Are Your Sports Cards and Memorabilia Properly Protected?

You’ve spent years collecting and investing in your favorite sports cards and memorabilia, but what happens if disaster strikes? If your prized collection was stolen or destroyed by a hurricane or flood, do you have a plan? For everyday, easily replaced personal property, homeowners insurance is all most people need. But for the sports cards and memorabilia you have spent a lifetime collecting, it may not be enough. COMC is proudly partnered with Collectibles Insurance Services. They offer an invaluable service to hobby enthusiasts with personal collections of all sizes and values. Here is what sets them apart from standard homeowners insurance:

  • They offer a full range of protection, including (but not limited to) accidental breakage, burglary & theft, fire, flood (except zones A & V), loss in the mail (for when you’re shipping items for grading), natural disasters, and more.
  • Their team makes the process of insuring your collection fast, hassle free, and more importantly, affordable. Only individual items or sets valued over $25,000 need to be scheduled (a simple one-line listing – year(s), description, and estimated value). You can get a quote online in just a few seconds, and the application process can be completed entirely online. Appraisals are not required.
  • Deductibles start at $0 for their collector policy. They provide coverage for the market value of your collection for covered losses in excess of $50.
  • Your collection can be stored at multiple locations throughout the United States as long as they’re scheduled on the policy. Plus, transit coverage is offered for items temporarily away from the scheduled location, such as when you’re traveling with your items to card shows.
  • You may select “Automatic Monthly Increase” for additional protection of new acquisitions and appreciation of your existing sports cards and memorabilia. Selecting this coverage will apply an automatic monthly increase of 1% in coverage, up to a maximum of $1 million.

Collectibles Insurance Services has been proving their service and expertise to our industry for over 50 years. Providing collectibles insurance is all they do. If you’re ready to properly protect your collection against unforeseen events, visit the Collectibles Insurance Services website today – www.CollectInsure.com – or call 888-837-9537 to speak with an expert team member (8:30am – 5pm ET, Monday – Friday).

This blog post is a summary of some of the available coverages offered by Collectibles Insurance Services. Refer to their policy for terms and conditions

Happy Independence Day! – Reduced Customer Service 7/4/18

In observance of Independence Day, our Customer Service Team will be operating on a very limited schedule on Wednesday, July 4th. Our team will be unavailable to answer phone calls throughout Independence Day. Phone support will return to our normal 9am-5pm PST schedule on Thursday, July 5th.

If you need to contact us over the holiday, please email us at staff@comc.com or leave a voicemail message at 1-800-517-3540.

 

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

[Featured Video] COMC Origins – The Birthplace of Check Out My Cards!

Hello COMC Nation,

Today we have a very special treat for you. Recently, a group of our longest tenured employees had an opportunity to visit the the birthplace of COMC. Just miles from our current Redmond, Washington Headquarters, this residential house played a key role in the early years of Check Out My Cards, serving as our first headquarters, work space and warehouse.

The COMC experience that you’re use to today could not be possible without the groundwork that was laid at our first location. Take a step back in time with Tim, Julia, Steve, and Heather as they recall their old stories and memories from the early days of Check Out My Cards.

Have you been with us since the early days of Check Out My Cards? If so, we want to hear from you! Leave a comment below and let us know about your memories and experience with early versions of our website and service. Or let us know what you think about the video! We’d love to her your feedback. Enjoy!

The Faces Behind COMC #3 – Getting to Know our Canadian Team

Welcome back to our ongoing series, “The Faces Behind COMC”. In this series, we showcase the personalities of the members of our team responsible for making sure we offer our customer’s the best experience possible when using COMC. This time around, we’re taking our readers up North to get a glimpse inside our Canadian Processing Facility. We opened our Canadian location in January 2013 in an effort to create a more streamlined COMC experience for our Canadian Customers.

Derek (OTCards on COMC)

An avid collector and former sports card shop owner, Derek was a familiar face to our Canadian Team long before officially joining COMC. Derek joined our Processing Team in late 2016, but the majority of the Canadian COMC Team had already been regular customers at his shop many years prior. Joining the COMC Team seemed like a natural transition for the Vancouver born native.

In his spare time away from COMC, he enjoys watching movies and participating in trivia nights at local bars and establishments. Derek also routinely competes in reality TV fantasy leagues with his friends. That all being said, he stays plenty busy buying and selling cards both locally as well as online. He collects mostly non-sports cards such as entertainment autographs, but also enjoys picking up key sports rookie cards when he can.

Favorite sport:  Any and all.
Favorite player:  LeBron James
Favorite Food:  Pizza, sushi
Favorite Musical Artist(s):  Creedence Clearwater Revival, Rush, Eminem
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: Game of Thrones, Top Chef, The Rock
Favorite card in your collection: Ryan Reynolds X-Men Origins Deadpool Auto


“Vicious” Verne Siebert (Turnbuckle99 on COMC)

Verne joined our Canadian Processing Team about two years and has one of the most colorful backstories of any COMC employee. Verne is a former professional wrestler who is still active in the independent scene as a Manager and Agent for All Star Wrestling Inc. In 1991, Verne even had two televised matches for WWF (now WWE) where he competed against the likes of Sgt. Slaughter and The Texas Tornado. A simple google search will reveal pictures, highlights and even youtube videos of some of his matches over the years if you want to learn more!

Born in Victoria, British Columbia, he has resided across Canada. Away from COMC and the squared circle, Verne enjoys staying in shape by working out and doing yoga as well as taking care of his 16-year old Dachshund named Jasper. He collects comic books and wrestling memorabilia as well as hockey cards. He promotes a collectibles show as well.

A true story adding to the legend of Verne, he broke a chair on his first day of work at COMC and autographed the broken leg for our CEO Tim Getsch.

Favorite sport(s):  Hockey, Pro Wrestling
Favorite player(s):  Ed Belfour, Gerry Cheevers. Pavel Bure, and Bo Horvat.
Favorite Food:  Pizza
Favorite Musical Artist(s):  Pink, Guns N Roses.
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc:  Two Broke Girls, Trading Places
Favorite card in your collection:  Don Cherry Suit Card.


Joel (JayMack on COMC)

Having lived his whole live in Vancouver, B.C., Joel joined our Canadian Processing Team in the Fall of 2016.  Joel is a loving husband, a Father of three, and a Grandfather to eight who is enjoying his retirement.  He stays plenty active in the hobby however, and prefers to collect new and vintage baseball and hockey cards.

Favorite sport(s): Baseball, then Hockey
Favorite player(s): Mickey Mantle as a kid, Roger Clemens thru the 80’s and 90’s. Now Aaron Judge.
Favorite Food: Thai food. Could eat it every night!
Favorite Musical Artist(s): Willie Nelson, The Beatles, Bruno Mars
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: The Longest Day. I know, a war movie, but loaded with stars.
Favorite card in your collection: 1990-91 Pro-Set Stanley Cup Hologram


Eddie (Stammer on COMC)

Eddie joined our team in early 2017 as the first Canadian employee hired primarily to work on identification and cataloging. He collects primarily hockey cards, although he does confess that a bit more basketball cards have found their way to his collection as of late. The Vancouver-area native has spent his whole life in the area, and stays active through playing sports such as football and basketball.

Eddie isn’t shy about his skills on the court, and opted to use this blog as a platform to issue a formal one-on-one challenge to Tim Getsch. He would love to step on the court with our CEO, but only on the stipulation that Tim cannot post-up during the contest!

Favorite sport(s): Hockey, basketball, football
Favorite player(s): Steven Stamkos, Patrik Laine, Steph Curry
Favorite Food: French Fries
Favorite Musical Artist: Drake
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: Hockey & Basketball Games.
Favorite card in your collection: 2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio Profiles Materials Sixes Sidney Crosby #1/1

 

Peter (FastFeet65 on COMC)

Peter is the most recent addition to our Canadian Team, having joined to help with order fulfillment just a few months ago. He is the most well-traveled our Canadian Team, having lived in Mexico and the United Kingdom.  He confesses that he does not collect cards as extensively as he previously did in his youth, but he does like to buy cards of young players with lots of potential as well as older hockey and baseball cards that remind him of his youth. He also maintains a collection of old game programs and world currencies no longer in circulation.

Peter shared with us that ins his past he helped run youth camps for many years, primarily in the summer time. He was often involved in helping with organizing sports schedules and led evening music and singing events. He spent four months volunteering in an orphanage in Mexico when he was 20 years old and says that to this day it was one of the most impactful and greatest things he has done in life.


Barry (CPA-CMA) – Manager, COMC Canada

Barry has the distinct honor of being our first Canadian employee as Operations Manager of our Canadian location. After working in the banking industry for 23 years, he became a Chartered Professional Accountant, and now oversees the operation of our Canadian Facility – no small task by any means. He was born in Edmonton (the same home town as Zarley Zalapski) and has also lived in the same hometown as Rene Bourque (we’ll let you Google that one!). He collects cards of Red Wings players as well as other cards that catch his eye.

Away from COMC, he can be found enjoying Ted Talks and science documentaries on Youtube. From a professional development course, he is currently challenging himself to give a deserving compliment to someone at every day at home, office, or outside.

Favorite sport(s): Volleyball, Cycling (in particular, the Tour de France)
Favorite player: Danny Grant
Favorite Food:  BBQ Ribs
Favorite Musical Artist(s):  Hall & Oates and other 80’s music artists.
Favorite Movie / TV Show /etc: The Shawshank Redemption, The Amazing Race, Star Trek TNG
Favorite card in your collection:  1990-91 ProSet Stanley Cup Hologram PSA 8.5

Memorial Day 2018 – Reduced Customer Service 5/28/18

In observance of Memorial Day, our Customer Service Team will be operating on a very limited schedule on Monday, May 28th. Our team will be unavailable to answer phone calls throughout Memorial Day. Phone support will return to our normal 9am-5pm PST schedule on Tuesday, May 29th.

If you need to contact us over the holiday, please email us at staff@comc.com or leave a voicemail message at 1-800-517-3540.

We are forever grateful to those who have served our great country, past or present. Your sacrifice will never go unremembered. Thank you.

Toronto Spring Expo Prize Wheel & Second Chance Drawing Winners

We had such a fantastic time at the 2018 Toronto Spring Expo last weekend! Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth to chat, participated in our contests and giveaways, and dropped off their consignment submissions. We want to especially thank all those who set up at the show and participated in making our partner program a success by wearing COMC-branded apparel throughout the show.

Now it’s time to announce the winners of our Prize Wheel and Second Chance Store Credit Drawings:

Toronto Spring Expo Prize Wheel Drawing Results

Grand Prize Winner:
A-S – 2017 Canada Post Hockey Night Heroes Autographed Bobby Orr Stamp – DaKidder

Runner-Up Winners:
A-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck #468 Mitch Marner RC – WOOKIE111
2-S – 2016-17 Upper Deck #451 Patrik Laine RC – Jedione
2-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck NHL Firsts #NF-23 Auston Matthews Achievement – CardsFromTheZotel
3-S – 2017-18 Upper Deck UD Game Jersey Patch #GJ-MH MIke Hoffman #/15 – Bobby42cards
3-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck Compendium Blue #900 Auston Matthews – NewYork
4-S – 2017-18 Upper Deck SP Game Used All-Stars Skills Fabrics #AS-CP Carey Price – Lhmez
4-H – 2017-18 Upper Deck Game Dated Moments #7 Auston Matthews – Bruins1724
5-S – 2015-16 Upper Deck MVP NHL Territories Autograph #NT-JG Johnny Gaudreau – ogrund
5-H – 2017-18 MVP Bright Futures #BF-51 Auston Matthews Achievement – don711
6-S – 2017-18 Upper Deck Game Dated Moments #1 Connor McDavid – illeagle81
6-H – 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Rainbow Color Wheel #155 William Nylander – canadianfletch
7-S – 2017-18 Upper Deck Game Dated Moments #47 Connor McDavid – Ryan87
7-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck Instant Impressions #II-21 Auston Matthews Achievement – Coach665
8-S – 2017-18 Upper Deck Game Dated Moments #48 Mathew Barzal – hockeygoalie31
8-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck Number Crunchers #NC-23 Connor McDavid Achievement – Flyers27
9-S – 2017-18 Upper Deck Game Dated Moments #3 Nico Hischier – buddyraccoon
9-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck Overtime Optimum Performance #OP-20 Wayne Gretzky – deniset
10-S – 2017-18 Upper Deck Game Dated Moments #32 Brock Boeser – kpclancy
10-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck MVP Rinkleaders #RL-0 Wayne Gretzky Achievement – 19duker19

To claim your prize, you must contact staff@comc.com with your name and username before June 29, 2018 @ 23:59:59 PDT.

Second Chance Store Credit Draw Winners.

If these accounts holders purchased store credit between April 29, 2018 and May 8, 2018, they will win matching store credit up to $100.00:

k_northrup
bailey5
joshmerrick
jjs31
Kevin17