5 Great “It Sold for WHAT?!?” Cards in COMC History

Over the course of our 11 plus year existence, we’ve seen A LOT of cards. When we say a lot of cards, we mean somewhere in the neighborhood of 52 million and climbing at the time of writing. As you can imagine, we’ve seen our fair share of iconic cards, especially cards that didn’t gain notoriety until many years after we first saw them. This can lend itself to some pretty hilarious historical pricing data when some of these cards sell years or even a decade before they peak in value.

That being said, we’ve scoured some historical sales to find some of the best “It Sold for WHAT?!” examples in COMC’s history:

2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects – Prospects Chrome – Refractor Autograph #BDPP89 – Mike Trout /500

As the legend of Mike Trout continues to grow, so do the value of his 2009 Bowman cards. This particular card was listed for sale on February 19th, 2010 and sold almost two weeks later for a fraction of what it’s worth today. These cards are so desirable that we’ve never seen a copy of this card consigned since. BGS 9 versions of this same card have recently sold for $7000.00.

2000 Playoff Contenders – [Base] Rookie Autograph #144 – Tom Brady [BGS MINT 9]

We have seen our fair share of this coveted Tom Brady rookie card over the years. This BGS 9 version was sold back in June of 2013 for a paltry $1254.00. Recent sales of this card with an equal grade have recently sold in excess of $10,000.

2013-14 Panini Prizm – Autographs – Target Red Prizms #33 – Giannis Antetokounmpo /49 [BGS 9.5 GEM MINT] 

Before earning his nickname ‘The Greek Freak’ and becoming the NBA mega star that he is today, Giannis  Antetokounmpo’s rookie cards could be had for a fraction of what they’re worth now. This beautiful Red Prizm RC autograph sold for just $256 back in October of 2016. A Non-graded version of this card recently sold for over $1,700.

1986-87 Fleer – [Base] #57 – Michael Jordan [BGS 9.5 GEM MINT] 

We’ve seen just two BGS 9.5 graded copies of perhaps the most iconic basketball card ever printed sold on the COMC Marketplace. The most recent took place in 2016 and sold for over $11,000, but it is the first sale that makes this card earn a spot on our list.  In the summer of 2013, a BGS 9.5 Michael Jordan RC was had by a buyer for just over $4,000.00. Talk about a good return-on-investment!

2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects – Draft Picks Chrome – Gold Refractor #BDPP19 – Aaron Judge /50

In hindsight, a 6’7″ power-hitting Yankees prospect flying under the radar just seems silly, but it’s safe to say that Aaron Judge cards sold at pedestrian prices until #AllRise took baseball by storm last year.  Not one, but TWO of these gorgeous gold refractors sold for right around $30 in 2014. This card can’t be had for under $1,000 just four years later.

If you happen to have sold one of these cards, just remember time heals all wounds. It also increased the value of your card exponentially. If you’ve sold a card on COMC that you’ve regretted years later when a player’s stock rose significantly, we want to hear about it! Share your best “What was I thinking?” stories with us!

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #3

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Introduction

The COMC Office Pack Battle League is now 1/3rd of the way through it’s inaugural season and we’ve had a major shake up in the standings! With six weeks down and 12 weeks to go, a lot has happened over the last two weeks!

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

Gerrit Cole continues to be the runaway MVP of 2018 Topps Opening Day, claiming his 3rd appearance in six weeks atop the strikeout leader board.

Current Standings

In the overall league standings through six weeks, Sean made a huge run from 13th all the way to the top spot, adding 9 points to his total over the last two weeks. While the middle of the pack is 7th through 15th is only separated by 3 points, the top of the leader board is beginning to define itself a little clearer. Jade, James and Bryson also put up strong efforts of five points each, substantially improving their positions on the leader board.

Home Run King Standings:

James came out the winner of a four-way tie at the top of the Home Run King standings with a third place performance in Week 5 and a first place tie in week 6.  He now leads the field with 9 points, with Kevin and Sean close behind at 7.

Hit King Standings:

Kevin and Jade sit a top the Hit King leader board with five points each. The rest of the field is tightly behind them, as 10 teams are currently sitting at three points. Any of those teams can claim the top spot with a strong showing.

Strikeout King Standings:

Jeremy came out the victor in our previous tie at the top, claiming the top spot in overall strikeout points with six. With four teams on his heels  at five points, strikeouts has been one of the most exciting categories to watch as the season progresses. League Managers have found pitchers found in 2018 Topps Opening Day to be somewhat polarizing. Cards like Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber, and Max Scherzer can single handedly carry a team to points in this column. Not pulling one of these players from their weekly two packs can often spell a middle of the road performance.

Week 5 Results (April 26th  – May 2nd )

Sean began his run to the top in week 5, fielding a team of Aaron Judge (hr), Wil Myers (hr), Joe Mauer (hits), Francisco Lindor (hits), Gerrit Cole (K’s) and Sean Manaea (K’s). With Lindor exploding for 12 hits, and Cole doing what he does and leading the week in strikeouts, Sean was able to add five points to his total. Brian took HR category for the week with the duo of Gary Sanchez (3) and Nelson Cruz (2) hitting a combine five homers.

HR Points:  Brian (3), Steve (2), James (1), Angela (1), Kevin (1)
Hits Points: Dylan (2), Sean (2), James (1)
K’s Points: Sean (3), Grant (2), Jade (1), Dieter (1), Angela (1), Brian (1)

Week 6 Results (May 3rd – 9th)

It was a clean sweep for Texas state players on our player of the week board, as Nomar Mazara came out of nowhere to put up the best HR week we’ve seen so far. George Springer‘s six-hit performance catapulted him to a 15-hit performance and Gerrit Cole remained untouchable in an Astros uniform.

While hits and k’s were pretty cut and dry categories, with Jade taking hits with 28 total thanks to Springer and Lindor and Bryson taking K’s with 25 total on the arms of Carlos Carrasco (14) and Luis Severino (11). The home runs category produced three teams earning top points with five home runs each, while six teams nabbed 3rd place points with three homers each.

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

Whew, that was a crazy two weeks. That’s going to do it for this time around for the Pack Battle League. We’ll be back in two weeks to break down all the Week 7 & 8 action.

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #2

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Introduction

The COMC Office Pack Battle League is now four weeks into it’s inaugural season and trends are starting to take form. Of course, it’s still very early in the season, and no team is too far out of the hunt to be counted out.

If you’re not familiar with our scoring system or the rules of our league, you can read our introductory blog here. If you missed our first update and want to take a look at how things got underway through the first two weeks of the season click here.

A big congratulations to Sean Manaea for his 10-strikeout no hit performance against the Boston Red Sox in Week 4!

Current Standings

standingsweek2In the overall league standings through four weeks, Bob has emerged as the front-runner with 10 total points. Over the past two weeks, he’s secured 8 points and has leapfrogged the field after sitting in 17th place after the first two weeks of the season. The rest of the field remains tightly packed, with only three points separating 10th place from 1st place.

Home Run King Standings:

No clear leader has emerged in the Home Run King standings as a four-way tie exists at the top with Brandon, James, Bob and Tad each with five points. Bob took the ‘w’ in the HR category in week 3 with six home runs and Tad claimed top honors in week 4 with five homers.

Hit King Standings:

Despite adding no points from the hits category over the past two weeks, Kevin’s fast start with five points through the first two weeks was enough to keep him in the lead. The field is tightly closing in however as David sits in second with four points. Four teams tied with 13 hits each in week 3 to claim 1st place points while Jeff took the victory in hits in week 4 with a whopping 21 hits.

Strikeout King Standings:

Our five-way tie from the previous update has become just a two-way tie as Tim and Jeremy top the leader board with four points each. Dylan blazed past the competition in week 3 with 23 strike outs, while Bob followed up in week 4 with an 18-strikeout performance that was good for the top spot.

Week 3 Results (April 12th  – 18th )

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In week 3 action, Bob begun his march to the top of the leader board by scoring top points in the home run category with six home runs with his high risk high reward decision to play two Charlie Blackmon cards in the home run stat. A four-way tie at hits this week at 13 total hits yielded first place points distributed liberally. Dylan’s 23 strike outs from Gerrit Cole and Julio Teheran were enough to cement a strong first place finish.

HR Points:  Bob (3), Sean (2), Jeff (1), David (1), Kevin (1), Jade (1)
Hits Points: Jeremy (3), Geoff (3), Tim (3), David (3), Dieter (2), Angela (2), Tad (2), Chris (1)
K’s Points: Dylan (3), Brian (2), Jeremy (1)

Week 4 Results (April 19th – 25th )

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Bob followed up his three-point week 3 with a five point week 4 effort. Bob took first in Strikeouts with 18 K’s thanks to Gerrit Cole (is that name looking familiar yet?) and Sean Manaea and put up a second-place effort in hits coming just three hits short of the 21 hits acquired by category winner Jeff. Tad reigned supreme in the home run category with 5 on the bats of second-year studs Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger.

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

That will do it for this update. Our next update will come in two weeks where we’ll break down the week 5 & 6 action in the COMC Office Pack Battle League.

The Hunt for Item #50,000,000! – $1,000 Store Credit Reward

Help COMC acquire this milestone card and win $1000 COMC Store Credit

Hello COMC Nation & ePack Members!

We are calling upon YOU to help us secure a very coveted milestone card that represents a small piece of COMC history. In return, we are offering a reward of $1000.00 COMC Store Credit to the lucky individual who transfers this item into their COMC account from their Upper Deck ePack account.

We recently added item number 50,000,000 to our catalog, a monumental achievement for our team. The 50 millionth item cataloged just happens to be a card from the recently released 2017-18 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey ePack set. The set went live on the ePack website yesterday to the delight of collectors!

The 50 millionth card added to our catalog is this 2017-18 Upper Deck – Silver Foil #376 Chris Kreider card

2017-18 Upper Deck  – Silver Foil #376 Chris Kreider

Silver foil cards can be acquired on the ePack website through combining 10 copies of the digital base card together. When an ePack member does this, the 10 digital base cards are removed from their account and they are given one physical silver foil parallel of the combined cards.  Once a silver foil card has been acquired on the ePack website, it can be transferred to its owner’s COMC account where a COMC item number will be assigned to the item.

How YOU can help us acquire item #50,000,000:

  1. Acquire 10 copies of card #376 Chris Kreider from the 2017-18 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey set on the ePack website via opening packs of UD Series 2 Hockey or trading with other ePack users for the card.
  2. Combine those 10 copies of #376 Chris Kreider on ePack to receive one silver foil parallel version.
  3. Transfer the silver foil #376 Chris Kreider to your COMC account. Click here for ePack’s tutorial on how to transfer items from your ePack account to your COMC account.
  4. Locate the transferred item within your COMC inventory manager and check the item number.
  5. If your Silver Foil #376 Chris Kreider is item number 50,000,000 you are our Grand Prize Winner! Contact us via email, Facebook, Twitter or a blog comment and let us know that you have item #50,000,000 in your possession!

Stay tuned to this blog post as we will make an update announcement if and/or when the hunt for item #50,000,000 has ended. Milestone items such as this card are important keepsakes for COMC to help remind us how far we’ve come over since our inception. Thank you and good luck!

COMC Office Pack Battle League Update #1

Introduction

Our case yielded a 1:93,600 packs mascot auto relic pulled by Tad.

Last month, we introduced our COMC Office Pack Battle League concept, structure and scoring system. If you’d like to revisit that blog to learn more about our league click here. Our league roster has been finalized with 20 teams in the hunt over the course of our 18-week season. Each week runs from Thursday through the following Wednesday, with each League Manager choosing 4 batters (2 for the hits category, 2 for the home runs category) and 2 pitchers for the strikeouts category using only cards found in their two packs opened for the week.

With two weeks in the books and each team opening just two packs a week to set their roster, our 20 teams has collectively opened just 2 boxes and 8 packs out of the 20-box case of 2018 Topps Opening Day that packs are being pulled from. Team Manager and COMC Processing Team Member Tad P. crushed the odds by hitting a 1:93,600 packs Billy the Marlin Mascot Autographed Relic card.

Current Standings

In the overall league standings, we currently have a three-way tie between Kevin, Grant and Brandon with seven total points each. Jeremy and James round out the top five each with five points, while 6th-12th place remain tightly bunched up in the season’s infancy. All twenty teams are on the board with points just two weeks into the season.

Home Run King Standings:

Brandon, Jade, Steve and James lead the home run leader boards each with three points in the category. James and Brandon tied for 1st place in week 1 each with six round trippers. Jade took top honors in week two with Mike Moustakas and J.D. Martinez each hitting two homers.

Hit King Standings:

Kevin has a firm lead on first place in the hits leader board with five points after winning the category in week one with 19 hits and following it up with a 2nd place finish in week 2 with 14 hits. Grant took top honors in week 2 with his 15-hit combination of Jose Altuve (6) and Kris Bryant (9).

Strikeout King Standing:

A five-way tie between Brandon, Tim, Grant, Jeremy and Jeff currently exists through the first two weeks of the season. The record for most strikeouts in a week currently belongs to Brandon’s week 2 combination of Yu Darvish and Corey Kluber who notched a combined 22 k’s.

Week 1 Results (March 29th – April 4th)

Excited to get underway, our Managers had their teams set and ready and go for Opening Day! In the home runs category, James and Brandon tied for top honors with six homers each, with Bryce Harper anchoring their respective teams. Kevin dominated the hits category with 19 hits (Paul Dejong 10 hits, Dee Gordon 9 hits). Grant, Jeremy and Jeff led the pack each with 17 strikeouts, enough to earn each team three-points.

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

Week 2 Results (April 5th – 11th)

Jade squeaked out a win over a tightly packed field in the home runs stat with four on the week. A six-way tie for 2nd place at three home runs and seven more teams tying for 3rd with 2 home runs meant that 14 teams earned points in the HR category this week. Hit was a little more clear cut, with Grant’s 15 hits being enough to earn 1st place points, besting Kevin’s 14 hits and denying him back-to-back wins in the category. Brandon dominated the field with 22 strike outs, five more than 2nd place.

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

We will publish weekly league updates every two weeks throughout the course of our 18-week season. Are you playing in a similar trading card inspired fantasy league, or did you get a major hit out of your rips of 2018 Topps Opening Day product? We want to hear about it! Share with us in the comments below!

Retail Therapy – Breaking 2018 Topps Opening Day & Heritage Baseball

With baseball season right around the corner, there is a plethora of 2018 baseball trading card products on the horizon. We wanted to have a little fun prior to the kick off of the season by sharing our recent experience ripping some retail product that we opened from two newly released sets – 2018 Topps Opening Day and 2018 Topps Heritage.

For those unfamiliar with these products, Opening Day is a lower-end product that is often times overlooked in favor of Topps Base Series, which typically releases a few weeks prior to Opening Day. Opening Day includes insert sets geared towards the younger generation of collectors such as Mascot cards, and the whole product itself tends to focus more on the fun aspect of collecting instead of big hits. On the other hand, Heritage is a nostalgia-filled throwback set designed based off Topps sets from 50 years ago. Intentional “error” cards, action image variations, chrome parallels, relic cards and Real One Autographs are just a few of the highlights that collectors look forward to on a yearly basis

Because of the price difference in the products, we decided to open the same dollar amount worth of each product. This meant for Opening Day we would be opening one blaster box ($10), two hanger packs ($3 each), and 3 single packs ($1 each). For Heritage, we would open a hanger box ($10), a hanger pack ($6) and a single pack ($3).

All of our product was purchased at our local Target, which is important to note because Topps Heritage contains retail-exclusive parallels specific to Target and Wal-Mart.

 

 

Without further ado, lets get to ripping!

Opening Day was up first and although not typically known to yield huge hits, we were hoping to either beat the odds or at least get a glimpse of one of the first Shohei Ohtani cards in an Angels uniform.

The three single $1 packs did not yield much, with the highlights including an Andrew Benintendi rookie cup card and a Giancarlo Stanton card featuring his new Yankees uniform. That will still take some getting use to seeing!

Our $3 hanger packs yielded slightly (yet not much) better results, as we pulled a trio of New York RC’s – Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar for the Yankees and Amed Rosario for the Mets. We were also happy to see that our beloved local Seattle Mariners have a card in the “Team Traditions and Celebrations” insert set highlighting Felix Hernandez‘s “King Court” section of Safeco Field!Our $10 blaster box was a fun break, but also not very noteworthy. The lone parallel that was pulled was a blue Corey Dickerson. We also snagged a second year rookie cup card of Cody Bellinger and another trio of New York RC’s, with Frazier and Andujar of the Yankees being flanked by Dominic Smith of the Mets this time around.

Although we didn’t get any major hits (as expected), the break was very enjoyable! The ‘Team Traditions and Celebrations‘ set is a clever and welcome addition to the Opening Day product. As we moved onto our Heritage products with visions of a Red-ink Shohei Ohtani Real One Autograph in our heads, we prepared our eagle eye to spot one of the potentially many short printed error or variation cards found within the product.

These two guys keep following us everywhere! The most notable card out of our $3 pack was a rookie stars combo featuring, you guessed it, Miguel Andujar and Clint Frazier. We’re starting to notice a pattern here…

The $6 hanger pack yielded two more pairs of 2018 rookie stars, with Parker Bridwell of the Angels being the most promising of the four players featured. Giancarlo Stanton is again depicted in a Yankees uniform in the Heritage set, and with such a great pose, something tells us that this will be a base card that will sell in high volume for years to come.

Finally, our $10 hanger box was not bad, but we’ve seen better. Four 2018 rookie stars cards (with Rafael Devers  of the Red Sox rounding out the eight-pack), a Nick Markakis short print, Aaron Judge checklist, second-year Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cup and a  Target exclusive 1969 Collector Card Bryce Harper were the most notable items. Don’t worry, we’ve triple checked that Benintendi – unfortunately it is not one of the short printed 1969 error variations.

Admittedly, neither of the two boxes was particularly memorable. That being said, we want to know which box you think was the better of the two! Leave a comment below letting us know which box you felt is better and also be sure to share your experiences with retail breaks! Have you recently beaten the odds and pulled a monster hit? We want to hear about it!  As always, if you feel so inclined, some of the items in this break can be found in our COMC_Breakhits account. Until next time…Keep on Rippin’!

Let’s Play Ball: 2018 COMC Baseball Pack League Introduction

2018 Topps Opening Day is our set o choice for Pack League!

If it wasn’t apparent already – we are crazy about cards! Our employees come from a wide array of backgrounds in cards and collectibles. Some have joined our team from other roles in the industry, while others were previous hobby shop owners themselves. Nearly all our employees have a story and background with collectibles.

Although various forms of fantasy sports leagues became popularized and more efficiently managed thanks to the advent of the internet, the truth is fantasy sports origins can be traced back to the 1950s. COMC is no stranger to fantasy leagues, as our employees have been eager to pit their sport knowledge against one another in head-to-head fantasy baseball and football leagues over the years.

For the last two years, our employees have developed a clever Pack League concept that sees them not only testing their knowledge of the game, but also their hobby luck as well! For each of the last two football seasons, COMC Office Pack Leagues have been formed. The league predetermines a low-end product that is suitable to be used and each league member purchases a box of the product. Each week, leagues members opens the same number of packs (generally 1-2) and set their weekly lineups using only players found in those packs. The league uses a point based scoring system like weekly fantasy sports, and a winner is determined over the course of the season.

This year, we’re bringing the Pack League concept to Baseball with an 18-week long league using the recently released 2018 Topps Opening Day Baseball. Each week, League Managers will open 2 packs of Opening Day and choose six players (4 hitters, 2 pitchers) within those packs to set their weekly lineup. Trading between Managers will be permitted, but no cards will be carried over from week-to-week.

 

Players will choose our hitters (2 for per stat category) and two pitchers each week.

Scoring is broken up into three statistical categories:

Batting – Hits (2 cards)
Batting – Home Runs (2 cards)
Pitching – Strike Outs (2 cards)

A single card (player) can only be set to compete in one category. For example, if a Mike Trout card is pulled in a pack, the Manager must decide if they want Trout to compete for hits or for home runs, but not both. If a Manager pulls two Mike Trout cards, they can play one card in each category, or both cards in the same category. At the end of each week, the totals for each team in each category are tallied. The top 3 places in each category earn the following points:

1st – 3 points
2nd – 2 points
3rd – 1 point

(If a tie exists, the tied teams will each take one fewer point for that place and subsequent teams’ places will drop out of the winnings totaling the number of ties.)

Examples:

  • If 2 teams tie for 1st, they will each take 2 points for that category – no 3rdplace will be awarded and 2nd place will take 1 point
  • If 4 teams tie for 1st, they will each take 2 points for that category – no 2ndor 3rd place will be awarded
  • If 2 teams tie for 2nd, they will each take 1 point for that category – no 3rdplace will be awarded
  • If 4 teams tie for 2nd, they will each take 1 point for that category – no 3rdplace will be awarded
  • If 2 teams tie for 1st and 3 teams tie for 2nd, 1st will each take 2 points for that category and 2nd will each take 1 point for that category – no 3rd place will be awarded

*If any teams tie for 3rd, and no other ties exist in that stat category, each team will still take 1 point for that category

At the end of the COMC Baseball Pack League season, the league Manager who earned the most points throughout the season will reign as the 2018 Pack League Champion. We’ll also be awarding the Home Run King, Hit King, and Strikeout King titles to those Managers who dominated each statistical category.

In our next blog update, we’ll run down the list of competitors in this year’s COMC Baseball Pack League and showcase their week one results!

We hope you’ll enjoy following our Baseball Pack League throughout the 2018 baseball season and maybe even get inspired to get together with some friends and form a league of your own. If you do, be sure to tweet us @checkoutmycards and use #COMCpackleague to tell us about it and other exciting ways you enjoy your cards!