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.)


  • 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!

2018 Topps Heritage Baseball is Here! Let’s Look at the Inspiration…

By Kin Kinsley

(Note – Please welcome guest blogger Kin Kinsley to the COMC Blog. Kin is a lifelong collector and accomplished writer who currently writes content for his two blogs – I Feel Like a Collector Again and Bean’s Ballcard Blog.)

It’s almost time for one of the most anticipated baseball sets of the season to hit hobby shops and retailers.  The 2018 Topps Heritage set is scheduled for a February 28th release.  This year’s set design mimics the popular 1969 set, so let’s take a look at the set kids were collecting in the summer of ’69.

Cream of the Crop: The Three Top Cards of 1969 Topps

1969 Topps #533 Nolan Ryan
Combining the career leader in strikeouts and a higher series release makes Nolan Ryan one of the most desired in the set. Even for the poorest condition of cards, you should expect to pay at least $30…if you’re lucky.

1969 Topps #260 Reggie Jackson
The card of “Mr. October” Reggie Jackson is the top rookie in the set. Best known for wearing glasses and as a Yankee, the image of a young Jackson sporting an Athletics vest provides a very different look. Picking up anything other than a poor condition cards will likely set you back more than $40.

1969 Topps #500 Mickey Mantle
Mickey Mantle’s sunset card may be the most popular card in the set because, well, Mickey Mantle. The card is in one of the most common series, but more cards haven’t hampered the price or collectability.

Who’s the New Guy?: Three Featured Rookie Cards of 1969 Topps

Reggie Jackson’s rookie card is the most well-known in the set.  However, there are some other quality rookies in the set:

1969 Topps #597 Bobby Floyd/Larry Burchart/Rollie Fingers
Rollie Fingers is the “other” Oakland Athletics rookie in the set that has been enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  In 1992, he was just the second reliever elected.  Twelve years after this card was released (1981) he won BOTH the American League MVP and Cy Young Awards.  You should be able to get lower condition copies of the card for $20 or less.

1969 Topps #630 Bobby Bonds
I’m sure that to many Bobby Bonds is best known as Barry’s dad.  The elder Bonds accomplished many of baseball’s “first” and held all-time records at the time of his retirement.  He was the first player to have two 30/30 seasons and ended his career accomplishing this a record five times (later matched by Barry).  He also held the career and season records for times leading off a game with a home run, but both records have been broken.

1969 Topps #516 Earl Weaver
Who’s to say that a manager’s rookie card can’t be desirable?  It can if it’s Earl Weaver.  The best example I can give of why is the sheer number of post-career sets that Weaver appears in.  They are all as a manager, as he never made it to the bigs as a player.  He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996 and you can easily find a copy of his rookie card for less than $10.

Shenanigans and Mishaps: Three errors and variations from 1969 Topps

1969 Topps #653 Aurelio Rodriguez
It’s not an error or variation, but the Aurelio Rodriguez is one of the better known cards in the hobby.  Why?  He’s not pictured on the card but instead, it’s an Angels batboy. The switcheroo wasn’t known for a few years so the error was never corrected.  You can easily find this card for less than a couple bucks.

1969 Topps #500 Mickey Mantle (VARIATION)
There aren’t many variations in the 1969 Topps set so I’m sure Mickey Mantle being one of them is pure happenstance.  Instead of Mantle’s last name appearing in yellow, it’s white on the variation.  If you want to acquire this one, be prepared to shell out some good money.

1969 Topps #47 Paul Popovich
The Paul Popovich variations are my favorites in the set for a couple of reasons.  Popovich attended West Virginia University (my alma mater), making it a favorite for that reason alone.  Also, it’s the only card in the set with three variations.  There are two airbrushed versions (thick and light) that the Cub “C” is not visible on.  There’s also a version where you can still see the “C” despite the airbrushing (pictured above).  The version with the “C” showing can command a premium, but nothing too significant.  I find it interesting and reflective of the innocent days passed in trading card collecting.

Best of the Rest: Three “Cooler” Cards From 1969 Topps

1969 Topps #650 Ted Williams
Let’s face it, not everyone that would like a Ted Williams card from his playing days can afford one.  I’ve been collecting for more than 30 years and have never really looked because the prices are out of my comfort zone.  However, most anyone should be able to lay down $10 or so to pick up a copy of this card.

1969 Topps #100 Hank Aaron
I feel that Hank Aaron was pretty decent with the lumber himself.  People think of him as a power hitter but either forget or don’t know that he also hit .305 during his career.  You can usually find low grade copies of the long time home run king for under $10.

1969 Topps #237 Bobby Cox
There are more than a handful of things iconic about the Topps brand.  One of them is the All-Star Rookie Trophy on the front of cards.  Bobby Cox didn’t make the Hall of Fame for his playing career, but he was one of the All-Star Rookies.  This is his only mainstream card from his playing days and you can find copies for around $10.

One of the best things about our hobby is the multitude of ways to acquire and collect. I always encourage that collectors get out there and support your local card shop, but if that is not an option, Topps Heritage should be available today at most retail locations on February 28th. For those collectors uninterested in the pack rippin’ experience, 2018 Topps Heritage should be appearing on the COMC marketplace in just a few weeks. Regardless of how you choose to collect, enjoying the experience is the most important aspect. Happy Collecting!

Your Guide to the 2018 NBA All Star Game (via Rookie Cards!)

The 2018 NBA All Star is next week and as expected, the format under which the game will be played has been changed YET AGAIN. Instead of a classic Eastern Conference vs Western Conference showdown, this year the two top vote getting players in each conference were named Team Captains. Unsurprisingly, Lebron James led the voting in the East and Stephen Curry took the West. As a result, this year we now have Team Lebron vs Team Stephen highlighting NBA All-Star Weekend in just a few days.

After being announced as Captains, Lebron and Steph were then able to draft their team’s starters based on a pool of players decided upon by fans, NBA players and media without any consideration for which conference those players played in. The reserve players for the two teams were chosen by their two respective coaches, with Mike D’Antoni coaching Team Steph and Dwane Casey coaching Team Lebron. Here’s the starters for each of the two teams:

 Team Lebron  Team Stephen
 Lebron James  Stephen Curry
 Kevin Durant  James Harden
 Kyrie Irving  DeMar DeRozan
 Demarcus Cousins  Giannis Anteokounmpo
 Anthony Davis  Joel Embiid

We decided that it wouldn’t quite be an All-Star Game without us making a bold prediction. We turned to the historical sales data of each player’s rookie card. To keep things fair, we used the highest completed sales data available on COMC of each player’s Topps Chrome Refractor RC or Panini Prizm Silver Prizm RC, when available. In the event that the player didn’t have a rookie card in either of those sets, we defaulted to the player’s best available rookie autograph from a comparable set. As expected, the result was fun but not quite perfect, as some historical sales data was rather old due to the scarcity of the cards and did not accurately reflect the card’s current market value.

Team Lebron

Total Team Value = $1380.56

Team Stephen

Total Team Value = $1525.10

There you have it! On the backs of the silver prizm rookie cards of The Greek Freak and The Process, Team Steph bests Team Lebron by nearly $145, making Steph & Co. our pick to win the 2018 NBA All Star Game. Despite our Super Bowl prediction not going so well a couple weeks ago, we have faith that our highly in depth analysis of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game Starters will prove us right!

NBA All-Star Weekend kicks off February 16th at 9pm EST with the Rising Stars Game All-Star Saturday Night (Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest) will be held February 17th at 8pm EST) and capping off the weekend will be the Team Lebron vs Team Stephen All-Star Game on February 19th at 7pm EST).

It’s in the Cards – Super Bowl LII Rookie Card Showdown

The 2017 NFL season will be concluded this Sunday when the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles square off in Super Bowl LII. Will the Patriots seemingly unstoppable dynasty add yet another ring to their long list of achievements? Or will the Eagles overcome and upset to create joyous pandemonium in their championship starved hometown of Philly?

Nobody knows for sure what the future holds for these two powerhouse franchises that earned their rightful spot in the big game. With the masses making bold predictions, we wanted to do something a little bit different and break down the two team’s offensive weapons – by evaluating their rookie cards!

Our criteria was simple – we’d judge the quarterback, running back, two wide receiver and tight end positions for both teams based on their rookie cards. In choosing our favorite card from each position, we considered card design, player pose and if applicable – quality of their autograph. To keep things interesting, we chose a different set for each rookie card.


For the QB position, we chose the much coveted Contenders Rookie Ticket as our preferred rookie card for both players.  We prefer the overall cleaner design of the 2000 Playoff Contenders set over the busier 2012 Panini Contenders look. Nick Foles‘ pose is perfectly acceptable for his rookie card, but the poise in Tom Brady‘s pose even 18 years ago impressively stands out more. That being said, Foles gains a point over Brady in the autograph category as his autograph is legible, whereas ‘TB12’ has certainly won’t be winning any championships for penmanship. Patriots 1, Eagles 0.

Running Backs

In looking at Dion Lewis and Jay Ajayi’s rookie cards, it was apparent that Topps Chrome was the best set to evaluate that featured the two players. The 2011 Topps Chrome set features a classic bordered style, but we prefer the futuristic appeal of the 2015 Topps Chrome set. We’ll also take Ajayi pictured in a pro uniform over Dion Lewis’s training camp workout gear. Ajayi picks up the three point sweep here with an overall cleaner autograph as well. Patriots 1, Eagles 1.

Wide Receivers

We wanted to do something different for our wide receivers match up, so we chose Bowman Sterling Jumbo Patches as our platform for our first wide receiver match up. We prefer the design of the 2014 Sterling Jumbo Patch over it’s 2012 counterpart as it features the team logo prominently in the center of the patch. Both receivers showcase a great pose on their respective cards, but Brandin Cooks gets the ‘W’ in this category over Alshon Jeffery as we found the presence of the pigskin fully visible to be more aesthetically pleasing overall. Patriots 2, Eagles 1.

This battle is somewhat of a hodgepodge, as Danny Amendola has very few true rookie cards and none from the same set as Nelson Agholor. For this battle we opted for Amendola’s SP Authentic RC over his Topps Factory Set Cowboys Exclusive RC and for Agholor, we chose his Silver Prizm variation RC. Because the two cards are vastly different in card design, we’re going to omit that category and move on strictly to player pose. Unlike his play on the field, Amendola’s action shot is somewhat forgettable, whereas Agholor’s attentive photo shoot pose makes his Prizm variation RC stand out from the base variation. In a somewhat subjective battle, we’ll give the point to the Eagles to keep it interesting. Patriots 2, Eagles 2.

Tight Ends

So it all comes down to this battle between Rob Gronkowski and Zach Ertz. We like the throwback appeal of the 2013 Score football set over the splattered look of the 2010 Score set. However, the close crop photo on Ertz card is very unappealing, while Gronk’s rookie card features a more traditional on field pose.

We’ve yet to determine a winner in this battle, so we’ll turn to our tiebreaker – rookie autographs! Which one of these TE’s was more proliferate with the pen?

It is safe to say that Gronk isn’t the most well spoken player, but he can certainly sign on the dotted line. Gronkowski impressed us with a full name signature featuring hard, up-and-down, legible lines. Ertz disappoints, omitting the ‘AC’ from his first name and a opting for a sloppy EZ scribble to round out his autograph.  Patriots 3, Eagles 2

There you have it folks! If the Super Bowl were to be determined strictly based on rookie cards, we’d have to give the victory to the New England Patriots! Luckily, this battle will be settled on the gridiron this Sunday, February 4th at 3:30PM PST. Be sure to tune in and catch what is sure going to be one great game!

Over on our Facebook Page, we’ll be playing a Super Bowl Pick ‘Em contest that starts this Thursday. Be sure to like our page and be on the lookout for your chance to win COMC store credit!

COMC @ The 54th Sport Card & Memorabilia Expo Nov 10th-12 in Mississauga, Ontario!

Happy Halloween COMC Nation!

We are proud to announce our attendance at the 54th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo onThe-Great-Pumpkin November 10th, 11th, & 12th in Mississauga, Ontario.  We will be located at Booth #3300 in the Corporate Area.  The expo will be held at The International Centre (6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontario) and will feature over 400 “boo”ths!

Free Giveaways!

Stop by our booth each day of the Expo as there will be free treats for everyone!
– One per customer per day (while supplies last.) –

Prize Wheel!

In celebration of the Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial, we are offering 15 chances to win various Toronto Maple Leaf cards that are worth howling at! Some of these cards include:


Hat Trick or Treat! 

2016-17 Upper Deck Young Guns #201 Auston Matthews RC

2016-17 Upper Deck Young Guns #249 William Nylander RC

2016-17 Upper Deck Young Guns #468 Mitch Marner RC  

Please note that you must have a COMC account to participate.  You can create an account at our booth, but we recommend that accounts be created prior to the event as queues can form while creating accounts at the event.  Limit one magical spin per COMC account per show.  All participants will receive a COMC branded storage box (while supplies last).

Winners will be drawn the week of November 12th and will be announced on our Facebook page.

Second Chance Store Credit Draws in time for Black Friday November 24, 2017!

Black Friday is the greatest buying opportunity of the year on COMC as thousands of sellers will be running sales and offering huge markdowns on their inventory.  Having your account funded with store credit will ensure that you not only get fang-tastic deals on COMC, but you will also be able to take advantage of all of our Black Friday promotions (to be announced soon!)

All COMC members at the Expo without a winning prize wheel spin will have a wicked second chance at winning one of five store credit prizes valued at up to $100.00!   Details will be announced at the show.  

Games For The Kids!

Young collectors accompanied by a COMC account holding parent can spin-to-win COMC branded items such as fidget spinners and beanie hats as well as 2017 Upper Deck Toronto Maple Leaf Centennial cards (while supplies last).  Hair-raising details will be announced at the show.

Drop Off Consignments Accepted!

As always, we will be accepting drop-off submissions at the Expo to help our consignors save on the frightful cost of shipping. Prior to dropping off your submission please follow the steps below:

  1. All submissions must have complete and accurate paperwork. Please use the ’Sportscard & Memorabilia Expo drop off location’ option on step 5 of the Submission Wizard to expedite processing
  2. Ensure your submission is packed securely within a secure card box.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the most spook-tacular hockey card trade show in the world.  For more details on the Toronto Fall Expo, check out http://sportcardexpo.com/

Celebrating 10 Great Years of COMC!


The year 2016 marked the ten-year Anniversary of COMC’s presence in the world of collectibles! From the humble beginnings of a tiny startup that was housed in a single garage, the vision of COMC has revolutionized the way collectors buy and sell online. Now operating out of three full-sized warehouses, no one could have imagined just how much of an impact COMC would make in its first ten years. By uniting collectors across the world and shipping items to over (100?) countries, we have much to be thankful for!

It is with honor and privilege that we recognize the consignors and collectors of the COMC Nation! Without you, our service could never have grown to the size it is today, and for that we are truly grateful. Your feedback and suggestions remain invaluable and have helped us to improve our service over the last ten years. We eagerly look forward to continuing to build our platform and grow even more as 2017 approaches!

This past September, COMC held a weekend celebration for our staff of over 90 employees as a way to recognize all of their hard work and effort throughout our ten years. From our most tenured employees, to the fresh, new faces who have recently joined our company, a great time was had by all. Each employee received a slick 10-Year commemorative custom COMC jersey. Following an authentic southern BBQ dinner, the event was capped off by an awards ceremony that featured a speech from founder and CEO Tim Getsch, who took us on a trip down memory lane back to COMC’s origins.

As the COMC Nation is of course such an important part of our lives, we’d like share with you a few photos that were taken at the event (and we’ve uploaded even more photos to our Facebook photo album!). We hope you enjoy them!

COMC @ The National Sports Collector’s Convention 2016 Recap

Hello, COMC Nation!

What a whirlwind the last two weeks have been! It goes without saying that this year was by far the BEST National Sports Collector’s Convention yet for COMC. This year we saw eight COMC staff members make the cross-country trek to Atlantic City, New Jersey for the 37th Annual National Convention. This year COMC had a booth in the corporate area with the likes of Upper Deck, Panini and Topps.

Over the course of our five days at the convention, we met with hundreds of members of the COMC Nation who shared their thoughts, suggestions, and feedback with our staff! We also provided nearly two thousand 300-count boxes for collectors to fill up at the hundreds of booths around us. Even though we opted not to run a National Convention processing special this year, we accepted nearly a thousand pounds’ worth of consignment submissions. That’s a staggering amount of cards!


Tim and Steve share a laugh with a long-time COMC consignor

In lieu of a processing special, this year we opted to run daily store credit giveaway drawings three times a day for a total of $400 a day, as well as a Grand Prize drawing of $500 at the conclusion of the Convention! All those in attendance at The National who had a COMC account were eligible to enter, and those who didn’t have a COMC account…well, let’s just say a lot of accounts were created! We ran four computer stations at our booth for convention-goers to browse the COMC marketplace, sign up for or manage their accounts, and even print their submission paperwork on the spot.

In their admittedly sparse downtime, our team was able to enjoy the sights and sounds of Atlantic City at night. Under the hot summer sun, they toured the Boardwalk, enjoyed popular local restaurants such as Kelsey’s (Soul & Comfort) and Angelo’s (Italian), and tried their luck at the local casinos!

We want to thank everyone who stopped by our booth and contributed in making this year’s experience at The National the best one yet. We’ll be back next year in Chicago from July 26th-30th, 2017 for another great convention, and we hope that you’ll consider heading to the Windy City with us! No matter what you collect, there is nothing quite like the experience that is the Sports Collector’s Convention.

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