Check Out Your Grades! – April BGS Grading Returns

The winds of change are blowing! Last month, we published out 2018 Spring BGS Service Update which included the news that we’re rolling out a new 3 week expedited service. The early results are in, and this service is quite popular among COMC users!

Did you know that you can submit any item in your inventory manager via the actions menu to BGS for grading or to COMC for our weekly Condition Review? Not only will your cards be graded within three or six weeks, but they’ll have a chance to be showcased in our monthly blog series!

Without further ado, our favorite BGS returns for the month of April:

Check Out Your Grades! – March BGS Grading Returns

All we can say is “WOW!” We are seeing a record amount of BGS Submissions return on a monthly basis. 2017-18 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey remains an overwhelming favorite,  as this months returns saw tons of gem mint Young Guns. With so many great cards to choose from, we’ve picked out the cream of the crop to showcase in this months’s edition of Check Out Your Grades!

Did you know that you can submit any item in your inventory manager via the actions menu to BGS for grading or to COMC for our weekly Condition Review? Not only will your cards be graded within six weeks, but they’ll have a chance to be showcased in our monthly blog series!

Check Out Your Grades! – February BGS Grading Returns

The calendar has turned yet again which means it’s time for a fresh installment of Check Out Your Grades! In this monthly series, we share our favorite items that have been submitted by members of the COMC Nation to BGS Grading via their COMC account . February was one of the busiest months that we’ve ever seen for grading returns! Last month, owners of items from the recently released Upper Deck ePack sets such as 2017 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions and 2017-18 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey sets saw their grading submissions returned in abundance.

Did you know that you can submit any item in your inventory manager via the actions menu to BGS for grading or to COMC for our weekly Condition Review? Not only will your cards be graded within six weeks, but they’ll have a chance to be showcased in our monthly blog series!

Check Out Your Grades! – January BGS Grading Returns

Hello COMC Nation!

February is here which means it’s time for another installment of Check Out Your Grades! In this series, we showcase our favorite items that have been submitted to BGS Grading via COMC and have just recently returned. Last month, we said that we would limit each installment to our ten favorite grading returns. However, we’ve decided that sharing just 10 cards a month is a little too restricting for our taste. We’ll be sharing ALL of our favorites, which means 17 grading returns made the list this month!

Did you know that you can submit any item in your inventory manager via the actions menu to BGS for grading or to COMC for our weekly Condition Review? Not only will your cards be graded within six weeks, but they’ll have a chance to be showcased in our monthly blog series!  Without further ado:

January 2018 Grading Returns:

That’s all for this month! Check out previous installments of this blog series here:

December 2017

Check Out Your Cards – COMC Milestones and card #20,000,000

Twenty million is a large number. It is just about the number of seconds in 231 and a half days. It is larger than the number of miles between where you’re sitting and the planet Venus at any given time. And, earlier this week, we identified card #20,000,000, and added it to our site. In this special edition of Check Out Your Cards, I am showcasing other milestone cards we have received, charting the growth of our inventory.

#1000000 – 1992-93 Fleer Ultra #328 Shaquille O’Neal

#1000000 - 1992-93 Fleer Ultra #328 Shaquille O'Neal

This Shaquille O’Neal card was added to our site back on 6/29/09, almost two years after Tim had started the project that eventually became COMC. In fact, the first consigned cards from someone other than Tim didn’t start rolling in until around card 69,000. After two years on the project, this was the first major milestone.

#5000000 – 2011 Bowman Gold #212 Dillon Gee

#5000000 - 2011 Bowman Gold #212 Dillon Gee

If submissions stayed at the same pace, this Bowman Gold card wouldn’t have been added until 2019. Thankfully, the wait was not that long. On 7/29/11, two years and one month after card one million, card five million was added to the site.

#10000000 2001 Private Stock Game-Worn Gear #68 Marcus Pollard

#10000000 - 2001 Private Stock Game-Worn Gear #68 Marcus Pollard

When this Private Stock Game-Worn card first hit the site on 2/19/13, we called in A Towering Achievement. Going by the graphic we made at the time, our lifetime inventory. card atop card, would stack 19,685 feet into the air, about 5 thousand feet taller than Mount Rainier. All this in less time than it took to get from card #1000000 to #5000000.

#15000000 – 2000 Upper Deck MVP Pro Sign #IB Isaac Bruce

#15000000 - 2000 Upper Deck MVP Pro Sign #IB Isaac Bruce

This Upper Deck MVP Pro Sign card snuck up on us, and we almost let it pass without much fanfare. It was added 7/11/14, showing that, even with having to build our catalog from the ground up, submissions were still strong. It took about year and a half to add an extra 5 million cards to the site.

#20000000 1998 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems #189 Peyton Manning

#20000000 - 1998 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems #189 Peyton Manning

The trend continues with this Peyton Manning card. Added 8/26/15, a year and a month since the last major milestone, and only two and a half months after card #19000000, this beautiful Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems card is already far from being the most recently added card. It is now the second day since it was added, and we’re already getting card 20,045,000 ready to list. At that rate, expect item item #21000000 before the end of the year.

COYC: Women’s World Cup Edition

While New York is throwing the US Women’s World Cup team a ticker tape parade today, we wanted to do something to congratulate our team as well. And what could be better than showing off some of their cards?

Hope Solo

Hope-Solo[1]

A record breaking goalkeeper and winner of two Olympic gold medals, Hope Solo is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of all time. Starting with Parade Magazine’s All-American award in 1997, she has consistently been honored and awarded through her storied career. Now she can add helping her team win the Women’s World Cup to her list of achievements.

Alex Morgan

 Alex-Morgan[1]

Alex Morgan hit the ground running, as is highlighted in her early career. Number one overall draft pick in 2011, and in the same year the youngest player on the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup team, quickly followed up with the game-winning goal on the 2012 London Olympics match against Canada.

Tobin Heath

Tobin-Heath[1]

Earning her spot as one of the most skillful players on team USA by dominating the midfield, Tobin Heath’s story is much like that of many of her fellow players. First overall pick in WPS 2010 draft, she is a staple of the US Women’s team, starting in five of the seven 2015 FIFA games and was one of the three players to score in the Final.

Meghan Klingenberg

Meghan-Klingenberg[1]

Making her debut for the US National senior squad in 2013, during the Women’s World Cup, Meghan Klingenberg started every match in the tournament. And like many of her other teammates she was named a Parade All-American.

For more cards of the winning Women’s Soccer team, please see the links below:

Shannon BoxLori ChalupnySidney LerouxCarli LloydKelley O’HaraHeather O’ReillyChristen PressChristie RamponeMegan RapinoeAmy RodriguezBecky SauerbrunnAbby Wambach

Check Out Your Cards – March 27th

Happy Friday, everyone. It’s time for the latest installment of Check Out Your Cards, our blog post where I meet with a member of our COMC team and find out more about some interesting cards that they’ve seen while on the job. This week I’m switching it up a bit, and sitting down with myself to go over some cool cards that I remember from my time in the shipping department. Today I showcase some non-sport items from Topps American Pie, Upper Deck, and Topps Allen & Ginter.

2011 Topps American Pie Pieces Memorabilia #APCR-GK – Grassy Knoll

Knoll

This card is one of the first truly weird cards I remember from my time in shipping. After the first few hundred baseball, basketball, football, and hockey cards, I remember this one jumping out at me. Regardless of its historical relevance, I am completely astounded by the simple fact that there are cards with bits of earth in them that people collect.

2001 Topps American Pie Relics #PAPM2 – John F. Kennedy

Kennedy

It’s wonderful what people will put inside a card. Contained in this small piece of printed cardboard are authentic remnants from the Berlin Wall.  Seeing a card like this makes me fully appreciate the amazing things we have stored in our warehouse.

2013 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Museum Collection Relics #MR-CN Chuck a Luck Number

ChuckI was introduced to this card a few weeks back when one of our users called in asking about a redemption card they had sent our way. The user had mailed the card to us, and we took care of the hassle of scratching and putting the code into the manufacturer’s site. While most use this service because it allows them to sell the card while waiting for the redemption to come in, this user wanted to get the card shipped back to them when it arrived. I remember going into our warehouse and looking for what I expected to be a standard sized card – but the relic in this piece was massive, easily the size of my hand. I’m happy that we were able to assist, if only in a small way, with helping send this card off to a good home.

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter’s Colony in a Card – Artemia Salina

Colony

 

I wanted one last card to round out this display of strange cards, and I thought that there was no better place to turn than to our shipping department. Thousands of cards pass through here over the course of a week, and I was sure to find something surprising. Here I leave you with this truly unusual card, which has as an insert a packet of shrimp eggs, perfect for starting your own sea monkey colony.

Stay tuned next week for an extra special edition of COYC!