Announcing COMC’s Next eBay Homepage Auction Event: Football Finale

COMC Auctions are Set to Headline the eBay Homepage for the Football Finale from January 25th – 31st!

We are excited to announce that COMC Auctions will be featured on eBay’s homepage from January 25th – 31st. This “Football Finale” auction event will place a special focus on modern football cards, and is the perfect opportunity to increase your auctions’ visibility as the excitement builds leading up to the Super Bowl!

While the homepage promotion will be focused on football cards, you are also welcome to submit your high-end trading cards across all other sports and genres to auction with COMC. Whether you have hot sports cards, rarities from Pokémon, or high-end trading cards from nearly any other category, COMC makes it easy to sell them! Please review our “COMC Supported Trading Cards” blog for more information about which cards can be consigned with us.

All items must be received by 1/15 to be eligible for this promotion.

Here’s everything you need to know about submitting your trading cards for maximum exposure in this event.

When and how to submit your cards:

COMC users have multiple options for submitting cards for this event. Whether you already have cards consigned with us that you would like to auction off or are considering sending new cards to COMC specifically for this event, details and key dates are listed below.

Mail-In Submission Deadlines

Cards received 1/2 – 1/8 will END during the promotion
Cards received 1/9 – 1/15 will BEGIN during the promotion

To create a new mail-in auctions submission, visit Start New Submission in your COMC Account and select the eBay Auction processing service as shown below.

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COMC eBay Featured Auctions Event January 25th -31st 2021

Transfer to Auction Deadlines

Cards submitted for transfer 1/1 – 1/7 will END during the promotion
Cards submitted for transfer 1/8 – 1/14 will BEGIN during the promotion

If you already have cards in your COMC Inventory Manager, you can send them to auction in just a few clicks. This includes cards you bought from other consignors on our site, a potential opportunity for flipping! Inside the Inventory Manager, click on “Actions” and then select “Send to Auction” to begin the auction transfer process.

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COMC eBay Featured Auctions Event January 25th -31st 2021

Elite Item Transfer Deadlines

Cards transferred between 1/8 – 1/14 will END during the promotion
Cards transferred between 1/15 – 1/21 will BEGIN during the promotion

These Elite Item Transfer deadlines apply only to items which have already been processed through our Elite Consignment Service.

After transferring your cards to auction, they move from your Inventory Manager to Auction Submissions in your COMC account. Once scheduled for auction, you can monitor your auctions in Auction History.

Important Auctions Reminders

  • The minimum fee per auction is $3.50, regardless of the final sale price. We recommend you only submit cards to auction that will sell for at least $50 or more. COMC Auctions reserves the right to change the service level of new Auction submissions to our 3-Week fixed-price service ($0.50 per item) if submissions primarily consist of items valued less than $10. For a full breakdown of Auction fees, see the COMC Auction Schedule and Fees blog.
  • There are no cancellations once we receive your auction submission. If you want to consign your high-end trading cards through COMC as buy-it-now listings, we encourage you to submit them using our Elite Service.
  • Please review our Supported Trading Cards criteria if you have any questions about what items you can consign with COMC.

For more information about our auction service, please refer to our Auctions and Auctions FAQ pages. With any additional questions, please email COMC’s Auctions team at auctions@comc.com. We are excited for you to participate in this eBay Homepage Auction Event!


About the Author:

Andy is the COMC Marketing Manager, bringing a wealth of marketing experience combined with a passion for trading cards. As an active hobby investor, he enjoys collecting and selling trading cards, especially football cards. Andy’s energy and enthusiasm are shared with the local community through his volunteer efforts at the theater and shouting from the stands at the University of Tennessee football games.

Best of 2020: Prizm Parallel Guide

Panini America’s Prizm for many years has enthralled all types of collectors by delivering an irresistible combination of colors, patterns, and technology that continue to stand the test of time and attract a crowd.

However, it seems more and more parallels are added to the Prizm checklist each year. Each sport has its own completely different parallels and names, making it extremely difficult for collectors to keep track of what is what!

Many questions thus arise: What specific parallel did I just pull? What parallels do I still need to complete the rainbow of my favorite player? What product contains exclusive parallels? There are so many things to consider!

To help answer some of these questions, we’ve put together this Prizm Parallel Guide. We compiled a comprehensive list of each major sport for which Panini has released a Prizm set: Soccer, Baseball, Football, and of course the insanely popular Basketball. We included example photos for each parallel, as well as information on where that specific parallel product can be found. We hope this guide will prove helpful for all Prizm collectors!

2019-20 Prizm Basketball

Looks for Prizms of your favorite NBA players, from rookies to all-time greats! Prizm Basketball features a 300-card base set, making that rare Prizm pull a special event!

2019-20 Panini Prizm English Premier Soccer League

Carrying over the basic look and format from the many other Prizm sets, 2019-20 Panini Prizm Premier League Soccer includes the full selection of EPL teams for the ’19-20 season.

2019 Prizm Football

One of the top NFL sets each year, 2019 Panini Prizm Football cards continue the evolution of the cornerstone brand with new Prizm colors making their gridiron debut.

*At the time this article was written, 2020 Panini Prizm Football had not yet been released so we have included 2019 Prizm Football.

2020 Prizm Baseball

2020 Panini Prizm Baseball is an eruption of Prizms for some of the top MLBPA players.


About the Author:

Shaun is a Customer Care Agent with COMC. Prior to working at COMC, he spent 14 years in the body shop industry with a variety of roles and positions. Shaun enjoys watching all kinds of sports, loves animals, and has a passion for food!  
Ever since Shaun was introduced to sports cards at the age of 9, he’s been hooked. From the wide variety of sets, cool colors, technologies, and reading the player’s bio and stats. In 2014, he discovered COMC and has greatly appreciated their platform for buying and selling his favorite cards.

Fall into Flipping

What a year it’s been for the trading card hobby! This year has seen tremendous growth across the entire collectors’ hobby, with sports and non-sports cards reaching new heights of popularity and prices. One of the most popular and fastest-growing aspects of the hobby has become flipping cards. 

So, what is card flipping? It’s a term you most likely heard around the hobby but may not know what it means or entails.  

Many in the hobby use the term flipping to describe purchasing a card at a low price and selling it at an increased price for a profit. Others refer to flipping as a card they pulled from a pack and sold for a profit. For most people in the hobby, flipping means selling a card quickly, no matter how it was acquired, for a profit. 

One of the great user features of COMC is buying cards directly on our marketplace and storing the cards there until you are ready to sell them. This feature allows you to purchase a card, and relist it at a higher price, and flip it on our marketplace without ever requiring you to ship the card out to you. With COMC, you can purchase a card, immediately relist it, and quickly flip it for a profit all in the same day.

Looking to flip trading cards for profit on COMC but don’t know how to get started? We put together this easy to follow tutorial for you.

If you have any questions after reading this tutorial, don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.


About the Author:

Andy is the COMC Marketing Manager, bringing a wealth of marketing experience combined with a passion for trading cards. As an active hobby investor, he enjoys collecting and selling trading cards, especially football cards. Andy’s energy and enthusiasm are shared with the local community through his volunteer efforts at the theater and shouting from the stands at the University of Tennessee football games.

Tutorial: How To Buy Now & Ship Later on COMC.com

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.

Click here to create your account

Click here to purchase store credit

As always, if you have any questions, our Customer Service Team is ready to help with all your account needs! Please email staff@comc.com with your questions related to buying now and shipping later!

The COMC Bulk Price Editor is Back in Action!

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.

[Tutorial] COMC Mailbox Service Explained!

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 staff@comc.com!

[Tutorial] How NOT to Ship Your Trading Cards to COMC

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:

  1. Items were only placed in one shipping box, not using our box-in-box method.
  2. Items were not well secured and jostled around the box throughout travel, damaging those items and the ones around them in transit.
  3. Saran wrap and rubber bands were used instead of penny sleeves and team bags.
  4. 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!

[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.

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.

How to Search for Graded, Reviewed, and Aftermarket Autographs on COMC

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.

The ungraded search filter will remove all graded items from your search results. Once this filter has been chosen, a second set of options is presented: COMC Reviewed, Dean’s Cards Reviewed (DCR), Manufacturer, COMC Comics, and Beckett Raw Card Reviews (BRCR).

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: 

 

The ungraded search filter is also helpful for collectors looking for Manufacturer Uncirculated, Rereleased, or Redemption Autographs that are currently being redeemed:


 

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 GEM MINT 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

To complement our autographs filter that can be found under the attributes section of search result filters, we’ve added the option to search by Aftermarket autograph as well. This new set of filters will allow search results to be filtered to only include Manufacturer Buybacks and supported 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.

 

2017 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions ePack Box Break & How to Transfer ePack Items to COMC Video Tutorial

Hello COMC Nation!

Today we have a very special treat for you! In honor of yesterday’s release of 2017 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions on the Upper Deck ePack website, we opened a box of the product and recorded our break to share with you! Goodwin Champions is known for unique insert sets such as this year’s World Traveler Map Relics as well as for Goudey Sports Royalty Autographs which this year feature legends such as Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan.

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!