#CardSTOCK Volume 3: Prized Prospects

#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 . In the last edition of #CardSTOCK, Steuber offered his take on six players poised to break out in their 2018 campaigns. You can check out all past editions of #CardSTOCK here.

This time around, Chris showcases seven prized prospects who have generated huge buzz within the hobby through phenomenal performance internationally, in the lower minor league levels, and in spring training. A couple of these prized prospects have already made a splash at the major league level, while others are waiting in the wings for their chance to shine on baseball’s grandest stage.

We want to hear from you! Which prospects do you have high hopes for? Are you currently stashing away cards from your favorite team’s off-the-radar sleeper prospect? Let us know in the comments below!

Prove Us Wrong and Win: Why The Vegas Golden Knights WILL win the Stanley Cup! (Contest)

(Update #4 (6/7/18) – The Vegas Golden Knights have been eliminated in the Stanley Cup Finals by the Washington Capitals. The winner of our contest is Cole Wolpert, who correctly picked the Caps over the Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Finals. Impressive!

(Update #3 (5/21/18) –  The Vegas Golden Knights have advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals. Thank you to all those chose the Winnipeg Jets for playing! LET’S GO! #VegasBorn)

(Update #2 (5/7/18) – The Vegas Golden Knights have advanced from round 2. Thank you to all those who chose the San Jose Sharks for playing!)

(Update #1 (4/18/18) – The Vegas Golden Knights have advanced from round 1. Thanks to all those who chose the L.A. Kings for playing!)

We are making a BOLD prediction, COMC Nation! We’re drawing a line in the sand and proclaiming the Vegas Golden Knights as our pick to win the Stanley Cup in the 2017-18 NHL Playoffs! We can’t help but to show our support for the 1st year expansion team. We’re thrilled for the excitement that team has generated both with their rapidly growing Nevada-area local fan base, and worldwide among hockey enthusiasts. Their unlikely rise to convincingly win the Pacific Division of the Western Conference is one of the best sports stories of the year – and now we’re hoping that story continues and doesn’t end until it’s cemented in history.

Why are we so proudly behind the Vegas Golden Knights? Their success in the rink and growing support only acts as proof that there is growing demand for hockey not only across the United States, but around the globe. COMC is located just a short distance away from Seattle, WA, which has put a power play on the NHL and has demanded an expansion franchise of our own. Last month, Seattle fans put their money where their mouth is with 25,000 fans putting down deposits to be the first to purchase seasons tickets if and when Seattle is awarded an NHL franchise.

But enough grandstanding, it’s time for COMC to put our money where our mouth is! We’re willing to offer $25 COMC Store Credit to one lucky hockey Nostradamus who can correctly predict in the comments below which team can eliminate the Vegas Golden Knights from the NHL Playoffs.  Or, if you’re like us and believe the Golden Knights will reign victorious, show your support in the comments below for an chance to win once the Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup!

(Rules: One winner will be chosen at random either after the Golden Knights are eliminated from playoff contention, or when the Golden Knights win the NHL Stanley Cup. Only one entry per person. All entries must be submitted by April 15th at 12:00pm PST. Winner will be chosen at random if multiple correct answers are submitted. Must have a COMC account to claim prize)

The Faces Behind COMC #2 – Getting to Know Our Order Fulfillment Team

A few weeks ago we debuted our ‘Faces Behind COMC’ blog series, which offers a detailed and personal look at the individuals at COMC who are tasked with the day-to-day responsibilities of ensuring the satisfaction of every single COMC customer. The response that the first installment received was overwhelming positive, and our team truly appreciated the kind words! In our second look at the COMC Team, we turn focus to our Order Fulfillment Team. Tasked with processing a truly mind blowing amount of shipment requests on a weekly basis (we’ll save the raw statistics for another blog), putting cards in the hands of their owners is a collaborative effort by our Shipping Teams in three different COMC locations. In this blog, we’re focusing on members of our Auburn (WA) Order Fulfillment Team,


Alice Wolfe

Alice recently celebrated her sixth year anniversary with COMC as a member of our Shipping Team and currently serves as our Order Fulfillment Team Assistant Manager. Born and raised in Washington State, Alice collects Nintendo merchandise and is a competitive Super Smash Bros. video game player. At one time, she was considered one of the best Yoshi players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Melee competition.  Alice also collects and plays both the Pokemon Trading Card Game and Magic: The Gathering.

When not at COMC, she can be found raising a pair of bunnies (Nugget and Cocoa) with her partner-in-crime as well as reviewing older movies. One very fun fact about Alice that some of her co-workers might not even be aware of is that she even went to school to become a race car driver.

Favorite Sport: Rally Racing
Favorite Food: Ramen
Favorite Card in Personal Collection: Can’t Pick One.


Alicia Lortz

Having joined the COMC team in November of 2015, Alicia currently helps oversee order fulfillment production as one of our Team Shift Leads. Originally from San Diego and lived elsewhere around Southern California, she now shares a home with roommates, her significant other and their pet rabbits (of the Netherland Dwarf variety) near COMC.  Prior to moving to Washington to pursue a romantic relationship, she was a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) for four years in high school where she competitively showed livestock.

In her time away from COMC, she enjoys cooking and gaming, amassing a collection of classic video game console and games as well as Pokemon and Nintendo merchandise. Her personal card collection includes a lot of older Pokemon cards and she shares a moderation collection of Magic: The Gathering cards with her girlfriend.

Favorite sport: Very casual Steelers fan. Haven’t followed much since Super Bowl XL.
Favorite players: Jerome Bettis, Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu
Favorite card in personal collection: Foil Inkmoth Nexus (MTG/Mirrordin Besieged) that I pulled from a booster pack that actually belonged to Alice. She let me keep it because I had been building a UG Infect Deck.


Andrew Baker

Andrew recently enjoyed his one-year anniversary at COMC as a member of our Order Fulfillment Team. Born in Eastern Washington, he is one of the more well-traveled members of our team, having previously lived in Eastern Nebraska and Northern California before returning to settle near COMC. Similar to many members of our Order Fulfillment Team, he is passionate about both playing and collecting the Magic: The Gathering cards.

In his free time, he is avid about spending times outdoors playing Pokemon Go. He also has a small collection of older video games and enjoys playing Super Smash Bros. Some of his hobbies include playing board games, hanging out with friends and getting plenty of sleep.

Favorite sport: Pool (Billiards)
Favorite players: Efren Reyes
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Musical Artist(s): Most bands from the 80’s but I like Guns and Roses
Favorite Movie/TV Show/etc: Anime, Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Favorite card in personal collection: An unlimited Lightning Bolt that I’ve had since I started playing the game (Magic:The Gathering)


Nathan Hutchens

Joining our Order Fulfillment Team back in December of 2016, Nathan is our resident Japanese expert, having lived in Japan for four years prior to joining the company. When not at COMC, he enjoys a quiet life at home where he can be found with his drawing tablet partaking in digital painting as well as 3D modeling and animation. He maintains a collection of Japanese import video games and has a family dog named Aero.

Similar to other members of our Order Fulfillment Team, he has a small collection of older Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering trading cards and showcases superb mastery of the character Ganondorf in the video game Super Smash Bros.

Favorite Movie/TV Show/etc: Game of Thrones
Favorite card in personal collection: Charizard Base Set


Cody Hauk

Although some of his fellow co-workers believe he’s not human due to his incredible immune system, we can indeed confirm that Cody is very much human. His passion for his team and for COMC over his four years with the company has led him to the role of Assistant Manager of our Order Fulfillment Team. Born in Flint, Michigan, he spent time in Afghanistan prior to joining the COMC Team.

He has a betta fish and 3 papillon dogs in addition to a Shih-tzu back in Michigan.  Although he jokingly pondered, “What is life without COMC?” when we first inquired, Cody confessed that he enjoys video games, sports, ping pong and billiards when away from the office. Interestingly enough, he learned how to play ping pong while in Afghanistan.

Favorite sport(s): UFC, Boxing, Soccer, Tennis, Football.
Favorite player(s): Brian Urlacher, Ronaldinho Gaucho, Brock Lesnar, Barry Sanders.
Favorite Food: Mexican food.
Favorite Musical Artist(s): Disturbed, ACDC, T.I, Aerosmith, Rob Zombie.
Favorite Movie/TV Show/etc: Nightmare before Christmas, Dark Knight, Black Mirror, Dexter.

Check Out Your Grades! – March BGS Grading Returns

All we can say is “WOW!” We are seeing a record amount of BGS Submissions return on a monthly basis. 2017-18 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey remains an overwhelming favorite,  as this months returns saw tons of gem mint Young Guns. With so many great cards to choose from, we’ve picked out the cream of the crop to showcase in this months’s edition of Check Out Your Grades!

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 six weeks, but they’ll have a chance to be showcased in our monthly blog series!