We’re happy to announce we’ve added another stop to our upcoming shows calendar! Later this month on October 25th & 26th you’ll be able to catch us at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for Trade Fest II hosted by The Bullpen!
We had a fantastic time at the first Trade Fest event and can’t wait to return! Our team will be available both days to accept your drop-off submissions and answer any questions you may have about our service!
Prepping your drop-off consignment:
Here are some helpful tips in order to have a quick and easy drop-off experience:
All submissions must have complete and accurate printed paperwork by using our Submission Wizard.
Ensure your submission is packed securely. We strongly recommend one row boxes instead of multi-row boxes (such as 1600ct or 3200ct). For large submissions, multiple single row boxes can be used, labelled 1 of X, 2 of X, etc.
Please allow up to five business days for consignments submitted at Tradefest to reach our Redmond, Washington headquarters.
As always, we are more than happy to answer any questions you have about COMC. Our Customer Service Team is available at email@example.com to answer any questions you may have leading up to the event.
We had a great time in Montreal this year eating smoked meat sandwiches and poutine, visiting local card stores, and meeting the people who use COMC for their buying and selling needs. We thank-you for your continued support.
Without further adieu, here are the winners of the dice roll contest from Anti-Expo 2019:
(Roll a 3, 4, 5, or 6) – 2018-19 Upper Deck Canvas #C223 Jesperi Kotkaniemi – TGLON2662
(Roll a 15, 16, 17, or 18) – 2019 Topps #US250 Ronald Acuna Jr. – starbuckqc
Earlier this year we introduced you to our latest iteration of fantasy sports meets trading card collecting concept when we presented our 2019 Topps Opening Day Fantasy Pack Team. If you missed that blog, you can check it out here and learn about this fun and unique way to play fantasy sports using packs of trading cards! Today we want to share with you how our team did now that the 2019 MLB regular season has concluded.
If you remembered how scoring works, or read the blog linked
above, you’d know that points are calculated as WINS. The ultimate goal of the game
is to have more wins than the other players in your league if you’re playing
with friends. If you’re playing alone, the goal is to have more wins than any
team in the Major Leagues this season.
Hitting Scoring Every 40 runs = +1 win Every 15 Home Runs = +1 win Every 15 Stolen Bases = +1 win Every 30 RBI’s = +1 win Every 50 walks = +1 win
Pitching Scoring: Every 5 Wins = +3 Wins Every 5 losses = -1 Win Every 5 Saves = +1 Win Every 75 Strikeouts = +1 Win
All in all, our team put up a total of 122 wins, which is six wins above the all-time record of 116 set by the 2001 Seattle Mariners. Our win total is a little bit inflated thanks to the stellar performances of Verlander and Cole, as well as our team being stacked with top-tier talent on rookie contracts. For that reason, in future years, we’ll propose a rule to the salary cap where all players on a rookie contract will automatically be bumped to $5 million.
We know that some readers of the COMC Blog were also playing along at home. How did your teams
do this season? Did you beat us? If you weren’t playing along, have you found a
different way to turn your trading card
collecting experience into a game? We want to hear about it! Drop a comment
below and let us know!
Over the course of our 12 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’ve scoured our sales data and are ready to unleash our next wave of cards that make for some pretty good laughs. We don’t need to talk up the greatness of Ronald Acuna Jr. If you’ve been following baseball at all, you know that the 21 year old is on a meteoric rise to super stardom. At this point the only question is whether or not his rookie cards will reach Trout-esque levels in the next 2-3 years!
Let’s get right into how silly the trading card industry can be with just a little bit of hindsight:
A great debate in our hobby will always rage about non-original Bowman Chrome parallels. Whether you like ‘Shimmers’ or hate them, we can all agree that for $145 this Gold Shimmer numbered to 50 copies of Acuna’s first Bowman Chrome would be an absolute steal present day. BGS 9.5 copies of this card have sold for around $500, and that’s before the huge September bump the Acuna market saw.
Were you one of the five lucky collectors who were able to snag this card for under $160 on the COMC Marketplace? How about the collector who bought the very first one to hit our marketplace for $53.07? It’s very likely that we’ll never see a $50 Ronald Acuna Jr. autograph of any kind on the COMC Marketplace in a very long time, if ever again. BGS 9.5 copies of this base auto are now selling for around $1500. While they still have a long way to go to reach the levels of Mike Trout’s 1st Bowman Auto, they’re still up 10x from the last copy to sell on the COMC Marketplace!
Oh, you thought we were done with Acuna’s 1st Bowman Autos? Not yet! Had you been able to predict the future, and had $500.99 to spend on COMC on 7-7-2017, you could have been the lucky (notice all of those 7’s!) owner of this beautiful tried-and-true blue gem! This card recently fetched nearly $11,000 earlier this month at auction. We can’t imagine where this card will be if Acuna and the young Atlanta Braves team is able to bring a championship back to Georgia.
Similar to the argument about non-traditional Bowman Chrome parallels, another argument in the hobby rages on about unlicensed cards. With Topps having an exclusivity agreement with the MLB, Panini and other manufacturers are relegated to creating cards that do not infringe on MLB copyrights such as team logos. Even without the logos, Acuna’s Panini cards are still trending upwards, with this encased Flawless auto numbered to 25 being sold for nearly double what the COMC buyer originally paid for it just three months ago.
Without question this is one of the hottest trading cards on the planet today, and probably will be for a very long time. With Acuna posed in a follow through swing, and it being an extremely tough pull out of a Topps Series 2 product, it has all the makings of an iconic trading card. While the card is a short print, we have seen significant volume of the card bought and sold, with over 50 total copies changing hands. One thing is for sure, nobody is acquiring this card for under $50 anymore, and the two lucky individuals who were able to get their hands on one for under $25.00 certainly have a story to tell around the hobby!
As rare as the 2018 Topps Series 2 Bat Behind Back SP Variation is, there is an even more elusive Acuna Jr. rookie card – the super short printed white jersey variation from 2018 Update! This is a card that is rarely seen in the wild that most collectors aren’t even aware it exists! The card has already found it’s home in the high-end section of the hobby, where raw copies have recently sold at auction for nearly $2,000! Not a bad come-up for the two COMC buyers who were able to snap this card up for 1/3rd of that price just three months ago!
Now we want to hear from you! What Ronald Acuna Jr. trading cards did you not hold onto just quite long enough? Do you have a stash worth the equivalent of a new sports car that you’re hoping will one day be worth a new house or boat? Share your best investment and #collectfail stories with us!