COMC @ The 54th Sport Card & Memorabilia Expo Nov 10th-12 in Mississauga, Ontario!

Happy Halloween COMC Nation!

We are proud to announce our attendance at the 54th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo onThe-Great-Pumpkin November 10th, 11th, & 12th in Mississauga, Ontario.  We will be located at Booth #3300 in the Corporate Area.  The expo will be held at The International Centre (6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontario) and will feature over 400 “boo”ths!

Free Giveaways!

Stop by our booth each day of the Expo as there will be free treats for everyone!
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Prize Wheel!

In celebration of the Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial, we are offering 15 chances to win various Toronto Maple Leaf cards that are worth howling at! Some of these cards include:

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Hat Trick or Treat! 

2016-17 Upper Deck Young Guns #201 Auston Matthews RC

2016-17 Upper Deck Young Guns #249 William Nylander RC

2016-17 Upper Deck Young Guns #468 Mitch Marner RC  

Please note that you must have a COMC account to participate.  You can create an account at our booth, but we recommend that accounts be created prior to the event as queues can form while creating accounts at the event.  Limit one magical spin per COMC account per show.  All participants will receive a COMC branded storage box (while supplies last).

Winners will be drawn the week of November 12th and will be announced on our Facebook page.

Second Chance Store Credit Draws in time for Black Friday November 24, 2017!

Black Friday is the greatest buying opportunity of the year on COMC as thousands of sellers will be running sales and offering huge markdowns on their inventory.  Having your account funded with store credit will ensure that you not only get fang-tastic deals on COMC, but you will also be able to take advantage of all of our Black Friday promotions (to be announced soon!)

All COMC members at the Expo without a winning prize wheel spin will have a wicked second chance at winning one of five store credit prizes valued at up to $100.00!   Details will be announced at the show.  

Games For The Kids!

Young collectors accompanied by a COMC account holding parent can spin-to-win COMC branded items such as fidget spinners and beanie hats as well as 2017 Upper Deck Toronto Maple Leaf Centennial cards (while supplies last).  Hair-raising details will be announced at the show.

Drop Off Consignments Accepted!

As always, we will be accepting drop-off submissions at the Expo to help our consignors save on the frightful cost of shipping. Prior to dropping off your submission please follow the steps below:

  1. All submissions must have complete and accurate paperwork. Please use the ’Sportscard & Memorabilia Expo drop off location’ option on step 5 of the Submission Wizard to expedite processing
  2. Ensure your submission is packed securely within a secure card box.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the most spook-tacular hockey card trade show in the world.  For more details on the Toronto Fall Expo, check out http://sportcardexpo.com/

COMC at the National Sports Collectors Convention July 26th-30th

Hello COMC Nation!

The 38th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, IL is just three weeks away, and we can’t wait to see you there! The convention will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center from Wednesday, July 26 – Sunday, July 30. COMC representatives will be on hand at Corporate Pavilion Booth 646 to take consignment submissions and chat about COMC and all things card related. We also have some fun giveaways and social media events planned, so be sure to swing by and say hello.

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Spin to Win

The Spin is In! Come by the booth during any day of the show and sign in to your COMC account to spin the wheel for your chance to win COMC store credit or one of several grand prize cards. Don’t have a COMC account yet? No problem! We’ll have computers set up at the show where you can sign up for your free COMC account and get your entry to spin the wheel.

Every spin is guaranteed to win a prize, and you’ll also earn an exclusive bonus gift to take with you, just for spinning! One spin per person during the show, and you don’t need to be present to win. Cards and store credit prizes will be issued to your COMC account after the show, so be on the lookout for a nice little bonus to your COMC account when you get home.

Consignment Submission Drop Off

Here at COMC, we’re all about doing the work so you can enjoy the hobby and we’ll be at the show to take it a step further. Don’t even bother shipping your COMC submissions, we got you covered. Whether you’re bringing your cards from home or you find some gems at the show you want to flip, we’ll cover the postage for all consignment submissions you drop off with us at the show.

To speed up the process, please pack your items securely for shipment and print your submission paperwork in advance. We’ll still have computers and a printer there if you find cards at the show and need to create another submission.

New Current-Year Processing

We just introduced a couple exciting new options to help you list your current-year cards faster. Current-Year Basic guarantees your cards list within 1 month for only $0.30/card, and Current-Year

Select guarantees 1 week for only $0.60/card! The National is a perfect opportunity to grab some of the hobby’s latest releases and try out a couple of our newest processing services.

Time with Tim

COMC Founder and CEO Tim Getsch looks forward to the National every year so he can to meet face to face with many of the thousands of COMC users and hear their feedback, ideas, and the experiences they’ve had with our services.

If you’d like to take some time to sit down with Tim for 30 minutes at the show, email us at timewithtim@comc.com and we’ll get you scheduled. In your email, include your dates and times of availability as well as any topics you wish to discuss. Please send your meeting request no later than Thursday, July 20.

Due Dates during The National

Many of us will be representing COMC at the booth this year, but this time around we also wanted to encourage some other employees to attend the National. Because we will be short-staffed back at the office, all Select and Premium due dates that normally would have fallen between July 26 and July 30 will receive a July 31 due date.

The National is one of the most exciting events in trading cards, and we anticipate this year’s will be the best one yet. See you there!

Happy Collecting!

– The COMC Team

COMC on the Road – Edmonton Recap & Upcoming Shows!

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COMC has been on the road this Spring actively involved in the card show circuit all throughout the U.S. and Canada! We’ve been enjoying spending time face-to-face with our buyers and sellers, accepting consignments and answering any questions that you may have. We’re also happy to report that hundreds of new accounts have been created on COMC by first-time buyers and sellers who are interested and eager to get their COMC experience started!

Our Canadian Processing Facility Manager, Barry, relayed the following after the April 22nd & 23rd Edmonton Summit Show:

“On behalf of the COMC Canada team, I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who stopped by our booth. The Edmonton Show exceeded our wildest expectations, and it was just a great group of collectors who attended the show. We helped introduce new customers to the many services offered by COMC. Thank you to everyone who attended the Summit show and made our trip memorable!”

thumbnail_20170330_201318In addition, the COMC Prize Wheel made its anticipated debut at the Edmonton show and was a huge hit, particularly with young collectors. The Grand Prize offered via the Prize Wheel was an entry into a drawing to win a 2015-16 Upper Deck Artifacts #205 Connor McDavid. At the end of the show, it was COMC member Addy272001 who took home the coveted McDavid!

The Prize Wheel will then tour East to Ontario for the Sport Card & Memorabilia Expo on May 5, 6, & 7, where, just by having a COMC account, show attendants can spin to win an entry into our grand prize drawing for a 2016-17 Upper Deck #201 Auston Matthews rookie card, as well as other store credit prizes! Given that at times there were queues to register an account at our booth, we recommend creating an account beforehand to avoid delays if you do not have a COMC account already.

COMC will be located in the corporate area of the matthewsToronto show this year and, as always, we will be accepting submissions! Please use the submission wizard option for Expo drop-offs and package your items well.

Lastly, in addition to the Toronto show in May, representatives from COMC will be on hand to accept submissions at the Twin Oaks show at Mall 205 on April 29th in Portland, OR. We hope to see as many members of the COMC Nation as possible out on the road!

Road Trip! Catch Us at These Upcoming Card Shows!

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Hello COMC Nation,

We’re pleased to announce the first few trading card and collectible shows of 2017 that we’ll be attending! It is our intention in 2017 to attend as many shows as possible all across the United States and Canada. We always look forward to having the opportunity to meet our buyers and sellers face-to-face to get to know you better and hear your feedback. We will have representatives on hand to answer any and all questions that you might have about our service.

We’ll also be sharing employment opportunities for those interested in the possibility of relocation to join the COMC team!  If you’re as passionate about collectibles as we are and can tell the difference between an atomic refractor and an xfractor, then we want to hear from you!

As always, we will be accepting drop off consignments at all of these shows:

March 4th, 2017 (10:00am – 4:00pm)
Dallas Card Show @ The Hilton Garden Inn
7550 Gaylord Parkway
Frisco, Texas
http://www.Dallascardshow.com

March 5th, 2017 (9:00am – 4:00pm)
Plano Sports & Baseball Card Show @ Adat Chaverim Social Hall
6300A Independence Pkwy
Plano, Texas
http://www.Planocardshow.com

April 22nd (10am-5pm) & 23rd (10am-4pm), 2017
The Summit Sports Collectibles Show @ Millennium Place
2000 Premier Way,
Sherwood Park, Alberta
Canada
http://www.Summitshow.com

May 5th, 6th & 7th, 2017
Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo @ The International Centre
6900 Airport Road
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada

Friday: 12-9pm
Saturday: 10-6pm
Sunday: 10-5pm

http://www.Sportcardexpo.com

Celebrating 10 Great Years of COMC!

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The year 2016 marked the ten-year Anniversary of COMC’s presence in the world of collectibles! From the humble beginnings of a tiny startup that was housed in a single garage, the vision of COMC has revolutionized the way collectors buy and sell online. Now operating out of three full-sized warehouses, no one could have imagined just how much of an impact COMC would make in its first ten years. By uniting collectors across the world and shipping items to over (100?) countries, we have much to be thankful for!

It is with honor and privilege that we recognize the consignors and collectors of the COMC Nation! Without you, our service could never have grown to the size it is today, and for that we are truly grateful. Your feedback and suggestions remain invaluable and have helped us to improve our service over the last ten years. We eagerly look forward to continuing to build our platform and grow even more as 2017 approaches!

This past September, COMC held a weekend celebration for our staff of over 90 employees as a way to recognize all of their hard work and effort throughout our ten years. From our most tenured employees, to the fresh, new faces who have recently joined our company, a great time was had by all. Each employee received a slick 10-Year commemorative custom COMC jersey. Following an authentic southern BBQ dinner, the event was capped off by an awards ceremony that featured a speech from founder and CEO Tim Getsch, who took us on a trip down memory lane back to COMC’s origins.

As the COMC Nation is of course such an important part of our lives, we’d like share with you a few photos that were taken at the event (and we’ve uploaded even more photos to our Facebook photo album!). We hope you enjoy them!

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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Like the photos in this blog? You can view all of our National Convention photos on our Facebook Page!

Card #15,000,000 & The Modern Baseball Card Investor

TheModernBaseballCardInvestorAbout a week ago I got an email from Jeff Hwang, author of The Modern Baseball Card Investor.  I first met him at the Industry Summit in Las Vegas a little more than a year ago, and we had a really good conversation about the baseball card market.  His book is now done, and he wanted to send me a copy of it. I just got my copy in the mail the other day, and was pleasantly surprised with how well he described COMC.com in his Enhanced Liquidity section of the Introduction (pg 30-31).  eBay got a paragraph and we got nearly a full page.
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Jeff did a great job of summarizing the difference between COMC.com and other sites.  It captures the essence of what has made us successful.

Here is an excerpt…

The online consignment site COMC.com has further enhanced the liquidity of lower priced cards by creating a centralized online exchange where all the cards listed online are in one physical location, and can be traded multiple times without being shipped.  Launched in 2007 as CheckOutMyCards.com, COMC.com allows users to submit cards to the company’s website in Seattle, where the cards are scanned front and back and listed online for a small fee, as little as 25 cents per card.

In contrast to eBay, where a seller typically incurs both eBay and PayPal fees for every transaction made, a seller on COMC instead receives store credit for the full amount of the sale, and pays a further cash-out fee only upon cash out – similar to the way a stock investor only pays a capital gains tax upon selling a stock, and not while holding.  Meanwhile, a buyer only pays shipping if/when he wants to have the physical item shipped; he can turn around and relist the item without incurring a shipping cost (the card is already located in COMC’s warehouse), or can otherwise save on shipping costs by waiting until he has acquired multiple cards.

As such, users can flip cards for profit on COMC.com without ever physically being in possession of an actual card, the same way a stock investor can trade stocks online without ever physically being in possession of a stock certificate.  But more importantly, the site dramatically improves the liquidity of low-priced cards by lowering the otherwise prohibitive transaction costs associated with them – most notably shipping costs, as well as the time it takes to list and sell and then ship such cards.

At the sports card and gaming collectibles Industry Summit in Las Vegas in March 2013, the company announced that it had listed it 10 millionth card, and had to that point shipped 3.6 million cards to 75 countries.

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I thought it was fitting to announce that just today (writing this on Friday July 11th, 2014) we identified item #15,000,000 as 2000 Upper Deck MVP Pro Sign #IB – Isaac Bruce, deposited it in Fiber1’s account, Fiber1 put it up for sale, and I purchased it.

Not only have 50% more items been consigned with us since March 2013, we have also shipped 50% more items to buyers.  That is more than 5 million items shipped all over the world.

Thank you COMC Nation for making this possible!