COMC’s NBA Tip-Off eBay Auction Event: Submit Your Basketball Cards Now

Are you ready for the NBA Tip-Off? COMC Auctions is partnering with eBay to promote our NBA Tip-Off Auction Event!

High-end basketball cards consigned with COMC Auctions will be featured on eBay’s homepage from Monday, October 18th through Sunday, October 24th, 2021. Take advantage of this opportunity to increase the visibility of your basketball card auctions as the NBA season begins!

Below you’ll find all the information you need to submit your basketball cards for this special auction event!

When and How to Submit Your Basketball Cards:

If you’re new to COMC, please first register for a COMC account here. Registered COMC users have multiple options for submitting their basketball cards to auction during this event. Whether you already have consigned cards with us to auction or if you are considering sending new cards to COMC specifically for this event, details and key dates are listed below.


Mail-In Submission Deadlines

  • New mail-in auction submissions received by Thursday, September 30th 2021 will be included in the promotion.
  • Before printing your Submission Slips, please make sure to select the specific “NBA Tip-Off eBay Auction Event” option in the COMC Submission Wizard.
  • On the outside of all mail-in submission packages for this event, please clearly mark “NTS” on all sides of the package. This will ensure our team can correctly prioritize your submission.

To create a new mail-in auction submission, first Register, then log in and visit Start New Submission in your COMC Account. To ensure your basketball cards are included in this promotion, you must select the “NBA Tip-Off eBay Auction Event” processing service in Step 3 of the Submission Wizard.

You will receive an email notification from our team confirming that we have received your submission. Once we’ve processed and scheduled your items for auction, you will be able to view them in your COMC account’s Auction History.


Transfer COMC Elite Items to Auction By Friday, October 8th

If you already have COMC Elite Basketball Items in your account, you are welcome to transfer them to Auction specifically for this NBA Tip-Off event. Only items which have already been processed through our Elite Consignment Service are eligible to be transferred directly to auction. To be included in the promotion, COMC Elite basketball items must be transferred to auction by Friday, October 8th, 2021.

When transferring your items to auction, please select the “NBA Tip-Off eBay Auction Event” option shown below.

As highlighted above, please make sure to select “NBA Tip-Off eBay Auction Event” when transferring your COMC Elite Items to auction for this event.
  1. In your Inventory Manager, find the COMC Elite Item you want to transfer to auction
  2. Click on the Actions menu
  3. Select “Send to Auction”
  4. Select the “NBA Tip-Off eBay Auction Event” option.

After transferring your cards to auction, they move from your Inventory Manager to Auction Submissions in your COMC account. Please note that all transfer to auction submissions are final. Once scheduled for auction, you can monitor your auctions in Auction History.


Non-Elite Items Transfer Deadlines

Cards already consigned with COMC which have not yet been upgraded to COMC Elite Items must first be Reprocessed as Elite to be eligible for COMC Auctions. To ensure that your items will be reprocessed as Elite in time for this auction event, we encourage you to submit them for reprocessing as soon as possible.

  • To be re-processed as Elite in time for this Auction Event, items must be submitted for Elite Re-Processing by Friday, September 17th, 2021.

Follow these steps to submit items in your COMC account for Elite Reprocessing:

  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 COMC Store Credit to submit the item

Once the items have been reprocessed as elite and returned to your COMC Inventory, please remember to then Send to Auction by Friday, October 8th, 2021.


Important COMC Auctions Reminders

  • The minimum fee per auction is $3.50, regardless of the final sale price. For a full breakdown of COMC Auction fees, see the COMC Auction Schedule and Fees blog.
  • We strongly 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 Select Processing Service Level if submissions primarily consist of items valued less than $10.
  • There are no cancellations once we receive your auction submission. If you want to instead consign your high-end trading cards through COMC as buy-it-now listings or field offers on the COMC.com marketplace, we encourage you to submit them using our Elite Service. All Elite Items are eligible to be transferred to auction at a later date.
  • Please review our Supported Trading Cards criteria if you have any questions about what items you can consign with COMC.
  • COMC is also proud to announce we are now accepting HGA Hybrid Grading Approach slabs for submissions. HGA gets added to a list of supported grading companies; including PSA, BGS, BVG, CSG, and SGC!
  • For more information about our auction service, please refer to our Auctions and Auctions FAQ pages.

Questions? Our Team is Here to Help!

If you have any questions about submitting your cards for this Auction Event, we welcome you to email the COMC Auctions Team at auctions@comc.com. For all other inquiries, please contact our Customer Service team by emailing staff@comc.com or clicking the red Support button on the bottom right corner of COMC.com.


COMC’s One Hundred Millionth Item Revealed

Earlier this summer, we announced that COMC would process the 100 millionth consigned item in company history. To celebrate this achievement, our founder & CEO Tim Getsch offered to buy the card for market value plus $1,000. We’re honored to share that we reached this incredible milestone, and the COMC user who consigned Item #100,000,000 accepted Tim’s offer to buy the card!

Proudly Presenting Our One Hundred Millionth Item. Congrats to COMC user lukew298 for Consigning Item #100,000,000.

Congrats to COMC User lukew298!

COMC Item #100,000,000 is a 2017 Topps Triple Threads Unity Jumbo Relic Auto numbered 32/75 of slugger Joey Gallo. The card was consigned through our Select processing service by COMC user lukew298. Officially added to the COMC marketplace on July 31st, 2021, the timing proved serendipitous as Joey Gallo had just been dealt to the New York Yankees!

COMC founder & CEO Tim Getsch bought the card from lukew298 for market value of $50 plus $1,000, in the form of COMC Store Credit. This card now holds a special place in Tim’s personal collection as an important piece of COMC history.

Congrats again to COMC user lukew298 on consigning the 100 millionth item! You can check out more of lukew298’s items for sale on COMC here.


Thank You For Choosing COMC!

This milestone and the overall growth of our company would not have been possible without the support and trust of our consignors, customers, and team members. Thank you for choosing COMC! We look forward to offering safe & easy trading card consignment for years to come and continuing to focus on fulfilling our mission to optimize your enjoyment of the hobby.

For the most recent progress updates regarding our shipping & fulfillment services, please see COMC president Julia Getsch’s August 2021 COMC Company Update.

COMC’s 2021 NFL Kickoff eBay Auction Event: Submit Your Football Cards Now

Are you ready for some football this fall? COMC Auctions is partnering with eBay to promote our 2021 NFL Kickoff Auction Event!

COMC is proud to announce our 2021 NFL Kickoff eBay Auction Event. Submit Your Football Cards Now!

High-end football cards consigned with COMC Auctions will be featured on eBay’s homepage from Monday, September 13th through Sunday, September 19th, 2021. This promotion is an excellent opportunity to increase the visibility of your football card auctions as the much-anticipated 2021 NFL football season gets underway.

Below you’ll find all the information you need about submitting your football cards for this special auction event!

When and How to Submit Your Football Cards:

If you’re new to COMC, please first register for a COMC account here. Registered COMC users have multiple options for submitting their football cards to be auctioned during this event. Whether you already have consigned cards 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

  • New mail-in auction submissions received by Thursday, August 26th 2021 will be included in the promotion.
  • Before printing your Submission Slips, please make sure to select the specific “NFL Kickoff eBay Auction Event” option in the COMC Submission Wizard.
  • On the outside of all mail-in submission packages for this event, please clearly mark “NSP” on all sides of the package. This will ensure that our team can correctly prioritize your submission.
As highlighted above, please make sure to select the “NFL Kickoff eBay Auction Event” option in our Submission Wizard when consigning football cards specifically for this event.

To create a new mail-in auction submission, first Register, then log in and visit Start New Submission in your COMC Account. To ensure your football cards are included in this promotion, you must select the “NFL Kickoff eBay Auction Event” processing service in Step 3 of the Submission Wizard as shown above.

You will receive an email notification from our team confirming that we have received your submission. Once we’ve processed and scheduled your items for auction, you will be able to view them in your COMC account’s Auction History.


Transfer COMC Elite Items to Auction By Friday, September 3rd

If you already have COMC Elite Football Items in your account, you are welcome to transfer them to Auction specifically for this NFL Kickoff event. Only items which have already been processed through our Elite Consignment Service are eligible to be transferred directly to auction. To be included in the promotion, COMC Elite football items must be transferred to auction by Friday, September 3rd, 2021.

When transferring your items to auction, please select the “NFL Kickoff eBay Auction Event” option shown below.

As highlighted above, please make sure to select “NFL Kickoff eBay Auction Event” when transferring your COMC Elite Items to auction for this event.
  1. In your Inventory Manager, find the COMC Elite Item you want to transfer to auction
  2. Click on the Actions menu
  3. Select “Send to Auction”
  4. Select the “NFL Kickoff eBay Auction Event” option.

After transferring your cards to auction, they move from your Inventory Manager to Auction Submissions in your COMC account. Please note that all transfer to auction submissions are final. Once scheduled for auction, you can monitor your auctions in Auction History.


Non-Elite Items Transfer Deadlines

Cards already consigned with COMC which have not yet been upgraded to COMC Elite Items must first be Reprocessed as Elite to be eligible for COMC Auctions. To ensure that your items will be reprocessed as Elite in time for this auction event, we encourage you to submit them for reprocessing as soon as possible.

  • To be re-processed as Elite in time for this Auction Event, items must be submitted for Elite Re-Processing by Friday, August 13th, 2021.

Follow these steps to submit items in your COMC account for Elite Reprocessing:

  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 COMC Store Credit to submit the item

Once the items have been reprocessed as elite and returned to your COMC Inventory, please remember to then Send to Auction by Friday, September 3rd, 2021.


Important COMC Auctions Reminders

  • The minimum fee per auction is $3.50, regardless of the final sale price. For a full breakdown of COMC Auction fees, see the COMC Auction Schedule and Fees blog.
  • We strongly 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 Select Processing Service Level if submissions primarily consist of items valued less than $10.
  • There are no cancellations once we receive your auction submission. If you want to instead consign your high-end trading cards through COMC as buy-it-now listings or field offers on the COMC.com marketplace, we encourage you to submit them using our Elite Service. All Elite Items are eligible to be transferred to auction at a later date.
  • 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.

Questions? Our Team is Here to Help!

If you have any questions about submitting your cards for this Auction Event, we welcome you to email the COMC Auctions Team at auctions@comc.com. For all other inquiries, please contact our Customer Service team by emailing staff@comc.com or clicking the red Support button on the bottom right corner of COMC.com.


COMC Company Update – July 2021

COMC Company Update - A Message from the President Julia Getsch, July 2021

As we continue to focus on improving our shipping and customer service experience, I would like to share some important updates regarding our progress.

I previously relayed some challenges we have faced with staffing to support the hobby growth and get established in our new building. Throughout June, we continued adding more than five new team members per week to drive down our shipping times. The good news is that we reduced our Rushed Shipping turnaround by more than ten days in June.  A key focus of July is to get Rushed Shipping back down to 5 days and maintain that consistently going forward.

We discovered a particular growth pain in June that impacted delivery times. Due to an error in our system related to the move, some expensive items and large orders were not appropriately prioritized and, as a result, experienced additional delays. This was exceptionally painful for us, and this system issue is now resolved. Going forward, you should experience consistent improvements in ship times, especially for our Rushed and Express services.

While experiencing delays in shipping, many of you reached out to Customer Service. Those of you who have been with us for a while know that we pride ourselves on having industry-leading customer service and have high standards for our team. We hire collectors, and there is a lengthy onboarding process and learning curve to come up to speed on our one-of-a-kind system. Over the past year, with the industry growth and our compounding shipping issues, our customer service ticket volume has skyrocketed.  Here is what we have done in response:

  • We increased the size of our Customer Service team from 5 to 20 agents.
  • We built training resources so new team members are better equipped with the answers you need.
  • We extended CS support times to provide around-the-clock coverage.

In June, we reduced our ticket backlog from 12K to 6.5K. We are currently responding to 70% of tickets within 24 hours. As we continue working through the backlog of tickets, our CS team’s goal is to achieve a 100% response time in fewer than 24 hours by the end of July. Once we achieve this goal, we will resume offering real-time support during business hours to ensure we respond to and resolve your issues as quickly as possible. The mission of COMC has always been to “optimize enjoyment for collectors.” We are committed to improving your experience and regaining your trust. Tim and I will not stop until COMC is making you smile once again.

Thank you,

Julia Getsch

– COMC President and Cofounder

What Will Be COMC’s One Hundred Millionth Item?

Update: Item #100,000,000 was added to COMC on July 31st, 2021 and the promotion detailed below has concluded. Check out which card earned this honor in our follow-up blog post COMC’s One Hundred Millionth Item Revealed!

COMC Item #100 Million is Coming Summer 2021!

Safe & Easy Consignment for 100 Million Items

Since we started accepting consignments in 2007, the COMC team has had the privilege of listing, storing, and selling tens of millions of trading cards on behalf of collectors around the world.

We’re extremely grateful for your continued business with COMC, and we’re excited to share that this summer we will process our 100 millionth consigned item!


Tim Getsch Offers to Buy Item #100 Million for $1,000 Plus Card's Fair Market Value. Learn more at blog.comc.com.

A Special Offer from COMC’s Founder and CEO

To celebrate this incredible milestone, COMC founder & CEO Tim Getsch is offering to buy the consigned card assigned COMC item number #100,000,000 for $1,000 plus the card’s fair market value, all in the form of COMC Store Credit. Only items consigned through our Select processing service will be eligible for this offer.

For the full list of which types of trading cards are accepted for COMC’s consignment services head to our Supported Trading Cards page.

When you consign with COMC, our team fully prepares and lists your cards on the COMC Marketplace and eBay Store. Once sold, our team handles all of the shipping and fulfillment. To learn more about our consignment services, visit our COMC Selling page.

Once COMC Item #100 Million is processed, we’ll be sure to share which card earned this distinction! For more updates along the way, follow us on Instagram: checkoutmycards


Terms and Conditions

Item number #100,000,000 will be randomly selected from items submitted to our Select processing service. The purchase amount of the item will be determined using the current fair market value of the card plus an additional $1,000 (fair market value + $1,000). The total purchase price will be deposited to the consigner’s COMC account in the form of COMC Store Credit. If you wish to be excluded from this promotion, please write EXCLUDE ME on your Select submission paperwork. Prior to COMC Item #100,000,000 being deposited into the winning consignor’s COMC account, the winner will be contacted via email to confirm the sale of their card before COMC completes the transaction.


If you have additional questions about this promotion and our consignment services, please email staff@comc.com.

COMC Social Media 7 Days A Week

COMC has recently added several new content features to engage with on our Social Media, and we invite you to come take a look. Seven days a week, COMC Social Media provides unique card stories, info on upcoming card releases, previews of auctions ending soon, and important company news as we grow. With over 24 million cards consigned to us by tens-of-thousands of sellers worldwide, we have a lot to share and COMC curates the best for you every day on Social Media! Come check out COMC on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Here’s a brief description about what you’ll find everyday via our Social Media:


Company News and Updates

There is a lot of change in the industry, especially this year. Learn more about the most up-to-date changes and company happenings via our Social Media announcements.


Sports News and Matchups

In the world of sports there are constantly milestones achieved, heated matchups to watch, and even records broken. Check out trading cards connected to the players making headlines.  


Trading Post

COMC presents noteworthy trading cards from beyond the big five conventional sports. From Pokémon to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and tennis to wrestling cards, the Trading Post explores the rich diversity of cards in the hobby. 


7 Day $0.99 Cent No Reserve Auctions

COMC Auctions lists new 7-Day, $0.99 no reserve auctions every day on our eBay store. Check out the hottest auctions ending each week on our Social Media! 


Breakin’ News

Updates on new trading card releases, and there are many! COMC provides estimated release dates paired with our experts’ picks on previous year favorites. 


Flip Fridays

On COMC, you can buy and then reprice other people’s trading cards in a few clicks without ever touching or shipping them yourself. Every Friday we share some of the week’s best trading card flips made by COMC users. Tag us in your COMC flips on social media for a chance to be showcased! 


Elite New Arrivals

The COMC Elite service is our premier consignment experience, ideal for high-end trading cards. Each week we share stunning COMC Elite trading cards recently added to our marketplace. 


Rookie FAX

Who doesn’t love Rookie Cards? Every Wednesday, we showcase good value rookie cards currently available on COMC. Rookie FAX cards are chosen for being either iconic, beautifully designed, culturally significant, undervalued, overlooked, or just a solid choice for a first-year card. 


If you enjoy trading cards and want to keep up with the latest news from COMC, please connect with us via Social Media. If you like trading cards, you’ll find something fun and engaging 7 days a week! 

Instagram: instagram.com/checkoutmycards

Facebook: facebook.com/comc

Twitter: twitter.com/checkoutmycards

Our Biggest Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale Ever!

As a ‘Thank You’ to all our loyal COMC members, we’re offering our biggest sale ever, November 27th through November 30th.

All times listed are based on Pacific Standard Time.

Take advantage of our BIGGEST savings & promotions this weekend!

  • Earn 5% Store Credit on all COMC Marketplace items purchased with your COMC account
  • FREE sales promotions for COMC Sellers
  • Daily prizes and giveaways on COMC.com & our social media accounts

Earn 5% Store Credit on COMC Marketplace Purchases

If there was ever a perfect time to buy, now’s that time – The more you spend, the more you get! For ALL items purchased in the COMC Marketplace with your COMC account between November 27th 12:01am PST to November 30th 11:59pm PST, you’ll receive 5% store credit, which will automatically be applied to your account on December 7th.

Don’t have a free COMC account? Easily register for your free COMC account and make sure to complete all your purchases through your account to be eligible for the 5% store credit offer.

By using your COMC account to purchase items with COMC Credit, you can decide when you want items shipped. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of one of the benefits of COMC, to buy now and ship later!

FREE Sales Promotions for COMC Sellers

COMC sellers can run sales promotions for FREE this weekend! You can easily set up your Black Friday Weekend and Cyber Monday sales now on the Promotions Manager page. Setting up these sales promotions will showcase your COMC port on the COMC.com Sales Page during this exciting sales event!

Don’t wait! Set up your Black Friday Weekend & Cyber Monday sales today!
Access your Promotions Manager page.

Prizes & Giveaways!

Social Media Giveaways

Follow COMC on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for daily social media giveaways Black Friday through Cyber Monday! We will be giving away one card each day and five COMC swag bags each day! Find out more and enter by following our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages.

Friday: 2016 Panini Torque – Quad Materials #QM-CE – Chase Elliott /199 

Saturday: 2018-19 Panini Donruss – [Base] – Optic #189 – Rated Rookies – Jadon Sancho [SGC 9 MINT]

Sunday: 2019 Panini Phoenix – Rising Rookie Material Signature – Gloves #RR-1 – Kyler Murray /35

Monday: 2016 Pokémon XY Evolutions – 20th Anniversary Expansion Pack [Base] #12 – Charizard EX

Online Giveaways

With any COMC account purchase, you will automatically be entered into the drawing for the Daily Card Giveaway on the day of your purchase. If you make a purchase each of the four days during the sale, you will be entered for each of four daily drawings!

Friday: 2019-20 Upper Deck Allure – [Base] – Blue Line Auto Jerseys #100 – Rookies – Jack Hughes /99

Saturday: 2017 Panini Black Friday – Happy Holidays Santa Hat Relics – Cracked Ice #HH-DB – Devin Booker /25

Sunday: 2001 Upper Deck – Golf Gallery #GG4 – Tiger Woods [BGS 9.5 GEM MINT] 

Monday: 2020 Topps Diamond Icons – Autographs #AC-RA – Ronald Acuna Jr. /25

You may also enter the Daily Giveaway without making a purchase by completing our Black Friday / Cyber Monday Drawing Entry Form. Visit our Online Daily Giveaway Entry Form Page for the updated link each day beginning Friday, November 27th through Monday, November 30th. 


Check out our Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sales Event Page for additional information!

Collecting Soccer Cards

Guest Post by Mitch – LDN Cards

So, you’d like to get involved with soccer cards, but you’re not sure where to start?

Maybe you’ve always been a fan of the sport, but you’re new to collecting. Perhaps you’ve always collected other sports, but you’ve just discovered the beautiful game. Maybe, you saw the incredible hype around the soccer card hobby during the Covid delayed Champions League, and you want a bit of the action.

Whatever your reason for wanting to get involved, know that you are not alone – in recent months, many people have taken their love of the beautiful game and extended it to ‘the hobby.’

After all, it was a hobby boom that was always coming. The most recent World Cup Final in 2018, hosted and won by the French, saw 1.1 BILLION viewers. The Premier League estimated that for their 18/19 season, they drew a viewership of 1.35 Billion, a growth of 11.5% in the prior year. These are huge numbers and give you some idea of the global appeal. Soccer is a juggernaut that keeps getting bigger.  For comparison, the 2020 NFL Super Bowl drew an estimated 102 million viewers.

For many around the world, collecting football (as I know it) cards and stickers is second nature. I can only speak directly about my own experiences, but most of us know it as part of growing up as an Englishman. It was simple as a child – we had stickers, and sometimes cards, for each season and tournament – you collected the set and traded your ‘swaps’ – but now it’s true that times have changed and maybe collecting isn’t so simple from the outside looking in.

So, where to start?   

There are plenty of topics to cover to bring you fully up to speed, but the first thing we need to talk about is the type of item you can collect. It doesn’t tend to go much further for most sports than cards, but for soccer, however, it is generally accepted that there are three main options that you can choose to collect.

1. TCG – Trading Card Games

You’ve probably seen these in stores, but you may not have looked twice at them. TCG cards are collectible soccer cards that can be used as playing cards. Think Pokemon or MTG, and you’ll get the idea.

These are typically targeted at a younger audience, and the price reflects this. That said, for some collectors, cards from these sets can hold genuine collectible value (if not always monetary) as it is frequently within these sets where many soccer stars make their first ‘hobby’ appearance.

Cast an eye at this year’s ‘Golden Boy’ shortlist, and you’ll struggle to find an earlier mass-produced item for Mitchel Bakker than his Adrenalyn card. What constitutes a rookie, or even a true-rookie, is often of immense consternation in the soccer hobby, but we will leave that for another day!

Brands to look for are both Panini with ‘Adrenalyn’ and Topps with ‘Match Attax.’ It may be that ‘Match Attax’ is a more recognizable brand name currently as they have benefited from a lot of hype due to inserting random autographs in their £1 packs (UK only). 

If you want to buy these, you can find them in most of your stores, and you can also order them online direct from the manufacturers.

2. Stickers

Across the world, stickers have been collected for a long time and in many forms. Everything from cards with areas you’d glue and stick down into albums to the modern style sticker you see now. Some of the oldest cards that vintage collectors hold in high regard were intended to be stuck down into an album.

Stickers are typically much cheaper than main hobby releases, and pricing for packs tends to be closer to what you’d pay for TCG cards.

Outside of the USA, stickers are likely most collectors’ entry point into the world of sports collecting. It’s easy, accessible, and has a massive nostalgia factor that draws someone like me back to them all the time. In the middle of a World Cup Summer, it isn’t rare to see a man in his mid-’30s sneaking a few packs of stickers into the shopping basket while out with the family as he tries to complete his album.

Why collect stickers now? Much like TCG, stickers can often be a superstar player’s earliest appearance but tend to carry more respect within the hobby. Want to pick up Erling Haaland’s ‘true rookie’? Well, I hope you like Austrian football stickers. Do you think Tariq Lamptey is the best full-back since Cafu? Again, grab yourself a sticker, my friend!

If you want to buy stickers, it boils down to your location. In Europe, you can buy these in your local stores or online from the manufacturer. In the US, you need to order them from the manufacturer or possibly turn to eBay for packs and boxes. Singles are available on eBay and, of course, through COMC.com!

3. Hobby Cards

As a third option, hobby cards are an area of enormous growth, both in terms of interest and monetary value. The premium releases are made by Panini and Topps, who hold varying licensing for different leagues, countries, and tournaments.

If you know the hobby, you already know the names, I’m sure – Panini Prizm, Panini Select, Topps Chrome, all popular releases, also seen in soccer year-on-year. This year we have even seen the release of Topps Bowman for the MLS!

These cards tend to be viewed as the creme de la creme and can often prove more popular than other items, even if they are not the first releases of a specific player. For example, Erling Haaland’s first release is his Austrian Bundesliga sticker, but for some, nothing can beat his Topps Chrome 19/20 card in Red Bull Salzburg colors. It’s all comes down to personal preference.

With this high level of desirability, there also come higher costs. The product does tend to be of better quality than TCG, and typically features include relic cards and top stars’ autographs. Topps Museum Collection was £100/$125 for eight cards, but you could potentially open up an autograph of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Robert Lewandowski – nothing to shrug at.

So, how do you buy these hobby cards? You’ve got options, particularly in the US. For boxes and packs, you can buy directly from the manufacturer, online retailers, and your local hobby stores. Many releases even feature cheaper ‘retail’ options, such as a blaster and cello packs, where the rewards are not so large, but the cost is far lower.

If you’re in the UK or Europe, the kicker has been a lack of access to hobby products for a long time, but that seems to be changing as both Topps and Panini offer limited availability direct from their online e-commerce websites. There’s nothing to stop you from ordering directly from the USA either, but you should think about customs and tax charges before you do.

Finally, if you don’t want to open packs yourself, you have the option of joining group breaks or buying singles on eBay or COMC just as you do any other sport. Group breaks for soccer have been fewer with the largest most well-known breakers, but they are often breaking new products as the interest increases.

I hope that a brief introduction to your options is a helpful first step into the world of soccer card collecting. I’ll be back with more features soon, but you can always reach out to me on social media or YouTube, and I’ll be happy to chat.

And with that, it just leaves me to wish you ‘happy collecting’!


About the Author:

Mitch is a London based sports card collector, with a Soccer Card focused YouTube channel and an ever-growing collection of David Beckham cards.

Tutorial: How To Buy Now & Ship Later on COMC.com

One of the biggest benefits to shopping on the COMC Marketplace is the ability to buy now and ship later! If you do not have an immediate need to have your items in-hand, or you want to save on the cost of shipping by combining purchases over time into one shipment request, this revolutionary way to buy online is for you!

We’ve created this step by step visual tutorial to help you buy cards over time and ship them later. This tutorial was created for the new COMC member in mind, so some of these features may not be new to you. This tutorial is only intended to offer overview of the buy now ship later feature, and does not cover all of the other powerful features available to COMC Members. You can learn about other functions of your COMC account here.

Click here to create your account

Click here to purchase store credit

As always, if you have any questions, our Customer Service Team is ready to help with all your account needs! Please email staff@comc.com with your questions related to buying now and shipping later!

Noted! New Item Condition Search Filters Added to Condition Noted items.

As part of our ongoing effort to improve your trading card collecting experience with COMC, we recently rolled out a pretty note-worthy change. All items with condition notes have been separated from items without condition notes, and placed within their own ‘noted’ conditional bucket. You might think a change like this is small, but it actually benefits both buyers and sellers in a big way!

By separating cards with and without condition notes, buyers will have an easier time distinguishing cards considered to be in near-mint or better condition from cards that have flaws or undesirable traits. All cards in the ‘Noted’ bucket display [noted] within search results to better help you differentiate these items.

This change will also improve the experience for sellers working in their inventory manager to either set asking prices for new items, or update prices of items already for sale. With the separation of condition noted items into their own bucket, sellers will have access to better data points on how to price these items, and how other sellers are pricing similar items.

Condition noted items will also have their own SRP (Suggested Retail Pricing), SLP (Suggested List Pricing), and SWP (Suggested Wholesale Pricing) different from similar items without condition notes.

Noted cards can be searched for specifically by using the Item Condition search filters on the left side of your COMC search results. It can be found within the Ungraded > COMC filter.