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
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 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!
We are pleased to announce our attendance at the L’Anti-Expo, at Stade IGA, 285 Rue Gary-Carter in Montreal, Quebec on October 5th & 6th, 2019. Visit us at our booth for one or all of the following events.
All registered COMC users can roll the COMC dice for a chance to win one of ten prizes. Limit one roll per. New participants can sign up for a free account at the show. Winners will be announced shortly afterwards on our blog and Facebook pages. All participants will also receive a COMC branded storage box and a COMC souvenir (while supplies last).
Games for the Kids
All kids accompanied by a COMC account-holding parent can roll the dice for instant prizes (while supplies last).
We will be accepting drop-off submissions at the show. Please read the instructions below to help facilitate a smooth hand-off.
1) All submissions must have complete and accurate paperwork by using our Submission Wizard. Use the L’Anti-Expo drop-off location option on step 5 of the submission wizard to expedite processing.
2) Ensure your submission is packed securely. We strongly recommend one row boxes instead of multi-row boxes (such as 1600ct or 3200ct). For large submissions, multiple single row boxes can be used, labelled 1 of X, 2 of X, etc.
3) The cut-off time for accepting submissions at the show will be Sunday, October 6th at 2:00PM EDT.
4) Please allow up to 10 calendar days for consignments submitted at the L’Anti-Expo to reach our Burnaby office. Your submission at the show will be entered into your account and begin processing on the week of October 14th to 18th.
As always we are more than happy to answer any questions you have about COMC. Our Customer Service Team is available at email@example.com to answer questions leading up to the L’Anti-Expo.
We want to thank everyone who stopped by our booth last weekend at the Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto and participated in the Spin-To-Win Contests. We look forward to returning to the next Expo!
Here are our Spring Expo Winners:
A-S – 2016-17 Upper Deck #468 Mitch Marner RC – Dan755 A-H – 2017 Fleer Ultra Spider-Man – Manufactured Webbing #WEB5 #25/49 – 7bovay3 2-S – 2016-17 Upper Deck #249 William Nylander RC – Longskis29 2-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck Overtime Optimum Performance #OP-20 Wayne Gretzky – chickencoupe 3-S – 2018-19 Upper Deck #228 Travis Dermott RC – lucasmackey 3-H – 2015-16 Upper Deck Retired Stars Canvas #C246 Patrick Roy beaucoupfish 4-S – 2018-19 Upper Deck Cup Components #CCPCB Ace Bailey / Charlie Conacher – THSN 4-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck Program of Excellence Canvas #C261 Thomas Chabot – DeBairos 5-S – 2016-17 Upper Deck NHL Firsts #NF-23 Auston Matthews Achievement – den3000nis 5-H – 2009-10 Upper Deck #203 Matt Duchene RC – gostl 6-S – 2018-19 Parkhurst Mini Tall-Boys #TB-57 John Tavares – Wyattket88 6-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck Ice Frozen Fabrics Red #FF-JQ #03/20 Jonathan Quick – slaroche 7-S – 2017-18 Upper Deck Game Dated Moments #7 Auston Matthews – Grandpoobah 7-H – 2017-18 Upper Deck Game Dated Moments #47 Connor McDavid – hockeygoalie31 8-S – 2017 Upper Deck Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial #MLM-GV Garry Valk – Hajni 8-H – 2015-16 Fleer Showcase Metal Universe Precious Metals Gems Blue #MU-12 Mikko Rantanen #/4850 – koko6727 9-S – 2013-14 Upper Deck Black Diamond Star Rubies #230 Morgan Rielly #025/150 – lukaTAG 9-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck MVP #367 Brayden Point – bb_bros 10-S – 2016-17 Upper Deck MVP #368 Auston Matthews – primetimesportz 10-H – 2017-18 Upper Deck #247 Brock Boeser RC – itrodaj
Don’t forget that in order to claim your prize, you must contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and username before July 5, 2019 @ 23:59:59 PDT.
We look forward to announcing details of our appearances at both the National in Chicago at the end of July and at the Fall Expo in mid-November shortly!
(Editors Note: This post comes to us thanks to the Call to Arms we put out earlier this month seeking guest writers. Please welcome longtime COMC Member FairDeal to the COMC Blog!)
2020 will mark my 40th year for collecting sports cards. Collecting has been more than a hobby for me. It’s been a way to stay connected with my favourite teams and athletes, not to mention buddies who also collect. It’s also been about building something I can be proud of over several decades as well as act as a cathartic release during tough times.
My collection is comprised of baseball and hockey cards (1980 to present) with rookie cards, pre-rookie cards, refractors, active-era Carlton Fisk as a player I collect, and few favourite built master sets acting as the foundation of my prized haul. For this Blog entry, I want to share with you the story of the two first cards, which caught my eye and remain, to this day, on the centre shelf in my Sports Collectibles Man-cave.
1979-80 o-pee-chee Brett Callighen:
The 1979-80 season was the inaugural NHL campaign for the Edmonton Oilers. A young 18-year-old prodigy named Wayne Gretzky captured the hearts and imagination of all Edmontonians (if not all Canadians as a whole) with unparalleled vision of the entire ice surface and play-making ability. The future was bright for this young up-start squad – the sky was literally the limit. Numerous Smythe Division Titles, Campbell Conference Crowns, and 5 Stanley Cups to follow – not to mention hall of fame nods for almost a quarter of the active roster. Despite the pre-social media fervor and ground-swell excitement surrounding Wayne, my favourite Oiler was his line mate and left-winger Brett Callighen.
Callighen was a journeyman winger who had been a part of the World Hockey Association (WHA) originally with the New England Whalers then later with the Edmonton Oilers. Smooth skating and creative passing skills made Brett Callighen a force to be dealt with. Through that first NHL season, Brett was paired with Wayne on most nights and he would end up with 58 points despite missing 21 games to injury.
When the week’s worth of chores were successfully completed, it was allowance time and hockey cards were certainly a priority for me. The ‘79-80 O-Pee-Chee set had an amazing blue edge border with white swoosh down the right side with team logo anchored in the corner. Each pack contained 14 cards and a stick of gum that often would ruin a card if it became attached.
Each card served to mesmerize and I was always waiting with anticipation for the next opportunity to visit the corner store to get more of them. Obtaining Callighen’s card was almost an obsession from day one! Unfortunately cracking my first few packs did not yield my favourite player. Now I won’t say that I traded a Gretzky for a Callighen; that would be like Jack and the Beanstalk in trading a field’s worth of cows without the beans growing into too much. However, I do recall having to part with a number of good cards, in a lop-sided trade, to get the elusive card number 315 of this set. I remember beaming in having this card proudly showcased on my dresser during that first season; it was an amazing childhood experience that I still smile at when I look at it.
Callighen would play through two more injury-plagued seasons with the Oilers before being released prior to the 1982-83 season. When the announcement came in the local newspaper that Callighen had filed for retirement from the NHL and signed with HC Lugano in the Swiss Elite League, I was as crushed as a 12-year-old boy could be. Brett gave up pro hockey for good after the 1985-86 season and would make periodic appearances with the Oilers Alumni during events over the next 3 decades including the final epic send off for the Edmonton Northlands Coliseum.
1980 Topps J.R. Richard
Some of my favourite childhood recollections come in the form of watching Montreal Expos games with my Dad. The two of us, on a weekend, seated on the couch with junk food in hand, with games on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) were a staple and nothing could change that.
On August 13, 1979, Dad and I prepared for another tilt on the tube; this time the opponent was the Houston Astros. We had our ace Steve Rogers going that day so victory was a certainty…or so I thought…
The opposing pitcher that day was J.R. Richard. Before Randy Johnson, there was another tall lanky fire-baller who dominated hitters with triple digit MPH touching fastballs, J.R. Richard. As the game progressed, hitter after hitter for the Expos were sat in rapid fashion by J.R via a strikeout and weak ground outs. Among the strikeout victims were future hall of famers Gary Carter and Andre Dawson. The ball just exploded out of J.R. Richard’s hand as he delivered each pitch. With his super long and lanky frame the ball seemed to be halfway to home plate already at the point of release. The Astros came out on top via a complete game victory from their starter that day. (See the box score below):
The next season, I started to purchase Topps baseball cards (to go along with the O-Pee-Chee hockey cards) and I knew immediately that the J.R. Richard card was a must have. Fortunately, I was able to find his card in a purchased pack and I was over the moon! The photography captures a dominant pitcher who was likely on his way to sitting down another hitter with the shameful fruitless walk back to the dugout after a strikeout.
Sadly, 1980 would turn out to be J.R.’s final season in Major League Baseball and after retirement, personal problems led to homelessness and a series of life challenges for Mr. Richard. Happily, J.R.’s life made somewhat of a turnaround in the 2000’s, as he was involved in a documentary on his story as well as a series of appearances with the Astros organization. The images of him delivering that fastball was unreal and the 1980 Topps Card was something I absolutely treasured then and still treasure now.
These two cards are cherished possessions, and illustrate that despite having almost no market value but, incredibly special to me, from a sentimental lens. There are literally thousands of cards in my collection that I would part with before getting rid of these two. Whenever I open a box or pack and struggle with the condition of an upper-end candidate for grading or lament a short-print, wishing it was a 1/1 instead of out of an /100, I look at these two cards and am reminded not only of great memories of yester-year but humbly brought back to why I started to collect and continue to collect to this day. They keep me grounded for sure. It also helped me build a foundation for why I collect:
· Collecting keeps me young with connections to heroes of the past.
· Collecting keeps me connected with players and teams of today whom I follow.
· Collecting may seem antiquated, but the stories and hunt of each card can make it special for you!
· Collect if you love it because life is short and doing something you love is worth it. I will continue to do it until there are literally no cards left to buy or trade.
Our second Canadian stop this year is just a week away at this year’s Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo held at the International Centre (directions) in Mississauga, Ontario from May 3rd to 5th, 2019. We will be located in the Corporate area at Booth #3300. As always, we will be bringing out Prize Wheel back by popular demand, accepting drop-off consignments, answering any questions you may have about COMC, and much more!
COMC members can spin our Prize Wheel for a chance to win one of twenty prizes including rookie cards of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, & Brock Boeser. Limit one spin per show. But remember, in order to spin, you must have a COMC account! If you’re new to COMC, or if you’ve been shopping with us as a guest, be sure to sign up for a FREE account to be able to win one of these great prizes! All participants will receive additional gifts while supplies last. Winners will be announced shortly after the Expo via our Blog and Facebook pages.
Games For the Kids
All kids can receive a free hand stamp featuring the COMC shield. All kids accompanied by a COMC account-holding parent can spin-to-win instant prizes (while supplies last).
Something for everyone! One per customer per day while supplies last.
We will be accepting drop-off submissions at the Expo to help consignors save on the cost of shipping. Please carefully read the instructions below best practices for prepping your consignment for drop-off:
1) All submissions must have complete and accurate printed paperwork by using our Submission Wizard. 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. We strongly recommend one row boxes instead of multi-row boxes (such as 1600 ct or 3200 boxes). For large submissions, multiple single row boxes can be used and labelled 1 of X, 2 of X, etc.
3) The cut-off time for accepting submissions at The Expo will be Sunday, May 5th at 3:00 pm local time.
4) Please allow up to 7-10 days for consignments submitted at The Expo to reach our Burnaby, British Columbia facility , Your submissions at The Expo will be entered into your account and begin processing on the week of May 12th-18th.
As always, we are more than happy to answer any questions you have about COMC. Our Customer Service Team is available at email@example.com to answer any questions you may have leading up to the Toronto Spring Expo.
In our ongoing series ‘Fresh out of the Pack’ , we shine the spotlight on the latest sets that have emerged on the COMC Marketplace. It’s been a little while since our last installment of ‘Fresh out of the Pack’, so a lot of products have
Fresh new inventory of these sets will be added for many months to come, so be sure to check back often!
2018 Topps Update Featuring the final crop of 2018 rookies, legends short prints, and All Star Game cards.
2018 Bowman Draft Bowman Draft completes the tri-fecta of flagship Bowman products featuring the prospects of tomorrow.
Panini Flawless High end set featuring autographs and premium memorabilia from legends and rookies.
COMC’s very own “Viscious” Verne Siebert (Google him!) and Barry Mah working the booth.
We had a fantastic time last weekend at the 2018 Legends Weekend 1st annual Western Canada Hockey Expo at the Langley Event Centre! Thanks to all who stopped by our booth to chat, play our dice game, or drop off consignment submissions. And thank you very much to Bossa Productions for bringing this show back! Here’s hoping for many more great years to come!
2018 Legends Weekend 1st Annual Hockey Expo Dice Game Results:
(Roll a 3, 4, or 5) – 2017-18 Upper Deck #247 Brock Boeser RC – nucksfan167
(Roll a 6 or 7) – 2016-17 Upper Deck #201 Nico Hischier RC – MikeDempsey
(Roll a 8) – 2013-14 National Treasures #110 Joe Cannata Autographed RC #55/99 – trex604
(Roll a 9) – 2015-16 MVP #280 Nikolay Goldobin RC – ezccollectables
(Roll a 10) – 2017 Upper Deck National Convention Prominent Cuts VIP #VIP-2 Connor McDavid – sandbagger
(Roll an 11) – 2015-16 Trilogy Rookie Premieres #160 Nikolay Goldobin Level 2 Auto #417/499 – Aldamji007
(Roll a 12) – 2015-16 MVP #281 Jake Virtanen RC – sgillis
(Roll a 13) – 2016-17 MVP Rinkleaders Achievement #RL-0 Wayne Gretzky – CanucksFan58
(Roll a 14 or 15) – 2017-18 Upper Deck A Piece of History #PC-HS Henrik Sedin – micerule934
(Roll a 16, 17, or 18) – 2015-16 The Cup Gold Spectrum Foil Autograph #183 Jake Virtanen #32/36 – scottym912
To claim your prize, you must contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and username before January 18, 2019 @ 23:59:59 PST.
On behalf of the COMC team at the Toronto Expo (Boo-Barry, Geoff “Don’t call me Steve” Holland, and “Steven King” Hollander), we would like to thank everyone who stopped by to chat with us. Visiting the GTA twice a year, it’s beginning to feel like we’ve formed and established some really great relationships with our customers in the area. We look forward to continuing to build upon that foundation in 2019!
We would normally announce this as our final show of the year, but the COMC Canada team will be in attendance at the 2018 Legends Weekend from November 16-18 at the Langley Event Centre. There will be more giveaways and prizes to be had! We will also be accepting your consignment submissions all throughout the show. For more details visit their page at: http://www.bossashows.com/2018-legends-weekend
Without further adieu, here are the winners of the 2018 Fall Expo Spin-to-Win contest.
Don’t forget that in order to claim your prize, you must contact email@example.com with your name and username before January 11, 2019 @ 23:59:59 PST. Due to the Canada Post rotating strike, the prizes will not be available to process into winner’s accounts until the middle of next week at the earliest. Submissions received at the Expo are also delayed with the strike taking place in Mississauga at the time of our drop-off at Canada Post.
Coming next Monday, we’ll be announcing the details of our upcoming Black Friday – Cyber Monday Sales Event. Stay tuned!
We are coming out from the dark of night and are howling about our ominous presence at the 56th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo . Come catch us at the show from November 9th – 11th at the International Centre (6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontarioooooo!). We are located at Booth #3300 in the Corporate Area between Upper Deck and the Autograph Pavilion. COMC’s own Geoff “Howlin” and Boo-Barry will once again be in attendance to take your drop-off submissions, eat your unwanted Halloween candy, or answer your questions you may have about COMC.
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.) –
Spin the COMC Prize Wheel to receive an entry to win one of 20 prizes that are worth screaming about. Please note that you must have a COMC account to participate. Limit one spellbinding spin per COMC account per show. All participants will receive a COMC branded miniature coffin in the shape of a storage box (while supplies last).
Winners will be drawn the week of November 11th and will be splattered on our “blob”-page.
Games For The Kids!
All kids can receive a free hand stamp of our blood-red COMC shield. In addition, young collectors accompanied by a COMC account holding “mummy” or daddy can spin-to-win instant prizes (while supplies last). Devilish 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 legitimately frightful cost of shipping. Prior to dropping off your submission please follow the steps below:
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
Ensure your submission is packed securely within a secure card box/coffin.
We are excited to see you at the most fang-tastic hockey card trade show in the world. For more details on the Toronto Fall Expo, check out their website at: http://sportcardexpo.com
Rookie cards are among some of the most coveted cards in the trading card hobby. Unfortunately, the hobby does not have a fool-proof system for conveying what is and isn’t a true rookie card. What some collectors might consider to be a true rookie card, others would not. One of the most commonly asked questions that our Customer Service Team receives is the following:
“What is the difference between the Pre-Rookie Card, Rookie Card, Rookie Year, and Rookie Related search filters on COMC?”
Today, we seek to answer that question by explaining our search filter designations for rookies in detail, using examples and cards that you’re probably familiar with, and some that you might not be.
The red-colored ‘RC’ tag on COMC is reserved for cards that are recognized as true rookie cards. To satisfy the designation of RC, a card must:
Depict a player in their pro uniform
Be licensed by both the league and players association
Come from a standalone nationally distributed set
Come from a base set
Be released after the player’s top-level debut
Some of the sets that we see as producing true rookie cards include Topps Base Set, Topps Chrome, Panini Prizm Basketball, and Upper Deck Hockey to name a few. These sets are considered to contain a player’s true rookie cards because they are commonly accepted as major annual releases that have high relevance in the industry.
With defined criteria necessary to earn RC status, our yellow rookie year tag is applied to any other card released of a player during the same year as their rookie card. These cards can include parallels of rookie cards, inserts cards from sets that feature a rookie card, cards that are licensed by a player’s association but not a league (i.e. Panini Optic Baseball), stadium giveaways, and many more cards that do not meet the qualifications of a rookie card.
A pre-rookie card is any card that was printed prior to the year that a player made their debut at the top level of their respective sport. The most common pre-rookie cards are included in prospect-heavy products such as a Bowman Draft, Topps Pro Debut, team-issued minor league baseball cards, football rookies depicted in college uniforms in sets released prior to the start of an NFL season, and junior league hockey cards.
The Rookie Related designation is really quite simple – it’s a catch-all filter of all the cards that have received a rookie card, rookie year, or pre-rookie card designation. If you’re still a little bit confused over rookie card vs rookie year vs pre-rookie card, simply choosing the rookie related filter will show you ALL of those cards.
The Politics of the Rookie Card
One of the most common misconceptions on COMC is that the red rookie card symbol represents the most desirable cards belonging to a player. That isn’t true at all. While these items are considered that player’s true rookie cards, there are many instances where a pre-rookie card or even a rookie year card can be a substantially more desirable card than a flagship RC. Don’t believe us? We’ll let you decide which of these cards you would rather have in your collection:
Have any questions? Feel free to post in the comments below, or email our Customer Service Team at Staff@comc.com and we’ll be more than happy to look into your concerns. If you disagree with any of our assessments pertaining to these rookie designations, you are more than welcome to submit a correction requests for rookie years that you would like to dispute. However, please note that while we will not agree with all requests, we will review each one.