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!

 

Check Out Your Cards – March 20th

Hello again, folks. It’s time for the second edition of Check Out Your Cards, our new blog post where I meet with a member of our identification team and ask them to tell me about some of the amazing cards that they’ve seen while working at COMC. This week we continue with some items that Greg had flagged when I asked him to help with this project. Today we’ll show off a Black Slabbed card, a nice Logo man, an impressive auto, and a great soccer card.

2014 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs #JA Jose Abreu [BGS 10 BLACK]
Jose Abreu

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Introduced as the ultimate label, for the ultimate card, for the ultimate collector, this is the first black slabbed card that we’ve seen. A perfect ten in centering, edges, corners, and surface. And on a chrome card, this is even more difficult to achieve. Not much more needs to be said about this spectacular Jose Abreu card, other than it’s great to have an item of this quality listed on our site.

2013-14 Panini National Treasures Logoman Signatures #LS-KI Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Greg admitted that, beyond this being a good looking card with a great signature of a rising star, it was the Logoman that made him want to rescue this card from mailbox obscurity and give the world a chance to see it. Logoman cards are such a chase, and with a patch this pristine, you know the owner of this card is happy.

2014 Bowman Prospects Chrome Printing Plate Magenta #BCP25 – Kris Bryant /1 [PSA/DNA Certified Auto]

Kris Bryant

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Kris Bryant, Dick Howser Trophy winner and second pick in the 2013 Major Leauge Baseball Draft, is one of the hottest prospects in baseball right now. He has what it takes to be one of the greats, and only time will tell how far he’ll go. Greg thought that it was great to see people sending such rare 1/1’s through our site.

2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signatures #S-LME – Lionel Messi [BGS 9.5]

Lionel Messi

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This card is from the 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signatures, one of the coolest soccer sets ever. In fact, when the product came out, Greg and a few of his friends went in for a case, hoping to pull something as valuable as this. Sadly, they were out of luck. But, shortly after, Greg and another friend went in together on a box, and wouldn’t you know, they pulled a Lionel Messi. While this is not the card they found that day, seeing this one on our site made Greg smile.

Next Time on COYC

We show off some strange non-sport items from Topps, Upper Deck, and Allen & Ginter.

Check Out Your Cards – March 13th

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first edition of Check Out Your Cards, our new blog post where I meet with a member of our identification team and ask them to tell me about some of the amazing cards that they’ve seen while working at COMC. There are over 3,380,000 unique items on our site –  and that’s not even counting cards through our mailbox service that few people will ever get to see. It’s my goal to highlight some of these cards and let our ID staff explain what they find interesting about them. For this inaugural post, I sat down with Greg and picked his brain regarding a rare card from a mailbox user, a sneakerhead’s dream, a great celebrity autograph, and BGS success story.

2014-15 Panini Gold Standard Black Gold Threads Platinum Prime #43 Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O'Neal

One of the great things about the mailbox, at least from the point of view of the members in our ID department, is being able to see some beautiful and rare cards. This Shaq, from one of the rarer inserts of the newer Panini Gold Standard, is one of the cards that caught Greg’s eye. He thought that everyone deserved a chance to see this 1/1.

2013-14 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection UD Signature Kicks Monumental Laces #ML-AH Anfernee Hardaway

Anfernee Hardaway

Greg, a self-described sneakerhead, was amazed at this card. Most of the memorabilia in shoe swatch cards are about the size of a nickle, so a piece this large is pretty astounding. Even I was impressed by the amount of shoe they fit in this card. (For disclosure purposes, I also want to say that Greg has owned several pairs of Nike Air Foamposite 1’s in his life. His choice to add this card to COYC may be biased.)

2014 Leaf Pop Century Live Signatures Blue #LA-AP1 Al Pacino

Al PacinoWhile COMC was originally a place for sports cards, there are some heavy non-sports hitters. Over the years we’ve added a number of Leaf Pop Century cards to our site. In recent memory, this is one of Greg’s favorites, as this is the first signed Al Pacino card that we’ve seen come through our site. We’re lucky to have items like this pass through our mailbox service.

2014-15 Panini Prizm Black Pulsar Prizms #48 LeBron James

LeBron James

When I asked Greg what was so special about this Prizm Black card, he told me to think about this card like a success story. First, it’s a hard card to pull. Second, even fresh from the pack a card is not guaranteed to come back a ten. On top of that, this success story was made possible by COMC being a BGS Authorized Submission Center. A user sent us this card, and we got it off to Beckett and back to them with a stellar grade – a result that everyone hopes for.

Next Time on COYC

We show off a Bowman Black Slabbed card, a nice Logo man, an impressive auto, and a great soccer card.