COMC Office Pack Battle League Season Recap

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After 18 grueling weeks, our inaugural COMC Office Pack Battle League season has come to an end! Over four months ago, our 20 employees embarked on a hybrid fantasy sports meets wax busting experiment for fun and bragging rights, and needless to say, everyone involved greatly enjoyed this maiden voyage. Let’s take a look at our final league standings, shall we?

No real surprise here as Kevin started to pull away from the pack with several weeks left to play. Kevin’s 50 points (19 from HR, 18 from hits, 13 from strike outs) was a league best by 11 points, putting him more than a three-category sweep away from second place. Steve finishes behind him in second place as our runner up, improving his standing from 5th to 2nd in the final four weeks of play. James takes home the bronze trophy with 35 point, with 23 of those points coming from the HR category!

Now let’s move on to our Stat King winners…

Home Run King WinnerJames – 23 points

With 23 of his 35 league points, James managed to overpower the competition en route to the Home Run King title. James took an early season lead in the category and heavily leaned his team toward that category, consistently trading away top tier pitching for elite power hitters. Kevin and Bob finished tied for second in the category with 19 points a piece, with Bryson, Sean, and Jeff each sitting at 17 points.

Hit King Winner:

Kevin – 18 points

Kevin picked up the ‘W’ as our Hit King winner with 18 total points. Despite his huge dominance in the overall league standings, he only managed to take hits by three points over the second place Angela. Kevin was our only manager to finish in the top three in all three categories, meaning he fielded a well-rounded team all season long, opting not to lean his team towards one particular stat. Bob rounded out the top three in hits with 12 points.

Strikeout King Winner:

Steve – 19 points

Comeback complete! In the most exciting of the three categories, Steve was able to cap-off an epic comeback and win the Strike Out King title by accumulating 19 total points, with his final five points coming in the last two weeks of the season. Those five points propelled him ahead of Jeremy (15) and Kevin (13) to round out our stat king winners.

In Conclusion…

Thanks to everyone for following along at home! We had a great time testing out and learning this new fantasy meets collecting format, and we’re currently looking at how we can apply it to the upcoming NFL season. Is that a sign of things to come for the COMC Blog? We’ll see…..

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #8

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Introduction

We’re now through 16 of the 18 weeks in our inaugural Office Pack Battle League! There are just two weeks left until we announce the overall winner as well as the winners of our three respective stat categories. Be on the lookout for that update in a couple of weeks!

Current Standings

The rich only managed to get a little richer this time around, as league leader Kevin only added two points to his total over the last two weeks. The same goes for James, who lost ground to Sean over the last three weeks to round out our top three. Steve’s five points earned over weeks 15 & 16 were good enough to bump him up one spot in the standings, while Jade made the biggest leap of all with his eight points, catapulting him from 11th to the the five spot.

Home Run King Standings:

In our Home Run King category, James maintained his four point lead over the field and can clinch the category win by accumulating just three points over the final two weeks of the season. Bryson, Sean, Kevin and Jeff all sit behind him at 17 points a piece, meaning one of these managers will need to accumulate second place or better points in both weeks to tie or overtake the lead.

Hit King Standings:

In the Hit King category, Kevin’s 15 points are good enough to lead the category, but may not be good enough to win the category. With Angela at 12 points, James at 11 points, and Brandon, Sean and Jade each with 10 points, these managers are not completely out of the running to win the category. While Kevin controls his own destiny, this one is far from over.

Strikeout King Standings:

In recent weeks, Steve had made an impressive run to overtake Jeremy, but with back-to-back wins, Jeremy is leading the Strikeout King category with 15 points. Steve is right behind him at 14 points and will look to answer back over the course of the final two weeks. Kevin’s 13 points keep him within striking distance of the top spot. This race is effectively down to those three, as only one other manager could reach the 15 point mark, but would need to earn top points in back-to-back weeks to do so.

Week 15 Results (July 5th – 11th)

Jade’s five home runs on the bats of J.D. Martinez (2) and Jose Ramirez (3) were enough to earn him top points in the home run category. Chris’ superstar combo of Andrew Benintendi (14) and Paul Goldschmidt (10) was able to bang out 24 hits and secure three points for him. In the first of his back-to-back strikeout wins, Jeremy’s 1-2 punch of Chris Sale (12) and Justin Verlander (10) proved too potent to be touched.

HR Points: Jade (3), Jeff (2), Kevin (1), Angela (1), James (1)
Hits Points: Chris (3), Bob (2), Dieter (2), Dylan (1), Tim (1), Jade (1)
K’s Points: Jeremy (3), Dieter (2), Jade (1), Dylan (1)

Week 16 Results (July 12th-25th)

In an extended week due to the All Star Game break, Khris Davis was able to put up the highest home run total we’ve seen so far with six bombs. His six plus Joey Gallo‘s four dingers gave Jeff a dominate win for the week. Sean put up a ridiculous 27 hit performance with Joe Mauer (15) and Jonathan Schoop (12) leading him to first place points. Jeremy was able to notch his second win in as many weeks thanks to Astros teammates Justin Verlander (12) and Gerrit Cole (8).

HR Points:  Jeff (3), Jade (2), Sean (1), Steve (1), Kevin (1), Chris (1), Angela (1)
Hits Points:  Sean (3), Steve (2), Angela (1), James (1)
K’s Points:  Jeremy (3), Steve (2), Chris (1), Jade (1)

That’s going to do it for our update this week. Be sure to come back in just a couple weeks for our league wrap up where we announce our winners!

The Faces Behind COMC #4 – Getting to Know our Sorting Team

Welcome back to our ongoing series, “The Faces Behind COMC”. In this series, we showcase the personalities of the members of our team responsible for making sure we offer our customer’s the best experience possible when using COMC. In this installment, we’re looking at a team that is built around two of our longest tenured employees who know everything there is to know about the hobby and trading cards. Each and every day, this team observes the tens of thousands of items that pass through COMC’s consignment process, ensuring that buyers have the best possible experience when browsing cards on the COMC Marketplace.

Jade (JVSportscards & Prospect_Watch on COMC)

As the last remaining original COMC Identification Team Member, Jade brings nearly 30 years of card collecting experience to COMC. After Managing the ID Team for 4 years, Jade helped play a pivotal role in the creation of the new COMC Catalog of checklist data that can be found on the site today.  After that project, Jade moved forward to manage the high-end service levels (Premium, Select, and Mailbox Service). Jade is very active in the group breaking community, and researches minor league baseball prospects and high end card market activity in his free time. If there is a question about a modern sports card around COMC, Jade is one of the “go to guys” in our company.

Away from COMC, Jade enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports and playing poker. Jade routinely travels to Las Vegas where he puts his luck to good work. Not only is Jade’s luck with monster hits from products well known around the halls of COMC, but his luck at the slot machines is that of legends if you ask his fellow coworkers.  Jade has sold around 1.5 million cards total from his collection, with about 150k of those being sold on COMC.

Favorite sport:  Basketball, Boxing, MMA
Favorite players:  Manny Pacquiao, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Ken Griffey Jr., Gennady Golovkin, Michael Venom Page
Favorite card in your collection: 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan RC PSA10
Favorite Cards Pulled in Breaks Last Year:
2017 Bowman Chrome Prospects Red Refractor Autographs Gleyber Torres
2017 Topps Definitive Cut Autographs Roger Maris
2017 Bowman Chrome 1992 Design Superfractor Autographs Chipper Jones
2017 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Purple, Blue,and Blue 70th Ronald Acuna
2017 National Treasures RPA Black Printing Plate Dak Prescott


Chad (PacrimCollect on COMC)

Chad joined the COMC Team over seven years ago and currently serves as our Sorting Team Lead. His valuable insight and vast hobby knowledge is routinely put to use not only by other members of the Sorting Team, but also by other teams within the company.  Born in Des Moines, Iowa and having previously lived in Southern California and Florida, he has settled in Washington and collects certified autographs of players and celebrities from his Alma mater of Eastern Washington University. He has obtained over 15,000 signatures from athletes and celebrities in total.

Away from COMC, Chad enjoys golf, but primarily spends his time at home with his wife, stepchildren and 18 month old daughter. Chad met his wife Angela while both were working on the same team (Identification) at COMC, making them the first COMC couple to tie the knot!

Favorite sport:  Football, curling, spelling bee (if it’s on ESPN it’s a sport)
Favorite players:   Cooper Kupp, Ken Phelps, Steve Scheffler 
Favorite Foods:  General Tso’s chicken, no white sauces
Favorite Musical Artist(s):  Lionel Richie, Morris Day and the Time, 1988-1992 hip-hop
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc:  Magnum P.I., Jeopardy; Movie – License To Drive, The Empire Strikes Back
Favorite card in your collection: 2017 Panini Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket RPS Preview Cooper Kupp #18/23 (jersey number)


Bryson (Byson77 on COMC)

Bryson joined our Sorting Team in the spring of 2017, bringing with him a wealth of card knowledge and passion for the hobby. Having collected football, basketball and baseball cards all of his life, it only seemed like a natural fit for him to join the COMC Team. He was born in Kirkland, WA, just a few miles from COMC Headquarters. A talented drummer, he has had the opportunity, to open for and play with a few of his favorite musical artists over the years. When not at COMC, he can be found honing his musical craft, watching sports, fishing, playing video games, and enjoying movies.

Favorite sport:  Football, Baseball and Basketball
Favorite players:  Von Miller, Mitch Haniger, Karl-Anthony Towns
Favorite Foods:  Fettuccine Alfredo
Favorite Musical Artist(s): Tool, Deftones, Chevelle, Floater, Mastodon
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc:  Fight Club, True Detective, Gangs of New York, anything by Quentin Tarantino, The King of Queens, The office
Favorite card in your collection:  Demaryius Thomas Superfractor



Sean 

Sean joined our Sorting Team in October of 2017 and has quickly grown accustom to the company culture at COMC. Similar to Jade, he is active in the group breaking community. Born in Seattle and having previously resided in Eastern Washington and Oregon, he collects primarily baseball cards but also some football and soccer. He enjoys playing soccer and all things science related. Other than cards, he also collects Legos. He has one pet cat (Chip) and when pressed for a fun fact about himself, told us that, “multiple people have said they would choose me to be stranded on a desert island with.” 

 

Favorite sport:  Soccer, Baseball
Favorite players:  Ken Griffey Jr.
Favorite Foods:  Pizza, Teriyaki, Hot Wings, Mongolian Grill, Tacos
Favorite Musical Artist(s): Breaking Benjamin, Tool, The Beatles
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc:  Game of Thrones, How I Met Your Mother, Avengers, Star Wars
Favorite card in your collection:2013 Bowman Chrome Kris Bryant Auto


Ben

Ben is the newest member of the COMC Sorting Team, having joined the team just a couple months ago. That being said, he brings to our team a strong knowledge of collecting and the hobby, having been a longtime collector and card enthusiast. He collects primarily baseball, basketball, and football cards. He has lived all around Washington State, as well as Los Angeles, CA. When not at COMC, he enjoys wiffle ball, basketball, and golf. He has one cat named Abigail and enjoys watching TV in his spare time. He was saddened to learn that fellow Sorting Team Member Brian S. opted out of participating in this blog.

Favorite sport:  Baseball, Basketball and Football
Favorite players:  Ken Griffey Jr.
Favorite Foods:  Everything
Favorite Musical Artist(s): Brian S. (and the rest of the Sorting Department)/Human Ladder
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc:  Hook/Back to the Future I & II/Training Day/The Office/Parks & Rec/South Park
Favorite card in your collection: Every Griffey

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #7

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Introduction

Welcome to the seventh and second-to-last update before we announce winners in our ongoing COMC Office Pack Battle League! We’re now through 14 weeks of the season and have just four weeks remaining! To see how we got this far, click here to read past updates to get caught up on how this crazy game we’ve concocted is played and how you can start up your own Pack Battle League!

Current Standings

In the overall league standings, Kevin managed to add six points to his total over the last two weeks, putting him now twelve points ahead of second place. While anything can happen, one of the 2nd – 5th place managers would need to run nearly perfect and score top points in all categories amidst a complete Kevin collapse. James holds onto a three point lead over 3rd – 5th, while the rest of the field from 6th-10th remain tightly packed together, hoping for a final push into the top five. Jeff had the largest jump since our last update, as his six points earned were good enough to help him find his way into 10th place.

Home Run King Standings:

James leads the Home Run King standings overall with 20 points. He’ll look to stack his team heavily towards power for the final four weeks of the season. With five points earned over the last two weeks, Bryson leapfrogged the field to sit in 2nd place with 17 points. Tad and Sean are amidst a battle for 3rd with 16 points, while Kevin sits in 5th with 15 points.

Hit King Standings:

Kevin’s 15 points give him a comfortable four-point lead in the Hit King Standings. Angela is the closest rival and sits in 2nd with 11 points after earning four points in back-to-back second place performances. James and Brandon’s 10-points represent a tie for 3rd, while Jeff and Jade’s 9 points are good for a 5th place tie. Anything can happen in the final two weeks,and this category will come down to the wire.

Strikeout King Standings:

By far the most exciting points category, Kevin maintains a one-point lead over Steve with his 13 overall points. Jeremy falls behind the competition and sits in 3rd with 9 points after failing to add to once league leading 9-points.

We’ve seen some crazy occurrences in the strike outs category as we reach the midway point of the MLB season. An unlikely victory for Steve that you’ll read about below will have him heavily skewing his team towards pitching. On the other hand, Kevin remains in competition for top spots in all three categories, meaning he’ll have to field a well-rounded team these final two weeks.

 

Week 13 Results (June 21st – 27th)

On the bats of Nolan Arenado and J.D. Martinez, Bryson’s team was able to blast 6 home runs, earning top points in the category. The rest of the field bunched up, awarding 2nd and 3rd place points to three managers each respectively. Kevin pads his overall points lead AND his lead in the Hit King category with his 19 hits on the unlikely combo of Matt Carpenter and Yuliesky Gurriel. 22 Strikeouts from Jack Flaherty (13) and Max Scherzer (9) were good enough for Chris to notch top points for the week.

HR Points: Bryson (3), Geoff (2), James (2), Jeff (2), Tim (2), Bob (1), Kevin (1), Sean (1)
Hits Points:  Kevin (3), Angela (2), Jeff (1), Steve (1)
K’s Points: Chris (3), Tad (2), Jade (1), Geoff (1)

Week 14 Results (June 28th -July 4th)

Steve put up a huge five spot thanks to the five home runs of Nolan Arenado and Mike Trout earning him 2nd place HR points, as well as coy decision to play two Robbie Ray cards at his pitcher spots. Ray’s 7 strikeouts doubled were enough to secure first place points. Bryson followed up his first place HR win last week with a second place performance from the bats of Nelson Cruz and Eric Thames.

HR Points:  Jeff (3), Steve (2), Bryson (2), Jade (2), Chris (1), Brian (1)
Hits Points: David (3), Angela (2), Jade (1)
K’s Points: Steve (3), Kevin (2), Angela (1)

In our next update, we’ll break down all of the final league standings for the season. While the runaway winner Kevin likely has the overall points total on lock down, all three individual category trophies are still up in the air. Who will win? How will it all shake down? See you in two weeks!

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #6

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Introduction

With just four weeks left in the season, Managers are jockeying for position as they look to improve their overall league standings OR stack their roster towards one particular stat to maintain a lead or gain ground in the individual stat standings. Over the last two weeks, the rich have gotten richer while one Manager made a strong push towards the Top 5.

If you’re not familiar with our scoring system or the rules of our league, you can read our introductory blog here. If you’ve missed some updates and want to catch up on how we got to our current standings, you can read all pack battle league updates here.

Current Standings

In overall league standings, Kevin’s eight points over the last two weeks helped pad his healthy lead over the field. James slides into second with a five point performance. Sean and Brandon enter a tie at the third and fourth place while Jeremy hit a mid season slump and falls one spot to round out the top 5. Tad’s seven point performance catapulted him up the standings from 12th to 7th, placing him just outside of the Top 5. He’ll look to continue the impressive run and muscle his way into the Top 5 over the final four weeks of the season.

Home Run King Standings:

With back-to-back second place points showings in weeks 11 & 12, Tad has positioned himself in 2nd place with 16 points just behind James’s leading 18 points. Sean sits in the three spot with 15 points, and three others are tied at 14 to round out the top five.

Hit King Standings:

Despite having an excellent showing over the last two weeks, Kevin was not able to add to his league leading 12 points in the Hit King Standings. Brandon also stood pat with 10 points, still good for a tie for second with James. Both remain within striking distance of overtaking the lead. Rounding out the top five is Jeff and Jade, who are each tied with 8 after adding three points to their totals..

Strikeout King Standings:

Kevin’s back-to-back wins in Weeks 11 & 12 meant that he leapfrogs the field and sits atop the Strikeout King leader board with 11 points. Jeremy sits just two points behind him, while Steve, Dylan and Brian are all tied with 8 points a piece.

Strikeouts remain a hot commodity to pull from our 2018 Topps Opening Day packs, and the Managers gunning to take down the Strikeout King category are in trade mode as they look to stack their team with strikeout pitchers at the cost of premium hitters.

Week 11 Results (June 7th – 13th)

Tad pulls off the trifecta in week 11, gaining five points across the three categories thanks to a team consisting of Freddie Freeman, Didi Gregorius, Yuli Gurriel, Xander Bogaerts, Luis Severino, and Danny Duffy. Steve potent combo of California bombers Mike Trout and Khris Davis smashed eight home runs, earning him top honors. Whit Merrifield and Jose Altuve‘s 17 combine hits were good enough to earn him first place in the hits column. Kevin continues his impressive run by nabbing first place points in strikeouts with 19 K’s on the arms of Gerrit Cole and Carlos Carrasco.

HR Points: Steve (3), Tad (2), Bob (2), Sean (1), Dieter (1)
Hits Points: Chris (3), Grant (2), Tad (2), James (1), Jeff (1), Dieter (1),
K’s Points: Kevin (3), Geoff (2), Chris (2), Tad (1)

Week 12 Results (June 14th – 20th)

Home runs came at a premium this week as just three home runs were good enough for first-place points. With the bar so low, 13 of our Managers were able to nab points in the category. Jade (Eddie Rosario, Paul Goldschmidt) and James (Nolan Arenado, Carlos Correa) mustered up 18 hits a piece to tie for first place points in hits. Kevin piled onto his league leading points total and overtook the Strike Out Kings lead on the 18 combined strike outs of Julio Teheran and Sonny Gray.

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

We have just two updates left until the conclusion of our inaugural Pack Battle League. We’ll be back in a couple of weeks to break down all of the week 13 & 14 action!

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #5

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Introduction

With 10 weeks out of our 18 week season in the books, we are careening towards the finish line of our COMC Office Pack Battle League! Over the last two weeks the rich have continued to get richer, while a couple hopeful Managers have made a run at breaking out of the pack and into the upper echelons of the standings.

If you’re not familiar with our scoring system or the rules of our league, you can read our introductory blog here. If you’ve missed some updates and want to catch up on how we got to our current standings, you can read all pack battle league updates here.

Current Standings

In the overall league standings through 10 weeks, Kevin is currently pacing the field with 29 points, adding five to his total from our previous update. Brandon’s seven points over the last two weeks was good enough to move him up two spots to second. James was only able to add one point to his total, and Jeremy’s five points moved him up a slot for a tie at 3rd and 4th place. Rounding out our top five is Sean who falls two spots from our last update.

Brian’s seven points over the last two weeks leapfrogged him from 16th place all the way to 8th. Dylan has also been on the move over the last two weeks, moving from the 11th to the 7th spot on a 6 point performance.

While 10th – 17th place are only separated by 3 points,the climb up the ladder is starting to get steeper and steeper as the top five continue to separate themselves from the pack.

Home Run King Standings:

Having cooled off substantially, James was only able to add a single point to his lead in the Home Run King standings. He sits three points ahead of Brandon(13 pts), who has a one point lead over Tad and Kevin. Sean rounds out the top 5 with 11 points.

Hit King Standings:

Kevin and Brandon swapped wins in the Hits category over the last two weeks to keep pace with one another in the standings. Kevin leads overall with 12 points, with Brandon just two points behind. Angela and Bob sit in a tie for 3rd-4th with seven points.

Strikeout King Standings:

It took ten weeks, but a trend finally emerged in the Strike Out Kings standings as Jeremy was able hold on to the top spot by notching a Week 9 win in the category. He sits in first with nine points, with Dylan and Steve close behind at eight points. Tim and Brian are in striking distance at six points.

Strikeouts remain the most competitive category by far, and will certainly be the race to watch down the stretch. Like a win in FirstEnergy Stadium (Have fun Googling that!), fielding a competitive pitching staff remains a difficulty for some Managers.  It should be interesting to see if Manager’s start trading to focus specifically on strike outs in coming weeks.

Week 9 Results (May 24th-30th )

To absolutely no one’s surprise, Brandon was able to dominate the HR category with the 1-2 super combo of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. Seven Managers managed to put just one home run or less this week, so there was a serious power outage. Kevin rode the bats of Buster Posey and Jose Altuve to an easy win in the hits category. Geoff was able to tie Kevin on the interesting combo of Salvador Perez and Adam Jones. Strikeouts belonged to Jeremy thanks to Stephen Strasburg‘s 8 K’s and Aaron Nola‘s 10 K performance.

HR Points:  Brandon (3), Geoff (3), Bob (2), Jeff (1), Sean (1)
Hits Points: Kevin (3), Geoff (2), Jeff (2), Brandon (1)
K’s Points:  Jeremy (3), Steve (2), Tim (1)

Week 10 Results (May 31st – June 6th)

You get points, you get points, EVERYONE gets points! In our HR category, 17 of the 20 managers were able to notch at least third place points thanks to a log jam in the category. Just two homers was good enough to net 3rd place points.  Angela (Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Ramirez), Brian (Cody Bellinger, Edwin Encarnacion), and Grant (Manny Machado, Andrew Benintendi) led the field with 5 HR’s each. In the hits category, Brandon (Andrew Benintendi, Brandon Crawford) and Bob (Brandon Crawford, Matt Kemp) tied at the top with 18 hits a piece. Finally, in strikeouts, Dylan scorched the competition with both Nat’s aces Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

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

That’s going to do it for this week’s update. We’ll be back in two weeks to break down weeks 11 &12. With Topps Series 2 Baseball releasing later this week, now is the perfect time to get a league started with your friends or coworkers!

[Featured Video] COMC Origins – The Birthplace of Check Out My Cards!

Hello COMC Nation,

Today we have a very special treat for you. Recently, a group of our longest tenured employees had an opportunity to visit the the birthplace of COMC. Just miles from our current Redmond, Washington Headquarters, this residential house played a key role in the early years of Check Out My Cards, serving as our first headquarters, work space and warehouse.

The COMC experience that you’re use to today could not be possible without the groundwork that was laid at our first location. Take a step back in time with Tim, Julia, Steve, and Heather as they recall their old stories and memories from the early days of Check Out My Cards.

Have you been with us since the early days of Check Out My Cards? If so, we want to hear from you! Leave a comment below and let us know about your memories and experience with early versions of our website and service. Or let us know what you think about the video! We’d love to her your feedback. Enjoy!