[COMC Tutorial] All About The Rookies

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.

Rookie Card 

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.

Rookie Year 

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.

Looking at these three 2018 Shohei Ohtani cards, we have designated one (2018 Topps Chrome #150) as a true rookie card, and three others as rookie year cards. Here’s why:

2018 Topps Chrome – Pink Refractor #150: This card does belong to a flagship product that we recognize as producing true rookie cards, but it is a parallel of the base rookie card. For that reason, we designate it as a rookie year card.

2018 Topps Now – Japan #5J:  Topps Now is not a nationally distributed set, as it is an on-demand product that is printed year round. As of this writing there are 29 different Shohei Ohtani Topps Now cards available on the COMC Marketplace. These cards all receive the rookie year designation as they are not widely considered to be true rookie cards.

Pre-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.

Rookie Related

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.

On the Horizon: Our Most Anticipated Products to Come in 2018

Hello COMC Nation!

We are less than three months away from the start of a new year as 2019 rapidly approaches. That being said, one quick look on the New and Upcoming Releases Calendar offered by Cardboard Connection and you’ll know that the hobby is in for a strong close to what has been a very hot year for trading cards across all sports. In this blog, we want to highlight and showcase some of our most anticipated products that are yet to come before the calendar turns.

2018 Topps Update Baseball
October 22nd, 2018

2018 Topps Update Baseball will round out the Topps Baseball flagship set for the year, bringing 300 more base cards and plenty of short print variations as well. All of the familiar parallels return from Series 1 and 2, along with new insert sets such as ‘An International Affair’ and Washington D.C. All Star Game themed relics, patches, and autographs to those lucky enough to land a tough odds monster hit from the product. Update is a perennial favorite with collectors and generally features rookies who came on strong in the second half of the season. We’re expecting to see first Topps flagship rookie cards from players such as David Bote, Dereck Rodriguez, and Franmil Reyes find their way in 2018 Topps Update. That’s reason enough to get excited about this set.

Revisit 2017 Topps Update Baseball

2018 Panini Prizm Football
October 24th, 2018

We’ll admit that we’re still not entirely acclimated to the new landscape of football cards in the wake of the NFL and NFL Player’s Association’s exclusive agreement that started in 2016 and effectively eliminated all Topps football products.That being said, Panini has done a commendable job transitioning their Prizm set as the new standard chromium flagship product in the wake of the loss of Topps Chrome. Featuring over 100 rookies, this year’s Prizm set is sharply designed and will feature coveted rookie autographs from Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley, and more. The new stained glass parallel should be popular among player collectors.

Revisit 2017 Panini Prizm Football

2017-18 Panini Flawless Basketball
October 31st, 2018

Flawless Basketball has carved out a place for itself among basketball collectors as the highest of high end products, coming in at around $1800 per box at time of writing. While this set is out of the price range of many collectors, putting it in the look but don’t touch realm in their local hobby shop, it does generate huge buzz among group breakers in particular. Even the packaging for this product is ultra high end, with each ‘box’ of 10 cards being presented in a locking suitcase bearing the Flawless logo.

Revisit 2016-17 Panini Flawless Basketball

2017-18 Upper Deck The Cup Hockey
October 2018

Although the start of the 2018-19 NHL season has begun, Upper Deck saves the best for last with their final 2017-18 season release with The Cup. Each tin of The Cup contains one pack of six cards, that yields two autographed patch cards on average. Laundry Tags, Triple Autographed Booklets featuring legends of the NHL, and NHL Shield Patches are just some of the obscenely monster hits to be found throughout the product. With a base set limited to just 249 copies, The Cup will be home to some of the best looking rookie cards of Brock Boeser, Alex DeBrincat, and Alex Tuch.

Browse 2016-17 The Cup Hockey

Even More Sets We’re Looking Forward to this year:

2018 Topps Dynasty Baseball
2018 Upper Deck Marvel Masterpieces
2018-19 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey
2018 Panini Immaculate Collection Football
2018 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects

Fresh Out of the Pack #5 – New Sets Found on the COMC Marketplace

Fresh out of the Pack #5

Check out what’s new on the COMC Marketplace….

In our ongoing series ‘Fresh out of the Pack’ , we shine the spotlight on the latest sets that have emerged on the COMC Marketplace. We have seen a flurry of new products released as the dog days of Summer wind down. New baseball products remain hot and will continue to do so well into the fall with sets like 2018 Bowman Chrome on the horizon. With the start of football on the horizon, perennial release like Panini Spectra, Impeccable and Absolute are quickly approaching. High end basketball products such as Panini Immaculate Collection are slated for fall release, and Upper Deck certainly has more than a few hockey and non-sports releases slated for this fall.

Fresh new inventory of these sets will be added for many months to come, so be sure to check back often!

2018 Baseball

2017 -18 Basketball

2018 Football

2018-19 Hockey

2018 Misc. Sports & Non-Sports

[Featured Video] 2018 Ultimate Collection Hockey Box Break (While Riding a Ferris Wheel!)

One of the best resources to previewing new products released is to simply type in the name of the product into a Youtube search. Perhaps you’re a veteran of the group break circuit, spending hours watching breakers such as Firehand and Cards Infinity, hoping that they have the hot hands and pull some sick mojo for your spot in a break. Maybe you’ve even shot your own box break video and shared it via Instagram or Facebook live. Case in point: you’re no stranger to the world of box break videos. But we’re guessing that you’ve never seen a break quite like this!

Earlier this month at the 2018 National Sports Collector’s Convention, two members of our team saw an opportunity to shoot a unique one-of-a-kind break, and wasted no time planning their move. The IX-Center in Cleveland, Ohio, the venue that hosted this year’s National Convention, features a full-sized Ferris Wheel in the center of the building that ascends up into the rafters of the building, offering a view of the entire show floor as well as at the Hopkins International Airport outside in the distance.

Join James and Jeremy of COMC as they embark on a box break like no other. Did Jeremy find incredible hits in his box of 2018 Ultimate Hockey? Did James immediately regret his decision to step foot on the Ferris Wheel when his fear of heights kicked in? Check out our video and let us know what you think!

 

Want to get your hands on cards like these?
Browse 2018 Ultimate Collection Hockey on COMC!

The Hunt is OVER! Item #50,000,000 Has Been Found!

The Hunt is OVER! COMC Acquires Card #50,000,000 From ePack/COMC Member!

#50000000 – 2017-18 Upper Deck – [Base] – Silver Foil #376 Chris Kreider

Earlier this year we put out a call to action asking for YOUR help in helping us secure a very important milestone card in COMC history. That item was the 50-millionth item processed by COMC in our 10+ year history and just so happened to be an ePack card from the 2017-18 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Set.

It took almost four months to the day, but one lucky COMC member has answered the call and claimed the $1,000 reward that we placed upon this item. Alex B. (COMC username loki__101) from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada was the lucky individual who randomly received the assigned item number of  50,000,000 when he combined 10 digital Chris Kreider base cards from the 2017-18 Series 2 Hockey Set into one physical silver foil card on ePack and transferred it to their COMC account. Alex promptly contacted our Customer Service Team to claim the reward and was gracious enough to answer a few questions for our blog!

How long have been collecting, and what do you collect?

“I collect hockey cards. I used to collect a lot as a kid and didn’t pick it back up until a few years ago (2015-16 season).”

Who are some of your favorite players?

“I am die hard Oilers fan, so of the current team McDavid and Draisaitl are my favorites. I’m also a sucker for goalies so Cujo and Bill Ranford are two of my all-time favorites.”

Do you have a favorite card in your collection?

“Growing up I was proud of my Forsberg rookie card, before he was traded in the Lindros deal. He still has a Flyers jersey on.”

Were you actively hunting for item #50,000,000, or did you come across it without much effort?

“I had bought some boxes on ePack (9-10 I think) and was really close to getting a silver foil for all of the base set. It took my a while to get the last Krieder due to its high demand. I admit I was crossing my fingers when I transferred it over to COMC and did a double take when I saw the number.”

What do you like about Upper Deck ePack?

“Its an easy was to collect, especially if you like the idea of collecting but don’t want / need to have the physical card right there. The ability to have a community for trading is also convenient.”

What do you primarily use COMC for?

“I do use it mainly for selling cards (not many). Also browsing to see what is available.”

Do you have any advice for those who use ePack or COMC?

“Find what you like and stick to it – be it a player, team etc. You’ll have more fun that way.”

 

 

Fresh Out of the Pack #4 – New Sets Found on the COMC Marketplace

In our ongoing series ‘Fresh out of the Pack’ , we shine the spotlight on the latest sets that have emerged on the COMC Marketplace. In recent weeks, several key perennial sets have found their way to COMC. For baseball, none have been more popular than 2018 Bowman, while on the basketball front chromium technology cards and National Treasures high end items share the spotlight. While Hockey is still going strong as well with new sets like SPX and OPC Platinum, we are beginning to see the first few 2018 Football sets find their way to the market as well.

Fresh new inventory of these sets will be added for many months to come, so be sure to check back often!

Baseball

Basketball

Football

Hockey

Misc. Sports & Non-Sports

Check Out Your Grades! – May BGS Grading Returns

Welcome back to ‘Check Out Your Grades!”, our monthly BGS submissions results blog where we show you our favorite cards that have returned from BGS in the past month. In April, we saw the first results from our new 3-week grading service, our fastest grading option that we’ve ever offered.

Did you know that you can submit any item in your inventory manager via the actions menu to BGS for grading or to COMC for our weekly Condition Review? Not only will your cards be graded within three or six weeks, but they’ll have a chance to be showcased in our monthly blog series!

Here are some of our favorite returns this month: