COMC @ The National Sports Collector’s Convention 2016 Recap

Hello, COMC Nation!

What a whirlwind the last two weeks have been! It goes without saying that this year was by far the BEST National Sports Collector’s Convention yet for COMC. This year we saw eight COMC staff members make the cross-country trek to Atlantic City, New Jersey for the 37th Annual National Convention. This year COMC had a booth in the corporate area with the likes of Upper Deck, Panini and Topps.

Over the course of our five days at the convention, we met with hundreds of members of the COMC Nation who shared their thoughts, suggestions, and feedback with our staff! We also provided nearly two thousand 300-count boxes for collectors to fill up at the hundreds of booths around us. Even though we opted not to run a National Convention processing special this year, we accepted nearly a thousand pounds’ worth of consignment submissions. That’s a staggering amount of cards!

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Tim and Steve share a laugh with a long-time COMC consignor

In lieu of a processing special, this year we opted to run daily store credit giveaway drawings three times a day for a total of $400 a day, as well as a Grand Prize drawing of $500 at the conclusion of the Convention! All those in attendance at The National who had a COMC account were eligible to enter, and those who didn’t have a COMC account…well, let’s just say a lot of accounts were created! We ran four computer stations at our booth for convention-goers to browse the COMC marketplace, sign up for or manage their accounts, and even print their submission paperwork on the spot.

In their admittedly sparse downtime, our team was able to enjoy the sights and sounds of Atlantic City at night. Under the hot summer sun, they toured the Boardwalk, enjoyed popular local restaurants such as Kelsey’s (Soul & Comfort) and Angelo’s (Italian), and tried their luck at the local casinos!

We want to thank everyone who stopped by our booth and contributed in making this year’s experience at The National the best one yet. We’ll be back next year in Chicago from July 26th-30th, 2017 for another great convention, and we hope that you’ll consider heading to the Windy City with us! No matter what you collect, there is nothing quite like the experience that is the Sports Collector’s Convention.

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COMC and Upper Deck e-Pack Launch

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COMC is very pleased to announce that we have partnered with Upper Deck on the release of their e-Pack version of the 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey card set. We are working as the fulfillment center for this product, which allows us to leverage our extensive knowledge and systems to provide the best experience for thousands of new customers. We have already processed thousands of cards in preparation for this launch, and we can’t wait to start shipping them out to you.

The e-Pack Rundown

The e-Pack release of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Cards is very similar to the physical product, but with some new twists:

  • Packs, boxes, and cases can be purchased online through the e-Pack site
  • At least one physical card per pack, with new exclusive e-Pack inserts:
    • Code to Greatness (1:10 e-Packs) and
    • Instant Impressions (1:10 e-Packs)
  • Physical copies of inserts and parallels transfer instantly to your COMC account, or shipped out worldwide
  • Digital-only versions of base cards can be combined for exclusive e-Pack exclusive Silver Foil Border cards

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It can be a hassle to deal with the large quantities of base cards that can accumulate when ripping any amount of product. To cut back on this frustration, when you collect 10 copies of a digital-only base card, you may combine them through the e-Pack site for a Silver Foil Border. Similarly, some combinations of physical cards will allow for other exclusive cards like Young Guns rookie cards – including Connor McDavid!

What COMC Users Need to Know

Starting today with the release of the e-Pack site, you can transfer from your Upper Deck e-Packs directly to your COMC account. The transfer is absolutely free. Once the card is in your COMC account, it is treated the same as any item that has been purchased into your COMC account, you can list it for sale, ship it, or even send it out for grading.

Fans can try e-Pack for free just by registering at www.UpperDeckEpack.com. Once registered, users can claim a free pack every day – just for logging on.

More information, including detailed e-pack functionality, exclusive e-Pack content and  a list of e-Pack achievements users can obtain can be found at www.UpperDeckEpack.com.

Edit: 2/4 – Cards transferred to your COMC account act as cards purchased, not as cards consigned.

COMC Black Friday Results

Hello COMC Nation, it’s Nathan with COMC.

Black Friday was an enormous success! We beat last year’s record by 23 percent. Over the one week surrounding this promotion, we had a spike of five times the number of items requested for shipment. Please join Tim, Geoff, and me as we discuss what made this years sales so special.

And, as a returning addition, the blooper reel!

COMC Holiday Update

Happy Holidays COMC Nation! With the end of the year in site, we wanted to make three quick announcements.

Holiday Hours

Customer service will close on Thursday, December 24th at 4:00 pm PT and will reopen on Monday, December 28th as normal.

Holiday Shipping

USPS estimates more than 15 billion letters and packages will be delivered this holiday. While our Priority and Express orders will be packaged within one business day, we are at the mercy of USPS for delivery. To ensure timely delivery of orders by December 25th, with the deadlines posted by USPS:

  • Priority orders need to be placed by Thursday, December 17th at 11:59 PM PT
  • Express orders need to be placed by Monday, December 21st at 11:59 PM PT

Special Video Released Tomorrow

On 12/17, we will be releasing a new video, so come back tomorrow to see what we have to share!

 

COMC Winter Announcement 2015

Ever get some news that was so good you wanted to shout it from the rooftops? Then you know the mood we’re in at COMC. However, since our roof is likely far from yours, instead we made a video to talk about some of the things that we’ve been working on, and to address the status of our lawsuit.

And, as a bonus treat, the blooper reel!

Check Out Your Cards – COMC Milestones and card #20,000,000

Twenty million is a large number. It is just about the number of seconds in 231 and a half days. It is larger than the number of miles between where you’re sitting and the planet Venus at any given time. And, earlier this week, we identified card #20,000,000, and added it to our site. In this special edition of Check Out Your Cards, I am showcasing other milestone cards we have received, charting the growth of our inventory.

#1000000 – 1992-93 Fleer Ultra #328 Shaquille O’Neal

#1000000 - 1992-93 Fleer Ultra #328 Shaquille O'Neal

This Shaquille O’Neal card was added to our site back on 6/29/09, almost two years after Tim had started the project that eventually became COMC. In fact, the first consigned cards from someone other than Tim didn’t start rolling in until around card 69,000. After two years on the project, this was the first major milestone.

#5000000 – 2011 Bowman Gold #212 Dillon Gee

#5000000 - 2011 Bowman Gold #212 Dillon Gee

If submissions stayed at the same pace, this Bowman Gold card wouldn’t have been added until 2019. Thankfully, the wait was not that long. On 7/29/11, two years and one month after card one million, card five million was added to the site.

#10000000 2001 Private Stock Game-Worn Gear #68 Marcus Pollard

#10000000 - 2001 Private Stock Game-Worn Gear #68 Marcus Pollard

When this Private Stock Game-Worn card first hit the site on 2/19/13, we called in A Towering Achievement. Going by the graphic we made at the time, our lifetime inventory. card atop card, would stack 19,685 feet into the air, about 5 thousand feet taller than Mount Rainier. All this in less time than it took to get from card #1000000 to #5000000.

#15000000 – 2000 Upper Deck MVP Pro Sign #IB Isaac Bruce

#15000000 - 2000 Upper Deck MVP Pro Sign #IB Isaac Bruce

This Upper Deck MVP Pro Sign card snuck up on us, and we almost let it pass without much fanfare. It was added 7/11/14, showing that, even with having to build our catalog from the ground up, submissions were still strong. It took about year and a half to add an extra 5 million cards to the site.

#20000000 1998 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems #189 Peyton Manning

#20000000 - 1998 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems #189 Peyton Manning

The trend continues with this Peyton Manning card. Added 8/26/15, a year and a month since the last major milestone, and only two and a half months after card #19000000, this beautiful Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems card is already far from being the most recently added card. It is now the second day since it was added, and we’re already getting card 20,045,000 ready to list. At that rate, expect item item #21000000 before the end of the year.

COMC SPRING CLEANING: 6/14 – 6/21

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I am happy to announce that COMC’s Spring Cleaning Deal will run from June 14th through the 21st. This special is a great way to close out spring with a bang!

Now is the time to get in some good deals. We have offered sellers a limited time special to help shed some inventory in time for summer. There are plenty of cards to choose from, with many priced to move quick. To make the deal even better, we’re offering a Free Shipping special. Request a shipment of 30 cards or more, and we will waive the $3 shipping cost for a standard order.

We are excited for this next season and we hope you will take advantage of these specials and make this spring a huge success!