Hello COMC Nation! We just wanted to let you know that COMC representatives will be attending card shows this weekend!
Those of you in Northern California can drop by and talk to the head of our Shipping team, Geoff Holland, at the show in the Serramonte Center in Daly City, CA. Geoff says you can give him a call on Saturday, if you’re having trouble tracking him down – his number is 1-425-260-8025.
Folks in the Portland area can drop by and say “Hi!” to the head of our Processing team, Jim Osborn, at the COMC table at the show in Mall 205. Jim will be there on Saturday only, but he didn’t give us his phone number – but, he’s tall and it’s easy to find him in a crowd!
Geoff and Jim will be accepting submissions for COMC, so you can drop your cards off and save a little bit on those shipping charges.
We’re still working hard adding info to our database, completing overdue items, and correcting errors, but we also want to continue moving forward in other ways. You may have already spotted a new feature we are rolling out: enhanced page content. Our non-ID team has developed this new way to improve the site, and we’re excited to share it with you and hear your input on what pages you would like to see enhanced.
We’ve begun by adding some extra details for popular players. You can take a look here at the new enhanced page for Michael Jordan:
We’re going to continue to expand this feature to more players, teams, and sets. If you have a favorite, let us know in the comments, so we can build our list. We have pages up already for Ken Griffey Jr., Wayne Gretzky, Bo Jackson, and several other players.
Benefits to Enhanced Content
A key benefit of this new feature is that pages with more relevant content are easier to find when people search Google or other search engines. An easy-to-find page has more eyes seeing it, which leads to more sales for those items and more buyers on the site. Getting our sellers’ cards in front of more eyes is always a top-tier goal here at COMC, as is expanding our buyer base. This project helps to do both at the same time. Eventually we hope to have many enhanced pages, potentially even including enhanced content on personal portfolio pages.
Catalog Project Status
We’ve said it before, but we continue to appreciate the patience and involvement of our amazing community. We’re approaching 90% complete data on the site which means we’re digging into some of the harder sets to research and list, but we’re committed to finishing this project all the way. We also want to make sure you know that our team is reviewing all the submissions you’ve made using the “edit” button. We’re methodically moving through them, focusing on the highest-value items first, and we’re grateful for your help in getting all this crucial data.
Enhance Content – How You Can Help
This new project is one you can help with too. Our initial rollout pages have some new video content made by our team here at COMC, but we hope some will come from great outside sources. If you know of an awesome box break vid that does a good job of highlighting a popular set or a great mailday vid that shows off some sweet cards of a particular star, let us know in the comments – we may use it to enhance the content on COMC! Thank you and please chime in with a comment telling us what players and sets you’d like to see with page enhancements on the site!
The trading card catalog we began building from scratch less than 6 months ago now has just surpassed 3 million listings, and we have have scans of more than 90% of these listings. Just in the past 7 days we updated 190,000 listings, more than 5% of our catalog. This pace is made possible because of the tens of thousands of hours that COMC Nation has logged on the COMC Challenge.
While our crowd sourcing effort has already collected most of the critical data, we are still processing that data and improving the volume and accuracy of our catalog. We will continue to introduce new challenges, but we will not likely need the same amount of effort we needed previously.
We deposited more than 100,000 items into accounts last week and we are on pace to deposit the vast majority of the past due items by the end of the month. There may still be some stragglers from obscure sets, but that will be less than 1% of our current pipeline.
Last year, our One Month processing service took 30 days on average. Over the past 6 months, our new, Basic processing service has taken about 39 days on average. Our goal is to get that average down under 28 days, and we expect that will be possible later this summer. In the meantime, we have some tips to help you get items on the site as quickly as possible.
Make sure all of your cards are oriented the same ways and sort your cards by thickness to speed up the process for our identification experts and our scanning team.
Submit as many items as possible from products that have complete catalog information (see list below). We can process items much more quickly when we have the manufacturer’s entire checklist fully integrated prior to processing the items. Also, buyers can easily find your items when they have complete, accurate descriptions.
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signatures #S-LME – Lionel Messi
Here is an example of the value of tip #3. It typically takes 2-3 weeks for us to process 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Soccer cards with our Basic processing service, about twice as fast as our current average.