It’s in the Cards – Super Bowl LII Rookie Card Showdown

The 2017 NFL season will be concluded this Sunday when the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles square off in Super Bowl LII. Will the Patriots seemingly unstoppable dynasty add yet another ring to their long list of achievements? Or will the Eagles overcome and upset to create joyous pandemonium in their championship starved hometown of Philly?

Nobody knows for sure what the future holds for these two powerhouse franchises that earned their rightful spot in the big game. With the masses making bold predictions, we wanted to do something a little bit different and break down the two team’s offensive weapons – by evaluating their rookie cards!

Our criteria was simple – we’d judge the quarterback, running back, two wide receiver and tight end positions for both teams based on their rookie cards. In choosing our favorite card from each position, we considered card design, player pose and if applicable – quality of their autograph. To keep things interesting, we chose a different set for each rookie card.

Quarterbacks

For the QB position, we chose the much coveted Contenders Rookie Ticket as our preferred rookie card for both players.  We prefer the overall cleaner design of the 2000 Playoff Contenders set over the busier 2012 Panini Contenders look. Nick Foles‘ pose is perfectly acceptable for his rookie card, but the poise in Tom Brady‘s pose even 18 years ago impressively stands out more. That being said, Foles gains a point over Brady in the autograph category as his autograph is legible, whereas ‘TB12’ has certainly won’t be winning any championships for penmanship. Patriots 1, Eagles 0.

Running Backs

In looking at Dion Lewis and Jay Ajayi’s rookie cards, it was apparent that Topps Chrome was the best set to evaluate that featured the two players. The 2011 Topps Chrome set features a classic bordered style, but we prefer the futuristic appeal of the 2015 Topps Chrome set. We’ll also take Ajayi pictured in a pro uniform over Dion Lewis’s training camp workout gear. Ajayi picks up the three point sweep here with an overall cleaner autograph as well. Patriots 1, Eagles 1.

Wide Receivers

We wanted to do something different for our wide receivers match up, so we chose Bowman Sterling Jumbo Patches as our platform for our first wide receiver match up. We prefer the design of the 2014 Sterling Jumbo Patch over it’s 2012 counterpart as it features the team logo prominently in the center of the patch. Both receivers showcase a great pose on their respective cards, but Brandin Cooks gets the ‘W’ in this category over Alshon Jeffery as we found the presence of the pigskin fully visible to be more aesthetically pleasing overall. Patriots 2, Eagles 1.

This battle is somewhat of a hodgepodge, as Danny Amendola has very few true rookie cards and none from the same set as Nelson Agholor. For this battle we opted for Amendola’s SP Authentic RC over his Topps Factory Set Cowboys Exclusive RC and for Agholor, we chose his Silver Prizm variation RC. Because the two cards are vastly different in card design, we’re going to omit that category and move on strictly to player pose. Unlike his play on the field, Amendola’s action shot is somewhat forgettable, whereas Agholor’s attentive photo shoot pose makes his Prizm variation RC stand out from the base variation. In a somewhat subjective battle, we’ll give the point to the Eagles to keep it interesting. Patriots 2, Eagles 2.

Tight Ends

So it all comes down to this battle between Rob Gronkowski and Zach Ertz. We like the throwback appeal of the 2013 Score football set over the splattered look of the 2010 Score set. However, the close crop photo on Ertz card is very unappealing, while Gronk’s rookie card features a more traditional on field pose.

We’ve yet to determine a winner in this battle, so we’ll turn to our tiebreaker – rookie autographs! Which one of these TE’s was more proliferate with the pen?

It is safe to say that Gronk isn’t the most well spoken player, but he can certainly sign on the dotted line. Gronkowski impressed us with a full name signature featuring hard, up-and-down, legible lines. Ertz disappoints, omitting the ‘AC’ from his first name and a opting for a sloppy EZ scribble to round out his autograph.  Patriots 3, Eagles 2

There you have it folks! If the Super Bowl were to be determined strictly based on rookie cards, we’d have to give the victory to the New England Patriots! Luckily, this battle will be settled on the gridiron this Sunday, February 4th at 3:30PM PST. Be sure to tune in and catch what is sure going to be one great game!

Over on our Facebook Page, we’ll be playing a Super Bowl Pick ‘Em contest that starts this Thursday. Be sure to like our page and be on the lookout for your chance to win COMC store credit!

2017-18 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey ePack Box Break!

Hello COMC Nation!

Last week we were treated to the release of 2017-18 Upper Deck Series One Hockey on the ePack platform! Upper Deck’s flagship hockey set is a perennial favorite best known for it’s Young Guns rookie card inserts.

What better way to celebrate the release of this set than to feature it In our ongoing COMC Breaks series. In this video, we bust a full box of 24 packs in search of coveted Young Guns rookie cards of Brock BoeserNico Hischier and Charlie McAvoy among others.

Please enjoy our video below and as always, we would love to hear your thoughts, suggestion and feedback as to what future breaks and video content that you would like to see on the COMC Blog!

Be sure to check out the COMC_BreakHits account to purchase any physical items found in this break!

Fresh Out of the Pack! Newly Released Sets on the COMC Marketplace!

Hello COMC Nation!

The trading card world wrapped up a whirlwind 2017 with a tremendous number of popular products released in the month of December. In this blog, we’ll look at some of the sets that have already started making their way to the COMC Marketplace.

Baseball

Basketball

Football

Hockey & Non-Sports

 

On The Road – Catch Us at These Card Shows in 2018!

 

We’ll be hitting the road in 2018! Be sure to catch us at a show!

Hello COMC Nation!

The start of a new year means new opportunities to catch us at card shows across the United States and Canada! It is always such a pleasure to get to meet with our buyers and sellers face-to-face at shows and hear your feedback, suggestions and experiences using COMC!

We will have a booth set up and representatives present at the shows listed below. We will be accepting drop-off consignments at each of these shows:

April 21st & 22nd
The Summit Sports Collectibles Show VIIII
Edmonton (Sherwood Park), Alberta, Canada
http://www.summitshow.com

May 4th – 6th
The Sport Card & Memorabilia Expo
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
http://www.sportcardexpo.com

August 1st – 5th
The National Sports Collectors Convention
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
http://www.nsccshow.com

October 13 & 14th
Anti Expo 10th Edition at Stade Uniprix
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
http://www.antiexpo.com

Nov 9th – 11th
The Sport Card & Memorabilia Expo
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
http://www.sportcardexpo.com

Vendors attending these shows can now partner with COMC

This year we’re seeking vendors who will be setting up at The Expo and The National that would like to represent COMC by wearing our apparel throughout the show. In return, participating vendors will receive a voucher that can be used to pay for processing fees on your upcoming COMC submissions.  Please email staff@comc.com if you are interested in registering.  Because we require a minimum number of participants, vendors who confirm registration in the month of January will get a extra bonus!  More details to come as the program develops.

Check Out Your Grades! – December BGS Grading Returns

Hello COMC Nation!

It’s the start of a new year which means new changes are coming to the COMC Blog! We’re pleased to announce the debut of our new blog series, “Check Out Your Grades!” . In this series, we’ll look at our ten favorite grading returns from the previous month that were submitted to BGS through COMC.

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?

December 2017 Grading Returns:

 

 

2017 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions ePack Box Break & How to Transfer ePack Items to COMC Video Tutorial

Hello COMC Nation!

Today we have a very special treat for you! In honor of yesterday’s release of 2017 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions on the Upper Deck ePack website, we opened a box of the product and recorded our break to share with you! Goodwin Champions is known for unique insert sets such as this year’s World Traveler Map Relics as well as for Goudey Sports Royalty Autographs which this year feature legends such as Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan.

After the break, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide a brief overview on how to transfer your physical items from ePack to COMC. Transferring your items from the ePack platform to your COMC account is easy and can be done in a matter of minutes!

If you would like to skip directly to the tutorial, please go to the 11:30 mark of the video.

Please enjoy our video below and as always, we would love to hear your thoughts, suggestion and feedback as to what future breaks and video content that you would like to see on the COMC Blog!

Be sure to check out the Blog_Breakhits account and purchase any items included in this break!