Beat the Heat and Find Huge Savings from August 1st -5th!
COMC is happy to announce our first-ever Summer Sales Event! The action gets started on Wednesday, August 1st and will last through Sunday, August 5th. Not only will this sale coincide with the 2018 National Sports Collector’s Convention, but it will give those unable to attend the convention a chance to find equally amazing deals on the COMC Marketplace. To kick off this inaugural sale, we are offering all COMC sellers the opportunity to run FREE sales promotions throughout the sales period.
Free Sales Promotion for all Sellers Throughout our Summer Sales Event!
That’s right! We want to see our sellers out in full-force and in order to accomplish that we’re offering them the ability to run a FREE sales promotion during the duration of our Summer Sales Event. To get started, simply head on over to the Promotions Page and set up your FREE Sales Promotion now! With more eyes than ever before on the COMC Marketplace, be sure to offer prospective buyers deals that they just can’t turn down!
Buy Now and Ship Later or Flip Cards With Your COMC Account!
One of the biggest advantages of shopping with COMC Store Credit using your COMC account is that you can INSTANTLY purchase items when you find them and ship everything all together at any time in the future! When you buy items with store credit with your COMC account, they stay safe and secure in our warehouses until your ready to request shipment of them. You can buy items throughout our Summer Sales Event and request a shipment for your items next week, next month, or even next year! You pay shipping just once, regardless of how many items you buy.
Perhaps you found an amazing deal on an item throughout the Summer Sales Event, but you had a change of heart or don’t collect that particular player. Why not flip it for profit!? With a COMC account, you can purchase an item on sale and instantly give it a new price. When that item sells you receive COMC store credit, without ever taking possession of the card! It’s that easy!
If you’re not already a COMC member, register your free account today! This summer there is a cooler place to be at than your favorite swimming spot! We look forward to seeing you on COMC!
Topps Triple Threads Baseball made it’s debut in 2006 and has been a fixture in the hobby ever since. Ask 10 collectors what they think of Triple Threads, and you’ll likely get 10 vastly different responses. Love it or hate it, Topps has carved out a niche in the hobby, offering unique memorabilia cards that for the last 13 years are much more unconventional from the standard swatches and patches that the hobby is accustom to. While it’s $200/box price tag is nothing to make fun of, Triple Threads generally doesn’t take itself too serious.
We’re far from the 2012 to 2014 glory days of Triple Threads that produced some of the funniest, clever, and most pun-filled memorabilia cards the hobby has ever seen. During that era, it appears that the creative department at Topps had free reign to do as they please, and as a result, collectors got some of the most hilarious and sometimes head scratching cards introduced into the product.
Without further ado, we present to you some of those gems that you may have missed:
The Weird Obsession with Foods:
Without context, this the context of this swatch is a bit dry, and is one of the most obscure nicknames of all time in Triple Threads. The legend goes that Mike Napoli was often ribbed by teammates because he looked like the chef that cooked food in the Detroit Tigers visiting team clubhouse. (source)
A clever play on words using Mike Moustakas‘s last name. Don’t worry if you have to audibly say it out loud a couple times, we did too!
Billy Butler‘s nickname ‘Country Breakfast’ went viral after a sports reporter aptly coined the nickname for him during a rain delayed game. The reason? Billy can apparently put away the protein! (source)
Although there does not appear to be an origin to this nickname, the back of the card reads ‘Busch Stadium is home sweet home for Stephen.’ Needless to say, Topps may have more than one foodie working for them
We had to dig real deep to figure this one out. During the 2015 season, a Seattle Mariners Stadium Give Away saw 10,000 dads receiving a Mike Zunino BBQ apron. Topps felt it was significant enough to warrant it’s own card, because let’s face it, what else do you remember from the M’s 2015 season? (source)
C.C. Sabathia claims that before becoming clean and sober of the cereal, at one point he ate a box of Captain Crunch a day. Topps felt the need to poke fun at his sugar addiction. Bad Topps, Bad. (Source)
Matt Moore. Get it yet? M&M . The idea probably looked better on paper than it did on this card.
While his perfect game was certainly sweet for Giants fans, this play on words is a ground out to short.
Stemming from his nickname, ‘Georgia Peach’. It doesn’t matter what Topps printed on the front of this card, because ANY collector would love to own a Ty Cobb bat relic!
This nickname didn’t age very well. Given to him as a child growing up the Carolinas, Josh Hamilton was known as ‘Hambone’ to friends, family and teammates. (Source)
Where are they now? “Future Aces” Edition:
With a career record of 19-26 and an ERA of 4.15, this one didn’t pan out too well for Topps. In fairness, Cingrani did look like a good starting pitcher in Cincinnati. He’s now a reliever for the Dodgers, but consider this strike 2 for Topps.
Which means this is definitely strike 3 for them as Jarrod Parker never made it back to the bigs following an injury prior to the start of the 2014 season.
That’s going to do it this time around. Be on the look out for a follow up blog in a couple of weeks that highlights even more of the lighter side of Triple Threads!
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. In this installment, we’re looking at a team that is built around two of our longest tenured employees who know everything there is to know about the hobby and trading cards. Each and every day, this team observes the tens of thousands of items that pass through COMC’s consignment process, ensuring that buyers have the best possible experience when browsing cards on the COMC Marketplace.
As the last remaining original COMC Identification Team Member, Jade brings nearly 30 years of card collecting experience to COMC. After Managing the ID Team for 4 years, Jade helped play a pivotal role in the creation of the new COMC Catalog of checklist data that can be found on the site today. After that project, Jade moved forward to manage the high-end service levels. Jade is very active in the group breaking community, and researches minor league baseball prospects and high end card market activity in his free time. If there is a question about a modern sports card around COMC, Jade is one of the “go to guys” in our company.
Away from COMC, Jade enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports and playing poker. Jade routinely travels to Las Vegas where he puts his luck to good work. Not only is Jade’s luck with monster hits from products well known around the halls of COMC, but his luck at the slot machines is that of legends if you ask his fellow coworkers. Jade has sold around 1.5 million cards total from his collection, with about 150k of those being sold on COMC.
Favorite sport: Basketball, Boxing, MMA Favorite players:Manny Pacquiao, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Ken Griffey Jr., Gennady Golovkin, Michael Venom Page Favorite card in your collection: 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan RC PSA10 Favorite Cards Pulled in Breaks Last Year: 2017 Bowman Chrome Prospects Red Refractor Autographs Gleyber Torres
2017 Topps Definitive Cut Autographs Roger Maris
2017 Bowman Chrome 1992 Design Superfractor Autographs Chipper Jones
2017 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Purple, Blue,and Blue 70th Ronald Acuna
2017 National Treasures RPA Black Printing Plate Dak Prescott
Chad joined the COMC Team over seven years ago and currently serves as our Sorting Team Lead. His valuable insight and vast hobby knowledge is routinely put to use not only by other members of the Sorting Team, but also by other teams within the company. Born in Des Moines, Iowa and having previously lived in Southern California and Florida, he has settled in Washington and collects certified autographs of players and celebrities from his Alma mater of Eastern Washington University. He has obtained over 15,000 signatures from athletes and celebrities in total.
Away from COMC, Chad enjoys golf, but primarily spends his time at home with his wife, stepchildren and 18 month old daughter. Chad met his wife Angela while both were working on the same team (Identification) at COMC, making them the first COMC couple to tie the knot!
Favorite sport: Football, curling, spelling bee (if it’s on ESPN it’s a sport) Favorite players:Cooper Kupp, Ken Phelps, Steve Scheffler Favorite Foods: General Tso’s chicken, no white sauces Favorite Musical Artist(s): Lionel Richie, Morris Day and the Time, 1988-1992 hip-hop Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: Magnum P.I., Jeopardy; Movie – License To Drive, The Empire Strikes Back Favorite card in your collection: 2017 Panini Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket RPS Preview Cooper Kupp #18/23 (jersey number)
Bryson joined our Sorting Team in the spring of 2017, bringing with him a wealth of card knowledge and passion for the hobby. Having collected football, basketball and baseball cards all of his life, it only seemed like a natural fit for him to join the COMC Team. He was born in Kirkland, WA, just a few miles from COMC Headquarters. A talented drummer, he has had the opportunity, to open for and play with a few of his favorite musical artists over the years. When not at COMC, he can be found honing his musical craft, watching sports, fishing, playing video games, and enjoying movies.
Favorite sport: Football, Baseball and Basketball Favorite players:Von Miller, Mitch Haniger, Karl-Anthony Towns Favorite Foods: Fettuccine Alfredo Favorite Musical Artist(s): Tool, Deftones, Chevelle, Floater, Mastodon Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: Fight Club, True Detective, Gangs of New York, anything by Quentin Tarantino, The King of Queens, The office Favorite card in your collection: Demaryius Thomas Superfractor
Sean joined our Sorting Team in October of 2017 and has quickly grown accustom to the company culture at COMC. Similar to Jade, he is active in the group breaking community. Born in Seattle and having previously resided in Eastern Washington and Oregon, he collects primarily baseball cards but also some football and soccer. He enjoys playing soccer and all things science related. Other than cards, he also collects Legos. He has one pet cat (Chip) and when pressed for a fun fact about himself, told us that, “multiple people have said they would choose me to be stranded on a desert island with.”
Favorite sport: Soccer, Baseball Favorite players:Ken Griffey Jr. Favorite Foods: Pizza, Teriyaki, Hot Wings, Mongolian Grill, Tacos Favorite Musical Artist(s): Breaking Benjamin, Tool, The Beatles Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: Game of Thrones, How I Met Your Mother, Avengers, Star Wars Favorite card in your collection:2013 Bowman Chrome Kris Bryant Auto
Ben is the newest member of the COMC Sorting Team, having joined the team just a couple months ago. That being said, he brings to our team a strong knowledge of collecting and the hobby, having been a longtime collector and card enthusiast. He collects primarily baseball, basketball, and football cards. He has lived all around Washington State, as well as Los Angeles, CA. When not at COMC, he enjoys wiffle ball, basketball, and golf. He has one cat named Abigail and enjoys watching TV in his spare time. He was saddened to learn that fellow Sorting Team Member Brian S. opted out of participating in this blog.
Favorite sport: Baseball, Basketball and Football Favorite players:Ken Griffey Jr. Favorite Foods: Everything Favorite Musical Artist(s): Brian S. (and the rest of the Sorting Department)/Human Ladder Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: Hook/Back to the Future I & II/Training Day/The Office/Parks & Rec/South Park Favorite card in your collection: Every Griffey
We are very excited to announce our participation at this year’s 39th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, OH. We can’t wait to see the faces behind your COMC usernames! Whether you’re new to COMC, or you know members of our team on a first name basis, be sure to come and say hello! The convention will be held at the International Exposition (I-X) Center from Wednesday, August 1st – Sunday, August 5th. COMC will have a full team of employees on hand in the corporate area at Booth #355 to accept consignment submissions and talk about COMC and all things card-related. Back by popular demand will be our prize wheel, as well as social media giveaways and much more!
Spin to Win is BACK!
The Spin is back! Last year in Chicago, we introduced our Prize Wheel and were so blown away by the response it received that we’re bringing it back with us to Cleveland this year! Stop by our booth at any point throughout the show and spin the wheel for your chance to win one of many great prizes! But remember, you must be a COMC member in order to spin! Don’t have a COMC account yet? We’ll have plenty of computers set up at the show where you can sign up for your free COMC account and get your entry to spin the wheel.
Consignment Submission Drop Off
Why pay for shipping? Bring your consignment submissions directly to our booth at The National and we’ll handle the rest of the work! Whether you’ve been prepping your submissions for weeks, or you find some hot deals at The National to bolster your COMC inventory, bring them to our booth and we’ll take care of return postage for any and all consignment drop offs that you submit throughout the show!
To speed up the process, please pack your items securely for shipment and print your submission paperwork in advance. We’ll still have computers and a printer there if you find cards at the show and need to create another submission.
Time with Tim
COMC Founder and CEO Tim Getsch looks forward to the National every year so he can to meet face to face with many of the thousands of COMC customers and hear their feedback, ideas, and the experiences they’ve had with our services.
If you’d like to take some time to sit down with Tim for 30 minutes at the show, email us at email@example.com and we’ll get you scheduled. In your email, include your dates and times of availability as well as any topics you wish to discuss. Please send your meeting request no later than Thursday, July 25th.
Social Media Giveaways & More!
If you’re not already following COMC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you’re going to want to hit those like and follow buttons! Each day, we’ll be doing exclusive games and giveaways that will only be shared on our social media channels! Get in on the hunt and you can score store credit prizes and more!
Additionally, we’ll be present at the 3rd Annual Instagram Trade Night hosted by CardCollector2 on Thursday, August 2nd. The event will be held at the Middleburg Heights Community Center from 5:30-8:30pm, featuring free admission to all, free food, giveaways and more. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with fellow collectors, trade, and get acquainted with the instagram trading community. A COMC representative will be on hand to answer questions, listen to feedback and experiences, and maybe do a little trading themselves!
Due Dates During The National
Each year our booth at The National gets bigger and bigger, and this year we’re bringing more of our team than ever before! With employees from so many different departments representing COMC, we’ll be a little bit short staffed back home. For that reason, all Select, Current-Year Select and Premium due dates that normally would have fallen between August 1st and August 5th will receive an August 6th due date.
The National is our favorite time of the year to connect with members of the COMC Nation and the hobby that we love so very much. We’re looking forward to the many memories that will be created this year in Cleveland. See you there!
Welcome to the seventh and second-to-last update before we announce winners in our ongoing COMC Office Pack Battle League! We’re now through 14 weeks of the season and have just four weeks remaining! To see how we got this far, click here to read past updates to get caught up on how this crazy game we’ve concocted is played and how you can start up your own Pack Battle League!
In the overall league standings, Kevin managed to add six points to his total over the last two weeks, putting him now twelve points ahead of second place. While anything can happen, one of the 2nd – 5th place managers would need to run nearly perfect and score top points in all categories amidst a complete Kevin collapse. James holds onto a three point lead over 3rd – 5th, while the rest of the field from 6th-10th remain tightly packed together, hoping for a final push into the top five. Jeff had the largest jump since our last update, as his six points earned were good enough to help him find his way into 10th place.
Home Run King Standings:
James leads the Home Run King standings overall with 20 points. He’ll look to stack his team heavily towards power for the final four weeks of the season. With five points earned over the last two weeks, Bryson leapfrogged the field to sit in 2nd place with 17 points. Tad and Sean are amidst a battle for 3rd with 16 points, while Kevin sits in 5th with 15 points.
Hit King Standings:
Kevin’s 15 points give him a comfortable four-point lead in the Hit King Standings. Angela is the closest rival and sits in 2nd with 11 points after earning four points in back-to-back second place performances. James and Brandon’s 10-points represent a tie for 3rd, while Jeff and Jade’s 9 points are good for a 5th place tie. Anything can happen in the final two weeks,and this category will come down to the wire.
Strikeout King Standings:
By far the most exciting points category, Kevin maintains a one-point lead over Steve with his 13 overall points. Jeremy falls behind the competition and sits in 3rd with 9 points after failing to add to once league leading 9-points.
We’ve seen some crazy occurrences in the strike outs category as we reach the midway point of the MLB season. An unlikely victory for Steve that you’ll read about below will have him heavily skewing his team towards pitching. On the other hand, Kevin remains in competition for top spots in all three categories, meaning he’ll have to field a well-rounded team these final two weeks.
Week 13 Results (June 21st – 27th)
On the bats of Nolan Arenado and J.D. Martinez, Bryson’s team was able to blast 6 home runs, earning top points in the category. The rest of the field bunched up, awarding 2nd and 3rd place points to three managers each respectively. Kevin pads his overall points lead AND his lead in the Hit King category with his 19 hits on the unlikely combo of Matt Carpenter and Yuliesky Gurriel. 22 Strikeouts from Jack Flaherty (13) and Max Scherzer (9) were good enough for Chris to notch top points for the week.
HR Points: Bryson (3), Geoff (2), James (2), Jeff (2), Tim (2), Bob (1), Kevin (1), Sean (1) Hits Points: Kevin (3), Angela (2), Jeff (1), Steve (1) K’s Points: Chris (3), Tad (2), Jade (1), Geoff (1)
Week 14 Results (June 28th -July 4th)
Steve put up a huge five spot thanks to the five home runs of Nolan Arenado and Mike Trout earning him 2nd place HR points, as well as coy decision to play two Robbie Ray cards at his pitcher spots. Ray’s 7 strikeouts doubled were enough to secure first place points. Bryson followed up his first place HR win last week with a second place performance from the bats of Nelson Cruz and Eric Thames.
HR Points: Jeff (3), Steve (2), Bryson (2), Jade (2), Chris (1), Brian (1) Hits Points: David (3), Angela (2), Jade (1) K’s Points: Steve (3), Kevin (2), Angela (1)
In our next update, we’ll break down all of the final league standings for the season. While the runaway winner Kevin likely has the overall points total on lock down, all three individual category trophies are still up in the air. Who will win? How will it all shake down? See you in two weeks!
You’ve spent years collecting and investing in your favorite sports cards and memorabilia, but what happens if disaster strikes? If your prized collection was stolen or destroyed by a hurricane or flood, do you have a plan? For everyday, easily replaced personal property, homeowners insurance is all most people need. But for the sports cards and memorabilia you have spent a lifetime collecting, it may not be enough. COMC is proudly partnered with Collectibles Insurance Services. They offer an invaluable service to hobby enthusiasts with personal collections of all sizes and values. Here is what sets them apart from standard homeowners insurance:
They offer a full range of protection, including (but not limited to) accidental breakage, burglary & theft, fire, flood (except zones A & V), loss in the mail (for when you’re shipping items for grading), natural disasters, and more.
Their team makes the process of insuring your collection fast, hassle free, and more importantly, affordable. Only individual items or sets valued over $25,000 need to be scheduled (a simple one-line listing – year(s), description, and estimated value). You can get a quote online in just a few seconds, and the application process can be completed entirely online. Appraisals are not required.
Deductibles start at $0 for their collector policy. They provide coverage for the market value of your collection for covered losses in excess of $50.
Your collection can be stored at multiple locations throughout the United States as long as they’re scheduled on the policy. Plus, transit coverage is offered for items temporarily away from the scheduled location, such as when you’re traveling with your items to card shows.
You may select “Automatic Monthly Increase” for additional protection of new acquisitions and appreciation of your existing sports cards and memorabilia. Selecting this coverage will apply an automatic monthly increase of 1% in coverage, up to a maximum of $1 million.
Collectibles Insurance Services has been proving their service and expertise to our industry for over 50 years. Providing collectibles insurance is all they do. If you’re ready to properly protect your collection against unforeseen events, visit the Collectibles Insurance Services website today – www.CollectInsure.com – or call 888-837-9537 to speak with an expert team member (8:30am – 5pm ET, Monday – Friday).
This blog post is a summary of some of the available coverages offered by Collectibles Insurance Services. Refer to their policy for terms and conditions
Over the course of our 11 plus year existence, we’ve seen A LOT of cards. In many cases, we first saw a superstar’s cards long before they became a household name. As a result, this lends itself to some pretty hilarious completed sales in our historical sales history. Whether these buyers are cardboard Nostradamus’s, or simply happened to pick up a card before it’s value skyrocketed into oblivion, one thing is for sure: they got a crazy good deal!
We received an overwhelming positive response to what we intended to be a one-off posting highlighting some of the better skewed historical sales data. You can read the first installment here. In response to your desire to see more of these great ‘too good to be true’ deals, we’ve decided to make a series of it – highlighting one player per installment.
This time around we’re shining the spotlight on the man that is blowing up the hobby right now with some downright stunning recently completed rookie and prospect card sales. That player is none other than Mike Trout. In an early May 2018 sale that was eye-popping to the card industry, Trout’s 2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospect Superfractor Autographed 1/1 sold for $400,000 to famous collector ‘Vegas’ Dave Oancea. That sale, coupled with the fact that Trout is having what many consider to be his best season to date, has sent prices skyrocketing due to strong demand and future speculation.
Trout is just 26 years old, and questions have already been raised if his eight year career in the majors is HOF worthy if he were to retire today. He owns a career Wins Above Replacement (WAR) of over 60 games. Babe Ruth sits atop this list with 182.5 games over his 22 year career. Are we witnessing the greatest player to ever play the game of baseball ? That answer lies in the future, so in the meantime lets turn to the past for some laughs.
We showed you this card in the first installment of the series, but as it is the most skewed historical sales data of any Trout card ever on COMC, it’s worth repeating. The most recent comparable sales data shows that BGS 10 Pristine copy of this very card sold for $22,527 on June 3rd. That’s right – nearly 1000x what this card sold for back in March of 2010.
One of these things is not like the other. This BGS 9.5 Gem Mint Trout base auto sold back in October of 2013 for a paltry $464.99. The most recent completed sale of this card saw it fetch $7800.00 at auction. At this point in his career, Trout had won Rookie of the Year honors and was a 2x All Star.
While not nearly as coveted as his 2009 Bowman, 2009 Donruss Elite Trout autographs do garner their fair share of attention in the market. This die-cut beauty sold for $166.27 in June of 2012 in the midst of what would be Trout’s Rookie of the Year season. He smashed 30 bombs that year while posting a career high 49 stolen bases. Recent completed sales of this card have seen it sell for around $1200.00
Admittedly, Topps Pro Debut does not get the love that it rightfully deserves. Prospectors who closely follow minor league players generally gravitate towards a player’s first Bowman card when prospecting a future star. When that player starts to make a name for themselves in the major league, casual collectors often seek that player’s first Topps rookie card. Pro Debut cards fall somewhere in between that range.
This beautiful Gold /50 parallel from 2010 was first put up for sale in March of 2017, where it promptly sold for $31 to one savvy COMC flipper. That opportunistic individual scored a nice pay day just four days later when they sold it to the tune of $438.25. While over 14x profit is an amazing COMC flip, that seller left plenty of money on the table as the most recent completed sale of this card was $1200.00.
We’ve seen two of these gorgeous Hope Diamond parallels numbered to 60 copies sell on COMC. The first sold in June of 2012 for an even then steal of $50. The second copy sold just two months later to a certain COMC employee for $200, who promptly sold the card for the price that they paid for it just a week later. Sorry G, can’t win ’em all!
There haven’t been any recently completed sales of the Hope Diamond parallel, but a raw Black parallel also numbered to 60 copies sold earlier this month for $12,401 at auction.
This gold refractor numbered to five copies belonged to a COMC employee who nearly managed to put together the entire 2013 Topps Heritage Mike Trout rainbow:
When that employee decided to piece out and sell their stash, the cornerstone gold refractor numbered to just five copies was sold on COMC for $503.25 in December of 2013. At that point in his career, Trout had been named Rookie of the Year, won two Silver Slugger awards, was elected to two All Star Teams and had finished runner up in MVP voting in back-to-back years.
There have been no recently completed sales of this ultra rare gold refractor. A PSA 10 Gem Mint black refractor numbered to 64 copies recently sold for $1,077. Sorry, Ghumbs. 🙁
Now we want to hear from you! What Trout cards have you reeled in but let slip through your hands? Share your best “What was I thinking?” stories with us!
In observance of Independence Day, our Customer Service Team will be operating on a very limited schedule on Wednesday, July 4th. Our team will be unavailable to answer phone calls throughout Independence Day. Phone support will return to our normal 9am-5pm PST schedule on Thursday, July 5th.
If you need to contact us over the holiday, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail message at 1-800-517-3540.