One of the biggest benefits to shopping on the COMC Marketplace is the ability to buy now and ship later! If you do not have an immediate need to have your items in-hand, or you want to save on the cost of shipping by combining purchases over time into one shipment request, this revolutionary way to buy online is for you!
We’ve created this step by step visual tutorial to help you buy cards over time and ship them later. This tutorial was created for the new COMC member in mind, so some of these features may not be new to you. This tutorial is only intended to offer overview of the buy now ship later feature, and does not cover all of the other powerful features available to COMC Members. You can learn about other functions of your COMC account here.
Great news! The COMC Bulk Price Editor is now functional and ready to help you efficiently adjust the asking prices of your COMC Inventory. We want to thank all of our sellers for your patience during the downtime.
To learn more and download the bulk price editor, please click here
For a detailed write up on how to use the Bulk Price Editor to quickly reprice large portions of your COMC inventory, please refer to our tutorial page.
We love connecting with collectors all across social media and doing our best to convey all of the unique and innovative ways that COMC can be used to serve your collecting needs. COMC is so much more than just a marketplace for buying and selling trading cards online. One great example of this is our mailbox service, which was created with international collectors in mind.
Whether you’re looking to save on international shipping by shipping all of your purchases made over time in one package, or you’re on the go and need a safe location for your cards until you’re ready to send them home, the COMC Mailbox Service is a perfect, cost-effective solution.
We recently created this multi-slide tutorial and demonstration with the intent of showing our instagram followers the ins-and-outs of our mailbox service. With the overwhelming positive response it received, we felt it would be a good idea to also publish it on our blog for those unfamiliar with how the COMC Mailbox Service works.
Please note that as we are located in Washington, your purchases being shipped to the COMC Mailbox Service from other websites may be subject to Washington State Sales Tax under new Internet Sales Tax Legislation.
As always, if you have any additional questions about our mailbox service, or anything related to COMC, our friendly Customer Service Team is more than happy to help simply by emailing them at email@example.com!
The COMC Processing Team opens hundreds upon hundreds of boxes, padded mailers, and envelopes containing incoming trading cards on a weekly basis. We’re happy to report that the majority of those incoming items are adequately packaged by their owners for a safe journey to COMC through the postal system. We’ve seen some truly well packaged consignments that would make even our longest tenured Shipping Team Members proud. But we’ve also seen some unfortunate poorly packaged sports cards and comic book consignments arrive with excessive shipping damage due to poor packaging methods.
Our Processing Team recently sent over some pictures of an incoming consignment that was heavily damaged in transit due to not utilizing some of our best shipping practices. We always recommend a box-in-box approach to prevent contents from being damaged. It is best if items are put in penny sleeves, and then put in an inner box with padding. If noise can be heard while rotating this inner box, it is best to add more padding. The inner box should then be placed in a larger, outer box for mailing, again with sufficient packing material so that the inner boxes and the cards inside are not rattling loosely and are guarded against damage.
Unfortunately for the consignment below, by not utilizing safe packaging methods, the majority of the loose cards within the box arrived to COMC damaged.
Padding material was used, but only on the top of the box, and not evenly distributed to cushion the items in the center of the shipping box.
The contents of the box may have originally been organized, but became heavily jumbled around in transit due to the amount of the free space within the box.
Loose cards were saran wrapped, and thicker cards were secured using rubber bands. We strongly discourage both of these practices.
Loose cards without penny sleeves were sandwiched between clear plastic slider boxes. The majority of these items suffered corner, edge and surface damage as a result.
Toploaded items fared slightly better, but still were jostled around the box during transit, damaging the loose cards around them.
Graded cards were also not protected, causing some slight chipping to the cases as they rubbed against one another.
To Recap what went wrong here:
Items were only placed in one shipping box, not using our box-in-box method.
Items were not well secured and jostled around the box throughout travel, damaging those items and the ones around them in transit.
Saran wrap and rubber bands were used instead of penny sleeves and team bags.
Packaging materials such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and newspaper was sparsely used, leaving a lot of empty room in the box for items to move around.
We hope that these photos of this incoming consignment that was inadequately packaged is enough to convince you to consider utilizing the methods shown in our best shipping practices video!
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.
You asked and we listened! A few weeks ago, we implemented a much-requested feature allowing search results to be filtered by graded, reviewed, and aftermarket autographs! If your collection contains only items graded by a particular grading service, or if you prefer that the vintage items that you add to your collection are of at least Good to VG-EX quality or better, or even if you only want to see ungraded raw items, this new feature will greatly improve your experience shopping on the COMC Marketplace.
How do you use these new search filters? It’s simple! Initiate a search via the search bar at the top of COMC or begin browsing items by category. On the left side of the search, you’ll be able to filter your search results using many different attributes such as by memorabilia, autograph, rookie related, e.g. Our newest filters can be found under the ‘Item Conditions’ heading:
Using the Ungraded Filter – Searching for Raw and Reviewed Cards.
In addition to modern items that have been submitted to the COMC Condition Review, the COMC or Dean’s Cards Reviewed filters are your ticket to finding vintage cards of a specific condition range. Vintage items printed before 1980 that have been determined to be in less than near-mint condition will be found under these filters:
Using the Graded Filter – Searching for Graded Cards by Manufacturer and Grade
The graded filter is a powerful tool that will allow collectors to search for items that have been graded to their exact preference. With this search filter, not only will collectors be able to search by specific grading company such as BGS or PSA, they will also be able to further filter that search by specific grades.
In 2017, we made some changes to our supported grading companies that can be seen on our supported trading cards page. The graded search filter contains options to filter by grading companies that are no longer allow to be listed on the COMC Marketplace. Any items found within these search results are legacy items that date from when we these items were allowed to be listed on the COMC Marketplace.
Perhaps you’re in the market for strictly GEMMINT cards? The graded search filter will allow you to narrow your search results down to just gem mint specimens:
Using the Aftermarket Auto Filter – Searching for Manufacturer Buybacks and Third-Party-Authenticated Autographs
COMC only allows aftermarket autographs to be sold through our website if they’ve been reissued by a manufacturer or authenticated by a supported third-party authentication service. Cards submitted with aftermarket autographs that do not meet these qualities will be declined to be listed. To see a full list of approved third-party authentication companies, please visit our supported trading cards page.
After the break, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide a brief overview on how to transfer your physical items from ePack to COMC. Transferring your items from the ePack platform to your COMC account is easy and can be done in a matter of minutes!
If you would like to skip directly to the tutorial, please go to the 11:30 mark of the video.
Please enjoy our video below and as always, we would love to hear your thoughts, suggestion and feedback as to what future breaks and video content that you would like to see on the COMC Blog!
Be sure to check out the Blog_Breakhits account and purchase any items included in this break!
During the days of the original CheckOutMyCards.com website, Tim introduced the Bulk Price Editor – a tool that made pricing cards quick and easy for those who had submitted large quantities of items for consignment.
When we moved to COMC.com, we had to discontinue the availability of the Bulk Price Editor, as the technology of the new website was incompatible with the way the Bulk Price Editor was created. We knew it was a popular tool, so it was always our intention to create a new Bulk Price Editor, one that was compatible with COMC.com.
After a lot of work and effort on Tim’s part, we’re able to announce that the *new* Bulk Price Editor is available as a Beta download.
Please note that using the Bulk Price Editor takes up bandwidth on the COMC servers, so we ask that sellers limit their usage to adjusting their prices on a monthly basis. We want to keep the Bulk Price Editor as a free service, so we ask everyone to be kind and not overuse it.
– Microsoft Office Access 2007 or the Access 2007 Runtime (Free Download)
How to Install:
– If you don’t have Access 2007 or are not sure if you do, download and install the Access 2007 Runtime from Microsoft. (If you download the Bulk Price Editor without Access 2007 Runtime, you’ll get a message telling you to download and run the Access 2007 Runtime first.)
– From the start menu or the desktop, click on the Bulk Price Editor shortcut.
– This will bring up the Sign In page on COMC.com.
– After you sign in, the Bulk Price Editor will start downloading the items from your inventory.
– When this is done, you can search through your inventory for groups of cards that you would like to perform bulk operations upon.
– Once you have selected the group of items you would like to perform a bulk price change to, you can select the type of bulk operation to perform.
– When this is complete, you can review the pending price changes.
– You can click in the green cells to manually edit any of the pending price changes.
– Finally, you can submit your price changes to COMC.com.
Thanks for your patience as we worked to bring back the Bulk Price Editor. Again, we request that users limit their price changes to about once per month – this will not overtax the servers and will allow us to continue to offer the feature for free. Please use the comments section below to let us know how it works for you, if you have any difficulties in the process of loading or running the Bulk Price Editor, and feel free to share any ideas or thoughts you may have.
With the official launch of The Vault service approaching, we’ve introduced some new tools to help you manage your Vault Eligible items. There are now three new filters in your Inventory Manager to help you list your items on The Vault.
***If you want us to take your items with us to sell at The National that are currently on COMC.com, you need to mark them for rescan by TOMORROW, Wednesday, July 17th. More details below.***
From your Inventory Manager, select the Show Items dropdown. You will see three new options: Vault Eligible, Vault Needing Attention, and Vault Candidates.
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Vault Candidates: shows you a list of items in your inventory that qualify for the Vault. These items will have at least a $20 Beckett Book Value (or no BV due to scarcity) and a minimum $40 COMC asking price. With each Vault Candidate item, you’ll see an “Actions” button underneath your asking price where you can select the “Make Vault Eligible” option. From there, choose the “COMC Services” option, then “Rescan for The Vault.” At that point, your item will be assigned to receive a high-resolution 36x scan.
please note, there is a .50 cent fee to have your cards re-scanned at the higher 36x
Vault Eligible:displays items in your portfolio that qualify as Vault Candidates and have already been scanned at the 36x level.
Vault Needing Attention: shows items that are Vault Eligible but await a Vault-appropriate asking price. To enter your asking price, click “List on The Vault” and a popup screen with listing options will appear. You may also mark these items “Not for Sale on The Vault” from this popup.
Until September 30thlisting cards on The Vault will be free. This is an introductory special, so take advantage of it now!
Any items listed on The Vault by July 24th will be going to Chicago for display at the COMC booth at the National.
To ensure your Vault Candidates are made Vault Eligible by the 24th, they need to be submitted for a 36x rescan by Wednesday, July 17th.
Your cards could be on display and available for sale at the biggest card event in the country, but you need to act quickly to take advantage of this offering. In the meantime, be sure to keep following us on our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages for more news and further updates.
Today we are launching the changes we announced back in October regarding how we will handle and manage Beckett Book Values with the launch of COMC.com. As we’ve grown as a company, our partnership with Beckett has had to change. With this change, we’ve been able to provide features like our Grading through COMC service. Unfortunately, as we’ve grown and our inventory has gotten larger, our inventory has become too large to give away the Beckett Book Value data as we had in the past. As it’s Beckett’s business to supply pricing data, we can’t simply give away a third of their data for free. Yet it is important to us to find a solution that works for all parties. We hope you understand, and we are working hard to innovate and continue to make COMC a great place to buy, sell, and flip. While this may be a difficult change, we won’t stay here as a company, and there will be some positives. We will continue to listen to you and come up with creative ways of helping you enjoy the hobby. This step can perhaps move us away from book prices determining asking prices and truly let the market decide.
Starting today, users will be able to purchase and utilize their Beckett Subscriptions directly through COMC.
Now when you look at cards on the site, you should see this:
The Subscribe link now displays next to Beckett BV. When selected, it leads you to a page to purchase a Beckett subscription through COMC:
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On this screen, you will have the option to purchase the level of service that best meets your needs as a buyer or seller. If you only need to know the value of a single card, player, or sport, you’re covered. If you like to shop for all kinds of cards, you’ll want to consider a Total Access subscription, which grants you full access to the millions of items listed in Beckett’s Online Price Guide. All subscriptions purchased on COMC will also be accessible on Beckett.com.
Existing OPG Subscription
What if you already have a Beckett OPG subscription? As you can see in the photo above, you can link your current subscription to your COMC account to view the book values for all the COMC listings to which you’re currently subscribed to. After clicking the link, a popup will display requesting you to log in to your current Beckett account. Once successful, your accounts will be linked and any subscriptions purchased on either site will be reflected in both your Beckett and COMC accounts.
Physical Beckett Guide
There’s another option if you’re “old-school” and still want to have that physical copy of the Beckett Guide. If you choose the “Dynamic Duo” option, you’ll have access to the OPG as well as receive your physical copy in the mail. So, you’ll have your Beckett access however you need.
Finally, to all our consignors don’t worry. You still have the ability to see Beckett book values for items you submitted to COMC as it’s built into the cost of our processing services.
While this is a big change, we have something else waiting in the on-deck circle that we’re just about ready to announce, which we hope will be a game-changer. Tim is busy working on it right now. Stay tuned for details, and in the meantime, feel free to leave us your thoughts in the comments below and stay in touch by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.