Announcing COMC’s 2021 Hockey eBay Homepage Auction Event:

COMC Auctions is partnering with eBay to promote a special 2021 Hockey auction event leading up to the Stanley Cup Finals!

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We are excited to announce COMC Auctions will be featured on eBay’s homepage from May 17 to May 23. This Hockey promotion is the perfect opportunity to increase auction visibility as the 2021 Hockey season approaches the NHL Finals.

Cards submitted to auction via COMC will be included in eBay’s Homepage banner promotion. This means cards opted in will benefit from large audience visibility via eBay’s Homepage – maximizing views at a critical time of auction. Below you’ll find all the information you to get started, and if you’re new to COMC there’s still time to register!

When and how to submit your cards:

COMC users have multiple options for submitting cards for this event. Whether you already have cards consigned with us that you would like to auction off or are considering sending new cards to COMC specifically for this event, details and key dates are listed below.


Mail-In Submission Deadlines

  • Cards received by 4/29/2021 will be included in the promotion
  • ON THE OUTSIDE OF ALL ITEMS MAILED FOR THE PROMOTION PLEASE MARK “HPP”
  • “HPP” must be clearly written on all sides of package/envelope

To create a new mail-in auction submission, first Register, then log-in and visit Start New Submission in your COMC Account and select the “Hockey eBay Auction Event” processing service as shown below:

COMC Submission Wizard

Elite Item Transfer Deadlines

Elite Item Transfer deadlines apply only to items which have already been processed through our Elite Consignment Service.

  • To be included in the promotion, cards must be transferred by 5/6/2021
  • Cards submitted to auction during these dates will be included in the promotion

After transferring your cards to auction, they move from your Inventory Manager to Auction Submissions in your COMC account. Once scheduled for auction, you can monitor your auctions in Auction History.

COMC Submission Wizard to Transfer Elite Items

Non-Elite Items Transfer Deadlines

The transfer deadline for Non-Elite items applies to items currently on COMC, but which have not yet been upgraded to Elite.

  • To be eligible for the promotion, items must be sent for Elite reprocessing by the end of Thursday, 4/22/21.
  • Once cards are upgraded to Elite in your Inventory, please Send to Auction by 5/6/21 as noted above.

If you already have a card in your COMC account follow these steps to upgrade:

  1. Find the item you want to upgrade in your Inventory Manager
  2. Click on the Actions menu
  3. Select Reprocess as Elite
  4. Select COMC Reprocessing
  5. Pay $2 to submit the item

Important Auctions Reminders

  • The minimum fee per auction is $3.50, regardless of the final sale price.
  • We recommend you only submit cards to auction that will sell for approximately $50 or more. COMC Auctions reserves the right to change the service level of new Auction submissions to our 3-Week fixed-price service ($0.50 per item) if submissions primarily consist of items valued less than $10 (i.e. Junk Era Baseball common cards). For a full breakdown of Auction fees, see the COMC Auction Schedule and Fees blog.
  • There are no cancellations once we receive your auction submission. If you want to consign your high-end trading cards through COMC as buy-it-now listings, we encourage you to submit them using our Elite Service.
  • Please review our Supported Trading Cards criteria if you have any questions about what items you can consign with COMC.
  • For more information about our auction service, please refer to our Auctions and Auctions FAQ pages.

We are excited for you to participate in this eBay NHL Finals 2021 Auction Event!


Toploader Buyback Program

Toploader Shortage

As the hobby continues to surge, the demand for plastic protective toploaders has also peaked. Due to this unpredicted surge in product demand as well as impacted supply chains, many manufacturers of protective toploaders are currently struggling to meet inventory. Hence, there have been shortages seen across the industry at retail hobby shops, card shows, and even here at COMC.

COMC Response

To address the toploader shortage currently affecting the industry, COMC is launching a toploader buyback program and making the following changes to how we process and ship cards.

Toploader Buyback Program

Starting immediately, COMC will buy new and gently-used toploaders of all sizes for $0.10 each, provided that they meet the following criteria:

  • Empty toploaders only
  • New or gently-used
  • Free of tape, price tags, residue, discoloration, writing, or major scuffing
  • No toploaders with labels (i.e. “Rookie Card)
  • All toploader sizes are welcome!

How to Use:

  • Begin at the Toploader Buyback Program service level in the submission wizard
  • Provide the quantity of toploaders you’re sending
  • Print submission paperwork and include it with each submission group
  • Ship your Toploader Buyback Program submission along with any consignment submissions
  • COMC will credit your account $0.10 per toploader when we receive your submission

If you have a bulk supply of sealed, new toploaders you would like to sell, please contact us at toploaders@comc.com

COMC Toploader Buyback Image

Toploader Processing and Shipping Changes

To adapt to the critical shortage of toploaders, COMC is immediately enlisting the following changes:

  • All raw Elite items and items purchased for more than $50 will ship in a penny sleeve and toploader.
  • All other raw non-Elite items will ship in a penny sleeve and will be carefully braced with mail stiffeners for safe shipment
  • Suspension of the “Add Toploader” upgrade on new Shopping Cart purchases and Shipment Requests. If cards with toploaders are desired, please purchase with a COMC account and wait to place a shipment request until we receive more supply.

Toploader Removal Fee Stands

  • COMC processes thousands of cards a day, which is why we recommend using just penny sleeves when consigning with us so that we can process your cards expediently.
  • Time spent removing toploaders and other plastic cases beyond penny sleeves has a multiplying effect and restricts COMC’s ability to efficiently process new consignment submissions.
  • Thus, the Buyback Program Will Not Affect Removal Fees.
  • There will still be a toploader removal fee of 50 cents per card for cards submitted through our standard service levels.
    • However, the fee is not in place for the Elite or Auction service levels.

What if I already added toploaders to an order?

Our current toploader supply is sufficient to fulfill existing orders. Orders placed prior to the temporary removal of the “Add Toploader” option will be honored.

We expect our supply to be replenished by Summer 2021, and hope in the meantime the Toploader Buyback program allows you to turn unused toploaders into COMC credit!

Introducing, Rookie FAX

If you collect trading cards, then you know how important rookies are! We’ve all had the thrill of pulling a new rookie and pondering if they’re on their way to becoming a superstar, or finally pulling the trigger to acquire an iconic rookie card of a favorite player. Rookies, simply put, are a huge part of the magical allure of trading cards, which is why we’re introducing a new, weekly content series called Rookie FAX.

2015 Bowman Draft Chrome Ke'Bryan Hayes Asia Exclusive Black Refractor #137
Ke’Bryan Hayes 2015 Bowman Draft Chrome Asia Exclusive Black Refractor #137

An Expanding Portfolio of Rookies

Great rookies cards yield value since they are the first version of a player’s card; and one of the unchanging rules of the industry is that rookies consistently command higher levels of desirability! Recently, the price of some rookies have risen astronomically, sometimes even pulling second-tier, previously overlooked rookies upward along the way with them. With each passing year of hobby growth, there are more rookie cards of each player and it takes time for clear market favorites to establish themselves. Another trend in the industry are new, emerging categories, or old ones being rediscovered, and with all these trends together, there is a deeper and more diverse range of rookie cards than ever before.

2011 Upper Deck MLS Alex Morgan #198 Rookie Card
Alex Morgan 2011 Upper Deck – MLS #198

Welcome to Rookie FAX

With more rookies to keep track of as the industry grows, our team at COMC is proud to introduce “Rookie FAX”, a weekly curated pick showcasing good value and emerging rookie cards currently available on COMC. Why FAX? Seeing the popularity of the slang “Facts” explode in 2020 as a term of undisputed truth, we’ve recently seen it taken one step further, shortened to just “fax”. And, well, we just thought it was cool.  

What are Rookie FAX?

These cards are chosen for being either iconic, beautifully designed, culturally significant, undervalued, overlooked, or just a solid choice for a first-year card.  Some Rookie FAX you’ll know and love, some Rookie FAX will come as a surprise, and some may even cause debate, but they are all cards that stand-out as special (out of the other 7 Million unique cards currently available for sale on COMC!)  

1996-97 Fleer Ultra Kobe Bryant Rookie Card #52
Kobe Bryant 1996-97 Fleer Ultra #52

Every Wednesday, Get Them Fast

It is our hope that Rookie FAX becomes a helpful tool in curating up-and-coming prospects and great value rookie cards, intelligently picked for collectors and investors alike. As conversations surrounding 5 and 6-figure cards continue to spiral upward, Rookie FAX are here as a reminder that great cards do not always need to break the bank and that card collecting is still all about having fun – Facts!

About the Author

Robert has been passionate about cards ever since he was young. After graduating from UC Berkeley, his interest in collectibles led to a career in marketing, product management, and eCommerce. Having worked at Google, APMEX, and Collectors Universe, Robert brings a wealth of experience to the COMC team through the lens of a collector, investor, and digital Marketing Manager.

Announcing COMC’s 2021 Baseball eBay Homepage Auction Event:

COMC Auctions is partnering with eBay to promote the 2021 Baseball season with a special auction event!

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We are excited to announce COMC Auctions will be featured on eBay’s homepage from April 26 to May 2nd. This Baseball auction event is the perfect opportunity to increase auction visibility as the 2021 baseball season begins.

Cards submitted to auction via COMC will be included in eBay’s Homepage banner promotion. This means cards opted in will benefit from large audience visibility via eBay’s Homepage – maximizing views at a critical time of auction. Below you’ll find all the information you to get started, and if you’re new to COMC there’s still time to register!

When and how to submit your cards:

COMC users have multiple options for submitting cards for this event. Whether you already have cards consigned with us that you would like to auction off or are considering sending new cards to COMC specifically for this event, details and key dates are listed below.

Mail-In Submission Deadlines

  • Cards received by 4/8/2021 will be included in the promotion
  • ON THE OUTSIDE OF ALL ITEMS MAILED FOR THE PROMOTION PLEASE MARK “BBP”
  • “BBP” must be clearly written on all sides of package/envelope

To create a new mail-in auction submission, first Register, then log-in and visit Start New Submission in your COMC Account and select the eBay Auction processing service as shown below:

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Transfer to Auction Deadlines

If you already have cards in your COMC Inventory Manager, you can send them to auction in just a few clicks. This includes cards you bought from other consignors on our site, and a potential opportunity for flipping!

  • To be included in the promotion, cards must be transferred between 4/2/2021 4/8/2021
  • Cards submitted to auction during these dates will END during the promotion

Inside the Inventory Manager, click on “Actions” and then select “Send to Auction” to begin the auction transfer process.

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Elite Item Transfer Deadlines

Elite Item Transfer deadlines apply only to items which have already been processed through our Elite Consignment Service.

  • To be included in the promotion, cards must be transferred between 4/9/2021 4/15/2021
  • Cards submitted to auction during these dates will be included in the promotion

After transferring your cards to auction, they move from your Inventory Manager to Auction Submissions in your COMC account. Once scheduled for auction, you can monitor your auctions in Auction History.

Important Auctions Reminders

  • The minimum fee per auction is $3.50, regardless of the final sale price.
  • We recommend you only submit cards to auction that will sell for approximately $50 or more. COMC Auctions reserves the right to change the service level of new Auction submissions to our 3-Week fixed-price service ($0.50 per item) if submissions primarily consist of items valued less than $10 (i.e. Junk Era Baseball common cards). For a full breakdown of Auction fees, see the COMC Auction Schedule and Fees blog.
  • There are no cancellations once we receive your auction submission. If you want to consign your high-end trading cards through COMC as buy-it-now listings, we encourage you to submit them using our Elite Service.
  • Please review our Supported Trading Cards criteria if you have any questions about what items you can consign with COMC.
  • For more information about our auction service, please refer to our Auctions and Auctions FAQ pages.

We are excited for you to participate in this eBay Homepage Baseball 2021 Auction Event!