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
  • “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

Update: As of January 5, 2022 the Toploader Buyback Program has ended. We are no longer purchasing toploaders.

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

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!