The Hunt for Item #50,000,000! – $1,000 Store Credit Reward

Help COMC acquire this milestone card and win $1000 COMC Store Credit

Hello COMC Nation & ePack Members!

We are calling upon YOU to help us secure a very coveted milestone card that represents a small piece of COMC history. In return, we are offering a reward of $1000.00 COMC Store Credit to the lucky individual who transfers this item into their COMC account from their Upper Deck ePack account.

We recently added item number 50,000,000 to our catalog, a monumental achievement for our team. The 50 millionth item cataloged just happens to be a card from the recently released 2017-18 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey ePack set. The set went live on the ePack website yesterday to the delight of collectors!

The 50 millionth card added to our catalog is this 2017-18 Upper Deck – Silver Foil #376 Chris Kreider card

2017-18 Upper Deck  – Silver Foil #376 Chris Kreider

Silver foil cards can be acquired on the ePack website through combining 10 copies of the digital base card together. When an ePack member does this, the 10 digital base cards are removed from their account and they are given one physical silver foil parallel of the combined cards.  Once a silver foil card has been acquired on the ePack website, it can be transferred to its owner’s COMC account where a COMC item number will be assigned to the item.

How YOU can help us acquire item #50,000,000:

  1. Acquire 10 copies of card #376 Chris Kreider from the 2017-18 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey set on the ePack website via opening packs of UD Series 2 Hockey or trading with other ePack users for the card.
  2. Combine those 10 copies of #376 Chris Kreider on ePack to receive one silver foil parallel version.
  3. Transfer the silver foil #376 Chris Kreider to your COMC account. Click here for ePack’s tutorial on how to transfer items from your ePack account to your COMC account.
  4. Locate the transferred item within your COMC inventory manager and check the item number.
  5. If your Silver Foil #376 Chris Kreider is item number 50,000,000 you are our Grand Prize Winner! Contact us via email, Facebook, Twitter or a blog comment and let us know that you have item #50,000,000 in your possession!

Stay tuned to this blog post as we will make an update announcement if and/or when the hunt for item #50,000,000 has ended. Milestone items such as this card are important keepsakes for COMC to help remind us how far we’ve come over since our inception. Thank you and good luck!

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #1

Introduction

Our case yielded a 1:93,600 packs mascot auto relic pulled by Tad.

Last month, we introduced our COMC Office Pack Battle League concept, structure and scoring system. If you’d like to revisit that blog to learn more about our league click here. Our league roster has been finalized with 20 teams in the hunt over the course of our 18-week season. Each week runs from Thursday through the following Wednesday, with each League Manager choosing 4 batters (2 for the hits category, 2 for the home runs category) and 2 pitchers for the strikeouts category using only cards found in their two packs opened for the week.

With two weeks in the books and each team opening just two packs a week to set their roster, our 20 teams has collectively opened just 2 boxes and 8 packs out of the 20-box case of 2018 Topps Opening Day that packs are being pulled from. Team Manager and COMC Processing Team Member Tad P. crushed the odds by hitting a 1:93,600 packs Billy the Marlin Mascot Autographed Relic card.

Current Standings

In the overall league standings, we currently have a three-way tie between Kevin, Grant and Brandon with seven total points each. Jeremy and James round out the top five each with five points, while 6th-12th place remain tightly bunched up in the season’s infancy. All twenty teams are on the board with points just two weeks into the season.

Home Run King Standings:

Brandon, Jade, Steve and James lead the home run leader boards each with three points in the category. James and Brandon tied for 1st place in week 1 each with six round trippers. Jade took top honors in week two with Mike Moustakas and J.D. Martinez each hitting two homers.

Hit King Standings:

Kevin has a firm lead on first place in the hits leader board with five points after winning the category in week one with 19 hits and following it up with a 2nd place finish in week 2 with 14 hits. Grant took top honors in week 2 with his 15-hit combination of Jose Altuve (6) and Kris Bryant (9).

Strikeout King Standing:

A five-way tie between Brandon, Tim, Grant, Jeremy and Jeff currently exists through the first two weeks of the season. The record for most strikeouts in a week currently belongs to Brandon’s week 2 combination of Yu Darvish and Corey Kluber who notched a combined 22 k’s.

Week 1 Results (March 29th – April 4th)

Excited to get underway, our Managers had their teams set and ready and go for Opening Day! In the home runs category, James and Brandon tied for top honors with six homers each, with Bryce Harper anchoring their respective teams. Kevin dominated the hits category with 19 hits (Paul Dejong 10 hits, Dee Gordon 9 hits). Grant, Jeremy and Jeff led the pack each with 17 strikeouts, enough to earn each team three-points.

HR Points: James (3), Brandon (3), Tad (2), Steve (1), David (1), Brian (1)
Hits Points: Kevin (3), James (2), Steve (1), Brandon (1)
K’s Points: Grant (3), Jeremy (3), Jeff (3), Kevin (2), Angela (2), Tim (1), David (1)

Week 2 Results (April 5th – 11th)

Jade squeaked out a win over a tightly packed field in the home runs stat with four on the week. A six-way tie for 2nd place at three home runs and seven more teams tying for 3rd with 2 home runs meant that 14 teams earned points in the HR category this week. Hit was a little more clear cut, with Grant’s 15 hits being enough to earn 1st place points, besting Kevin’s 14 hits and denying him back-to-back wins in the category. Brandon dominated the field with 22 strike outs, five more than 2nd place.

HR Points: Jade (3), Jeremy (2), Geoff (2), Dieter (2), Steve (2), Bryson (2), Bob (2), Grant (1), Chris (1), Dylan (1), Brian (1), Jeff (1), David (1), Tim (1)
Hits Points: Grant (3), Kevin (2), Dieter (1), David (1)
K’s Points: Brandon (3), Tim (2), Geoff (1), Sean (1)

We will publish weekly league updates every two weeks throughout the course of our 18-week season. Are you playing in a similar trading card inspired fantasy league, or did you get a major hit out of your rips of 2018 Topps Opening Day product? We want to hear about it! Share with us in the comments below!

The Faces Behind COMC #2 – Getting to Know Our Order Fulfillment Team

A few weeks ago we debuted our ‘Faces Behind COMC’ blog series, which offers a detailed and personal look at the individuals at COMC who are tasked with the day-to-day responsibilities of ensuring the satisfaction of every single COMC customer. The response that the first installment received was overwhelming positive, and our team truly appreciated the kind words! In our second look at the COMC Team, we turn focus to our Order Fulfillment Team. Tasked with processing a truly mind blowing amount of shipment requests on a weekly basis (we’ll save the raw statistics for another blog), putting cards in the hands of their owners is a collaborative effort by our Shipping Teams in three different COMC locations. In this blog, we’re focusing on members of our Auburn (WA) Order Fulfillment Team,


Alice Wolfe

Alice recently celebrated her sixth year anniversary with COMC as a member of our Shipping Team and currently serves as our Order Fulfillment Team Assistant Manager. Born and raised in Washington State, Alice collects Nintendo merchandise and is a competitive Super Smash Bros. video game player. At one time, she was considered one of the best Yoshi players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Melee competition.  Alice also collects and plays both the Pokemon Trading Card Game and Magic: The Gathering.

When not at COMC, she can be found raising a pair of bunnies (Nugget and Cocoa) with her partner-in-crime as well as reviewing older movies. One very fun fact about Alice that some of her co-workers might not even be aware of is that she even went to school to become a race car driver.

Favorite Sport: Rally Racing
Favorite Food: Ramen
Favorite Card in Personal Collection: Can’t Pick One.


Alicia Lortz

Having joined the COMC team in November of 2015, Alicia currently helps oversee order fulfillment production as one of our Team Shift Leads. Originally from San Diego and lived elsewhere around Southern California, she now shares a home with roommates, her significant other and their pet rabbits (of the Netherland Dwarf variety) near COMC.  Prior to moving to Washington to pursue a romantic relationship, she was a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) for four years in high school where she competitively showed livestock.

In her time away from COMC, she enjoys cooking and gaming, amassing a collection of classic video game console and games as well as Pokemon and Nintendo merchandise. Her personal card collection includes a lot of older Pokemon cards and she shares a moderation collection of Magic: The Gathering cards with her girlfriend.

Favorite sport: Very casual Steelers fan. Haven’t followed much since Super Bowl XL.
Favorite players: Jerome Bettis, Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu
Favorite card in personal collection: Foil Inkmoth Nexus (MTG/Mirrordin Besieged) that I pulled from a booster pack that actually belonged to Alice. She let me keep it because I had been building a UG Infect Deck.


Andrew Baker

Andrew recently enjoyed his one-year anniversary at COMC as a member of our Order Fulfillment Team. Born in Eastern Washington, he is one of the more well-traveled members of our team, having previously lived in Eastern Nebraska and Northern California before returning to settle near COMC. Similar to many members of our Order Fulfillment Team, he is passionate about both playing and collecting the Magic: The Gathering cards.

In his free time, he is avid about spending times outdoors playing Pokemon Go. He also has a small collection of older video games and enjoys playing Super Smash Bros. Some of his hobbies include playing board games, hanging out with friends and getting plenty of sleep.

Favorite sport: Pool (Billiards)
Favorite players: Efren Reyes
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Musical Artist(s): Most bands from the 80’s but I like Guns and Roses
Favorite Movie/TV Show/etc: Anime, Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Favorite card in personal collection: An unlimited Lightning Bolt that I’ve had since I started playing the game (Magic:The Gathering)


Nathan Hutchens

Joining our Order Fulfillment Team back in December of 2016, Nathan is our resident Japanese expert, having lived in Japan for four years prior to joining the company. When not at COMC, he enjoys a quiet life at home where he can be found with his drawing tablet partaking in digital painting as well as 3D modeling and animation. He maintains a collection of Japanese import video games and has a family dog named Aero.

Similar to other members of our Order Fulfillment Team, he has a small collection of older Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering trading cards and showcases superb mastery of the character Ganondorf in the video game Super Smash Bros.

Favorite Movie/TV Show/etc: Game of Thrones
Favorite card in personal collection: Charizard Base Set


Cody Hauk

Although some of his fellow co-workers believe he’s not human due to his incredible immune system, we can indeed confirm that Cody is very much human. His passion for his team and for COMC over his four years with the company has led him to the role of Assistant Manager of our Order Fulfillment Team. Born in Flint, Michigan, he spent time in Afghanistan prior to joining the COMC Team.

He has a betta fish and 3 papillon dogs in addition to a Shih-tzu back in Michigan.  Although he jokingly pondered, “What is life without COMC?” when we first inquired, Cody confessed that he enjoys video games, sports, ping pong and billiards when away from the office. Interestingly enough, he learned how to play ping pong while in Afghanistan.

Favorite sport(s): UFC, Boxing, Soccer, Tennis, Football.
Favorite player(s): Brian Urlacher, Ronaldinho Gaucho, Brock Lesnar, Barry Sanders.
Favorite Food: Mexican food.
Favorite Musical Artist(s): Disturbed, ACDC, T.I, Aerosmith, Rob Zombie.
Favorite Movie/TV Show/etc: Nightmare before Christmas, Dark Knight, Black Mirror, Dexter.

Let’s Play Ball: 2018 COMC Baseball Pack League Introduction

2018 Topps Opening Day is our set o choice for Pack League!

If it wasn’t apparent already – we are crazy about cards! Our employees come from a wide array of backgrounds in cards and collectibles. Some have joined our team from other roles in the industry, while others were previous hobby shop owners themselves. Nearly all our employees have a story and background with collectibles.

Although various forms of fantasy sports leagues became popularized and more efficiently managed thanks to the advent of the internet, the truth is fantasy sports origins can be traced back to the 1950s. COMC is no stranger to fantasy leagues, as our employees have been eager to pit their sport knowledge against one another in head-to-head fantasy baseball and football leagues over the years.

For the last two years, our employees have developed a clever Pack League concept that sees them not only testing their knowledge of the game, but also their hobby luck as well! For each of the last two football seasons, COMC Office Pack Leagues have been formed. The league predetermines a low-end product that is suitable to be used and each league member purchases a box of the product. Each week, leagues members opens the same number of packs (generally 1-2) and set their weekly lineups using only players found in those packs. The league uses a point based scoring system like weekly fantasy sports, and a winner is determined over the course of the season.

This year, we’re bringing the Pack League concept to Baseball with an 18-week long league using the recently released 2018 Topps Opening Day Baseball. Each week, League Managers will open 2 packs of Opening Day and choose six players (4 hitters, 2 pitchers) within those packs to set their weekly lineup. Trading between Managers will be permitted, but no cards will be carried over from week-to-week.

 

Players will choose our hitters (2 for per stat category) and two pitchers each week.

Scoring is broken up into three statistical categories:

Batting – Hits (2 cards)
Batting – Home Runs (2 cards)
Pitching – Strike Outs (2 cards)

A single card (player) can only be set to compete in one category. For example, if a Mike Trout card is pulled in a pack, the Manager must decide if they want Trout to compete for hits or for home runs, but not both. If a Manager pulls two Mike Trout cards, they can play one card in each category, or both cards in the same category. At the end of each week, the totals for each team in each category are tallied. The top 3 places in each category earn the following points:

1st – 3 points
2nd – 2 points
3rd – 1 point

(If a tie exists, the tied teams will each take one fewer point for that place and subsequent teams’ places will drop out of the winnings totaling the number of ties.)

Examples:

  • If 2 teams tie for 1st, they will each take 2 points for that category – no 3rdplace will be awarded and 2nd place will take 1 point
  • If 4 teams tie for 1st, they will each take 2 points for that category – no 2ndor 3rd place will be awarded
  • If 2 teams tie for 2nd, they will each take 1 point for that category – no 3rdplace will be awarded
  • If 4 teams tie for 2nd, they will each take 1 point for that category – no 3rdplace will be awarded
  • If 2 teams tie for 1st and 3 teams tie for 2nd, 1st will each take 2 points for that category and 2nd will each take 1 point for that category – no 3rd place will be awarded

*If any teams tie for 3rd, and no other ties exist in that stat category, each team will still take 1 point for that category

At the end of the COMC Baseball Pack League season, the league Manager who earned the most points throughout the season will reign as the 2018 Pack League Champion. We’ll also be awarding the Home Run King, Hit King, and Strikeout King titles to those Managers who dominated each statistical category.

In our next blog update, we’ll run down the list of competitors in this year’s COMC Baseball Pack League and showcase their week one results!

We hope you’ll enjoy following our Baseball Pack League throughout the 2018 baseball season and maybe even get inspired to get together with some friends and form a league of your own. If you do, be sure to tweet us @checkoutmycards and use #COMCpackleague to tell us about it and other exciting ways you enjoy your cards!

The Faces Behind COMC – Getting to Know Our Customer Service Team

We’re going to step outside the box and do something a little bit different in the first installment of this ongoing blog series. Instead of showcasing some of the great cards found on COMC, we want to introduce you to a few of our employees here at COMC. If you’ve ever sent an email to staff@comc.com or given us a call, it is very likely that you’ve been helped by one or more of our Customer Service Team. In this blog, we’ll put faces and personalities to the names that have helped improve your COMC experience. Enjoy!


Christopher Thornton

Originally joining COMC to help bolster our Shipping Team in the Fall of 2015, Chris quickly found his way to our Customer Service Team thanks to his keen eye for detail and appreciation for language. Born in Wenatchee, WA (a three-hour trek across the mountains from COMC), he has lived all across Washington including Seattle and the Tri-Cities area.

Away from COMC, Chris can be found partaking in partner acrobatics 4-5 nights a week with his friends. His fascination for cooking using both unique combinations of ingredients and niche cooking gadgets always spurns conversation around the office. His remaining free time is usually spent squeezing in other hobbies such as watching sci-fi, astronomy, self-improvement through reading and being a wine enthusiast. He collects literature in the form of poems as well as old books.

Favorite Sport: Acrobatic Gynastics
Favorite Players: Simone Biles
Favorite Food: Sushi or Szechuan
Favorite Musical Artists: Astronautilus, Garbage, Jesse Cook, Daft Punk, Aesop Rock, Metric
Favorite Card in his collection: Magic: The Gathering card, “Cauldron Dance”


Norbert Strub

The longest tenured member of our Customer Service Team, ‘Norb’ joined the team back in October of 2013. Originally from Virginia, he now resides close to COMC with his adorable eight-year-old Japanese Chin dog.

He is the resident expert at COMC for any and all things retro video gaming. In addition to knowing virtually everything there is to know about retro gaming, he owns a vast collection of video games spread across a variety of consoles.  When not gaming it up,  he can be found on the disc golf course competing or honing his skills.

Favorite Sport: Football, Hockey
Favorite Food: Dishes with noodles (spaghetti, yakisoba, pad thai, etc.)
Favorite Game in his collection: King of Dragons


James Good

James joined the COMC Team in the Fall of 2012 as a member of our Identification Team. He transitioned onto the Customer Service Team as an extension of his role as our Social Media Coordinator in early 2016. Born just outside of Los Angeles, California, he has lived the majority of his life in the Pacific Northwest.

In his spare time, James enjoys being active within the hobby buying and selling sports cards. A former professional Pokemon Trading Card Game Player, he finished 3rd in the 2013 Pokemon World Championship. James is an automotive enthusiast, owning a limited edition Dodge Challenger SRT8 and a Ram 1500 pickup truck.  He is self-professed homebody who would much rather spend his free time at home with his girlfriend Brittany and their three cats.

Favorite Sport: Baseball
Favorite Players:  Bryce Harper, Tim Lincecum, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mitch Haniger
Favorite Food: Carb-free burrito bowl from Chipotle
Favorite Musical Artists: Tycho, Caspian, Josh Abbot Band, and Chis Stapleton
Favorite Card in his collection: 2007 Bowman Chrome Prospects Blue Refractor Autograph Tim Lincecum

 

Joseph Highfill

Having joined our team more recently midway through 2016, Joe has quickly acclimated to the culture of COMC. His infectious laugh can be heard frequently throughout the halls of our Redmond Headquarters. The most- well traveled of the Team, he has previously lived in Portsmouth, VA, Orlando, FL, and Georgia before settling in Washington.

When not helping and assisting our customers, Joe can be found making music and enjoying media arts. His passion for music is second-to-none as he packs a substantial collection of records and various forms of music highlighted by an extensive David Bowie collection. When not rocking out or spending time with his family and friends, he can be found remaining very active as an enthusiast of cycling, martial arts, and dancing.

Favorite Sport: Performing live.
Favorite Food: Thai
Favorite Musical Artists: David Bowie, The Fall, Skinny Puppy, Talking Heads
Favorite Card in his collection: 1974-81 Dutch/Swedish Star Gums #601 – David Bowie


Chris Brown

Chris started his journey at COMC as a member of our Identification Team in 2015 before transitioning to the Customer Service Team last year. Born and raised in the State of Washington, he has resided all across the state from as far north as Bellingham to across the Puget Sound in Port Orchard.

He surrounds himself with friends and family that keeps him plenty busy in his free time. He has a standing weekly chess appointment with one of his oldest friends. It’s not uncommon to find Chris attending a game night on the weekends where any number of games might get played. He has a small dog named Jax who he says is an equal part delight and pain in the rear.

Favorite Sport: Boxing
Favorite Players: Gennady Golovkin, Earl Thomas, Kyle Seager
Favorite Food: Lasagna… No, Burrito…
Favorite Musical Artists: At the Drive-In, Red Fang, et al.
Favorite Card in his collection:1996 Topps – #290 Reggie White – “I got to meet him and he signed this card for me.”