COMC Says Farewell to Two Standout Members of Our Team

The winds of change are blowing through the hallways of the COMC headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Over the next few weeks we’ll say farewell to two vital and standout members of our team as they move forward in their journey and pursuit of their passions.

Brandon LeCompte joined COMC in the Summer of 2016 as a member of our Identification Team. Having used COMC for many years prior, he quickly became acclimated to not only our ID Team’s internal tools and workflow, but also the company culture.

“My favorite memories at COMC were the sports related contests and season long fantasy leagues we played. They were a healthy crossroads between competition & trash talk, building comradery with people across departments over the course of many weeks.”

Brandon made such an impact that he was asked to represent COMC and the work our booth at the 2017 & 2018 National Sports Collectors Conventions. Perhaps no one can attest to the impact he made better than our ID Team Manager Charles Hodder:

“Brandon is one of the most amiable people I have ever had the pleasure to work with, much less manage. His knowledge, passion for the hobby and his unparalleled work ethic made him an indispensable part of the ID team. He also stood out from the crowd when interacting with the collecting public at large at several National Conventions on behalf of COMC. I have never heard anything but praise from anyone who has had any interaction with him.

We are better for having had him for the time we did. He has great things ahead of him and he will be sorely missed.”

You may remember Brandon from our ‘Who is COMC?‘ video where he told the story of packing all of his things into his car and moving from Texas to Washington to join COMC. So where is Brandon heading now?

“My relentless entrepreneurial spirit has led me to move in with my significant other in Florida and pursue a career in the fashion industry. I have enjoyed my two and a half years in Seattle exploring, hiking, and appreciating the Pacific Northwest. I even got to meet Gary Payton last month!”

For over a decade, Heather Hollander has been an integral part of our evolution from a tiny garage startup to the four-location company we are today. Heather was featured in our ‘COMC Origins’ video released last year, where the first four members of our team took a stroll down memory lane back at the original birthplace of COMC.

Her Manager Jim Osborn spoke highly to what Heather has meant for to our team:

“Over the 11 years Heather has been part of the COMC family, she’s processed literally millions of cards.   Starting as a 17 year-old high school student working part time, she joined the company full time after graduation. Since then, she’s become an indispensable member of the Processing Department and worked her way into a Lead role within the department. 

She truly wrote the book on her area of processing and with her personal standards being very high, she’s raised the bar for all who follow. Her attention to detail as well as the accuracy and efficiency with which she handles cards is second to none.

She’s resigning her full-time roll at COMC in order to pursue a lifelong dream to work with animals (no snide remarks about the employees of COMC).  We know she’ll embrace this new opportunity with the passion and commitment she brought to her position here.  Bon chance, Heather!”

While she’s certainly put in the time, effort and tenure, she confesses that some of her fondest moments at COMC are participating in holiday activities and company picnics with the rest of the team. One of Heather’s final contributions to COMC was the idea of having a ‘snowball fight’ (dodge ball) during our annual White Elephant Gift Exchange get together. Going forward, the snowball fight will be a yearly tradition appropriately named the “Heather Hollander Winter Invitational Snowball Fight” .

The COMC Team certainly has an abundance of pet owners, perhaps no one is more passionate about animals than Heather. Several times over the years she’s cared for small birds that flew into our office windows until they were able to fly on their own again. That’s why we know she is going to be amazing in her new role as a Assistant Groomer and Dog Bather at a local PetSmart Salon.

“I’d like to thank Tim and Julia for hiring me, and also my dad (Steve Hollander) for recommending me to them in the first placeI want to thank my manager Jim Osborn for all of his trust and encouragement. Whenever I was having a bad day, Steve Walker always had my back and would go out of his way to make my day better. I am so grateful to COMC for all of the opportunity and support you’ve given me over the past 11 years. While I am eager to pursue this new opportunity, I think I will always consider myself as part of the COMC family.”

On behalf of all of us here at COMC, we want to offer our very best to Heather and Brandon as they move forward on their journeys. For their hard work, persistence and contributions over the years, they will forever be a part of COMC. Thank you so very much for making us better. .

The Faces Behind COMC #6 – Getting to Know our Identification Team

Welcome back to final installment of our series, “The Faces Behind COMC”. Over the course of this series, we’ve highlighted the faces and personalities of our hardworking team members who’s day-to-day efforts help ensure that our customers have the satisfactory experience they know and love in using COMC.  To close our 2018 we are featuring members of our Identification Team. Among other responsibilities, this team is primarily responsible for ensuring that all incoming items are properly cataloged into their correct set, that all attributes (such as RC, auto, etc) are applied, and that all items with incorrect data are correct. 


Rich Klein

What do you say about the man who’s been well known in the trading card industry for over 40 years? Rich was working with trading card databases and price guides long before COMC was even a concept, let alone a website! Rich is now a valuable resource and asset for the ID Team as COMC’s Catalog Maintenance Expert, having now been a member of the team for nearly two years.

Born in Hackensack, NJ, he currently resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He can be found regularly writing about the hobby in his own blog series on this very blog, as well as GoGTS, and previously for Sports Collectors Daily among others. He enjoys chatting with collectors and dealers all across the hobby on a regular basis.

When not on the clock, his hobbies include reading, listening to pop music (1955-1991 or so), and relaxing with his wife and a wonderful chihuahua named Tater Tot. He maintains a large personal collection, but prefers pre-1970’s cards. He also collects autographed books. He is passionate about a DFW-area card show put on to support his local Adat Chaverim Brotherhood (Men’s Club) that was intended to be a one-off show six years, but has since blossomed into a twice-a-year function. We’ll let him tell you more about that in 2019…

Favorite sport(s): Baseball
Favorite player(s): From my youth: Jim Wynn, Cesar Cedeno and Thurman Munson
Favorite Food: A Good Steak
Favorite Musical Artist(s): Harry Chapin, Jim Croce, Donna Summer
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: A League of Their Own, Mary Tyler Moore Show


Darren

Having previously worked at COMC in the past, Darren rejoined the COMC Team in 2014 as a member of our Processing Team, but has since transitioned to the Identification Team. Born relatively close to COMC in Everett, WA, he’s lived all around Washington State, and is a huge supporter of his Washington State University Alumni.

He collects both a mix of vintage and modern basketball and football cards, and has recently taken to up picking up vinyl records at local garage sales and flea markets. He stays busy away from COMC with biking, reading, and spending time with his wife checking out new cheap eats (there is no shortage in Washington!), watching movies, and spending time at the dog park with their 9-year-old Shiba Inu/Beagle Mix. They also have a SIXTEEN POUND long-haired Tabby named Georgi!

Prior to joining COMC, Darren was a freelance basketball and football writer who reported primarily on various levels (preps, college, & WNBA). His work was published in the likes of The Seattle Times, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Associated Press, and Lindy’s Sports Annuals.

Favorite sport(s): Basketball, Football
Favorite player(s): Klay Thompson, Russell Wilson, Steve Gleason
Favorite Food: Thai
Favorite Musical Artist(s): The Dave Matthews Band, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: The Shawshank Redemption, Good Will Hunting, Breaking Bad, SportsCenter With Scott Van Pelt
Favorite card in your collection: 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan RC


Charles (Ava3081 on COMC)

Our ID Team Manager Charles is one of the most well traveled members of the team, having previously lived in Northern California, South Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado, and even Germany. He joined our team nearly seven years ago, and is one of the team’s go-to sources for all things minor league and oddball.

Charles is our resident Will Clark collector and lover of all things related to the San Francisco Giants. When we say all things, we mean all things, as he has a substantial collection of minor league affiliate cards and Tokyo Yomiuri Giants as well. He also collects NFL Europe and World League American Football cards, as well as ex-USSR transit tokens, vinyl, minor league team photos, cat knick knacks, kitsch and folk art, and original artwork from friends (both good and bad!).

Away from COMC he enjoys drawing, music, and composing inappropriate limericks. He has one cat and some fish, and wanted everyone to know that he has webbed toes. He is currently singing in a band called Tolt, and he also wrote the ex-USSR section in the latest Smith’s Catalog of World Transportation Tokens (except North America).

Favorite sport(s): Baseball, curling
Favorite player(s): Will Clark, Buster Posey, Willie Mays, Lefty O’Doul, Sadaharu Oh, Shigeo Nagashima, Tetsuharu Kawakami, Satchel Paige, Ken Griffey Jr.
Favorite Food: Jägersnitzel, sushi, Persian chicken kebabs
Favorite Musical Artist(s): Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3, Iceburn, Into Another, Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, 16 Horsepower, Oingo Boingo, Neurosis, Nuclear Assault, Ævangelist, Mitochondrion
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: Mystery Science Theater 3000, Rifftrax, Cinematic Titanic
Favorite card in your collection: 1988 ProCards Iowa Cubs – Cubbie Bear


Dylan (DylanJenkins on COMC)

Dylan is one of the newest members of the ID Team, having joined the COMC Team last fall. He also does freelance work in live sports production (on-air graphics and overlays) for various teams throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the Seattle Mariners. Born in Washington, he spent five years in Queens, NY while attending St. John’s University.

When not working, Dylan enjoys shooting hoops, going to the beach, sport related PC and video games, and of course opening and sorting cards. He collects Topps Heritage Baseball on an annual basis, as well as Seattle Mariners and several other niche collections (such as St. John’s alumnus, and players born in Washington State). During his senior year of high school, he competed at the state level in twp non-sports competitions – We The People, and The Knowledge Bowl.

Dylan lives in Seattle with his wife, where they enjoy watching Jeopardy and attending sports events. He admits that it’s tough to figure out how to find time to have a social life with both of them working and commuting, but that doesn’t appear to be stopping them from potentially fostering a bulldog in the future!

Favorite sport(s): Baseball, basketball, soccer
Favorite player(s): Mark McLemore, Joey Cora, D’Angelo Harrison, Matisse Thybulle, Daniel Vogelbach
Favorite Food: Chicken Parmesan, Cinnamon Rolls, basically any sweets & treats or cakes & bakes
Favorite Musical Artist(s): Bob Dylan, Iron & Wine, Death Cab for Cutie, Bon Iver


Sam

Sam is our resident gaming card identification specialist, having spent many years (decades?) prior to working at COMC collecting and playing a variety of collectible trading card games such as Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Magic, and VS System. He also collects Seattle sports swag, Mariners bobble head and pop culture memorabilia.

After over six years at COMC, he’s generally revered by his COMC colleagues as fierce competition in fantasy sports leagues year round, and is always a catalyst for striking up discussions and arguments over happenings around the landscapes of the MLB and NFL.

Away from the halls of COMC, he can be found enjoying the local music and festival scene, as well as watching sports in dive bars. You’ll never catch him with a cup or Starbucks or an umbrella in his hand. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, disc golf, chess and video games. Can you throw both a baseball and Frisbee at the same time? Sam can!

Favorite sport(s): Baseball
Favorite player(s): Felix Hernandez, Randy Johnson, and Edgar Martinez.
Favorite Food: Steak and Potatoes, Pho
Favorite Musical Artist(s): Gorillaz, Odesza, The Blue Scholars, Jimi Hendrix, & Led Zeppelin
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc:  
Movies: The Hateful Eight, True Grit, City of God, The Departed, & Spirited Away 
TV: Breaking Bad, Daredevil, King of the Hill, One Piece, & 30 Rock.  
Books: Battle Royale, The Phantom Tollbooth, Ender’s Game/Shadow, The Hobbit, & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Favorite card in your collection:
Legend of Blue Eyes: 1st Edition – Swords of Revealing Light


Angela (Burgandypug on COMC)

Born in Pocatello, ID (get out your map!), Angela has lived all around Washington before setting close to COMC. She enjoys collecting Ken Griffey Jr., John L. Sullivan, John Locke, and Impractical Jokers memorabilia cards. One of the most unique pieces of her collection is a newly acquired brick from the house that Babe Ruth grew up in. She also collects Funko Pops and baseball hats.

She admits that life away from COMC is very hectic and exhausting, as she’s an Adherent for the Salvation Army, leads a Girls Scout Troop and is a registered Girl Scout herself, and also volunteers with her Son’s high school golf team and marching band. All of that, and she also takes care of one obese cat, one infuriating dog, and as she put it, “an incredibly stupid and inept frog.”

February 2019 will mark seven years that Angela has been a member of the Identification Team. She currently also serves as a specialist on the COMC Weekly Review and as a member of our Family Friendly Committee. If you’ve been following our Faces Behind COMC series, you’ll know that she is also married to COMC Sorting Team Member Chad!

Favorite sport(s): Baseball, Soccer, Football, Combat Juggling and Chess Boxing
Favorite player(s): Ken Griffey Jr – no other players exist
Favorite Food: Butter Chicken, General Tso’s Chicken, Panang Curry, Gino’s Philly Steak Sandwiches, cheesecake from the Carnegie Deli in New York, and hamburgers from the Vanderbilt Hotel in Puerto Rico
Favorite Musical Artist(s): Queen, The Killers, Johnny Cash, Lionel Richie, Pearl Jam, Young the Giant, Soundgarden, and Boyz II Men
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: TV: 9-1-1, Grey’s Anatomy, Big Bang Theory, Impractical Jokers, and Jeopardy; Movies: MST3000, Mac and Me, Rear Window, All Tom Hanks Movies (Even Man with One Red Shoe, which understandably sucks, but it’s Tom so it gets a pass…we’ve all made mistakes).
Favorite card in your collection: Magic Unhinged: City of Ass #134 because it reminds me of Pocatello, Idaho

Brian

Brian has been a member of the COMC ID Team for coming up on five years. Although he was born in upstate New York, he has spent his time living all around Western Washington.

When not working, you can likely find Brian enjoying the nightlife, as he’s COMC’s king of karaoke. When he doesn’t have a microphone in hand, he enjoys a more mellow lifestyle of poker, video games and movies. Although he doesn’t have any pets of his own, his roommates two dogs are basically family to him at this point.

Brian had to part with a large portion of his baseball card collection several years ago, which included a Tools of the Trade Jumbo Babe Ruth Jersey among other high-end pieces. He still loves to build sets these days, especially ones that include tough short prints. He also collects movies, bobble heads and action figures.

Favorite sport(s):  Cross up between Baseball and Football but I also enjoy WWE
Favorite player(s):  Too many of them, but Ken Griffey Jr. is way up there
Favorite Food:  Chicken
Favorite Musical Artist(s):  Chris Cornell, Linkin Park and just about anything 80s/90s.  
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc:  Star Wars series, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Dexter, Seinfeld (and just about all sitcoms) 
Favorite card in your collection:  It will always be my 1989 Upper deck Griffey Rookie

The Faces Behind COMC #5 – Getting to Know our Processing Team

Welcome back to our ongoing series, “The Faces Behind COMC”. In this series, we highlight the faces and personalities of our hardworking team members who’s day-to-day efforts help ensure that our customers have the satisfactory experience they know and love in using COMC. This time around we’re featuring members of our Processing Team, the team that is responsible tasks such as opening and verifying your consignment submissions, imaging items, and several other duties. These team members see nearly every single card that COMC receives, and work diligently, consistently and efficiently to process your cards.

Chee (Chee21 on COMC)

For over six years now, ‘Mama Chee’ has not only been a key member of our Imaging Team, but she’s been feeding her co-workers with her delicious homemade dishes and treats Her homemade salsa is to die for!  Beloved around the office, Chee is as talented in the kitchen as she is at work, and currently serves as our Imaging Team Lead.  Born in Malaysia, some of her hobbies enjoy watching the wild birds that she feeds at home, trying new receipes, and searching for trading cards at local garage sales. Her best ‘flip’ came recently when she found a Derek Jeter card for $1 and resold it for $70 on COMC. In addition to cards, she enjoys collecting stamps, coins, and recipes

Favorite sport:  Bowling
Favorite players:  Russell Wilson
Favorite Musical Artist(s): Tom Jones
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: The Big Bang Theory


Tad 

Tad joined our team in 2014 after looking for a change of pace from his previous career. In that time, he has since become our go-to Lead for specialty imaging.  Born in Seattle, he previously lived in Southern California and has one pet cat named Rico. He collects both baseball cards as well as pint glasses. He prefers the classic rock tunes of bands like Rush, Pink Floyd, among others, who can be heard just about anytime playing in his office.

 

Favorite sport(s): Football & Baseball
Favorite Player: The late Willie Davis (baseball)
Favorite  Food: Pizza
Favorite Musical Artist: Rush
Favorite Movie / TV Show / etc: The Godfather / NFL Redzone
Favorite Card in your Collection: 1969 Topps #65 Willie Davis


Marie

Marie joined the COMC Team in fall of 2011 originally as a member of our Shipping Team, but has since transitioned to our Imaging Team. Born close to COMC Headquarters in Everett, WA, she has previously lived in Bremerton, which is across the Puget Sound from Seattle. Away from COMC, she juggles a part time job with raising her 5-year-old, but says that life is more low-key than it is chaotic. She enjoys arts, crafts and hiking, and collects cute pop culture items.

Favorite Food: Pho
Favorite Musical Artist: Michael Jackson
Favorite Movie / TV Show / etc: Any sci-fi or thriller


Heather (Heather714 on COMC)

You may already be familiar with Heather, as she was featured in our COMC Origins video we published earlier this year. Along with her father Steve, she is one the longest tenured employees at COMC, joining the company over 10 years and several locations ago back in 2007. Born in southern California, she considers herself a Disney nerd, and collects Funko Pops and Bath and Body Works candles in addition to trading cards. She has a pet cat and rabbit, and spends her time doing Zumba, completing puzzles, and volunteering for animal rescue groups when not at work.

Favorite Player: Russell Wilson
Favorite Food: Mac and Cheese
Favorite Musical Artists: Josh Grobam, Girl Generation (K-Pop), Lindsey Stirling

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

The Faces Behind COMC #3 – Getting to Know our Canadian 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. This time around, we’re taking our readers up North to get a glimpse inside our Canadian Processing Facility. We opened our Canadian location in January 2013 in an effort to create a more streamlined COMC experience for our Canadian Customers.

Derek (OTCards on COMC)

An avid collector and former sports card shop owner, Derek was a familiar face to our Canadian Team long before officially joining COMC. Derek joined our Processing Team in late 2016, but the majority of the Canadian COMC Team had already been regular customers at his shop many years prior. Joining the COMC Team seemed like a natural transition for the Vancouver born native.

In his spare time away from COMC, he enjoys watching movies and participating in trivia nights at local bars and establishments. Derek also routinely competes in reality TV fantasy leagues with his friends. That all being said, he stays plenty busy buying and selling cards both locally as well as online. He collects mostly non-sports cards such as entertainment autographs, but also enjoys picking up key sports rookie cards when he can.

Favorite sport:  Any and all.
Favorite player:  LeBron James
Favorite Food:  Pizza, sushi
Favorite Musical Artist(s):  Creedence Clearwater Revival, Rush, Eminem
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: Game of Thrones, Top Chef, The Rock
Favorite card in your collection: Ryan Reynolds X-Men Origins Deadpool Auto


“Vicious” Verne Siebert (Turnbuckle99 on COMC)

Verne joined our Canadian Processing Team about two years and has one of the most colorful backstories of any COMC employee. Verne is a former professional wrestler who is still active in the independent scene as a Manager and Agent for All Star Wrestling Inc. In 1991, Verne even had two televised matches for WWF (now WWE) where he competed against the likes of Sgt. Slaughter and The Texas Tornado. A simple google search will reveal pictures, highlights and even youtube videos of some of his matches over the years if you want to learn more!

Born in Victoria, British Columbia, he has resided across Canada. Away from COMC and the squared circle, Verne enjoys staying in shape by working out and doing yoga as well as taking care of his 16-year old Dachshund named Jasper. He collects comic books and wrestling memorabilia as well as hockey cards. He promotes a collectibles show as well.

A true story adding to the legend of Verne, he broke a chair on his first day of work at COMC and autographed the broken leg for our CEO Tim Getsch.

Favorite sport(s):  Hockey, Pro Wrestling
Favorite player(s):  Ed Belfour, Gerry Cheevers. Pavel Bure, and Bo Horvat.
Favorite Food:  Pizza
Favorite Musical Artist(s):  Pink, Guns N Roses.
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc:  Two Broke Girls, Trading Places
Favorite card in your collection:  Don Cherry Suit Card.


Joel (JayMack on COMC)

Having lived his whole live in Vancouver, B.C., Joel joined our Canadian Processing Team in the Fall of 2016.  Joel is a loving husband, a Father of three, and a Grandfather to eight who is enjoying his retirement.  He stays plenty active in the hobby however, and prefers to collect new and vintage baseball and hockey cards.

Favorite sport(s): Baseball, then Hockey
Favorite player(s): Mickey Mantle as a kid, Roger Clemens thru the 80’s and 90’s. Now Aaron Judge.
Favorite Food: Thai food. Could eat it every night!
Favorite Musical Artist(s): Willie Nelson, The Beatles, Bruno Mars
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: The Longest Day. I know, a war movie, but loaded with stars.
Favorite card in your collection: 1990-91 Pro-Set Stanley Cup Hologram


Eddie (Stammer on COMC)

Eddie joined our team in early 2017 as the first Canadian employee hired primarily to work on identification and cataloging. He collects primarily hockey cards, although he does confess that a bit more basketball cards have found their way to his collection as of late. The Vancouver-area native has spent his whole life in the area, and stays active through playing sports such as football and basketball.

Eddie isn’t shy about his skills on the court, and opted to use this blog as a platform to issue a formal one-on-one challenge to Tim Getsch. He would love to step on the court with our CEO, but only on the stipulation that Tim cannot post-up during the contest!

Favorite sport(s): Hockey, basketball, football
Favorite player(s): Steven Stamkos, Patrik Laine, Steph Curry
Favorite Food: French Fries
Favorite Musical Artist: Drake
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: Hockey & Basketball Games.
Favorite card in your collection: 2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio Profiles Materials Sixes Sidney Crosby #1/1

 

Peter (FastFeet65 on COMC)

Peter is the most recent addition to our Canadian Team, having joined to help with order fulfillment just a few months ago. He is the most well-traveled our Canadian Team, having lived in Mexico and the United Kingdom.  He confesses that he does not collect cards as extensively as he previously did in his youth, but he does like to buy cards of young players with lots of potential as well as older hockey and baseball cards that remind him of his youth. He also maintains a collection of old game programs and world currencies no longer in circulation.

Peter shared with us that ins his past he helped run youth camps for many years, primarily in the summer time. He was often involved in helping with organizing sports schedules and led evening music and singing events. He spent four months volunteering in an orphanage in Mexico when he was 20 years old and says that to this day it was one of the most impactful and greatest things he has done in life.


Barry (CPA-CMA) – Manager, COMC Canada

Barry has the distinct honor of being our first Canadian employee as Operations Manager of our Canadian location. After working in the banking industry for 23 years, he became a Chartered Professional Accountant, and now oversees the operation of our Canadian Facility – no small task by any means. He was born in Edmonton (the same home town as Zarley Zalapski) and has also lived in the same hometown as Rene Bourque (we’ll let you Google that one!). He collects cards of Red Wings players as well as other cards that catch his eye.

Away from COMC, he can be found enjoying Ted Talks and science documentaries on Youtube. From a professional development course, he is currently challenging himself to give a deserving compliment to someone at every day at home, office, or outside.

Favorite sport(s): Volleyball, Cycling (in particular, the Tour de France)
Favorite player: Danny Grant
Favorite Food:  BBQ Ribs
Favorite Musical Artist(s):  Hall & Oates and other 80’s music artists.
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: The Shawshank Redemption, The Amazing Race, Star Trek TNG
Favorite card in your collection:  1990-91 ProSet Stanley Cup Hologram PSA 8.5

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.

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.”