COMC Now Offers Grading & Vaulting of NFTs

Coming off of the Mint Collective, it is clear that the grading and vaulting of NFTs is the future! We are excited to announce that COMC is now the world’s first one-stop-shop for getting your NFTs graded and vaulted in our top-of-the-line, military-grade bank vault. Your NFTs will be encoded on diamonds and slabbed in kryptonite—not even Superman could steal them! The vault is securely located on an undisclosed, private island in the Pacific Ocean and is not owned by any country, so there’s no need to worry about taxes. The service is refreshingly simple: simply send your NFTs to your COMC Mailbox and we will use our new “Elegant” processing service. Your account will be charged $3.00 for traditional-sized NFTs, with a $0.50 upcharge for oversized and vintage NFTs. Any NFT that is already graded will incur an additional $1.00 graded fee. Storage fees will be our standard $0.01 per month after the first 90 days; enhanced security fees for NFTs however are increased to $0.02 per $1,000.00 of Asking Price per day as a result of self-insuring NFTs ourselves due to our insurance provider not currently covering this new and exciting commodity.

Don’t delay! COMC guarantees that all NFTs received by the end of April will receive a Gem Mint Perfect Pristine 10.5 with all 4 subgrades of 10.0. We have been working diligently to implement this innovative new service, and our team is ready to meet all of your graded NFT needs!

Important COMC Consignment Submission Update

Today we launched an added feature in our Submission Wizard to improve your consignment experience and facilitate faster processing times.

Previously, a mixed batch of supported items could all be combined into one submission without separating the groups by type. To help us better our service offerings, you now need to separate items by service level and group.

Submission Requirements:

  • Submissions must be separated into one of the following groups within each service level:
    • Graded – Comic Books
    • Graded – Oversized Cards (tall boys, booklets, coins, extra thick, and other non-standard size cards)
    • Graded/Uncirculated – Cards (PSA graded cards, sealed Panini Flawless holders, etc.)
    • Raw – Comic Books
    • Raw – Gaming Cards (TCG)
    • Raw – Oversized Cards
    • Raw – Trading Cards

Submissions not separated by group, or with incorrect or missing groups, may be subject to processing delays and a $5 missing paperwork fee for each missing group.

This change in the submission process can be viewed on Step 4 of the Submission Wizard.

Make sure to separate the cards by group when preparing your shipment.

Minimum Fees:

A minimum fee for each group applies to the following services:

  • Each Select group has a $3 minimum fee
  • Each Standard group has a $10 minimum fee

On Step 4, select “Next” after you confirm your card counts and submission levels.

On Step 5, select your desired Shipping or Drop Off location. Make sure to confirm the information is correct, then select “Approve Submissions.”

On Step 6, you will need to print the Submission Slips for each group within each submission level. You must include the designated Submission Slip with each group.

Remember the following during the submission process to ensure you submit items correctly:

  • Use the proper category for each group.
    • Graded – Comic Books
    • Graded – Oversized Cards (tall boys, booklets, coins, extra thick, and other non-standard size cards)
    • Graded/Uncirculated – Cards (PSA graded cards, sealed Panini Flawless holders, etc.)
    • Raw – Comic Books
    • Raw – Gaming Cards (TCG)
    • Raw – Oversized Cards
    • Raw – Trading Cards
  • You can submit all items in the same shipment, but you must separate each group of items and include a submission slip for each group.
  • Customers will be charged a $5 missing paperwork fee for each group that is missing or submitted incorrectly.

These additional details in the Submission Wizard will enable COMC to provide faster processing and a better overall experience for consignors.

Check out the following tutorial to walk you through our updates to the Submission Wizard.

To see this new Submission Wizard feature or start a new consignment today, please visit the Submission Wizard on your Dashboard.

If you have questions regarding this new submission process, please contact Customer Service at staff@comc.com or on Live Chat.

No Minimum Auction Fees Extended Through January 31st!

COMC’s No Minimum Auction Fees event has been extended!

Continue sending your items to auction until January 31, 2022 to take part in this auction event!

The COMC No Minimum Fees Auction Event is now extended to January 31st:

  • All cards in your inventory are eligible to list at auction (not just Elite)
  • No minimum Auction Fee (regularly $3.50 minimum)
  • $35 maximum Auction Fee
  • No auction listing fee for Elite Items, and only $0.50 listing fee for everything else
  • The $3.50 minimum auction fee still applies to items shipped to our eBay Auction Consignment Service

How to submit your items to COMC Auctions:

  1. Find the item you want to submit in your Inventory Manager
  2. Click on the Actions menu
  3. Select Send to Auction
  4. Select eBay Auction service
  5. Submit the item
  • We recommend only submitting cards with an auction sale value of $5 or more.
  • Auctions are listed on a first-come, first-served basis. Submissions of Elite items receive listing priority.

Don’t forget! If you win an auction listed on eBay from our COMC_Consignments account, you can pay with COMC Store Credit and have your auction wins instantly transferred to your COMC account!

Is your eBay account linked to your COMC account? You can easily link your eBay account to your COMC account so you can pay for auctions with COMC Store Credit.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take for my item to list at auction?

We list between 1,500 and 2,000 auctions every day. Auctions are listed on a first come, first served basis. Elite items get first priority and typically list within 1 week of submission.

Will I need to wait for items to be reprocessed before they go to auction?

Items do not need to be reprocessed as Elite to go to auction during the promotion. You can still reprocess any higher valued items for $2 before sending them to auction, but it is not required.

Is there still a minimum Auction Fee on my Elite items?

During the month of January, any items you send to auction from your COMC inventory will have no minimum Auction Fee. The Auction Fee is just 3.5% of the sale price, with a maximum Auction Fee of $35.

Is there still a $3.50 minimum Auction Fee for items shipped to the eBay Auction consignment service?

Yes. This promotion does not apply to items consigned to our direct-to-auction service level.

What happens if my item doesn’t receive a $0.99 opening bid?

Any item that does not receive an auction bid will be returned to your COMC account. Please only submit cards valued $5 or more to auction. At our discretion, we may choose to not list submission valued less than $1.00 at auction. The $0.50 submission fee will not be refunded.

Do you have additional questions about our No Minimum Auction Fees Event? Check out our Help Center for answers to many of your FAQs!

For questions regarding the eligibility of products, please email staff@comc.com.

Follow us on social media @checkoutmycards and the COMC blog for the latest updates!

December No Minimum Auction Fee Event

COMC is now offering Auctions on all cards with no minimum Auction Fee!

Send any of your items to auction starting Wednesday, December 1, 2021 to take part in this month-long event!

The COMC December Auction Event will take place from December 1st-31st:

  • All cards in your inventory are eligible to list at auction (not just Elite)
  • No minimum Auction Fee (regularly $3.50 minimum)
  • $35 maximum Auction Fee
  • No auction listing fee for Elite Items, and only $0.50 listing fee for everything else
  • The $3.50 minimum auction fee still applies to items shipped to our eBay Auction Consignment Service

How to submit your items to COMC Auctions:

  1. Find the item you want to submit in your Inventory Manager
  2. Click on the Actions menu
  3. Select Send to Auction
  4. Select eBay Auction service
  5. Submit the item
  • We recommend only submitting cards with an auction sale value of $5 or more.
  • Auctions are listed on a first-come, first-served basis. Submissions of Elite items receive listing priority.

Don’t forget If you’ve won an auction listed on eBay from our COMC_Consignments account, you can pay with COMC Store Credit and have your auction wins instantly transferred to your COMC account!

Is your eBay account linked to your COMC account? You can easily link your eBay account to your COMC account so you can pay for auctions with COMC Store Credit.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take for my item to list at auction?

We list between 1,500 and 2,000 auctions every day. Auctions are listed on a first come, first served basis. Elite items get first priority and typically list within 1 week of submission.

Will I need to wait for items to be reprocessed before they go to auction?

Items do not need to be reprocessed as Elite to go to auction during the promotion. You can still reprocess any higher valued items for $2 before sending them to auction, but it is not required.

Is there still a minimum Auction Fee on my Elite items?

During the month of December, any items you send to auction from your COMC inventory will have no minimum Auction Fee. The Auction Fee is just 3.5% of the sale price, with a maximum Auction Fee of $35.

Is there still a $3.50 minimum Auction Fee for items shipped to the eBay Auction consignment service?

Yes. This promotion does not apply to items consigned to our direct-to-auction service level.

What happens if my item doesn’t receive a $0.99 opening bid?

Any item that does not receive an auction bid will be returned to your COMC account. Please only submit cards valued $5 or more to auction. At our discretion, we may choose to not list submission valued less than $1.00 at auction. The $0.50 submission fee will not be refunded.

Do you have additional questions about our December Auction Event? Check out our Help Center for answers to many of your FAQs!

For questions regarding the eligibility of products, please email staff@comc.com.

Follow us on social media @checkoutmycards and the COMC blog for the latest updates!

COMC @ Toronto Sport Card Expo & WCSCC

Visit our booth November 11th – 14th

COMC is excited to be part of the Sport Card & Memorabilia Expo at the International Centre, Hall 1, at 6900 Airport Road in Mississauga, Ontario, from November 11th to 14th. It’s our first show north of the border since 2019!

Our booth number for the Toronto Sport Card & Memorabilia Expo is Booth #149 .

Make sure to reserve your ticket for the Expo today and find out more details about the event at Sport Card Expo online!

Top 10 reasons to stop by the COMC booth:

  1. Drop off your Submissions: As always, we’re accepting submissions at the show so you can save on the postage costs of mailing your submissions. Please pack your cards securely. We suggest using one-row boxes. Include the supporting paperwork using the Submission. Cut-off times for dropping off submissions are 15 minutes before the end of the day Thursday to Saturday and 1 hour before the end of the show on Sunday.
  1. Be sure to take advantage of our current Submission Promotions & Contests:
    1. Customer Appreciation Offer: Receive $20 off for each processing level. Mark “20OFF” on the submission wizard paperwork. Check out our November 1st blog post for more details: COMC Customer Appreciation Offer.
    2. New Fresh Pulls Service Level: Save 50% off Elite processing fees for trading cards received within 90 days of their initial hobby release date. Check out our September 23rd blog post for more details: COMC Fresh Pulls.
    3. Elite Submission Draw: For every 10 cards submitted at the Elite Service, receive one entry towards a chance to win the Elite Card of the Day. There will be a different card from Friday to Sunday. The Customer Appreciation Offer for Elite Submissions is not eligible for this draw.
    4. Team Match Contest: Guess correctly one of the teams from a FREE daily ePack opening one hour before the end of each show day to receive $50.00 off your next submission. Limit one guess per day. Your submission must be postmarked no later than December 10th and marked on the Submission Wizard paperwork “TMC Winner”. The prize is non-transferable and all unused credit prizes will be forfeited.
  2. COMC Branded Toploaders: These may be the best-looking custom toploaders ever made! These will be handed out at various COMC events over the weekend. Supplies are limited to stock on hand and available on a first come basis.
  1. Spin-to-Win: Spin the wheel to win an entry for one of twenty prizes. To qualify you must have a COMC account. Limited to one spin per person over the 4-day show.
  1. Spin-to-Win Parting Gifts: With 20 prizes, not everyone will win, so we are giving contestants a parting gift of supplies, including our soon-to-be-famous COMC branded toploaders. Prizes available while supplies last.
  1. Spin-to-Win Kids Edition: All children under the age of 13 can spin the wheel for cards. Parent or guardian must have a COMC account to be eligible. Prizes available while supplies last.
  1. Free Box or Multi-Pack Breaks: COMC account holders who follow us on any of our Social Media platforms (Instagram/Facebook/Twitter) can receive one random team spot. Friday, we are giving away random team spots for 2020-21 Upper Deck Extended Series. On Saturday, we are giving away random team spots for 50 packs of 2021-22 Upper Deck Tim Hortons. Then on Sunday, we are giving away random team spots for the remaining 50 packs of 2021-22 Upper Deck Tim Hortons. All participants must be at the booth at the time of the break and claim their cards within 15 minutes of its conclusion. Breaks will take place Friday @ 5 PM, Saturday & Sunday @ 2 PM. As a bonus, if you post your hits on your social media account and tag COMC, you will receive 5 additional COMC branded toploaders when you show your post to any COMC Team Member. Breaks are limited to one break per account holder over the entire 4-day event. Spots will be assigned on the day of the break. More details will be posted at the COMC booth so make sure to stop by!
  1. Questions? This is your opportunity to ask questions face-to-face with those who work behind the scenes at COMC.
  1. Free 9-Pocket Panel with Cards: No qualifiers. Limit one sheet per guest per day, while supplies last.
  1. Free 330 count boxes: We will be giving away 330 count boxes at the show to COMC users to use for their card submissions, or just to keep cards in that you purchase at the show. Available while supplies last.

Follow COMC on Instagram for more information and details on all of the action at our booth!

Post Event Update:

Team Match Contest
If you registered your team at the booth and your team matches the team of digital cards pulled on that day’s daily ePack, you won $50 store credit towards your next submission   Check the original show blog for further information.


Thursday, November 11th – Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, and New York Islanders.

Friday, November 12th – Minnesota Wild, Philadelphia Flyers, and St. Louis Blues.

Saturday, November 13th – Washington Capitals, Ottawa Senators, and Colorado Avalanche.

Sunday, November 14th – Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, and Montreal Canadiens.


2021 Fall Expo Checklist
Within the free 330ct boxes we gave out at the Sport Card & Memorabilia Expo, we “inserted” autographed boxes by Tim Getsch.  Be sure to check your COMC boxes at future shows.  They have time-sensitive store credit prizes. 

Here is the checklist for the 2021 Sport Card & Memorabilia Expo Easter Egg Boxes.


Tim Getsch Autograph (Uncorrected Error) – 18 copies 

Tim Getsch Autograph (Corrected Error) – 2 copies (#1/20 & #20/20)
Combined print limited and serial #’d to 20

Tim Getsch Autograph with the inscription “#1 Goran Dragic Collector” – #1/1

Wheel Spin Winners

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth to spin the wheel.   Prizes will be transferred to the winner’s account within two weeks of notification.  Winners are subject to the normal fees charged to customers who use the website.  All unclaimed prizes shall be forfeited.


Here are the winners of the cards from the showcase. Please email sportcardexpo@comc.com with your name & username by 23:59:59 PST before Friday, December 31, 2021, to claim your prize.  

Ace of Hearts – 2018-19 Upper Deck SP Game Used Red Auto Jersey #60 Carey Price – MKM

2 of Hearts – 2019-20 SP Authentic Sign of the Times Draft #SOTTD-AB Alexsander Barkov – LAKings0811
3 of Hearts – 2015-16 Upper Deck Full Force – Goooal! Autograph #G-JT John Tavares – MattKraus17
4 of Hearts – 2019-20 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Ultimate Rookies Jerseys #192 Nick Suzuki #385/399 – allstarcollectors
5 of Hearts – 2020-21 Upper Deck SP Game Used – 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Fabrics Dual #ASD-MD Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl – kearns939
6 of Hearts – 2018-19 Upper Deck #246 Young Guns Miro Heiskanen RC – chipper99
7 of Hearts – 2017-18 Upper Deck #247 Young Guns Brock Boeser RC – pkchu
8 of Hearts – 2020 Topps Chrome #60 Luis Robert RC – Bigangry
9 of Hearts – 2017-18 Panini Donruss Optic #188 Rated Rookes Donovan Mitchell RC – dhazlett
10 of Hearts – 2019 Panini Donruss #302 Rated Rookies Kyler Murray RC – rogerzhou
Ace of Spades – 2020-21 Upper Deck SP Game Used Inked Sweaters #IS-MM Mitch Marner #9/25 – tonymattiacci
2 of Spades – 2016-17 UD Black #63 Lustrous Rookies Autographs Thomas Chabot #131/299 – iheartjacquie
3 of Spades – 2012-13 Panini Preferred #37 Panini’s Choice Award Kyle Lowry #31/74 – jgiardulli
4 of Spades – 2016-17 Panini Donruss Optic #171 Pascal Siakam RC – anth9819
5 of Spades – 2017-18 Panini Court Kings Fresh Paint – 1 #FP1-OGA OG Anunoby – mathiesoncards
6 of Spades – 2020-21 Upper Deck #237 Young Guns Nick Robertson RC – philcaparas
7 of Spades – 2019-20 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Autographed Debut Threads Patch #DT-IM Ilya Mikheyev #50/99 – Expos
8 of Spades – 2016-17 Upper Deck Instant Impressions #II-21 Auston Matthews – Toni000
9 of Spades – 2019 Topps Chrome #201 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC – warletha
10 of Spades – 2019-20 Upper Deck #222 Young Guns Rasmus Sandin RC – Konnger1

Here are the winners of the Elite Submission Draw from the Fall Expo


November 11/12 – 2020-21 Upper Deck #201 Alexis Lafreniere YG RC – INVESTMENT_SPORTSCARDS

November 13 – 2019 Topps Heritage #504 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC PSA10 – INVESTMENT_SPORTSCARDS

November 14 – 2020-21 Upper Deck #482 Tim Stutzle YG RC – blueknight91

Western Canada Sports Collectors Convention Update

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at the Western Canada Sports Collectors Convention to roll the dice.  Here are the winners of the cards from the showcase.  Email sportcardexpo@comc.com with your name & username by 23:59:59 PST before Friday, December 31, 2021, to claim your prize.  Prizes will be transferred to winner’s account within two weeks of notification.  Winners are subject to the normal fees charged to customers who use the website.  All unclaimed prizes shall be forfeited.

Roll a 1 – 2019-20 Upper Deck Rookie Dual Materials #RDM-HM Quinn Hughes, Cale Makar – etriff
Roll a 2 – 2017-18 Upper Deck #247 Brock Boeser Young Guns RC – xKuch31
Roll a 3 – 2020-21 Upper Deck #462 Nils Hoglander Young Guns RC – KK2TROT
Roll a 4 – 2017-18 Upper Deck #201 Nico Hischier Young Guns RC – K2cardguy
Roll a 5 – 2015 Topps High Tek Autographs Pattern 1 Grass/Waves #94 Tyler Lockett – AedanJ
Roll a 6 – 2019-20 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Ultimate Access Jersey Autograph #UAA-BB Brock Boeser #48/99 – Fishbulb742


Lastly, we inserted 5 more 330ct Tim Getsch signed boxes among those handed out to COMC account holders at the Western Canada Sports Collectors Convention.


We are glad to be back on the road seeing our customers in person and making new ones.  We look forward to seeing you at the next show in the new year.  

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Trading Cards to Watch

After a year’s delay, the Tokyo Summer Olympics are well underway! Though the Olympics will be taking place in 2021, they will continue to be officially branded as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and are scheduled to take place between July 23rd and August 8th. There’s something for every sports fan in this year’s slate of 33 Olympic sports. Karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing are all making their Olympic debut, while baseball and softball are returning to the Olympics for the first time since 2008.

COMC is your home for buying. selling, and flipping trading cards across all sports and genres, including the Olympics! Here we’re sharing some Olympic storylines and athletes that could impact the trading card market. The COMC Marketplace has trading cards in stock featuring elite Olympians, both past and present. Enjoy discovering their cards as the world watches these long-awaited Olympic Games.

Men’s Basketball: Can Team USA Bounce Back?

Kevin Durant

While Team USA has won six of the past seven Olympic gold medals, this year’s team is not a clear favorite to take home the gold amidst stronger competition from across the globe. Familiar names from the NBA are participating for their respective countries, including Luka Doncic for Slovenia, Danilo Gallinari for Italy, and Rudy Gobert for France.

Team USA is filled with fresh faces making their Olympic debuts, including Devin Booker and Jayson Tatum. One of just two returning players from the Team USA squad that won the gold in 2016 is Kevin Durant! Durant led that year’s team in scoring and averaged 34.3 points per game for the Nets in this year’s NBA playoffs. If Team USA can turn it around, KD could join Carmelo Anthony as the only American men’s basketball players to win three gold medals. 

You can browse COMC’s full selection of Team USA Men’s Basketball trading cards here!

Simone Biles: Earns Team Silver Before Exiting Competition

One of the most awe-inspiring sports in the Summer Olympics is gymnastics, and Team USA fans were excitedly awaiting to watch Simone Biles compete in Tokyo. Her performance at the 2016 Rio Summer Games was legendary, as she won a total of four Olympic Gold Medals to set a new US Women’s Gymnastics record for most gold medals in a single Olympic Games. Simone Biles made the difficult decision to withdraw from the Tokyo competition citing mental health, but not before helping Team USA win the Silver Medal as a team!

If you’re looking to add Simone Biles trading cards to your collection, check out our selection here! Her 2016 Topps Olympic & Paralympic Team & Hopefuls cards have been in demand this year, and COMC even featured one of the rare Gold Medal parallels on our Instagram (checkoutmycards) for a Flip Friday showcase!

Skateboarding Makes Its Olympic Debut

Of the five sports making their Olympic debut in Tokyo, the introduction of skateboarding has been one of the most-anticipated. With Street and Park events for both Men and Women, this year’s Olympic Games are set to expose a boarder audience to the world’s top skaters and the thrill of skateboarding.

Although his Olympic debut has not gone as planned, one elite athlete who was selected for Team USA Skateboarding’s inaugural roster was Nyjah Huston. Already one of the world’s most-accomplished street skaters, Huston was featured across Topps’ 2020 Allen & Ginter releases as one of the non-baseball names on the checklist. You can shop for his trading cards here. Keep an eye out for his rare on-card framed mini autos and Ginter Chrome refractor parallels!

Olympic Baseball is Back!

MLB fans and baseball card collectors will find many familiar names competing in baseball’s return to the Olympics. Former New York Yankee Masahiro Tanaka is pitching for Japan, and long-time fans will remember he was on Japan’s roster for the 2008 Beijing Olympics when he was just 19 years old!

The six-team baseball competition features top prospects such as Shane Baz (USA) and Julio Rodriguez (Dominican Republic) playing alongside former MLB All-Stars such as Ian Kinsler (Israel) and Adrian Gonzalez (Mexico). Although baseball will not return for the 2024 Paris games, we hope Tokyo sets the stage for more Olympic baseball in future years. Shop COMC’s full baseball card selection here.

USWNT: Going for the Gold

Two summers ago in France, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) went on a remarkable run to win their second FIFA World Cup in a row. Many of the USWNT athletes who starred in the 2019 World Cup will be competing for Team USA again in the Tokyo Olympics including Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, and Lindsey Horan.

Following three straight Olympic gold medals in 2004, 2008, and 2012, Team USA was eliminated in 2016’s Olympic quarterfinals by Sweden. One USWNT athlete returning for the Tokyo Olympics to help re-capture the Gold Medal is Alex Morgan, a soccer icon who was Team USA’s leading scorer during the 2012 London Olympics. Another gold medal victory would cement Morgan’s already incredible legacy! You can find Alex Morgan soccer cards on COMC here.

More Olympians’ Trading Cards, Past and Present

Looking to collect more Olympians’ trading cards? Cards from the 2021 Topps Olympic & Paralympic Team and Hopefuls release which hit shelves in July are starting to appear on COMC. Beyond cards from this year’s Olympics-focused release, COMC has other cards available for some of the top Olympians competing in Tokyo, including:

And looking back on past Summer Games, COMC has cards in stock featuring a range of legendary Olympians, including:

We hope that this guide helps you collect Olympic trading cards and that you have a blast watching the rest of this summer’s Games with your friends and family.

Set Building Using COMC and Upper Deck ePack

This is a special guest blog contributed by Mike Sommer of WaxPackHero.com. COMC is a proud sponsor of the WaxPackHero Sports Card Minute podcast!

The Upper Deck ePack program has proven to be a successful integration between manufacturer and marketplace.  Over these first few years, I’ve primarily taken advantage of the opportunity to flip these cards directly on COMC

I typically use flipping to generate store credit which allows me to fund my true passion: set building.  As I was browsing the COMC listings last fall, I realized even with all the ePack cards I was buying and selling, I had never attempted to build an Upper Deck set via ePack!  This led to the idea described in this article.  I decided I would choose a set that was released via ePack, and then attempt to build the set entirely by buying the cards on COMC.

The Set

First, I needed to pick a set.  I wanted it to be attainable, which means it couldn’t be too big or too expensive.  I also wanted it to be fully available via ePack.  This meant I couldn’t pick Upper Deck Series 1 & 2 or even Goodwin, as a good portion of the base cards from those sets are only available in “parallel” versions.  The true base cards are not available in physical form.  I also wanted to try and build a style of the set I had never done before.  After considering all these things, I landed on the 2019-20 Upper Deck Series 2 Rookie Materials set. 

This 40-card set includes a player worn swatch of some of the biggest NHL rookies of the 2019-20 season.  One of the things I love about hockey memorabilia cards is the variety of colors in the embedded material.  They aren’t all just plain white jerseys like we sometimes see in some other sports.  In fact, only seven of the 40 cards I purchased included white jersey swatches! 

The “base” Rookie Materials cards are not serial numbered, but they do have varying levels of scarcity.  The odds for the tiers range from 1:98 packs up to the rarest cards only falling 1:333 packs.  I assumed this would create a bit of a challenge for obtaining some cards.

Since the set is numbered using the player initials vs. numbers, I decided to make a checklist on an Excel spreadsheet for me to use to track my progress.

The Journey

I started the process by searching for the set and sorting to display the lowest-priced cards first.  I was pleased to see that the prices started at around .60 each! 

I started at the top, and began to examine the available inventory of each card.  As I dug through the listings, there were a few things I was looking for.  I wanted to find a variety of swatch colors, and ideally, I wanted to find the cards at the lowest price possible.

That last one brings me to something that often gets overlooked.   Whenever you are considering a purchase on COMC, you should determine if the seller accepts offers!  There are many times where even though a seller’s original asking price isn’t the lowest on the site, it becomes the lowest after they accept an offer.  Sellers are more likely to give you a discount if you are buying multiple items from them, so trying to bundle multiple cards from the same buyer was another priority for me.

Over the next few days, I was able to acquire 37 of the 40 cards from a total of 24 different sellers (can you imagine the cost of shipping if I had to buy these from 24 individuals on eBay?).  The total asking price was $72.37, however, I was able to make offers to seven of those sellers and secured a discount of $3.97 or around 5%.  I was hoping for a bit larger discount, but with it being a fairly new release and with some of the cards having limited inventory due to their scarcity, I wasn’t completely surprised.  The average price for the first 37 cards was about $1.85 per card.

The Final Three

There were three cards that proved to be elusive in my initial search.  Adam Boqvist, Kaapo Kakko, and Quinn Hughes did not have their card available on the site.  Those three were all in the 1:333 scarcity tier, and with Kakko and Hughes being a couple of the most popular rookies last year, I knew this may take some work.

Since most items consigned with COMC get cross-listed on eBay, you can use the eBay notification tools to help alert you to new items!  I set up alerts for those three cards, and each time I got a notification, I was able to see if that was a listing from COMC or another random seller. 

It took a couple of months, but I was finally able to acquire the remaining three cards using this method.  The Adam Boqvist card ended up costing me $3.50.  I paid $15.00 for the Hughes, and the Kakko was the final card and it set me back $12.99.

Wrapping It Up

The final cost for the set was just shy of $100.  Since I operate in “advanced reseller” mode, I’ll need to add an additional .25 per card when I have them shipped home, so my final delivered cost will be closer to $115. 

This proved to be a fun, challenging, but attainable build.  I feel it was a great use of my store credit, and I think you’d be hard-pressed to build this set anywhere else for less than I did here on COMC.

If you enjoy set building, I challenge you to find an ePack set of your own to chase.  There are a variety of insert sets and other autograph or relic sets that are available on the site, or if parallels are your thing, there are even ePack exclusive parallels for many of the base sets.  Regardless of which you pick, you’ll have fun along the way.

Mike Sommer of Wax Pack Hero

About the Author

Mike is a husband, father, baseball chaplain, sports card collector, and owner of WaxPackHero.com. He has collected since 1986 and is a lifelong Cubs fan. You can connect with him on his blog, on Twitter @themikesommer, and on various other social media platforms under the name WaxPackHero.

Vintage vs Modern Cards

For many new collectors, the decision on what to collect is driven by one qualification: familiarity. With stunning images of familiar players in each pack, modern cards can quickly turn a fan into a collector. Conversely, vintage cards feature players that have been retired for decades who collectors may or may not have ever watched play. Vintage collectors lament about the seemingly overwhelming number of cards currently produced. The most popular modern stars may have hundreds of different cards produced each year across dozens of sets. For new collectors, vintage’s one saving grace may be the smaller range of cards to collect, as star players from vintage era have at most only a handful of cards each year due to a much smaller quantity of different sets being produced. No matter how you collect, however, it is likely you will want to have both eras represented in some form in your collection. If you’re looking to diversify your collection across different eras of hobby history, it is easy to learn about and expand your collecting horizons to include both modern and vintage cards.

How is Vintage defined?

‘Vintage cards’ is truly a catch-all term for all varieties of cards produced before 1980. Vintage cards are further divided into two segments, Pre-War and Post-War. There is no universally accepted turning point where vintage ends, but the consensus among collectors is that ‘vintage’ does not extend past the mid-1980s at the latest. The vintage label could be applied to everything from 1887 Allen & Ginter tobacco cards to nearly the first 30 years of Topps sets. What these decades of cards all have in common is their simplicity. There are no chromium cards, no relic cards, and no parallels. Sometimes, that simplicity is mistaken as ‘plainness’ by new collectors.

Pre-War cards, being the oldest of cards, can be particularly daunting to new collectors. Many modern collectors are used to cards being packed with information. While the backs of many pre-war cards feature full statistical information and more facts such as birthday and height, they are lacking many of the key elements of modern cards. Aspect of trading cards we consider essential today such as player name, position, team, and the rookie logo on the front may be absent. Many early cards and the most renowned cigarette cards, have minimal information. Take, for example, the famous (and monstrous) T206 set. The front of T206 cards shows a player’s last name alongside the team’s location and league. Flipping the card over reveals no further information. The entire reverse of T206 cards are simply advertisements for the cigarette brand.

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Research is definitely a prerequisite before jumping headfirst into building any type of vintage card collection. Time spent gaining knowledge of the set, player, and prices can go a long way when the decision to purchase a card is finally made. There is one more major aspect to consider that is not as prevalent as a concern compared to modern cards, and that is condition. Older vintage cards were produced before the secondary market for collectibles had truly taken shape, and were not always handled with the same care as modern cards. The vintage cards available on today’s secondary market are rarely pack fresh and will require careful inspection to evaluate their condition. To truly get the most out of vintage cards you must familiarize yourself to some degree with card grades and their parameters. You can skip having to judge raw cards’ condition for yourself if you stick to buying cards already evaluated and encapsulated by third party grading companies, although it still helps to know what condition each number on the grading scale signifies.

Another peculiarity of vintage cards is their sizing. Tobacco cards are the size of minis you might find in modern Topps Allen & Ginter releases, with the latter intended to replicate the former as a tribute to the hobby’s history. Vintage Goudey cards are almost square. In some cases, the cards are not even cardboard at all. Silks and B18 Felt Blankets are largely grouped with vintage cards and can often be found in a vintage card dealer’s display case. There are even 19th century postcards and trade cards depicting baseball players which can also be considered as vintage cards.

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Topps, Upper Deck, and Panini are known today for producing cards, but trading cards were originally manufactured to accompany different products before spawning an industry of their own. Tobacco cards were included in packs of tobacco to keep packs stiff and help the cigarettes maintain their shape. The card’s popularity among children was soon recognized by another industry and cards were included with a number of food items, including crackerjacks and caramel candy. Cards would be forever ingrained in popular culture with a different candy: gum. The first major gum set to include cards was the Boston-based Goudey during the 1930s. Following Goudey’s lead, Philadelphia’s Gum Inc. issued their baseball card set ‘Play Ball.’ Gum Inc. was renamed to Bowman after World War II, and in 1951 Topps Chewing Gum would produce their first baseball card set.

Post-War Vintage

In the Post-War era, company names recognizable to collectors today emerged. Topps and Bowman battled each other by putting increasing amounts of priority towards their baseball card sets. The two companies battled for player rights among themselves for decades, at times monopolizing the industry. Topps and Bowman also created football sets. Bowman created basketball cards only in 1948. Topps then created a basketball set for one year as well in 1957 before returning to the sport in 1961 and again stopping production in 1980. Hockey cards started being produced on a large scale by Parkhurst in 1951, Topps followed in 1954. Both continued hockey card production relatively thoroughly for a number of years, but hockey is recognized as a much smaller market, comparatively.

For the majority of this period, each company produced one set. Most players would have only one card unless they were also denoted on as a League Leader. For decades, this is how cards continued to be produced, without many changes. Each year, one set featuring one card was produced by one company. Topps long had a monopoly on the ability to produce baseball cards. The resolution of a six-year legal battle culminated in 1980 with the dissipation of Topps’ monopoly on baseball cards. The end of the monopoly is often used by collectors to mark the end of the vintage era.

Entering the Modern Era

Donruss and Fleer would begin producing baseball cards alongside Topps in 1981. The 1980s saw a steady rise in the popularity of sports cards before collecting popularity exploded by the end of the decade. Two different monthly magazines devoted to tracking the ever-changing values of cards were started in 1984. Sports cards were clearly beginning to enter the public consciousness in a way they never had before.

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Upper Deck began producing sports cards in 1989 and immediately hit a home run. Card #1 in Upper Deck’s inaugural release, depicting then-rookie Ken Griffey Jr., is one of the most iconic cards of all-time. 1989 also saw the re-introduction of Bowman-branded cards, now being produced by Topps and focusing on younger players. As more sports card companies emerged in the 1990s, manufacturers looked to separate themselves from new competition by creating a number of sets beyond their main releases. These non-flagship sets were produced with quality in mind, and their price-point reflected that.

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By the end of the 1990s, it was clear that card collecting had firmly entered a new era. High-priced packs could be opened to reveal shiny cards or autographs. Collectors opened packs hoping to find a serial-numbered card. The onslaught of cards being produced by an ever-increasing amount of manufacturers was inevitably leading to overproduction. The 1994 MLB Players strike had an adverse effect on baseball’s popularity and was an even greater detriment to collecting. While the home run chases and big bats of the Steroid Era would bring back some viewers, card collecting had stagnated overall.

With the exception of a notable handful of key rookie cards, most cards from the mid-80 to 90s are not particularly valued in the hobby due to overproduction. This time period is often referred to as the “Junk Wax Era” within the hobby. It is likely someone you know still has a large box in a closet or basement still filled with sealed packs and boxes from this time waiting to cash-in. Unless there are any notable basketball sets, unfortunately nearly all base cards from this era are not worth the ink that was used to print them.

Topps would soon have their monopoly reinstated and a large number of other card producers disappeared. Topps continued to produce a growing-number of sets under both the Topps and Bowman brand names. Upper Deck stopped producing baseball cards in 2010 after losing their license to use MLB logos and team names. In 2011, Panini decided to produce baseball cards to rival Topps. Despite being barred from being able to use official MLB team names or logos on their cards, Panini has rolled out more baseball card products of their own to compete with Topps over the past decade, including baseball versions of Prizm and Optic.

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Today’s Cards

For nearly all of collecting history, the most valuable cards have been the oldest cards, most notably the famed T206 Honus Wagner. Along with other important examples such as the T206 Eddie Plank and 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, vintage cards had a firm hold on the high-end card market. Over-production and preservation of cards released since the 1980s made it very difficult to even sniff the price tag of vintage cards. As the modern hobby switched its focus to high-end and purposefully short-printed cards, this tiny supply forces prices to spike sharply. The high-end modern sports card market is especially dominated by rookie cards, so much so that rising rookie prices have in turn driven up prices for top players’ second-year cards.

The most valuable modern cards today are only the most limited. The current most valuable modern card, a 2009 Mike Trout Bowman Draft Picks Chrome Prospects Superfractor is a 1 of 1 parallel, unique with no other equivalent. Trout’s basketball counterpart is the LeBron James 2003-04 Exquisite Collection Rookie Parallel featuring both a jersey patch piece and an autograph is serial-number to only 23.

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Grading is an increasingly important factor in today’s market for both vintage and modern cards. While it is easy to see why vintage cards are good candidates to be graded to both confirm their authenticity and preserve their condition for the future, a large number of modern cards are also sent to grading. The benefit of grading a modern card is that it offers heavy-duty protection to the card and provides confidence and a fair assessment to both the owner and any potential trading partners. Even modern cards carefully pulled from fresh packs are far from a guarantee to receive a Gem Mint grade.

There are certain aspects of a card’s conditions which influence a third-party grade that the card’s owner has no control over. Aspects such as the card’s centering or any corner or edge damage coming straight out of the pack are examples of this. Collectors can avoid any condition risks by buying cards that have already been third-party graded. Like it or not, for any ultra high-end card today to even have a chance at a record-setting price, it would need to be graded by a major third-party grading company. Many collectors can point out flaws in any company’s grading process, but graded cards are here to stay and will likely only become more prevalent in the hobby.

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State of the Hobby

2020 was an incredible year for sports cards and showcased many new trends within the hobby. Baseball has for many decades been the belle of the ball, but basketball cards sold at record-pace to the many new collectors entering the hobby last year. Soccer cards finally got more of the attention they deserve, with their popularity within the hobby slowly catching up to the sport’s worldwide dominance. Outside of the sports world, Pokémon cards were championed by a number of celebrities.

The hobby is as diverse as it has ever been, both in terms of the cards being produced and in the population of collectors themselves. With everyone enjoying the hobby in their own way, it seems that there could be sustainable growth for this industry. There are many reasons to be hopeful for the future and confident we are not repeating the bubble of 30 years ago.

COMC looks forward to being a part of the hobby’s bright future with you. 

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About the Author:

Matthew is a COMC Customer Service team member and lifelong baseball card collector. In addition to collecting cards, he enjoys writing about their history and the current market as well as Flipping on COMC. His personal collection boasts cards of his hometown Boston Red Sox and vintage Boston Braves.

Are You Ready for Some Football?

The NFL Playoffs are rushing towards this year’s Super Bowl, with the Conference Championship games taking place this Sunday. The NFC Conference Championship will see Buccaneers QB Tom Brady appear in his 9th conference championship game in the last 10 years, having now played in 14 conference championship games in his 21-year career. His opponent will be the #1 seed Green Bay Packers led by QB Aaron Rodgers, who many experts expect to win the MVP award this season. A snowy Sunday forecast for Lambeau Field should create an incredible atmosphere for this epic matchup of two great quarterbacks.

For the second season in a row, the AFC conference championship will feature the Kansas City Chiefs, who had another dominant season following their Super Bowl victory last year. They’ll take on Josh Allen and the rising Buffalo Bills in what will be the Bills’ first conference title game appearance since 1994.

Who will hoist the Lombardi trophy as victors of Super Bowl LV? We will have to wait a few more weeks to see, but it has already been a truly incredible NFL season.

The Season that Almost Wasn’t

As with most professional sports in 2020, the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic created uncertainty surrounding the NFL season. The NFL developed a plan to isolate coaches, players, and staff in hopes of preventing the spread of COVID. Although all of the preseason games were cancelled, the NFL kicked off a full 16 game regular season on September 10th.

The NFL was able to design the season with proper flexibility to move games to alternate dates and days of the week, or even switch teams that would play in the event of COVID spikes. After a 19-week season, and a total of 256 regular-season games on the schedule, the NFL managed to play all 256 games.

Several Teams Find New Homes

The 2020 season marked the Raiders’ debut in Las Vegas after spending the past 22 years in Oakland. The Raiders franchise is no stranger to moving and changing cities. After making their debut in 1960, the Raiders called Oakland home for 22 seasons before moving to Los Angeles in 1982. The team would then return to the Bay Area in 1995 and remain there until their move to Las Vegas this season, the third move in franchise history! The Raiders’ new home in Las Vegas is Allegiant Stadium, which opened this fall.

Two teams which moved to Los Angeles in recent history also settled into their new home this season. 2020 was the inaugural season for SoFi Stadium, the home for both the Chargers and Rams in Inglewood, CA. COVID restrictions in California prevented attendance at SoFi Stadium this season, so we will have to wait to see the 70,240 seat stadium filled with fans.

It’s All in a Name Change

After many years of debate, NFL owner Dan Snyder dropped the Redskins name and imagery from his franchise in July 2020. Although there was a plan to announce a new team name and mascot before the season began, the re-branding timeline was pushed into the future and the team will be renamed at a later date. For the 2020 season, they’d be known as the Washington Football Team. The first official Washington Football Team trading cards appeared in some of the 2020 football products, including Prizm.

Top Quarterbacks Change Teams

Another storyline which made the 2020 season special was that some of the NFL’s most well-known quarterbacks found new homes.

After 20 years with the New England Patriots, Tom Brady became a free agent and found a new home with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, or “Tompa Bay” as their fans would soon say. Brady largely lived up to the hype and led the Bucs to the playoffs this year for the first time since 2007.

Tom Brady’s departure left a big question mark at QB for the Patriots: who would Belichick choose as Brady’s successor? The Patriots sent shockwaves through the football world by signing 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton, a former #1 overall draft pick and the longtime QB for the Carolina Panthers. The hobby’s reaction to the news reflected excitement and optimism for Cam to succeed with the Patriots, and his football cards were rapidly bought and sold in the hours following the news. Although Newton showed flashes of his former greatness, the Patriots ultimately finished at 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

After mutually agreeing to part ways with the Chargers franchise after 16 seasons, Philip Rivers found a new home with the Indianapolis Colts, leading them to the playoffs with a wildcard berth this season. This would be his final NFL season, as Rivers announced his retirement from pro football on January 20th.

Quarterbacks Rule the Game

Some of the game’s younger quarterback are quickly becoming faces of the NFL. One of those is Patrick Mahomes, who has already won an MVP award and a Super Bowl in his first four seasons. Putting up another brilliant season, Mahomes has the Kansas City Chiefs poised to make a run at back to back Super Bowl victories.

Several other young QBs are taking their place in the spotlight too. The Bills’ Josh Allen and the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson each led their teams to the playoffs, and 2019 #1 overall draft pick Kyler Murray showed signs of growth in his second year with the Cardinals.

The 2020 NFL Draft featured a trio of talented young quarterbacks in the top 10 picks. #1 overall draft pick Joe Burrow was Cincinnati’s starting quarterback from the beginning of the season, but unfortunately suffered a season ending injury in Week 11. #5 overall pick Tua Tagovailoa showed his potential to be a future franchise quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. The early favorite of the 2020 rookie QB class, however, was the player taken one pick after Tua, the Chargers’ #6 overall pick Justin Herbert. He broke Carson Wentz’s 2016 NFL Rookie record for the most completions this season, and passed for a near-record of 4,336 yards and 31 touchdowns in his rookie campaign.

Don’t Miss COMC’s Football Finale Auction Event

Football card collectors, don’t miss COMC’s eBay Homepage Auctions Event January 25th – 31st. Building up to this year’s Super Bowl, this “Football Finale” Auction Event will place a special focus on modern football cards and is the perfect opportunity to find high-end football cards to add to your collections and portfolios.

While the eBay homepage the promotion will be focused on football cards, COMC Auctions lists new 7-day, $0.99 auctions across all major sports every night from 5-9pm PST. Shop auctions ending soon here! And with a COMC account, you can transfer your auction wins from COMC’s eBay store directly into your COMC account to ship later or try to flip. Link your COMC and eBay accounts today at COMC.com/Manage/AuctionsWon to take advantage of this incredible feature of COMC!

Whether you have hot football cards of your own, 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 COMC, and get started selling with us at COMC.com/sell

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.

Should I Get My Cards Graded?

“To grade, or not to grade?” This is a question which many collectors found themselves asking more and more as the trading card market reached new heights in 2020. Most collectors have their own preference for ungraded (“raw”) or graded cards when it comes to their own personal collection, but might be new to the process of sending cards off for grading themselves. Submitting your cards for grading will require research, money, and patience, but could ultimately result in profit and peace of mind for you.

Let’s examine some of the important pros and cons of getting your trading cards graded.

Why you should get your cards graded 

Protecting Your Investments

Graded cards hold up much better over time than a standard raw card. If you want to invest in a player that you believe in, grading their cards is an excellent way to protect your investment for the long haul. Raw or poorly-protected cards can get lost or damaged over time, but grading them can help preserve their condition and value.

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Prospecting

It’s a great idea to get cards graded of some of your favorite rookies or prospects. If you think they’re going to become a superstar later in their career, getting their cards graded early on could prove to be very lucrative in the long run. By the time the players are in their prime, you’ll already have graded copies of their cards in hand and ready to sell with confidence.

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Maximizes Value

Simply put: the higher the grade, the better it sells! If you pull a low numbered parallel of one of the game’s hottest players, that’s great. Getting it graded and having it come back as a 9.5 or 10 is even better. Many buyers are willing to pay steep premiums for high-grade copies of certain cards, creating opportunities for value creation if you have a good eye for gem mint raw cards.

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Less Guesswork

Grading a card provides you with an expert valuation of its condition, which is extremely beneficial whether you intend to sell or hold the card. Buyers who are particularly selective about the condition of raw cards know exactly what they’re getting with a graded card, saving you the headaches of condition-related returns claims.

Even if you have no intentions of selling the card, having it graded will help you establish its value and authenticity for your own collection.

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Ultimate Protection

There is no better form of protection for a card than a graded slab. The slabs themselves are very difficult to damage, and you won’t have to worry about the safety of the card inside. While a scratched or chipped slab might negatively affect the value, it takes a lot to damage graded slabs as long as you are careful handling, storing, and shipping them.

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Authentication

If you have after-market autographed cards from TTM or in-person signings, major grading companies can offer an extra sense of security that the autograph on the card is authentic. Authenticity can also be a concern for vintage cards, and getting them graded will establish that they are not counterfeit or altered.

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Online Certification Database

When your card gets graded, it gets added to the grading company’s database and assigned its own certification number. This certification number could help identify your card if it were to ever be stolen, which can be especially valuable for vintage or otherwise unnumbered cards.

Why you shouldn’t get cards graded 

Quick Flips

If you want to make quick cash, forgo grading and sell your cards raw. As the trading card industry boomed amidst the pandemic, turnaround times at most major grading companies became much slower than expected and are still in flux today. Given how volatile the trading card market can be, your cards’ value will likely change during the time they are going through the grading process. For leading grading companies’ standard services, many collectors have been waiting for more than six months to receive their cards back. If you’re looking to sell your card in the short term, think carefully before sending away for grading unless you are using one of the fastest turnaround services.

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It’s Expensive!

While some grading companies offer services starting at $10 per card, these low-price services come with longer turnarounds and certain maximum value restrictions. Grading in bulk or using more premium grading services comes with substantial upfront costs, never mind the opportunity cost associated with sending the cards away. Beyond the grading fees themselves, you must consider all of the costs of getting the cards to the grading company in the first place. Unless you have the opportunity to drop the cards of for grading in-person, this will include supplies, postage, and insurance for your shipment. So, if you’re going to get your cards graded, you better be sure they’re going to be worth the investment. 

They Can’t All Be Perfect Tens

Receiving high grades can add value to your cards, but for some modern cards any grade less than “Gem Mint” 9.5 or 10 could result in the loss of value. A card which might seem to be a Perfect 10 to the untrained eye could still have flaws, resulting in disappointment when it comes back with a less than mint grade. Even the adage of cards being gem mint fresh out of the pack isn’t always the case. Before you develop your own eye for Gem Mint Tens, consider seeking a second opinion on the condition of your cards before submitting them for grading. Another risk which must be considered is that your cards will be damaged or lost in the process, so be sure to ship them to the grading company with the utmost care.

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Storage

Graded cards can be hard to store compared to raw 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ cards which can be easily preserved in widely-available nine-pocket pages and cardboard boxes. Some collectors will invest in custom boxes, containers, or even display cases to keep all their graded cards together, but those can be expensive and take up a lot of space in your home.  

Low Value Cards

If you’re considering grading low-end cards, you should carefully evaluate whether its even worthwhile based on recently sold listings and overall demand for the card. In many cases with base and widely produced cards, there are enough cheap raw options available where sellers would probably end up losing money on a lot of what they sent away to get graded. 

One of Ones

There has been much debate within the hobby about whether or not one of ones are worth grading. Some collectors would argue that the only time you should ever get a one of one graded is if you’re 100% sure you’re going to get a 10. After all, why go to the trouble of grading a one of one when there’s no other copy out there in better condition than yours? Conversely, grading can help establish a card’s authenticity as a true one-of-one.

We hope this blog provided you with some informative pros and cons about grading your trading cards. When considering grading your cards, remember to ask yourself “Is this worth the risk?” Good luck!

COMC.com accepts consignments of cards from many of the leading grading companies, including PSA, BGS, and SGC. To see the full list of grading companies whose cards we accept for consignment, visit this link. COMC also offers a Condition Review service, where 2-3 people independently look at the physical item and determine the condition rating. To learn more about COMC Condition Review, visit COMC.com/grading.

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About the Author:

Roman Tomashoff is a Senior Trading Card Specialist at COMC. Prior to working at COMC, Roman worked in the sports department at the Everett Daily Herald newspaper. He’s a big fan of baseball, football, and basketball, the proud dad of two dogs, and he’s been collecting cards his whole life. His personal collection includes a wide array of Boston Red Sox, Washington Huskies, and New England Patriots cards.