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+.
Vault-eligible items can be for sale on COMC.com, on The Vault, or on both
90% of the sale price of an item sold through the Vault will be given to the seller
The Vault will have no “cash-out” type fee
Storage fee starting at $0.01 per day (waived through the end of September)
Sellers can set minimum offers & auto-accept prices on each Vault card they offer individually
Cards from The Vault will be showcased live at shows such as the NSCC
To hear Tim talk about the service, check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the Vault Interview
Any items listed for sale on The Vault between now and Wednesday, July 24th will be showcased at our booth at the National Convention! The first step will be making these items Vault-eligible. There are three easy steps to make your item eligible for The Vault:
1) Find your item, either in your Inventory Manager or by typing the item number into COMC’s search bar.
2) In the ‘Actions’ dropdown menu, select ‘Make Vault Eligible’.
3) Graded items and COMC Reviewed items are both Vault-eligible already. In addition we have added a new service under COMC Services which allows you to rescan an item with our new 36x zoom technology for only $0.50 which will also qualify an item to be Vault-eligible.
The $0.50 price is a limited time special available through the end of July to help celebrate our launch, so take advantage of it before it’s too late!
It’s that easy. Shortly we’ll add a feature which will show users if their cards are already Vault-eligible (if an item currently Vault-eligible is submitted to this service the $0.50 charge will be refunded). If a card is Vault-eligible you’ll soon have access to all the great Vault features.
Please note: Items listed on The Vault must have both an asking price of at least $40 and a high Beckett Book Value of at least $20 (unless they are not assigned a BV due to scarcity – “N/A” cards).
We’re very excited to roll out this service, as customers have been requesting it for a long time. Vault eligible items will be able to be listed for sale on The Vault in mid-July, and any item listed for sale on The Vault by Wednesday, July 24th will travel with us to Illinois to be showcased at the nation’s biggest card show.
We look forward to displaying your cards at this prestigious show and hearing your thoughts about the Vault Service. Be sure to take advantage of this limited time offer to have your items made Vault-eligible, and be sure to keep following us on our Facebook, Twitter, and new Google+ pages.
COMC has many benefits that attract a wide variety of customers: the offer system, high quality shipping, and world class customer service. On top of all that, there is a major draw that pulls in collectors the world over: the option to buy cards over time, build up a collection, and then ship it out as one big package. That’s right, on COMC, you can buy items now, save them in your account while storing them at COMC, shipping them to you, as one package, at your convenience!
This unique value proposition has been available since the beginning of CheckOutMyCards.com and continues to the present day. And the number of ways that this part of the service is used has expanded. First and foremost it allows you to save on shipping costs. If you had to have each and every item from each and every seller shipped separately, the cost in shipping would be astronomical! In an earlier blog post, we explored how COMC is amazing for set builders and collectors, and how we have already been noted as one of the best!
However, saving on shipping is only one reason to make use of the service. Here are a few other ways that our buyers have found to take advantage of Buy Now, Ship Later!
Sam Kassam & Barry Mah at the Vancouver Fanfest
When you are planning on going to a trade show there are two things you can often count on: you’re going to see the same vendors, all selling the same stuff. So what is a discerning trade show vendor going to do?
Well, many COMC customers will purchase items on the site over the course of the month and slowly build up a new trade show batch that specifically has cards that have been hot over the last few weeks. Then, a week before the show, they have these cards sent to them and voila! They have a hot set of new items for the show. It’s nice to have some of the best in show, and COMC has helped many of our users achieve just that.
Card Shop Inventory
This happens to almost all shop owners, where they find themselves with a batch of cards from out-of-market teams. In the past, those cards were slated to sit in the display case or in a box in the backroom, as no one shopping in your southern California shop had any interest in that stack of New York based teams. However, with COMC, shop owners have begun to purchase cards specific to their markets as they come on sale, and once they start getting asked by their customers if they have some of these “out of stock cards,” they place an order to ship. Then, they send the cards that will likely never sell in their shops to COMC, and a shop owner on the other side of the country has the opportunity to meet the needs of their markets.
COMC provides brick-and-mortar stores the online marketplace to dispense with the cards they don’t need, and a way to build up an online inventory of the hot items from their local teams. That is a pretty slick way to run an online business for your store without the hassle of setting it up yourself.
Everybody has that person in their life that is… a little hard to buy gifts for. And if they happen to collect very specific cards, the difficulty only gets worse. Some of our users have found COMC to be the perfect place to fix this problem.
Say your friend only collects one very particular card and their birthday is in 6 months. Well, if you see one of his cards pop up on COMC, you can add that to your inventory. And then when another pops up, you can do it again. Then when that birthday rolls around, you have the whole batch that you have slowly been accumulating sent to him, and that is a mighty fine gift.
Maybe your favorite team is coming to town and you decide it’s time to get some autographs. But maybe you don’t have a card for every player that you want to meet. Or perhaps you’re taking a trip to see them play on their home field. COMC has made building this collection many times easier.
Autograph devotees have found COMC to be a godsend: They build up a collection of cards from several different sets and have them all bundled together and shipped to where they will be to get the autographs they need. This makes it a snap to have the right cards, for the right players, at the right time.
So how many other ways can Buy Now, Ship Later be used? We want to know what you use this option to do for your collection. Feel free to leave your comments below and keep following us on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, and our new Google+ page.
We at COMC are proud to announce the launch of a new service designed to handle your high end items: the Vault. You will access this new service through a new subdomain: http://vault.comc.com. As a separate site from COMC.com, it will have a few key distinguishing features to optimize the sale and purchase of collectibles of the highest value. Whereas COMC has historically found a sweet spot with items in the $1-$100 range, the Vault will really make it worth sending us $100+ items.
Why You Want To Use The Vault
Only 10% commission on all items sold
High quality 36x zoom scans of front and back of each item
Items may be showcased at some of the most prestigious shows in the country
Additional payment options (e.g. wire transfer)
It is the safe and easy way to buy and sell high end collectibles
What Sellers Need to Know:
When an item sells through the Vault, the seller may opt to receive 100% of the sale as COMC Store Credit or we can immediately cash it out for 90%! All items marked as Vault Eligible will receive 36x zoom scans of the front and back, making it even easier for buyers to know exactly what they are purchasing. The official launch of the service will be on July 31st, 2013 at the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention. The exact date this subdomain will become active will be announced closer to launch.
To make your items Vault Eligible, simply use any of the following services
Items that used any of the above services after January 1st 2013 are already Vault Eligible.
You may list any Vault Eligible item on COMC, the Vault, or on both. Pricing on each site is independent of one another. In the near future, you will be able to see which items are Vault Eligible from your Inventory Manager.
A fee of $0.01/day will be charged for items with an asking price of up to $1,000. For more expensive items, it will be $0.01 per additional $1,000 per day. This fee is in place to help offset the cost of insurance. Storage fees for the Vault will be charged daily similar to the way COMC storage fees are charged monthly.
What Buyers Need To Know:
There are 3 ways buyers may purchase items in the Vault:
Instant Purchase: Pay in full via Credit Card, PayPal, or Amazon Payment
Down Payment: 5% COMC Store Credit down payment + remainder via check, money order, etc.
Make Offer: Unlike COMC which requires 100% of the offer amount to be funded before making an offer, the Vault will only require an offer reserve of 5% of the original asking price in COMC Store Credit. It will be refunded if the offer is countered or rejected, just like COMC offers.
If a buyer does not pay for an item on which they have placed a down payment, half of the down payment will be passed along to the seller in COMC Store Credit as a restocking fee. For instance, if an item sells for $1000, the down payment would be $50. If the buyer doesn’t pay for the item, $25 would go to the seller and $25 goes to COMC as a restocking fee.
On COMC’s end, we will continue to provide the same excellent customer service. In the event that a buyer receives a Vault item and it is deemed unacceptable, the buyer will have 7 days to return the item. After the 7 day waiting period has expired, the funds will be available for the seller.
Exposure at Shows and Conventions
There is one more benefit to having items in the Vault for both buyers and sellers. Items in the Vault may be eligible to travel with COMC and be sold at some of the most prestigious card shows in the nation! For example, later this summer COMC will have a 100 sqft corporate booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago where we will feature showcases of items from the Vault. Even as your physical items are being viewed by some of the most discerning buyers, they will still be on the site and available for sale. In this way, your items will receive the most exposure and acclaim.
Now this is worthy of celebration!
We hope you are as excited as we are to finally see this new feature rolling out. We encourage you to begin sending Vault Eligible items in to us as soon as possible. All Vault Eligible items received by July 15th will be taken with us to the National Sports Collectors Convention at no additional cost to you! Be one of the first to have your best in show at the best of shows.
Stay tuned for a video interview with our CEO Tim Getsch about the Vault. Submit your questions in the comments below and they may be featured in the interview. As always, we want to know what you think and now is the time to tell us before the service goes live.