eBay Auction Event: 2023 Super Bowl Kickoff

COMC Auctions is partnering with eBay to promote an exclusive football auction event to celebrate the 2023 NFL Super Bowl Kickoff!

As part of this exclusive event, COMC Auctions will be featured on eBay’s homepage from February 5th through February 12th. This football promotion is the ideal opportunity to increase the visibility of your auction consignments as the 2023 NFL Super Bowl commences!

Cards submitted to auction via COMC will receive a maximized number of views throughout the auction event. Below you’ll find all the information you need to get started, and, even if you’re new to COMC, there’s still time to register for a free account!

COMC users have multiple options for submitting cards. Whether you already have cards consigned with us to submit to auction, or you are considering sending cards to COMC specifically for this event, details and key dates are listed below.


Mail-In Submissions

Both domestically and internationally shipped cards must be received at COMC’s Redmond, WA location by the end of the day on 1/23/2023 to be included in the promotion. Items sent to our Canada office will not be included in the event.

Items must be received at COMC by 1/23 to be eligible for this event.

To create a new mail-in auction submission, follow these simple steps:

  1. Log in to your COMC account or register for a new COMC account
  2. Click Start New Submission in the Seller Menu on the COMC Dashboard
  3. Select the COMC/eBay Super Bowl Kickoff Event processing service as shown below:

Elite-Item Transfers

Elite-Item Transfer deadlines apply only to items already processed through our Elite consignment service.

Items must be transferred to auction by 1/31 to be eligible for this event.

If you already have COMC Elite football cards in your COMC Inventory Manager, you can send them to auction in just a few clicks! You must transfer them to auction by the end of the day on 1/31/2023 and select the COMC/eBay Super Bowl Kickoff Event option when transferring your items to auction.

Click on the Actions button for a given item in your inventory and then select Send to Auction to begin the auction transfer process:

Then select COMC/eBay Super Bowl Kickoff Auction Event for the eBay auction service.

After transferring your cards to auction, they are moved from your Inventory Manager to the Grading Submissions page in your COMC account. Once one of your auctions is scheduled, you can monitor it via the Auction History page.


Only items already processed through our Elite consignment service may be transferred to our Football eBay Auction Event. If you’d like to reprocess an item as Elite in order for it to be included in this promotion, you must submit it for Elite reprocessing by the end of the day on 1/28/2023.

Items must be submitted for Elite reprocessing by 1/28 to be eligible for this event.


Important Auction Reminders

As you consider participating in this exciting auction event, there are a few key reminders we’d like to share:

  • The minimum fee per auction, regardless of the final sale price, is $3.50. We do not recommend submitting cards to auction that will not reach a final sale price of $20 or more.
  • There are no cancellations once we receive your auction submissions.
  • Only football cards are eligible for this specific auction event.

For more information about our auctions service, please refer to our Auctions and Auctions FAQ pages. For additional questions regarding COMC Auctions, please email our Auctions team at auctions@comc.com. For other questions or general information, please visit our Support page. We at COMC are eager for you to participate in this exciting event!


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Topps MVP Buyback Program With COMC

November 26, 2022 to March 31, 2023


After this year’s epic baseball season, there’s never been a better time to collect Topps.

To celebrate this year’s Most Valuable Players (“MVPs”), we’re partnering with Topps and the MVP Buyback program! Starting on November 26, 2022, you can bank store credit with your local hobby store in exchange for ‘22 Topps Chrome cards of Aaron Judge and Paul Goldschmidt.


Additional Information

Participating hobby stores will need to have or create a free COMC account. Hobby stores will accept qualifying cards from customers in exchange for store credit, after which the stores will promptly be reimbursed fully by COMC once COMC receives and verifies the cards. Be sure to check the useful links below, including the Topps Buyback FAQ, for more information!

Useful Links

Topps MVP Buyback Program

Topps Buyback FAQ Page

Signing up for a free COMC account

Introduction to COMC and our Mission

Click here if you’re a hobby shop and are interested in participating!

Check out the COMC Blog and follow us on social media @checkoutmycards for the latest updates!

COMC Summer Seller Elite & Select Submission Promotion

Receive 25% discounts on all your Elite & Select submissions through July 22nd!

Take advantage of this limited-time promotion to submit your items using our Elite and Select services at a reduced price. We know that not everyone can make it to the National but still want to offer savings to all of our customers; if you’ve been waiting for a discount on submissions, now is your chance to save big!

COMC Summer Seller Elite & Select Submission Promotion Discount Requirements:

  • Elite: write ELITE25 on each Elite submission slip to receive 25% off your Elite submission. (Was $2.00/card, now $1.50/card.)
  • Select: write SELECT25 on each Select submission slip to receive 25% off your Select submission. (Was $1.00/card, now $0.75/card.)
  • Cards must be submitted and received at COMC by Friday, July 22nd.
  • Each submission slip must include handwritten codes to qualify—no exceptions.

Which Cards Are Best For Elite?

The Elite service is intended for raw and graded single trading cards with a sale value of more than $50. There is no minimum or maximum submission quantity for Elite. Elite items are guaranteed to have a 2-week turnaround time.

Additional Promotion Information

  • This discount does stack with Fresh Pulls, which means even deeper discounts for eligible Fresh Pulls products in addition to the discounts for this promotion!
  • The discount does not apply to the Mailbox package fee, toploader removal fee, or the missing/incorrect paperwork fee.
  • There is a $3.00 minimum fee per Select submission group. There is no minimum fee for Elite submissions.
  • Cards reprocessed through the Elite service are not eligible for the discount.
  • Items submitted prior to the promotion are not eligible for the Summer Seller Submission Promotion discounts.
  • There may be processing delays due to increased volume.

For questions regarding the eligibility of products, please email staff@comc.com.

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March Madness Elite & Select Submission Promotion

Receive discounts on all your Elite & Select submissions through April 1st!

40% off Elite & 30% off Select Submissions

Take advantage of this limited-time promotion to submit your items using our Elite and Select services at a reduced price. If you’ve been waiting for a discount on submissions, now is your chance to save BIG!

March Madness Elite & Select Submission Promotion Discount Requirements:

  • ELITE40 – Write “ELITE40” on each Elite submission slip to receive 40% off your Elite submission (Was $2.00 – NOW $1.20 per card).
  • SELECT30 – Write “SELECT30” on each Select submission slip to receive 30% off your select submission (Was $1.00 – NOW 0.70 per card).
  • Cards must be submitted between Tuesday, March 8th to Friday, April 1st.
  • Submissions MUST BE RECEIVED at COMC by April 1st.

Which Cards Are Best For Elite?

The Elite service is for raw and graded single trading cards with a sale value of more than $50. There is no minimum submission quantity for Elite. Elite items are guaranteed to have a 2-week turnaround time.

Important Promotion Information

  • This discount DOES stack with Fresh Pulls! That means even deeper discounts for eligible Fresh Pulls products in addition to the discounts for this promotion.
  • The discount does not apply to the Mailbox package fee, toploader removal fee, or the missing/incorrect paperwork fee.
  • No maximum quantity limit – submit as many cards as you’d like!
  • There is a $3 minimum fee per Select submission group. No minimum fee for Elite submissions.
  • Each submission slip MUST HAVE handwritten codes to qualify – no exceptions!
  • Cards reprocessed through Elite service are not eligible for the discount.
  • Items submitted prior to the promotion are not eligible for the March Madness Submission Promotion discounts.

For questions regarding the eligibility of products, please email staff@comc.com.

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COMC Customer Appreciation Offer

To thank our customers, we’re offering up to $60 in free processing!

Send in your items today to receive up to $60 in free submissions.

With Black Friday and the holidays quickly approaching, this is the perfect time to send in your items to receive up to $60 worth of free processing! Any items submitted with our Elite or Select service that are received by November 11th will be deposited to your account in time for Black Friday.

Save $60 on your submissions this month!

  • $20 off Elite Processing
  • $20 off Select Processing
  • $20 off Standard Processing

Check out the details below for this great offer and start packaging up your submissions to send them in today!

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Each household (not account) is eligible for a maximum of $20 off each submission level; Elite, Select, and Standard.
  • Write the code “20OFF” to the left of the barcode on each submission slip. If your submission includes multiple service levels, write the code “20OFF” on each applicable submission slip.
  • Include the Submission Slip with the corresponding group in your package.
  • Promo codes will not be applied to transactions received without the “20 OFF” promo code and will not be eligible to have the promotion applied retroactively.
  • Cards MUST BE RECEIVED at COMC by November 30th.

Please note the following:

  • The “20OFF” code is only valid for one-time use per household, for each submission level. If a second submission is received and the code has already been used, the items will be processed at the regular submission level pricing.
  • Additional items can be included in the same submission. Up to $20 will be credited toward your total processing fees for each eligible submission level.
  • The discount DOES NOT apply to our Mailbox service, the toploader removal fee, or the missing/incorrect paperwork fee.
  • If your submission does not meet the maximum $20 processing discount for that service level, subsequent submissions are not eligible for unused discount credits.

Take advantage of this FREE processing offer and submit your cards today!

For questions regarding the eligibility of products, please email staff@comc.com.

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COMC’S Basketball & Football Rookie Submission Discount

Receive discounts on eligible Basketball & Football Rookie Cards through October 29th!

Send your items in today to receive discounted processing fees on eligible Basketball & Football Rookie & RC Parallels.

COMC Basketball & Football Rookie Submission Discount Requirements:

  • Cards must be Basketball or Football Rookie or RC Parallels from Panini Prizm, Optic, or Select
  • Eligible years include 2018 – Present
  • Cards must be submitted with Select or Elite processing and can be combined with other items
  • Cards MUST BE RECEIVED at COMC by October 29th

How is the discount applied?

  • Eligible cards included in your Select or Elite submissions will automatically receive the discount
  • SELECT processing is $0.25 per eligible card (normally $1.00 per card)
  • ELITE processing is $1.00 per eligible card (normally $2.00 per card)
  • There are no additional fees for standard-size graded cards
  • The discount does not apply to the Mailbox package fee, toploader removal fee, or the missing/incorrect paperwork fee

The following cards are NOT eligible for this promotion:

  • Collegiate draft picks sets
  • Insert rookie sets including: Prizm Instant Impact, Select Futures, Rookie Phenoms, and all similar sets

Submit your Basketball & Football Rookie and RC Parallels today!

For questions regarding the eligibility of products, please email staff@comc.com.

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COMC’s NBA Tip-Off eBay Auction Event: Submit Your Basketball Cards Now

Are you ready for the NBA Tip-Off? COMC Auctions is partnering with eBay to promote our NBA Tip-Off Auction Event!

High-end basketball cards consigned with COMC Auctions will be featured on eBay’s homepage from Monday, October 18th through Sunday, October 24th, 2021. Take advantage of this opportunity to increase the visibility of your basketball card auctions as the NBA season begins!

Below you’ll find all the information you need to submit your basketball cards for this special auction event!

When and How to Submit Your Basketball Cards:

If you’re new to COMC, please first register for a COMC account here. Registered COMC users have multiple options for submitting their basketball cards to auction during this event. Whether you already have consigned cards with us to auction or if you are considering sending new cards to COMC specifically for this event, details and key dates are listed below.


Mail-In Submission Deadlines

  • New mail-in auction submissions received by Thursday, September 30th 2021 will be included in the promotion.
  • Before printing your Submission Slips, please make sure to select the specific “NBA Tip-Off eBay Auction Event” option in the COMC Submission Wizard.
  • On the outside of all mail-in submission packages for this event, please clearly mark “NTS” on all sides of the package. This will ensure our team can correctly prioritize your submission.

To create a new mail-in auction submission, first Register, then log in and visit Start New Submission in your COMC Account. To ensure your basketball cards are included in this promotion, you must select the “NBA Tip-Off eBay Auction Event” processing service in Step 3 of the Submission Wizard.

You will receive an email notification from our team confirming that we have received your submission. Once we’ve processed and scheduled your items for auction, you will be able to view them in your COMC account’s Auction History.


Transfer COMC Elite Items to Auction By Friday, October 8th

If you already have COMC Elite Basketball Items in your account, you are welcome to transfer them to Auction specifically for this NBA Tip-Off event. Only items which have already been processed through our Elite Consignment Service are eligible to be transferred directly to auction. To be included in the promotion, COMC Elite basketball items must be transferred to auction by Friday, October 8th, 2021.

When transferring your items to auction, please select the “NBA Tip-Off eBay Auction Event” option shown below.

As highlighted above, please make sure to select “NBA Tip-Off eBay Auction Event” when transferring your COMC Elite Items to auction for this event.
  1. In your Inventory Manager, find the COMC Elite Item you want to transfer to auction
  2. Click on the Actions menu
  3. Select “Send to Auction”
  4. Select the “NBA Tip-Off eBay Auction Event” option.

After transferring your cards to auction, they move from your Inventory Manager to Auction Submissions in your COMC account. Please note that all transfer to auction submissions are final. Once scheduled for auction, you can monitor your auctions in Auction History.


Non-Elite Items Transfer Deadlines

Cards already consigned with COMC which have not yet been upgraded to COMC Elite Items must first be Reprocessed as Elite to be eligible for COMC Auctions. To ensure that your items will be reprocessed as Elite in time for this auction event, we encourage you to submit them for reprocessing as soon as possible.

  • To be re-processed as Elite in time for this Auction Event, items must be submitted for Elite Re-Processing by Friday, September 17th, 2021.

Follow these steps to submit items in your COMC account for Elite Reprocessing:

  1. Find the item you want to upgrade in your Inventory Manager
  2. Click on the Actions menu
  3. Select “Reprocess as Elite”
  4. Select COMC Reprocessing
  5. Pay $2 COMC Store Credit to submit the item

Once the items have been reprocessed as elite and returned to your COMC Inventory, please remember to then Send to Auction by Friday, October 8th, 2021.


Important COMC Auctions Reminders

  • The minimum fee per auction is $3.50, regardless of the final sale price. For a full breakdown of COMC Auction fees, see the COMC Auction Schedule and Fees blog.
  • We strongly recommend you only submit cards to auction that will sell for approximately $50 or more. COMC Auctions reserves the right to change the service level of new Auction submissions to our Select Processing Service Level if submissions primarily consist of items valued less than $10.
  • There are no cancellations once we receive your auction submission. If you want to instead consign your high-end trading cards through COMC as buy-it-now listings or field offers on the COMC.com marketplace, we encourage you to submit them using our Elite Service. All Elite Items are eligible to be transferred to auction at a later date.
  • Please review our Supported Trading Cards criteria if you have any questions about what items you can consign with COMC.
  • COMC is also proud to announce we are now accepting HGA Hybrid Grading Approach slabs for submissions. HGA gets added to a list of supported grading companies; including PSA, BGS, BVG, CSG, and SGC!
  • For more information about our auction service, please refer to our Auctions and Auctions FAQ pages.

Questions? Our Team is Here to Help!

If you have any questions about submitting your cards for this Auction Event, we welcome you to email the COMC Auctions Team at auctions@comc.com. For all other inquiries, please contact our Customer Service team by emailing staff@comc.com or clicking the red Support button on the bottom right corner of COMC.com.


COMC’s 2021 NFL Kickoff eBay Auction Event: Submit Your Football Cards Now

Are you ready for some football this fall? COMC Auctions is partnering with eBay to promote our 2021 NFL Kickoff Auction Event!

COMC is proud to announce our 2021 NFL Kickoff eBay Auction Event. Submit Your Football Cards Now!

High-end football cards consigned with COMC Auctions will be featured on eBay’s homepage from Monday, September 13th through Sunday, September 19th, 2021. This promotion is an excellent opportunity to increase the visibility of your football card auctions as the much-anticipated 2021 NFL football season gets underway.

Below you’ll find all the information you need about submitting your football cards for this special auction event!

When and How to Submit Your Football Cards:

If you’re new to COMC, please first register for a COMC account here. Registered COMC users have multiple options for submitting their football cards to be auctioned during this event. Whether you already have consigned cards with us that you would like to auction off or are considering sending new cards to COMC specifically for this event, details and key dates are listed below.


Mail-In Submission Deadlines

  • New mail-in auction submissions received by Thursday, August 26th 2021 will be included in the promotion.
  • Before printing your Submission Slips, please make sure to select the specific “NFL Kickoff eBay Auction Event” option in the COMC Submission Wizard.
  • On the outside of all mail-in submission packages for this event, please clearly mark “NSP” on all sides of the package. This will ensure that our team can correctly prioritize your submission.
As highlighted above, please make sure to select the “NFL Kickoff eBay Auction Event” option in our Submission Wizard when consigning football cards specifically for this event.

To create a new mail-in auction submission, first Register, then log in and visit Start New Submission in your COMC Account. To ensure your football cards are included in this promotion, you must select the “NFL Kickoff eBay Auction Event” processing service in Step 3 of the Submission Wizard as shown above.

You will receive an email notification from our team confirming that we have received your submission. Once we’ve processed and scheduled your items for auction, you will be able to view them in your COMC account’s Auction History.


Transfer COMC Elite Items to Auction By Friday, September 3rd

If you already have COMC Elite Football Items in your account, you are welcome to transfer them to Auction specifically for this NFL Kickoff event. Only items which have already been processed through our Elite Consignment Service are eligible to be transferred directly to auction. To be included in the promotion, COMC Elite football items must be transferred to auction by Friday, September 3rd, 2021.

When transferring your items to auction, please select the “NFL Kickoff eBay Auction Event” option shown below.

As highlighted above, please make sure to select “NFL Kickoff eBay Auction Event” when transferring your COMC Elite Items to auction for this event.
  1. In your Inventory Manager, find the COMC Elite Item you want to transfer to auction
  2. Click on the Actions menu
  3. Select “Send to Auction”
  4. Select the “NFL Kickoff eBay Auction Event” option.

After transferring your cards to auction, they move from your Inventory Manager to Auction Submissions in your COMC account. Please note that all transfer to auction submissions are final. Once scheduled for auction, you can monitor your auctions in Auction History.


Non-Elite Items Transfer Deadlines

Cards already consigned with COMC which have not yet been upgraded to COMC Elite Items must first be Reprocessed as Elite to be eligible for COMC Auctions. To ensure that your items will be reprocessed as Elite in time for this auction event, we encourage you to submit them for reprocessing as soon as possible.

  • To be re-processed as Elite in time for this Auction Event, items must be submitted for Elite Re-Processing by Friday, August 13th, 2021.

Follow these steps to submit items in your COMC account for Elite Reprocessing:

  1. Find the item you want to upgrade in your Inventory Manager
  2. Click on the Actions menu
  3. Select “Reprocess as Elite”
  4. Select COMC Reprocessing
  5. Pay $2 COMC Store Credit to submit the item

Once the items have been reprocessed as elite and returned to your COMC Inventory, please remember to then Send to Auction by Friday, September 3rd, 2021.


Important COMC Auctions Reminders

  • The minimum fee per auction is $3.50, regardless of the final sale price. For a full breakdown of COMC Auction fees, see the COMC Auction Schedule and Fees blog.
  • We strongly recommend you only submit cards to auction that will sell for approximately $50 or more. COMC Auctions reserves the right to change the service level of new Auction submissions to our Select Processing Service Level if submissions primarily consist of items valued less than $10.
  • There are no cancellations once we receive your auction submission. If you want to instead consign your high-end trading cards through COMC as buy-it-now listings or field offers on the COMC.com marketplace, we encourage you to submit them using our Elite Service. All Elite Items are eligible to be transferred to auction at a later date.
  • Please review our Supported Trading Cards criteria if you have any questions about what items you can consign with COMC.
  • For more information about our auction service, please refer to our Auctions and Auctions FAQ pages.

Questions? Our Team is Here to Help!

If you have any questions about submitting your cards for this Auction Event, we welcome you to email the COMC Auctions Team at auctions@comc.com. For all other inquiries, please contact our Customer Service team by emailing staff@comc.com or clicking the red Support button on the bottom right corner of COMC.com.


eBay Homepage Auctions Event! Inserts & Parallels

COMC Auctions headlining the eBay Homepage June 15th – June 21st!

Inserts and Parallels have been making a big splash in the sports card markets. Some of them newly created, and some a depiction of past inserts. This Auction Event is themed around this current trend, so don’t miss this opportunity to get additional exposure for your unique cards!

When to submit your cards:

Auctions STARTING during promotion must be received by COMC between 6/1 – 6/5
Auctions ENDING during promotion must be received by COMC between 5/24 – 5/29

Net Marvels

Marvels Inserts are taking off! Previously, this Marvel LeBron James card was valued and selling for less than $5.00. Prices over the past few months have soared to over $250.00!
The Marvel set as a whole is highly collectible, so what better time to send them to COMC Auction? Get your submissions in now to ensure they arrive in time for the event!

Prizm Baseball

Prizm baseball is on the rise. Take a look at the 2012 Prizm Mike Trout Rookie #50 for example. This was selling for less than $10 over 2 months ago.
The current market value has surpassed the $100 mark and is consistently hitting close to $120. With a 1000% increase in price, now is a great time to send in your Prizm Inserts & Parallels!

2016 Optic Holos

Optic Holos have been on fire in the marketplace. Here we see the 2016 Optic Holo Tom Brady. Prior to the surge, this card was selling for roughly $5-10. Now, prices are anywhere from $140-160!
The Optic Holo price jumps are not limited to just football; basketball is also seeing huge increases. Get all your Optic Holos in now!

Guest Blog: Top 10 New Collections to Start on a Budget.

(Editors Note: This post comes to us thanks to the Call to Arms we put out earlier this month seeking guest writers. Please welcome COMC Member Tycrew to the COMC Blog! Tycrew is a University of Illinois alumni and is currently in graduate school working towards a career in dentistry. His areas of focus in the hobby are football and baseball, but as a lifelong collector, his collection is not just limited to those sports).

The perfect collection is what we all are striving for in this hobby. It is an ever elusive goal along with the oft insatiable drive to find the perfect combination of cards that allows you to take a step back and stare in awe. Most average collectors are not going to ever be able to afford to add the Graded 10 Mike Trout rookie autograph flight to our personal collections. Us mere mortals must abide by budgets and finical restriction. That said, financial restriction does not need to limit us. I put together a list of potential collections that can all be complied while being fiscally responsible. The goal is to to always be adding loads of intrinsic personal value while sending only a little cash. It doesn’t have to have a huge price tag to be the prefect collection.

Bonus) Jersey Cards NBA Starting Five

I’ll be honest, I don’t collect basketball cards and that is why this idea is a bonus. I open packs of them on occasions and then try to trade them away as soon as I get them because they just do not fit in my collection. If I did collect basketball, I would do this: I would find a jersey card for every player on the starting five on my favorite basketball team. It’s a small collection that is highly displayable. Even if you are a Warriors fan, and every player is an all-star, the jersey cards are affordable. You can always expand to the whole bench too with out running out of dough

10) Your fantasy teams

This idea could be a fun one especially if you can get the others in your fantasy league to buy into the concept too. The core set up would involve you drafting your team like normal but, once the season begins, you cannot start the player unless you have their card. There are all sorts of different rules you could add to make this work for you and your friends. To add a degree of difficulty you could make a requirement that all the cards have to be numbered or an insert. It would make the league more fun and add an exciting twist to free agency. Setting up a keep league where you can only keep the player if you have their autograph could also be an intriguing option.

9) The Regional Gems Collection

You would be surprised how many players from your area have a rookie card. Most likely they only ever got a rookie card, but that’s all it takes. This collection usually will stem around your high school. Go back and make a list of the schools from your area. Obviously start the list with your school. Then add the crosstown rivals and then make sure throw the rest of the conference in for fun. Use your favorite web search to find the guys who made it to the big,s and who you need to look out for going forward. Occasionally, you will be searching through a box at a show or opening a pack and find someone from your area to add to the collection too. People in the community will be impressed when you show them, and you will always be able to add to the collection as more guys work their way up the ranks.

8) Home Run Derby Bat Card

Some relic cards can almost seem disappointing when people are only on the hunt for autographs or high price cards. Not in this scenario. The whole goal of the collection is to get a bat card from every player in the most current year (or your personal favorite year’s) home run derby. Even though some of the top players are in the derby, most solo bat cards are reasonably priced, and there are only eight guys with the most recent rules.

7) Starting QB for every NFL Team

To be clear this is not going to be the cheapest collection when you start it. Among all of the ideas on the list this one will have the highest start up cost. This will be a long term investment though. Once you get the starters in the collection, you will only need to replace a few a season which makes it very affordable long term. This might have the best display options of any of the ideas on the list two. A big matted frame with the teams listed with window spaces for the card would look sharp in just about any man cave in the nations.

6) Old Players, New cards

Keep a look out for famous players on new cards. These usually come in the form of inserts or numbers, but can also be autos and relics too. There are many old timers that have tons of new cards that you can pick in in the quarter box at shows or on COMC. Pick a player, pick a team, pick an era – they all will work. Most of these cards are very affordable and look great. The hard part about this collection is it is limitless!

5) Player collection

If you don’t have a favorite bench player or back up or guy who didn’t ever make it quite as big then you need to find one. A player from your childhood who you really liked works too. The only two rules here is it cannot be the hot rookie, or a superstar, and you cannot arbitrarily pick someone for this collection. If you do just casually pick someone you will quickly begin to get buyer’s remorse. I found my player when I was young. Mark Prior was my favorite Cubs pitcher growing up. Not sure why, but he was. Even though he won’t make the Hall of Fame or get his number retired, I still really think of him as one of my favorite players. His autograph is reasonably priced, and I can’t get enough. Find yourself a Mark Prior.

4) In person autographs

I do not need to tell you too much about this kind of collection. This is simply a reminder that not every card has to be DNA carbon dated, graded and personally certified with a COA to be a real autograph. Most teams have opportunities to meet the players with autographs. Taking base cards to those opportunities can really add personal value to a collection without spending money.

3) MLB Team Top 30 Prospect Autographs

This has been my most recent focus as of late. I went and found a website that ranked the 30 best prospects for the Cubs and made a list. I’ve been collecting autographs, but could have chosen base rookie cards just as easily. Spring training has become a blast watching these guys play with the big boys, and having the hope that one day they may become the big names on the roster. It is an evolving list, but without too much turnover, so it gives you the opportunity to keep up without having to build something completely new. Most guys are very inexpensive except the few top guys. You will have a prospect get good and have to dish out some cash but they are most likely to became a valuable card. This collection has the added benefit of giving you a chance at finding gem that turns in to the next MVP and pays for the whole collection.

2) Your college football player

Think about how many players you see in the dollar box at the last show you went to or COMC of college football players who went undrafted. There’s a lot of them and no one seems to what them. Well I want them, or at least some of them. I went to a big ten school with a bad football team. That doesn’t stop me from loving my alma matter and watching every Saturday. To me a lot of the best players on the team give it their best to make the league, but most fall short. That doesn’t stop the printing plates, however. Like with the baseball products, I like to keep a look out for the autographs. This collection is always evolving, and can keep you engaged with the college players you watched and cheered for three to four years. The best part is, unless you are a fan a power house program, most of these players are very affordable. Who cares if they don’t go pro, they were and always will be your guys.

1) The base card set

That’s right. The best collection on a budget is still and always will be a complete base card set. It is accessible and overwhelming satisfying. You can make it easy on your self and buy a box or two of the new stuff and almost ensure you get all the cards (and guarantee yourself a good insert or two), do it the old fashion way one pack at a time, or finish off your set via COMC. If vintage is more your style, you will probably end up spending a bit more, but you do not need to be sucked into grading or only having cards in perfect condition. You can snag lower quality copies via COMC, or go to local show or store and add to your collection. There is probably no better feeling than completing the set yourself. In contrast to many of the other collections, this collection has a defined start and finish which can be a great drive and also a great way to prevent you from over spending. The complete set is the king of affordable collections and I don’t see that changing any time soon!