Box Breaks, Panel Discussions, and More: COMC @ the 2021 National Sports Collectors Convention

COMC at the National

Are You Ready for the National?

COMC’s event team can’t wait to see you this week at the 41st National Sports Collector’s Convention! We shared a blog post earlier this month about what to expect at COMC’s Booth #624, which you can read at this link. In this follow-up blog, our events team wanted to share some exciting updates to our NSCC festivities.

The location of COMC's Booth #624 at the NSCC.
COMC’s Booth Number is #624 and we’re neighboring SGC and Heritage Auctions!

Free Box Breaks at COMC’s Booth: Prizm, Bowman Sapphire, and More!

Our festivities at the National will include over 15 different free box breaks available exclusively to registered COMC.com users! Entering to win cards from these breaks is simple: just come by the COMC Booth each day and register by having our team members scan the QR Code now available in your account under “My QR Code”. Here are just a few of the boxes you can look forward to:

  • 2020-21 Panini Prizm Basketball Hobby Box: Including 2 Autos and a Plethora of Prizm Parallels
  • 2021 Bowman Sapphire Edition Box: Stunning Sapphire Prospect Cards and an Auto
  • 2021 Panini Revolution Basketball Hobby Box: Amazing Parallels & Rookies to Chase
  • 2020 Panini Obsidian Football Hobby Box: 4 Autographs or Memorabilia Cards Per Box
  • 2020-21 Panini Impeccable Soccer Hobby Box: At least 4 Autographs

The cards pulled from these breaks will all be processed for free through our Standard consignment service, and winners will be chosen from a random draw after the conclusion of the NSCC. Winners will receive an email notification once the cards are added to their COMC accounts. For more info about the breaks, stop by Booth #624 at the show to speak with COMC’s team!

Panel Discussion Lineups Revealed

COMC hopes to bring you closer to some of the hobby’s most knowledgeable voices with multiple panel discussions taking place right at our NSCC Booth this year. We’ll be hosting a total of five panels over the course of the event, including one on Sunday with the legendary Dr. Jim Beckett. Each of these panels will be completely free for you to attend! Check out our schedule and updated lineup of special guests below:

Friday, July 30th

11:00am –11:45am CST: Jak, Nate, & Tyler from the Cardboard Illuminati Podcast

1:00pm – 2:00pm CST: COMC Founder & CEO Tim Getsch

Saturday, July 31st

11:00am –11:45am CST: Bernie (@levelupsubs), David (@dkcards7), & Adam (@herosforsale)

12:00pm – 12:45pm: CST: Jimmy Mahn (@kentuckybasketballcards) and Jimbo Reyes (@starstockinvestor) from the Kentucky Roadshow Shop

Sunday, August 1st

11:00am –11:45am CST: Dr. James “Jim” Beckett, Founder of Beckett and Host of the Sports Card Insights Podcast

COMC is a proud sponsor of Dr. Beckett’s Sport Card Insights Podcast!

Reminder: Drop-off Submissions & Cutoff Times

Our team looks forward to accepting your drop-off consignment submissions directly at our booth throughout the show. Our team will be accepting submissions directly at our Booth #624 until 3pm Central Time on Sunday. To speed up the drop-off process, please pack your items securely and print your submission paperwork in advance if possible. Be sure to select the “Drop Off @ Chicago, IL – National Sports Collectors Convention” option within the submission wizard as shown below.

Save on shipping costs by making a drop-off submission at COMC’s NSCC Booth #624!

We have computer stations with printers set up for consignors to use at the show. These stations can get busy during peak show hours, so we encourage you to print your submission slips in advance so your drop-off process is quick and easy, and you can spend more time enjoying the National! Minimum submission quantities and add-on fees still apply for drop-off submissions. Please review our COMC Selling Rates page for more information.

Ty Dillon Set to Join COMC at the National!

NASCAR driver and card collector Ty Dillon will be signing autographs at COMC's booth!

As we announced earlier this month, COMC will be welcoming NASCAR driver Ty Dillon as a special guest at our NSCC Booth on both Friday and Saturday! Ty is not only a professional driver but an active sports card collector himself; check out his Instagram @ty_dillon to see some of his recent pulls. Stay tuned – you may even see Ty break some boxes with us as well!

Be sure to watch the video message from Ty on our Instagram: checkoutmycards! For more information about Ty’s autograph signings at our booth, please refer to our first 2021 National Blog.

See You at Booth #624!

Our team is excited to return to the National and connect with members of the COMC community. The show is an incredible opportunity to celebrate the growth and future of the trading card hobby we all love so much. If you’re able to make the trip, be sure to stop by Booth #624 and connect with our team!

For more updates about COMC’s presence and promotions at the NSCC or to follow our National adventures from home, follow us on social media: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

COMC at The National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, IL July 28th – August 1st, 2021

COMC at the National

Hello Chicago!

COMC is excited to announce our presence and festivities at this year’s 41st National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, IL (Rosemont). Whether you’re new to COMC or a long-time user, be sure to come by our booth and say hello!

The convention will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center from Wednesday, July 28th through Sunday, August 1st. COMC will have a team of employees on hand in the corporate area at Booth #624 to accept consignment submissions and to answer your questions about COMC.

Here are some of the special events you can look forward to at our booth:

  • Consignment Drop-Off Center
  • Free Box Breaks
  • Free Athlete Autograph Sessions
  • Panel Discussions
  • Live WaxPackHero Podcast Recordings
  • Time With Tim

Where to Find COMC at the Show

The 2021 National Sports Collectors Convention will be hosted at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. For more information about the show itself, visit NSCCShow.com.

COMC will be in the heart of the showroom floor within the Corporate Pavilion at Booth #624. For those of you who stopped by during the 2019 National, we are in the exact same location as we were for that year’s show.

The location of COMC's Booth #624 at the NSCC.
COMC’s Booth Number is #624 and we’ll be neighboring SGC and Heritage Auctions!

Drop-Off Submission Information

We’re excited to offer our users the option to drop off their consignment submissions directly at our booth. Whether you’ve already been preparing a new COMC submission or plan to consign cards you find at the show, save the cost of shipping by dropping off your submissions directly at the COMC Booth!

Our team at the National will be accepting submissions for the following consignment services: Elite, Auctions, Select, and Standard. Minimum submission quantities and add-on fees still apply for drop-off submissions. Please review our COMC Selling Rates page for more information.

To speed up the drop-off process, please pack your items securely for shipment and print your submission paperwork in advance. Be sure to select the “Drop Off @ Chicago, IL – National Sports Collectors Convention” option within the submission wizard as shown below.

Select "Drop Off @ Chicago, IL - National Sports Collectors Convention" within the COMC Submission Wizard.

We will have computer stations with printers set up for consignors to use at the show. These stations can get busy during peak show hours, so we encourage you to print your submission slips in advance to make your drop-off process quick and easy!

Athlete Autograph Sessions

NASCAR driver and card collector Ty Dillon will be signing autographs at COMC's booth!

We’re excited to welcome NASCAR driver Ty Dillon to our booth on both Friday and Saturday! Ty is not only a professional driver but an active sports card collector himself. He’ll be signing 100 of his official racing trading cards in each day’s autograph session, all of which we’ll be providing to then give away to COMC users! All cards once autographed will be authenticated by Beckett directly at our booth. 

You may register for each day’s random draw for a chance to receive one of the autographed cards. You must have a COMC account to register for the draw, and you may only register once per day. The cards will all be processed for free through our Standard consignment service, and winners will be chosen from a random draw after the conclusion of the NSCC. Winners will receive an email notification once the cards are added to their COMC accounts.

Registration will be available at our booth at the opening of the show on Friday and Saturday at 10am CST, so be sure to come by our booth each day to sign up.

Autograph Session Schedule:

Friday, July 30th Ty Dillon @ 3pm CST

Saturday, July 31st Ty Dillon @ 1pm CST

*If you do not have a COMC account, you can sign up for free at our booth or from your mobile device. Sign up for an account now at comc.com/Account/Register. You may only register for the drawing once per day. You may not register in advance for future days’ autograph sessions. All autographed cards will be processed into the COMC users’ accounts. You may not collect the autographed card and take it home with you from the event.

Daily Box Breaks

It wouldn’t be the National without tables filled with awesome boxes and packs, and we’re excited to share that we’ll be hosting our own live box breaks at the COMC booth. All cards pulled from these box breaks will be processed into the accounts of COMC users who stop by our booth! More details to come about which products will be part of our box breaks.

You may register for each day’s random draw for a chance to receive one of the cards from that day’s box breaks. You must have a COMC account to register for the draw, and you may only register once per day. The cards will all be processed for free through our Standard consignment service, and winners will be chosen from a random draw after the conclusion of the NSCC. Winners will receive an email notification once the cards are added to their COMC accounts.

Registration will be available at our booth at the opening of the show each day at 10am CST, so be sure to come by our booth each day to enter into the giveaway for cards from each day’s breaks.

*If you do not have a COMC account, you can sign up for free at our booth or from your mobile device at the show. Sign up for an account now at comc.com/Account/Register. You may only register for that day’s box breaks the day of the box break. You may not register in advance for future days’ box breaks. All cards pulled from the breaks will be processed into the winners’ COMC accounts. You may not collect the cards at our booth and take them home with you from the event.

Panel Discussions

COMC will be hosting live panel discussions about the trading card hobby at our booth. These curated panels will feature industry experts, hobby entrepreneurs, social media influencers, and more who will share their journeys, discuss hobby news, and provide you with valuable insights. The panel discussions will range from 45 to 50 minutes each, and we’ll be announcing the lineups for each day’s panel discussions on our social media channels leading up to the show.

Live Podcast Recording

COMC is proud to be the title sponsor of Mike Sommer’s weekly WaxPackHero Sports Card Minute podcast. We’re excited to be hosting live podcast recordings of the WaxPackHero Podcast! Mike will be recording a recap of each day’s event live from our booth at 5pm CST on Thursday, Friday & Saturday. He’ll have guests join him to discuss each day’s events, speakers, and action from the event. If you aren’t already subscribed, make sure to check out the WaxPackHero Sports Card Minute podcast!

Time with Tim

COMC Founder and CEO Tim Getsch looks forward to meeting with our users and members of the trading card community to hear their feedback, ideas, and experiences they’ve had with our services.

If you’d like to request to meet with Tim for up to 30 minutes at the NSCC, please email us at timewithtim@comc.com. In your email please include the dates and times you’re available to meet, as well as a short list of the topics you wish to discuss. Please send your meeting request by no later than Monday, July 19th. You will be notified by email of your appointment time on Thursday, July 22nd. 

We’ll See You In Chicago!

Our team is excited to return to the National and connect with members of the COMC community. The show is an incredible opportunity to celebrate the growth and future of the trading card hobby that we all love so much.

As the countdown to the show continues, stay tuned for more updates about COMC’s presence and promotions at the National by following us on social media: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Join COMC at the Virtual Sport Card Expo June 19th-20th

*Updated July, 2nd 2021 with the names of the winners of the dice games, team match contests, box game prizes, box breaks, and updates on store credit. Scroll to the Post Expo Update section to learn more!

Event hosted and promoted by COMC Canada (COMC Consignment Corp).  

COMC will attend the Sport Card Expo – Virtual Edition on June 19th & 20th. Thanks to the sponsors of the show, attendance is free! We will be answering questions you may have on how COMC can be part of your hobby experience. Due to internal system limitations, we will not be able to respond to specific account user questions.

COMC will also be live streaming the two-day show on the COMC YouTube Channel.  Come and see why we were the most interactive booth last November. We are bringing all the excitement back, we made some improvements, and we are adding more fun!  We hope you’ll enjoy the experience!

For more details about the Sport Card Expo itself, and to register for the event, please visit the Virtual Sport Card Expo online at https://sportcardexpo.com/ve/

Follow COMC on Instagram for more information and details on all of the action at our booth!

COMC Portfolio Review

Do you have selling or flipping targets you want to achieve?  Do you want some advice on how to get more out of COMC?  If so, email sportcardexpo@comc.com if you are interested in having one of our experts review your portfolio and offer suggestions on how to improve your selling experience.

Team Match Contest

30/30 Early Bird TMC* – Guess the team of one of the three cards we pull from a daily e-Pack of 2020-21 Series One.  Everyone who guesses correctly will receive $30 towards your next processing submission.  All correct guesses will go into a draw for an additional $30 store credit.  Limit one guess per contest per day. 

50/50 TMC* – Guess the team of one of the three cards we pull from a daily e-Pack of 2020-21 Series One.  Everyone who guesses correctly will receive $50 towards your next processing submission.  All correct guesses will go into a draw for an additional $50 store credit.  Limit one guess per contest per day. 

*Daily pack break will take place 5 minutes before the next scheduled event.  To redeem your processing prize, write “TMC Winner” on your submission form and we will apply store credit towards it.  Your submission must be postmarked by July 30, 2021.   Unused processing store credit prizes will be forfeited.  The six-store credit draw winners will be announced on our blog and awarded funds by June 30, 2021.

Virtual Dice Game

A COMC member will roll three dice on the account holder’s behalf for a chance to win prizes. Winners will be drawn the week of June 27th and will be announced on our Blog page. To claim your prize, email sportcardexpo@comc.com by July 31st and we’ll add the card to your account within two weeks. 

Limit one roll per account per day. Limit one prize per account. As a bonus, if your roll turns up three of the same value (1-1-1, 2-2-2, etc) you win an instant prize to be mailed to your residence. Various styles and sizes of t-shirts available while supplies last.

COMC Challenge V2

Stop by our booth and watch the fun and competition!  If you are a contestant, invite your family and friends to cheer you on!

The Challenge is a game show-style competition with 8 contestants guessing the card number of the card we hold up for viewing.  First correct guess scores 1 pt.  Use any available tools to guess the correct answer.  Only one guess per contestant per card.  This process is repeated for 10 minutes.  Every 5th card is the “money ball” where the first correct guess scores two points. The highest score after 10 minutes is the winner of a $25.00 store credit. All other participants will receive $5.00 store credit. You must have a COMC account and must be in the booth and share your video to participate.  Not sharing video may be subject to starting at a deficit.  You must be present 10 minutes before the contest begins. You can participate only once in the qualifying round.

Contestant registration is first-come, first-serve by emailing your selected time slots in order of preference to sportcardexpo@comc.com.  We will send an email confirming you are registered, and we will update the blog when all spots are filled.

Include the following in your email: 

A) Your COMC account.  (For kids, it will be a parent’s or designates account)

B) Specify a choice of day and time, but it is preferred that you mention you are “OPEN” as spots may fill up fast and it’s easier for us just to assign you to an open slot.

Kids Edition:  Participants must be 12 years old and under and will receive an instant prize as well.  Winners will not participate in the playoffs.

Employee Invitational:  Some fun for staff members on their off time.  Top performers will participate in their own finals tournament.

We will also accept standbys in case registrants do not show up on time or they are unable to participate.  Let us know 15 minutes before the start of the next contest.

Second Place, Second Chance: With 6 daily winners and 8 playoff spots, there are two spots available for the top second-place winners to also compete in the playoffs.  Check back after 1:30pm Challenge Round to see if you qualify.  

Tournament of Champions Playoff:  The 6 daily winners plus the top second-place finishers compete for 4 spots in the finals.  In the event of a tie, sudden death will determine the finalists.  There is one 1st place prize of $50 store credit in the playoff round.

Tournament of Champions Finals:  The top 4 from Saturday and the top 4 from Sunday compete in the finals.  There will be 2 rounds of 8 minutes.  The second round will have 2 points awarded for a correct guess with 1 additional point on the money ball.  1st Place – $100 store credit; 2nd place – $50 store credit; 3rd place – $25 store credit.  In the event of ties for store credit prizes, sudden death will determine the winners.

Free Daily Box Breaks

We will be offering random team breaks to any COMC account holders who would like to participate.  Instead of first come, first, serve, we will draw entrants to represent the number of teams in that league.  Winners of the breaks will receive only the “hits” (inserts and rookie year cards, but no veteran base or commons) and must be at the booth to “pick up” their prize(s).   Winner cards will be processed into associated accounts within 3 weeks.

To improve efficiency, you can email sportcardexpo@comc.com your name, COMC username for both physical box breaks before the event begins, but you still will be required to acknowledge that you are at the booth daily.  We can then check off your name instead of recording all the details from scratch.

You can register for both box breaks each day but can only participate in one.  By default, if you were assigned a team in the first break, win or lose, your entry in the second break will be nullified.  Multi-team cards will be randomized among the teams involved.  Cards with no affiliated team assigned will be randomized among all participants.  Cards affiliated with a team that was relocated belong to the current franchise. For example, the Winnipeg Jets up to April 1996 belong to the Arizona Coyotes.

Free Upper Deck e-Pack Daily Box Breaks 

Same as above, but you must have an Upper Deck e-Pack account.  You can register for a free account here.  https://www.upperdeckepack.com/Registration  

You can email sportcardexpo@comc.com your name, e-Pack username for both e-Pack box breaks before the event begins, but you still will be required to acknowledge that you are at the booth daily.  We can then check off your name instead of recording all the details from scratch.

Winners must be at the booth to acknowledge and “pick up” their prize(s).  Winners will then have one week up to June 27th, 2021, to initiate a trade with our e-Pack account to facilitate a transfer of their prize.  

Daily Schedule

Subject to change. All times listed in PDT

Saturday, June 19

8:00am Show starts (stretch & warm-up)

8:45am 30/30 Early Bird Team Match Contest

9:00am COMC Challenge #1

9:30am COMC Challenge #2

10:00am COMC Challenge #3

10:30am COMC Challenge Employee Invitational

11:00am Upper Deck e-Pack Box Break #1

11:45am 50/50 Team Match Contest #1

12:00pm COMC Challenge #4

12:30pm COMC Challenge #5

1:00pm Box Break #1

1:45pm 50/50 Team Match Contest #2

2:00pm COMC Challenge #6

2:30pm COMC Challenge Tournament of Champions Playoff

3:00pm COMC Challenge Kids Edition

3:30pm COMC Challenge Employee Invitational

4:00pm End of day

Dice Game:  All day long

​Sunday, June 20

8:00am 30/30 Early Bird Team Match Contest

8:30am COMC Challenge #1

9:00am COMC Challenge #2

9:30am COMC Challenge #3

10:00am COMC Challenge #4

10:30am COMC Challenge Employee Invitational Finals

11:00am Upper Deck e-Pack Box Break #1

11:45am 50/50 Team Match Contest #1

12:00pm COMC Challenge #5

12:30pm COMC Challenge #6

1:00pm Box Break #1

1:45pm 50/50 Team Match Contest #2

2:00pm COMC Challenge Tournament of Champions Playoff

2:30pm COMC Challenge Tournament of Champions Finals

3:00pm End of show

Dice Game:  All day long

Disclaimer and fine print: These events are meant for fun, and we appreciate that your participation will be in the same spirit.  The rules and regulations have been thought through, but some factors may have been missed and will require rules to be implemented on the spot using our best common sense.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.  COMC credit prizes and instant prizes will be issued within 4 weeks of the show’s end date (July 20th).  Lastly, we hope everyone enjoys Father’s Day the best way possible.


POST EXPO UPDATE

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth. We hope you enjoyed the experience. There is considerable post-Expo work to take care of in addition to our regular processing and shipping duties. We will provide an update here twice per week in terms of progress related to the specific interactive event. We ask you to stay updated here and not to contact customer service unless it is outside the timelines provided. Without further ado, here are the winners of the Virtual Dice Game.

ROLL A 3, 4, OR 5 – 2019-20 Panini Chronicles Hall of Fame Autographs Purple #HF-LBI Larry Bird #21/25 – pholmes116

ROLL A 6 OR 7 – 2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops #268 Luka Doncic – Jcards23

ROLL AN 8 – 2018-1 Upper Deck SP Game Used Red Auto Jersey #60 Carey Price – kevinantunes

ROLL A 9 – 2017-18 Upper Deck #247 Brock Boeser RC – sapphirecore

ROLL A 10 – 2017-18 Panini Donruss Optic #188 Donovan Mitchell RC

– thecardgeek

ROLL A 11 – 2013-14 Panini Rookie Anthology Score Update #686 Nathan MacKinnon RC – Starbuckqc

ROLL A 12 – 2019 Topps Chrome #201 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC – Ericscards

ROLL A 13 – 2015-16 Panini Court Kings #114 Devin Booker RC – exodus

ROLL A 14 OR 15 – 2016-17 Upper Deck SP Game Used Draft Day Marks “O” #DDM-KC Kyle Connor #16/35 – fotoman1997

ROLL A 16, 17, OR 18 – 2020-21 Upper Deck #201 Alexis Lafreniere RC – SD

To claim your prize, email sportcardexpo@comc.com with your name and username before 23:59:59 PDT July 31, 2021.  This email is strictly for use to handle trade show prize claims.  Any other customer service-related issues must be sent to staff@comc.com

T-Shirt winners in the Virtual Dice Game currently have their prizes retrieved for shipping.

COMC Box Game Prizes

  • Store credit issuance completed.

COMC Challenge Prize Distribution

  • All prize winners being reviewed for accuracy prior to issuing of store credit issue.  Target date – July 9th
  • Kids prizes are in transit for mail delivery.  Target date – July 9th

E-Pack Box Breaks

  • Prizes are being matched back to claimants.
  • Once confirmed, trades will be issued to the e-Pack account holders.  Target date – July 9th

Physical Box Breaks

  • Prizes are being matched back to claimants.
  • Once confirmed, processing orders will be created to COMC account holders.  Target date – July 9th.  Cards to be added to winners’ accounts by July 16th.

 Team Match Contests

  • Processing Winners must send submissions postmarked before August 1st, 2021; Store credit winners will be issued their prize by July 2nd
  • $30 Processing Winners – Woogie23, Starbuckqc, TD63, asromano, Brody99
  • $50 Processing Winners – lvantresca, Szelzki, lizzietoon (2x), fotoman1997, letch77, Mikescard79, Asblendorio, jkadlitz, jmcquillan, CaptainOrv, bgoraj, costa1000, pholmes116
  • $30 Store Credit Winners – Starbuckqc, TD63
  • $50 Store Credit Winners – lizzietoon, Mikescards79, jkadlitz, pholmes116

T-Shirt winners in the Virtual Dice Game to be shipped out next week.

COMC Challenge Prize Distribution

  • Main Prizes issued.  Kids Challenge store credit target date – July 8th
  • Kids prizes are either mailed (Canada) or in transit for mail delivery (USA).    

E-Pack Box Breaks

  • Once confirmed, trades will be issued to the e-Pack account holders.  Target date – July 9th

Physical Box Breaks

  • Prizes set to be processed into COMC account holders.
  • Cards to be added to winners’ accounts by July 16th.

Are You Ready for Some Football?

The NFL Playoffs are rushing towards this year’s Super Bowl, with the Conference Championship games taking place this Sunday. The NFC Conference Championship will see Buccaneers QB Tom Brady appear in his 9th conference championship game in the last 10 years, having now played in 14 conference championship games in his 21-year career. His opponent will be the #1 seed Green Bay Packers led by QB Aaron Rodgers, who many experts expect to win the MVP award this season. A snowy Sunday forecast for Lambeau Field should create an incredible atmosphere for this epic matchup of two great quarterbacks.

For the second season in a row, the AFC conference championship will feature the Kansas City Chiefs, who had another dominant season following their Super Bowl victory last year. They’ll take on Josh Allen and the rising Buffalo Bills in what will be the Bills’ first conference title game appearance since 1994.

Who will hoist the Lombardi trophy as victors of Super Bowl LV? We will have to wait a few more weeks to see, but it has already been a truly incredible NFL season.

The Season that Almost Wasn’t

As with most professional sports in 2020, the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic created uncertainty surrounding the NFL season. The NFL developed a plan to isolate coaches, players, and staff in hopes of preventing the spread of COVID. Although all of the preseason games were cancelled, the NFL kicked off a full 16 game regular season on September 10th.

The NFL was able to design the season with proper flexibility to move games to alternate dates and days of the week, or even switch teams that would play in the event of COVID spikes. After a 19-week season, and a total of 256 regular-season games on the schedule, the NFL managed to play all 256 games.

Several Teams Find New Homes

The 2020 season marked the Raiders’ debut in Las Vegas after spending the past 22 years in Oakland. The Raiders franchise is no stranger to moving and changing cities. After making their debut in 1960, the Raiders called Oakland home for 22 seasons before moving to Los Angeles in 1982. The team would then return to the Bay Area in 1995 and remain there until their move to Las Vegas this season, the third move in franchise history! The Raiders’ new home in Las Vegas is Allegiant Stadium, which opened this fall.

Two teams which moved to Los Angeles in recent history also settled into their new home this season. 2020 was the inaugural season for SoFi Stadium, the home for both the Chargers and Rams in Inglewood, CA. COVID restrictions in California prevented attendance at SoFi Stadium this season, so we will have to wait to see the 70,240 seat stadium filled with fans.

It’s All in a Name Change

After many years of debate, NFL owner Dan Snyder dropped the Redskins name and imagery from his franchise in July 2020. Although there was a plan to announce a new team name and mascot before the season began, the re-branding timeline was pushed into the future and the team will be renamed at a later date. For the 2020 season, they’d be known as the Washington Football Team. The first official Washington Football Team trading cards appeared in some of the 2020 football products, including Prizm.

Top Quarterbacks Change Teams

Another storyline which made the 2020 season special was that some of the NFL’s most well-known quarterbacks found new homes.

After 20 years with the New England Patriots, Tom Brady became a free agent and found a new home with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, or “Tompa Bay” as their fans would soon say. Brady largely lived up to the hype and led the Bucs to the playoffs this year for the first time since 2007.

Tom Brady’s departure left a big question mark at QB for the Patriots: who would Belichick choose as Brady’s successor? The Patriots sent shockwaves through the football world by signing 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton, a former #1 overall draft pick and the longtime QB for the Carolina Panthers. The hobby’s reaction to the news reflected excitement and optimism for Cam to succeed with the Patriots, and his football cards were rapidly bought and sold in the hours following the news. Although Newton showed flashes of his former greatness, the Patriots ultimately finished at 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

After mutually agreeing to part ways with the Chargers franchise after 16 seasons, Philip Rivers found a new home with the Indianapolis Colts, leading them to the playoffs with a wildcard berth this season. This would be his final NFL season, as Rivers announced his retirement from pro football on January 20th.

Quarterbacks Rule the Game

Some of the game’s younger quarterback are quickly becoming faces of the NFL. One of those is Patrick Mahomes, who has already won an MVP award and a Super Bowl in his first four seasons. Putting up another brilliant season, Mahomes has the Kansas City Chiefs poised to make a run at back to back Super Bowl victories.

Several other young QBs are taking their place in the spotlight too. The Bills’ Josh Allen and the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson each led their teams to the playoffs, and 2019 #1 overall draft pick Kyler Murray showed signs of growth in his second year with the Cardinals.

The 2020 NFL Draft featured a trio of talented young quarterbacks in the top 10 picks. #1 overall draft pick Joe Burrow was Cincinnati’s starting quarterback from the beginning of the season, but unfortunately suffered a season ending injury in Week 11. #5 overall pick Tua Tagovailoa showed his potential to be a future franchise quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. The early favorite of the 2020 rookie QB class, however, was the player taken one pick after Tua, the Chargers’ #6 overall pick Justin Herbert. He broke Carson Wentz’s 2016 NFL Rookie record for the most completions this season, and passed for a near-record of 4,336 yards and 31 touchdowns in his rookie campaign.

Don’t Miss COMC’s Football Finale Auction Event

Football card collectors, don’t miss COMC’s eBay Homepage Auctions Event January 25th – 31st. Building up to this year’s Super Bowl, this “Football Finale” Auction Event will place a special focus on modern football cards and is the perfect opportunity to find high-end football cards to add to your collections and portfolios.

While the eBay homepage the promotion will be focused on football cards, COMC Auctions lists new 7-day, $0.99 auctions across all major sports every night from 5-9pm PST. Shop auctions ending soon here! And with a COMC account, you can transfer your auction wins from COMC’s eBay store directly into your COMC account to ship later or try to flip. Link your COMC and eBay accounts today at COMC.com/Manage/AuctionsWon to take advantage of this incredible feature of COMC!

Whether you have hot football cards of your own, rarities from Pokémon, or high-end trading cards from nearly any other category, COMC makes it easy to sell them! Please review our “COMC Supported Trading Cards” blog for more information about which cards can be consigned with COMC, and get started selling with us at COMC.com/sell

About the Author:

Andy is the COMC Marketing Manager, bringing a wealth of marketing experience combined with a passion for trading cards. As an active hobby investor, he enjoys collecting and selling trading cards, especially football cards. Andy’s energy and enthusiasm are shared with the local community through his volunteer efforts at the theater and shouting from the stands at the University of Tennessee football games.

Sports Highlights & How They Affected the Trading Card Hobby in 2020

2020 has been full of surprises that no one, not a single one of us, has ever asked for.

Every year typically has a few defining moments, but this past year has contained so many world-changing, paradigm-shifting developments that it’s getting hard to believe we’re not in a simulation that’s running every possible scenario at once.

Against the backdrop of the global Coronavirus pandemic, the events of 2020 brought new challenges no one was prepared for, changing the way we live and how we connect with each other. 

This year has taken many things from us — birthday celebrations, live concerts, and simply hugging the people we love. But COVID-19 cannot take our love of trading cards.

It can be said that 2020 was the year of the trading card hobby boomed during a pandemic. It was a year that saw wax and online exclusives from trading card manufacturers sell out instantly, and retail card aisle shelves empty shortly after each restock. 2020 also saw the hobby embrace purchasing fractional shares of trading cards, giving collectors a vehicle by which they could own a part of a trading card grail they could never own otherwise.

In many ways, this year saw more growth in the trading card hobby than any year before. Even the boom of the junk wax era of the mid-80s and 90s could not hold a candle to the explosion that we witnessed this year. There were many events that helped drive that increased interest in the hobby this year: some from the sports world, others from hobby influencers, and others born out of tragedy. This is a look back at all of those events, and how they shaped the biggest trading card boom ever.

Kobe Bryant’s Death

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2020 started off with what can be described as a national tragedy. On the cold winter morning of January 26th, the devastating news began to spread that NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, along with his oldest daughter Gianna, several of her teammates, coaches, and friends, had all perished in a helicopter crash just outside of Los Angeles, California. 

Sports fans began to flock to anything that helped them to connect to Kobe, including his basketball cards. Kobe’s legacy lives on through the fans he inspired, and he will be officially inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in May 2021.

The Last Dance Effect

As winter turned to spring, so did the attention of the sports world to another NBA icon. In ESPN’s documentary series “The Last Dance”, basketball fans got a closer look at Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ 1997-98 NBA championship team.

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Originally scheduled to premiere in Summer 2020, ESPN made the decision to move up the premiere of the series to April in light of the pandemic. It provided a way for sports fans to re-live one of the greatest championship runs in sports history during a time when the return of live sports was still taking shape.

Michael Jordan was already an icon within the sports card hobby. His 1986 Fleer rookie card is considered by many collectors as one of the holy grails of the hobby. The Last Dance fueled even more interest in his legacy, leading to unprecedented all-time highs in his cards’ values.

Zion-Mania Takes Off

Looking to basketball’s future stars, “Zion-mania” had the hobby in overdrive chasing rookie cards this year. Zion Williamson, the New Orleans Pelicans’ #1 overall pick out of Duke, may have had the most highly hyped and sought-after basketball rookie cards since LeBron James. The chance of pulling red-hot Zion rookies sent unopened wax of the newest releases into never before seen heights.

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Zion was just one of many talented rookies in a 2019-20 class which also featured Ja Morant and Tyler Herro. All of a sudden, collectors and flippers alike were buying up hangers, blasters, hobby boxes, and more in the hopes of pulling the next hot rookie they could flip for profit. It drove the prices and demand for new releases sky high and left many collectors wondering if they would be able to even find or buy any basketball card products at retail prices again.

Panini Mosaic Emerges

Another factor driving the basketball trading card fever was Panini revamping Mosaic Prizm to a wider release as the standalone Mosaic product. Mosaic Prizm Basketball had been released as a limited-edition online product since the 2016-17 season. The re-configured 2019-20 release of Mosaic Basketball brought a new spin on the product to a much larger audience, including blasters and hanger packs which flew off of retail shelves.

Panini followed up the success of the new Mosaic Basketball with 2020 Panini Mosaic Football. The fervor for this product was driven by the rookie cards of three quarterbacks: Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert. Just as with Mosaic Basketball, the product was impossible for many collectors to find on retail shelves.

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The Ups & Downs of Topps Project 2020

Even as plans for a 2020 MLB season were still up in the air, Topps ignited the market for baseball cards with its Project 2020 set. Partnering with some of the best-known modern artists from around the world, Topps had created a way to marry the cutting edge of art and design with classic baseball cards.

Topps picked 20 of its most iconic cards and had each of the 20 artists chosen for the project recreate them in their own style. Two new cards were released each week and were only available for a 48-hour period on Topps’ website. Topps would print as many of the cards as customers’ ordered, and the initial print runs hovered around ~2,000 copies of each card.

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What started off with little to no fanfare would grow to become one of the biggest stories of the hobby this year. As the hobby began to take more notice of Project 2020, collectors sought after the initial card releases such as the Ben Baller Ichiro and Ermsy Trout. Cards that were originally sold through Topps website for $19.99 were being sold for hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars on the secondary market. Once collectors and flippers saw these incredible returns, they started ordering more and more of the newest releases directly from Topps, pushing the print runs from less than two thousand to tens of thousands of copies. Project 2020 saw its peak print run with Keith Shore’s version of the 1989 Topps Ken Griffey Jr. rookie: 99,177 copies!

Those elevated print runs would ultimately be the downfall of Project 2020. As flippers bought more cards, the scarcity of the cards evaporated, and so did the profits. Project 2020 officially wrapped up in December 2020 and has left the hobby community with many valuable lessons and exciting questions. Will we see more on-demand card releases in the years to come, and will the hobby continue to cross over into art and culture?

Baseball is Back…Maybe

Although it is hard to remember, traditional spring training was just getting started in February prior to the impact of the pandemic. Players began to gather at their teams’ spring training locations, all while keeping a close eye on the news about COVID-19, and wondering if their season would happen at all.

This year’s baseball season came with a lot of hype, and high expectations for several young budding superstars. All eyes were on Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. following his fantastic sophomore season in 2019. Baseball fans and sports cards collectors everywhere were ready for him to have truly superstar season.

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Collectors’ eyes were also on two potential future superstars in the Nationals’ Juan Soto and the Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. Soto’s 2019 season ended with a World Series win for Washington, and Tatis Jr.’s rookie season in 2019 had many collectors seeing flashes of a player who could become one of the game’s biggest and brightest future stars.

The interest in all three players had collectors scooping up 2020 Topps Series 1 cards as fast as Topps could print them, in search of both these superstars and the next wave of talented rookies. The hype heading into the 2020 season also saw an explosion in collectors chasing any high-grade versions of superstars’ cards. From autographed cards, relics, and more, collectors could not get enough of baseball’s superstars.

2020 also saw a continuation of a hobby trend that picked up speed in 2019. More and more collectors were paying top dollar for high-grade cards of the hottest superstars across all sports that were not the players’ traditional rookie card. Before in the hobby, collectors were only willing to pay top dollar for players rookie cards, but now collectors were willing to pay big bucks for top graded cards of players second, third, fifth, eighth-year cards, and more. 

Love for Panini Prizm Continues to Grow

2020 also saw the continuation of the trend of collectors flocking to a player’s first Panini Prizm card as well. The love for Panini Prizm cards is no secret in our hobby. Collectors have the yearly Prizm releases for individual sports marked on their calendars. The chase for players’ Prizm rookie cards became increasingly competitive both upon release and in the secondary market, leading to desolate retail shelves shortly after each restock and rising online sales activity and prices.

Another important trend was the chase for veteran players’ first Prizm card with a specific team. An example is card #129 in 2019-20 Prizm, which is LeBron James’ first Prizm card picturing him in his Lakers uniform. Though the card is from LeBron’s 17th season at the time, high-grade parallels of that card have sold for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. This led collectors to chase other superstars’ first Prizm releases such as the 2014 Prizm World Cup soccer cards of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s a trend that exploded in 2020 and could grow into 2021.

Soccer Cards Surge

Speaking of soccer, or as our friends around the world would say “football”, no other sport experienced the level of exponential growth that soccer cards did this year in the hobby. Prior to 2020, soccer had been considered a distant 5th place among the most popular sport among collectors, but this status quo has been disrupted.

Thanks to several young stars and 2022 World Cup hopefuls, the fervor for soccer cards took the hobby by storm this year. Young superstars Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, and Jadon Sancho each set the soccer card world on fire as collectors worldwide chased after the limited quantities of their cards available. American players such as Christian Pulisic, Giovanni Reyna, and Weston McKennie impressed fans as international competition resumed, fueling excitement for soccer’s future in the United States.

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As 2020 comes to a close, soccer cards are argued by some to have passed hockey cards as the fourth most popular sport in the hobby this year. With the next World Cup looming in 2022, the surge in soccer card sales likely isn’t stopping anytime soon.

Pokémon’s Return to the Spotlight

Talking about growth in the hobby this year, raise your hand if you foresaw the unprecedented growth and resurgence of Pokémon cards? It seems like every day a Pokémon card is selling at a new record price thanks to celebrities continuing to showcase their high-grade collections.

Recent Pokémon releases featured stunning full-art and holographic cards of Charizard, and collectors chased after increasingly rare sealed boxes and packs of the original Wizards of the Coast releases. As the saying goes, “everything old is new again,” and this could never be truer than for Pokémon cards in 2020.

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Collectors who were captivated by the original cards as children are now in their twenties and thirties, and are paying top dollar to “catch them all” decades later. If you still have a Pokémon collection from your childhood, you should check to see if you have some of the iconic cards driving the Pokémon market, such as holographic Charizards and the elusive Gold Star rares from the EX series.

Chasin’ Jasson

As with every year, collectors are always seeking and hunting for the next big thing in the sports card world. 2020 was no different, with this year’s future star card chase revolving around one of baseball’s biggest prospects in Jasson Dominguez.

Collectors had good reason to be excited about Dominguez. He’s a power-hitting outfield prospect for the Yankees, one of baseball’s most popular and perennially competitive teams. At the time of 2020 Bowman’s release he had just turned 17 years old and had yet to appear in a professional game, but scouts were reporting a bright future and high ceiling.

His 2020 1st Bowman Chrome card and its autographed parallels became must-have baseball cards upon release. As collectors pulled more of the cards and got them graded, the prices only continued to rise, with some of his high-grade cards selling for five figures at their peak.

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Without a minor league season in 2020, we have still yet to see if Dominguez’s hype will translate to on-field success. Although he’s likely a few seasons away from his major league debut in the Bronx, his minor league debut in 2021 is anxiously anticipated by card collectors.

Balling in a Bubble

In an effort to complete the 2019-20 NBA season that was put on hold earlier in the spring, the NBA decided to resume play in July for a shortened finish to the regular season in a “bubble” in Orlando, Florida. The games were played in one location to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

There were 22 teams that were invited to the bubble: the 16 teams in playoff position and the six teams within six games of playoff position. With less active teams and higher stakes games, there was a mad dash to buy and flip any and all players that performed well in the bubble, with surprise breakouts including Bol Bol and T.J. Warren.

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All in all, the NBA Bubble created the perfect storm for collectors during a pandemic and exemplified just how volatile the trading card hobby has become. With little to no other sports to distract collectors, all of the hobby focus was on the bubble games.

We Finally Got a Shortened Baseball Season

Last but not least on our 2020 hobby journey is the MLB Playoffs and the World Series. Much like the NBA, Major League Baseball decided to play the World Series from one location and showcased the Rangers’ brand new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Compared to the NBA Bubble, the MLB Playoffs were fairly quiet amongst collectors. Even with superstars such as Mookie Betts, Fernando Tatis Jr, and Ronald Acuña Jr. in the pennant races, collectors were less engaged game to game. That was until rookie right fielder Randy Arozarena broke out for the Rays in the American League Division Championship Series.

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Randy had a fairly quiet regular season, but he would leave an everlasting mark on the playoffs and the World Series. He would set the record for the most hits, total bases and home runs in a single postseason run. After his ALDS breakout to help the Rays get past the Yankees, the hobby was clamoring for his cards.

Since Arozarena had been so under the radar, very few of his cards had been graded and those that had been became like gold to collectors. He was featured in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform in both 2020 Topps Series 1 and 2020 Chrome, so the few cards of him in a Rays uniform at that point were also sought after.

Thanks in large part to Randy’s record-setting performance and late-game heroics, the Rays were able to stretch the heavily favored Los Angeles Dodgers to a sixth World Series game, before eventually losing as the Dodgers finally captured their first World Series since 1988.

It will be interesting to watch Arozarena’s sophomore performance this coming season and see the hobby’s reaction. Was his 2020 postseason dominance lightning in a bottle, or the beginning of a great career?

What a Year 2020 Proved to Be

So how do we sum up 2020, what has been the strangest year in all of our lives, when it comes to the trading card hobby? It was first and foremost a year of tremendous growth for the hobby. Some say the hobby grew by 3 times, 5 times, and even 10 times in size this year. 2020 was the year with more active collectors than ever before engaging in the hobby. Some of these new entrants were true rookies to the hobby, while others returned to the hobby after years or even decades away from cards.

This year saw the hobby make the news again in print, on the airwaves, and across the internet. Newspapers, magazines, and more media outlets excitedly reported the hobby’s phenomenal growth amidst the pandemic. The hobby received TV coverage on ESPN and cable business news channels as well. As cards become mentioned more and more alongside stocks and other tangible investments, the great debate amongst hobbyists continues as to whether or not trading cards are true investments.

If 2020 left us with anything, it left us knowing that our hobby is stronger than ever. The passion collectors have for the hobby was on full display this year. We are all the caretakers of this hobby we love and enjoy. Let us remember to take care of it, take care of each other, and together we will enjoy this hobby for many more years to come. 

About the Author:

Andy is the COMC Marketing Manager, bringing a wealth of marketing experience combined with a passion for trading cards. As an active hobby investor, he enjoys collecting and selling trading cards, especially football cards. Andy’s energy and enthusiasm are shared with the local community through his volunteer efforts at the theater and shouting from the stands at the University of Tennessee football games.

Announcing COMC’s Next eBay Homepage Auction Event: Football Finale

COMC Auctions are Set to Headline the eBay Homepage for the Football Finale from January 25th – 31st!

We are excited to announce that COMC Auctions will be featured on eBay’s homepage from January 25th – 31st. This “Football Finale” auction event will place a special focus on modern football cards, and is the perfect opportunity to increase your auctions’ visibility as the excitement builds leading up to the Super Bowl!

While the homepage promotion will be focused on football cards, you are also welcome to submit your high-end trading cards across all other sports and genres to auction with COMC. Whether you have hot sports cards, rarities from Pokémon, or high-end trading cards from nearly any other category, COMC makes it easy to sell them! Please review our “COMC Supported Trading Cards” blog for more information about which cards can be consigned with us.

All items must be received by 1/15 to be eligible for this promotion.

Here’s everything you need to know about submitting your trading cards for maximum exposure in this event.

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 1/2 – 1/8 will END during the promotion
Cards received 1/9 – 1/15 will BEGIN during the promotion

To create a new mail-in auctions submission, 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

Cards submitted for transfer 1/1 – 1/7 will END during the promotion
Cards submitted for transfer 1/8 – 1/14 will BEGIN during the promotion

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, a potential opportunity for flipping! 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

Cards transferred between 1/8 – 1/14 will END during the promotion
Cards transferred between 1/15 – 1/21 will BEGIN during the promotion

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

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 at least $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. 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. With any additional questions, please email COMC’s Auctions team at auctions@comc.com. We are excited for you to participate in this eBay Homepage Auction Event!


About the Author:

Andy is the COMC Marketing Manager, bringing a wealth of marketing experience combined with a passion for trading cards. As an active hobby investor, he enjoys collecting and selling trading cards, especially football cards. Andy’s energy and enthusiasm are shared with the local community through his volunteer efforts at the theater and shouting from the stands at the University of Tennessee football games.

Fall into Flipping

What a year it’s been for the trading card hobby! This year has seen tremendous growth across the entire collectors’ hobby, with sports and non-sports cards reaching new heights of popularity and prices. One of the most popular and fastest-growing aspects of the hobby has become flipping cards. 

So, what is card flipping? It’s a term you most likely heard around the hobby but may not know what it means or entails.  

Many in the hobby use the term flipping to describe purchasing a card at a low price and selling it at an increased price for a profit. Others refer to flipping as a card they pulled from a pack and sold for a profit. For most people in the hobby, flipping means selling a card quickly, no matter how it was acquired, for a profit. 

One of the great user features of COMC is buying cards directly on our marketplace and storing the cards there until you are ready to sell them. This feature allows you to purchase a card, and relist it at a higher price, and flip it on our marketplace without ever requiring you to ship the card out to you. With COMC, you can purchase a card, immediately relist it, and quickly flip it for a profit all in the same day.

Looking to flip trading cards for profit on COMC but don’t know how to get started? We put together this easy to follow tutorial for you.

If you have any questions after reading this tutorial, don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.


About the Author:

Andy is the COMC Marketing Manager, bringing a wealth of marketing experience combined with a passion for trading cards. As an active hobby investor, he enjoys collecting and selling trading cards, especially football cards. Andy’s energy and enthusiasm are shared with the local community through his volunteer efforts at the theater and shouting from the stands at the University of Tennessee football games.