide the value our customers need.  To do that, we need the help of our most important partners: you.  Our site exists to encourage users to enjoy collecting, easily sell items, and flip items to make money and have fun.

Please, tell us how we can make our new Sales History tool better for you.  We need to protect this information, but we want it to be more accessible and useful to our users.  What other sorts of information should be displayed?  Do you have a good idea for where the data should be displayed to make it easier for you to utilize it?  Is there an easier better way for us to protect this data while still making it more easily accessible?

Flippers

We understand this change is having a big impact on you, but we are not abandoning you.  Flipping is one of the unique things about COMC, and you are in important part of our ecosystem.  In light of this change, we are brainstorming ways to support you and give you the tools you need to do what you do.   In considering our new Sales History tool, what information and functionality could best help you get the job done?

New Cost

We are committed to making COMC an enjoyable place to buy and sell collectibles online. We always strive to keep costs down for our customers. Some issues, such as the loss of Beckett book values, are out of our control. We designed a way for our users to link their Beckett OPG accounts and purchase subscriptions with Store Credit to provide our users with the option of viewing book values while browsing COMC. We’re working hard to find creative ways to adjust to the loss of book values on the site and your input and ideas are invaluable as we continue to do so.

We Are In This Together

We eagerly look forward to your ideas on how to make this tool easier to use.  Please leave your thoughts in the comments below or send your suggestions to our Customer Service team.    As a final note, if you send us an email within the next 24 hours with the subject “Discussions with Tim,” concerning your thoughts on either the Beckett Subscription feature or our Sales History feature, your feedback may be featured in Tim’s upcoming video.

Most importantly, however, we want to take this opportunity to express our dedication to you: our buyers, sellers, and flippers. COMC is nothing without you. We are constantly seeking new and innovative ways to improve the experience of buying and selling collectibles for all of our users. Whatever direction we take, or obstacle we face, we will never compromise our commitment to you.

Moving forward, we hope you will continue to give us your input, ideas, and concerns. We’re fortunate to have customers who are as passionate about COMC as we are. Our service is only great because of you and will only get better with you by our side.

Thank you for partnering with us for 6 amazing years.

COMC Hot List: July 10th – July 24th

Greetings and salutations COMC Nation! Once again, the time is upon us to share to the world the glory that is the newest and freshest COMC Hot List!

When we haven’t been outside wondering what that great glowing orb in the sky is, as well as trying to figure out what it wants from us, we’ve been diligently working on trying to figure out what players and sets would be the hottest of the hot, in order to put together this list.

Thankfully, the MLB All-Star game is coming up, and the NHL & NBA entered their Free Agency periods, so it helped us out a little. So, after some discussion and negotiations, as well as a few cases of sunburn, here’s what we have for the COMC Hot List, for July 10th to July 24th:

The Hot List Theme

Our theme is going to help you take advantage of one of our newest services, announced last week. In case you missed it, we’re now accepting Redemption cards, and we’re happy to make them the Hot List Theme. Check out the COMC Blog about Redemptions, and save yourself a whole lot of time, trouble, and effort.

 So what does being on the Hot List mean?

COMC wants to encourage our users to get these hot cards into your accounts to offer for sale as quickly as possible, so starting today, any cards submitted for the Hot List will qualify for our “Hot List Special” processing. With this service, you will receive One Day processing at the special Hot List price: $0.50 per raw card and $1.00 per graded, encased, or jumbo card.

How to Submit Hot List Items for Consignment:

David Wright

  • Clearly write “Hot List Special” on the outer mailing package and/or the address label.
  • $5 minimum batch fee (We recommend submitting 10+ items.)
  • 200 item maximum per week
  • Must be postmarked by July 24th, 2013
  • Must be mailed to our US address (Our Canadian warehouse currently only supports One Month service.)
  • Any submissions received on a Friday or Saturday may not be processed until the following Monday.
  • Submissions with non-Hot List items mixed in will be downgraded to One Week service.

You’re welcome to submit Hot List batches at the same time that you submit other batches with different service levels, even if they’re mailed in the same package, but please make sure that each batch is clearly separated and labeled, and that “Hot List Special” is written on the outside of the mailing package and/or mailing label.

Thanks for your input for this new Hot List, and watch our FacebookTwitter, and Google+ pages for the call for the next Hot List in a week!


Launching Beckett Subscriptions

***Post updated based on feedback.***

Hello COMC Nation,

Today we are launching the changes we announced back in October regarding how we will handle and manage Beckett Book Values with the launch of COMC.com.  As we’ve grown as a company, our partnership with Beckett has had to change.  With this change, we’ve been able to provide features like our Grading through COMC service.  Unfortunately, as we’ve grown and our inventory has gotten larger, our inventory has become too large to give away the Beckett Book Value data as we had in the past.  As it’s Beckett’s business to supply pricing data, we can’t simply give away a third of their data for free.  Yet it is important to us to find a solution that works for all parties.  We hope you understand, and we are working hard to innovate and continue to make COMC a great place to buy, sell, and flip.  While this may be a difficult change, we won’t stay here as a company, and there will be some positives.  We will continue to listen to you and come up with creative ways of helping you enjoy the hobby.  This step can perhaps move us away from book prices determining asking prices and truly let the market decide.

Starting today, users will be able to purchase and utilize their Beckett Subscriptions directly through COMC.

Now when you look at cards on the site, you should see this:

Bryce Harper

The Subscribe link now displays next to Beckett BV. When selected, it leads you to a page to purchase a Beckett subscription through COMC:

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On this screen, you will have the option to purchase the level of service that best meets your needs as a buyer or seller.  If you only need to know the value of a single card, player, or sport, you’re covered.  If you like to shop for all kinds of cards, you’ll want to consider a Total Access subscription, which grants you full access to the millions of items listed in Beckett’s Online Price Guide.  All subscriptions purchased on COMC will also be accessible on Beckett.com.

Existing OPG Subscription

What if you already have a Beckett OPG subscription?  As you can see in the photo above, you can link your current subscription to your COMC account to view the book values for all the COMC listings to which you’re currently subscribed to.  After clicking the link, a popup will display requesting you to log in to your current Beckett account.  Once successful, your accounts will be linked and any subscriptions purchased on either site will be reflected in both your Beckett and COMC accounts.

Physical Beckett Guide

There’s another option if you’re “old-school” and still want to have that physical copy of the Beckett Guide. If you choose the “Dynamic Duo” option, you’ll have access to the OPG as well as receive your physical copy in the mail. So, you’ll have your Beckett access however you need.

Consignors

Finally, to all our consignors  don’t worry. You still have the ability to see Beckett book values for items you submitted to COMC as it’s built into the cost of our processing services.

While this is a big change, we have something else waiting in the on-deck circle that we’re just about ready to announce, which we hope will be a game-changer. Tim is busy working on it right now.  Stay tuned for details, and in the meantime, feel free to leave us your thoughts in the comments below and stay in touch by following us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.