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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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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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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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! 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

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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.

Sports Highlights & How They Affected the Trading Card Hobby in 2020

2020 has been full of surprises that no one, not a single one of us, has ever asked for.

Every year typically has a few defining moments, but this past year has contained so many world-changing, paradigm-shifting developments that it’s getting hard to believe we’re not in a simulation that’s running every possible scenario at once.

Against the backdrop of the global Coronavirus pandemic, the events of 2020 brought new challenges no one was prepared for, changing the way we live and how we connect with each other. 

This year has taken many things from us — birthday celebrations, live concerts, and simply hugging the people we love. But COVID-19 cannot take our love of trading cards.

It can be said that 2020 was the year of the trading card hobby boomed during a pandemic. It was a year that saw wax and online exclusives from trading card manufacturers sell out instantly, and retail card aisle shelves empty shortly after each restock. 2020 also saw the hobby embrace purchasing fractional shares of trading cards, giving collectors a vehicle by which they could own a part of a trading card grail they could never own otherwise.

In many ways, this year saw more growth in the trading card hobby than any year before. Even the boom of the junk wax era of the mid-80s and 90s could not hold a candle to the explosion that we witnessed this year. There were many events that helped drive that increased interest in the hobby this year: some from the sports world, others from hobby influencers, and others born out of tragedy. This is a look back at all of those events, and how they shaped the biggest trading card boom ever.

Kobe Bryant’s Death

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2020 started off with what can be described as a national tragedy. On the cold winter morning of January 26th, the devastating news began to spread that NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, along with his oldest daughter Gianna, several of her teammates, coaches, and friends, had all perished in a helicopter crash just outside of Los Angeles, California. 

Sports fans began to flock to anything that helped them to connect to Kobe, including his basketball cards. Kobe’s legacy lives on through the fans he inspired, and he will be officially inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in May 2021.

The Last Dance Effect

As winter turned to spring, so did the attention of the sports world to another NBA icon. In ESPN’s documentary series “The Last Dance”, basketball fans got a closer look at Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ 1997-98 NBA championship team.

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Originally scheduled to premiere in Summer 2020, ESPN made the decision to move up the premiere of the series to April in light of the pandemic. It provided a way for sports fans to re-live one of the greatest championship runs in sports history during a time when the return of live sports was still taking shape.

Michael Jordan was already an icon within the sports card hobby. His 1986 Fleer rookie card is considered by many collectors as one of the holy grails of the hobby. The Last Dance fueled even more interest in his legacy, leading to unprecedented all-time highs in his cards’ values.

Zion-Mania Takes Off

Looking to basketball’s future stars, “Zion-mania” had the hobby in overdrive chasing rookie cards this year. Zion Williamson, the New Orleans Pelicans’ #1 overall pick out of Duke, may have had the most highly hyped and sought-after basketball rookie cards since LeBron James. The chance of pulling red-hot Zion rookies sent unopened wax of the newest releases into never before seen heights.

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Zion was just one of many talented rookies in a 2019-20 class which also featured Ja Morant and Tyler Herro. All of a sudden, collectors and flippers alike were buying up hangers, blasters, hobby boxes, and more in the hopes of pulling the next hot rookie they could flip for profit. It drove the prices and demand for new releases sky high and left many collectors wondering if they would be able to even find or buy any basketball card products at retail prices again.

Panini Mosaic Emerges

Another factor driving the basketball trading card fever was Panini revamping Mosaic Prizm to a wider release as the standalone Mosaic product. Mosaic Prizm Basketball had been released as a limited-edition online product since the 2016-17 season. The re-configured 2019-20 release of Mosaic Basketball brought a new spin on the product to a much larger audience, including blasters and hanger packs which flew off of retail shelves.

Panini followed up the success of the new Mosaic Basketball with 2020 Panini Mosaic Football. The fervor for this product was driven by the rookie cards of three quarterbacks: Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert. Just as with Mosaic Basketball, the product was impossible for many collectors to find on retail shelves.

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The Ups & Downs of Topps Project 2020

Even as plans for a 2020 MLB season were still up in the air, Topps ignited the market for baseball cards with its Project 2020 set. Partnering with some of the best-known modern artists from around the world, Topps had created a way to marry the cutting edge of art and design with classic baseball cards.

Topps picked 20 of its most iconic cards and had each of the 20 artists chosen for the project recreate them in their own style. Two new cards were released each week and were only available for a 48-hour period on Topps’ website. Topps would print as many of the cards as customers’ ordered, and the initial print runs hovered around ~2,000 copies of each card.

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What started off with little to no fanfare would grow to become one of the biggest stories of the hobby this year. As the hobby began to take more notice of Project 2020, collectors sought after the initial card releases such as the Ben Baller Ichiro and Ermsy Trout. Cards that were originally sold through Topps website for $19.99 were being sold for hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars on the secondary market. Once collectors and flippers saw these incredible returns, they started ordering more and more of the newest releases directly from Topps, pushing the print runs from less than two thousand to tens of thousands of copies. Project 2020 saw its peak print run with Keith Shore’s version of the 1989 Topps Ken Griffey Jr. rookie: 99,177 copies!

Those elevated print runs would ultimately be the downfall of Project 2020. As flippers bought more cards, the scarcity of the cards evaporated, and so did the profits. Project 2020 officially wrapped up in December 2020 and has left the hobby community with many valuable lessons and exciting questions. Will we see more on-demand card releases in the years to come, and will the hobby continue to cross over into art and culture?

Baseball is Back…Maybe

Although it is hard to remember, traditional spring training was just getting started in February prior to the impact of the pandemic. Players began to gather at their teams’ spring training locations, all while keeping a close eye on the news about COVID-19, and wondering if their season would happen at all.

This year’s baseball season came with a lot of hype, and high expectations for several young budding superstars. All eyes were on Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. following his fantastic sophomore season in 2019. Baseball fans and sports cards collectors everywhere were ready for him to have truly superstar season.

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Collectors’ eyes were also on two potential future superstars in the Nationals’ Juan Soto and the Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. Soto’s 2019 season ended with a World Series win for Washington, and Tatis Jr.’s rookie season in 2019 had many collectors seeing flashes of a player who could become one of the game’s biggest and brightest future stars.

The interest in all three players had collectors scooping up 2020 Topps Series 1 cards as fast as Topps could print them, in search of both these superstars and the next wave of talented rookies. The hype heading into the 2020 season also saw an explosion in collectors chasing any high-grade versions of superstars’ cards. From autographed cards, relics, and more, collectors could not get enough of baseball’s superstars.

2020 also saw a continuation of a hobby trend that picked up speed in 2019. More and more collectors were paying top dollar for high-grade cards of the hottest superstars across all sports that were not the players’ traditional rookie card. Before in the hobby, collectors were only willing to pay top dollar for players rookie cards, but now collectors were willing to pay big bucks for top graded cards of players second, third, fifth, eighth-year cards, and more. 

Love for Panini Prizm Continues to Grow

2020 also saw the continuation of the trend of collectors flocking to a player’s first Panini Prizm card as well. The love for Panini Prizm cards is no secret in our hobby. Collectors have the yearly Prizm releases for individual sports marked on their calendars. The chase for players’ Prizm rookie cards became increasingly competitive both upon release and in the secondary market, leading to desolate retail shelves shortly after each restock and rising online sales activity and prices.

Another important trend was the chase for veteran players’ first Prizm card with a specific team. An example is card #129 in 2019-20 Prizm, which is LeBron James’ first Prizm card picturing him in his Lakers uniform. Though the card is from LeBron’s 17th season at the time, high-grade parallels of that card have sold for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. This led collectors to chase other superstars’ first Prizm releases such as the 2014 Prizm World Cup soccer cards of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s a trend that exploded in 2020 and could grow into 2021.

Soccer Cards Surge

Speaking of soccer, or as our friends around the world would say “football”, no other sport experienced the level of exponential growth that soccer cards did this year in the hobby. Prior to 2020, soccer had been considered a distant 5th place among the most popular sport among collectors, but this status quo has been disrupted.

Thanks to several young stars and 2022 World Cup hopefuls, the fervor for soccer cards took the hobby by storm this year. Young superstars Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, and Jadon Sancho each set the soccer card world on fire as collectors worldwide chased after the limited quantities of their cards available. American players such as Christian Pulisic, Giovanni Reyna, and Weston McKennie impressed fans as international competition resumed, fueling excitement for soccer’s future in the United States.

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As 2020 comes to a close, soccer cards are argued by some to have passed hockey cards as the fourth most popular sport in the hobby this year. With the next World Cup looming in 2022, the surge in soccer card sales likely isn’t stopping anytime soon.

Pokémon’s Return to the Spotlight

Talking about growth in the hobby this year, raise your hand if you foresaw the unprecedented growth and resurgence of Pokémon cards? It seems like every day a Pokémon card is selling at a new record price thanks to celebrities continuing to showcase their high-grade collections.

Recent Pokémon releases featured stunning full-art and holographic cards of Charizard, and collectors chased after increasingly rare sealed boxes and packs of the original Wizards of the Coast releases. As the saying goes, “everything old is new again,” and this could never be truer than for Pokémon cards in 2020.

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Collectors who were captivated by the original cards as children are now in their twenties and thirties, and are paying top dollar to “catch them all” decades later. If you still have a Pokémon collection from your childhood, you should check to see if you have some of the iconic cards driving the Pokémon market, such as holographic Charizards and the elusive Gold Star rares from the EX series.

Chasin’ Jasson

As with every year, collectors are always seeking and hunting for the next big thing in the sports card world. 2020 was no different, with this year’s future star card chase revolving around one of baseball’s biggest prospects in Jasson Dominguez.

Collectors had good reason to be excited about Dominguez. He’s a power-hitting outfield prospect for the Yankees, one of baseball’s most popular and perennially competitive teams. At the time of 2020 Bowman’s release he had just turned 17 years old and had yet to appear in a professional game, but scouts were reporting a bright future and high ceiling.

His 2020 1st Bowman Chrome card and its autographed parallels became must-have baseball cards upon release. As collectors pulled more of the cards and got them graded, the prices only continued to rise, with some of his high-grade cards selling for five figures at their peak.

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Without a minor league season in 2020, we have still yet to see if Dominguez’s hype will translate to on-field success. Although he’s likely a few seasons away from his major league debut in the Bronx, his minor league debut in 2021 is anxiously anticipated by card collectors.

Balling in a Bubble

In an effort to complete the 2019-20 NBA season that was put on hold earlier in the spring, the NBA decided to resume play in July for a shortened finish to the regular season in a “bubble” in Orlando, Florida. The games were played in one location to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

There were 22 teams that were invited to the bubble: the 16 teams in playoff position and the six teams within six games of playoff position. With less active teams and higher stakes games, there was a mad dash to buy and flip any and all players that performed well in the bubble, with surprise breakouts including Bol Bol and T.J. Warren.

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All in all, the NBA Bubble created the perfect storm for collectors during a pandemic and exemplified just how volatile the trading card hobby has become. With little to no other sports to distract collectors, all of the hobby focus was on the bubble games.

We Finally Got a Shortened Baseball Season

Last but not least on our 2020 hobby journey is the MLB Playoffs and the World Series. Much like the NBA, Major League Baseball decided to play the World Series from one location and showcased the Rangers’ brand new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Compared to the NBA Bubble, the MLB Playoffs were fairly quiet amongst collectors. Even with superstars such as Mookie Betts, Fernando Tatis Jr, and Ronald Acuña Jr. in the pennant races, collectors were less engaged game to game. That was until rookie right fielder Randy Arozarena broke out for the Rays in the American League Division Championship Series.

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Randy had a fairly quiet regular season, but he would leave an everlasting mark on the playoffs and the World Series. He would set the record for the most hits, total bases and home runs in a single postseason run. After his ALDS breakout to help the Rays get past the Yankees, the hobby was clamoring for his cards.

Since Arozarena had been so under the radar, very few of his cards had been graded and those that had been became like gold to collectors. He was featured in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform in both 2020 Topps Series 1 and 2020 Chrome, so the few cards of him in a Rays uniform at that point were also sought after.

Thanks in large part to Randy’s record-setting performance and late-game heroics, the Rays were able to stretch the heavily favored Los Angeles Dodgers to a sixth World Series game, before eventually losing as the Dodgers finally captured their first World Series since 1988.

It will be interesting to watch Arozarena’s sophomore performance this coming season and see the hobby’s reaction. Was his 2020 postseason dominance lightning in a bottle, or the beginning of a great career?

What a Year 2020 Proved to Be

So how do we sum up 2020, what has been the strangest year in all of our lives, when it comes to the trading card hobby? It was first and foremost a year of tremendous growth for the hobby. Some say the hobby grew by 3 times, 5 times, and even 10 times in size this year. 2020 was the year with more active collectors than ever before engaging in the hobby. Some of these new entrants were true rookies to the hobby, while others returned to the hobby after years or even decades away from cards.

This year saw the hobby make the news again in print, on the airwaves, and across the internet. Newspapers, magazines, and more media outlets excitedly reported the hobby’s phenomenal growth amidst the pandemic. The hobby received TV coverage on ESPN and cable business news channels as well. As cards become mentioned more and more alongside stocks and other tangible investments, the great debate amongst hobbyists continues as to whether or not trading cards are true investments.

If 2020 left us with anything, it left us knowing that our hobby is stronger than ever. The passion collectors have for the hobby was on full display this year. We are all the caretakers of this hobby we love and enjoy. Let us remember to take care of it, take care of each other, and together we will enjoy this hobby for many more years to come. 

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.

Best of 2020 Pokémon

It’s no news that Pokémon saw an incredible resurgence in popularity in 2020’s trading card market. Everyone got in on the action, including celebrities and entertainers such as Steve Aoki, Logic, and Logan Paul. Across social media and streaming platforms, live content and “box-breaks” took off allowing collectors the opportunity to watch and buy into live Pokémon breaks.

So, what’s next in the world of Pokémon? I’m going to explore some key 2020 sales, highlight products to look out for, and suggest some unique opportunities for your collection. I’d love to hear from you (I’m @laurrrrmeow on Instagram) if you need advice on your collection, or come across any newly discovered Charizards!

2020’s Biggest Sales


At a record-breaking $233,244, the Pikachu Illustrator card broke the internet and went down in history as one of the most important single Pokémon sales ever. The Pikachu Illustrator card is incredibly rare, as it was given out as a prize only to winners of a 1998 illustration contest. It is estimated that only 20-39 of these exist in the world and even fewer that remain in PSA-high grade condition.


The OG for most collectors is Pokémon’s inaugural 1999 Base Set. Base Set soared as collectors and entertainers chased after increasingly-rare sealed products, with 1st Edition Sealed Booster Boxes leading the way, now commanding at least $300,000 in the open market. With the growing popularity of community box breaks, the 1st Edition Base Set product is becoming incredibly scarce in sealed format, fueling explosive price growth. If the trend of “unboxing” continues, the supply will continue to run thin on early-era Pokémon sealed products.

Pokémon Cards to Watch


There is no denying Charizard is one of the only Pokémon to hold value and interest no matter what era or set it comes from. The holy grail is the 1999 Base Set First Edition Shadowless Holo which sells for upwards of $25k based on its condition. More than 20 years later, the big guy has the hobby on fire (no pun intended) making a popular appearance in

Champion’s Path, which can barely stay in stock in retail locations. If you’re lucky, you can find a Champion’s Path Elite Trainer box at retail ($50) on the shelves at your local Target or Walmart giving you a chance to pull one of these fiery beasts. There are many key Charizard cards from over the years, so it’s important to research their differences in rarity and value. You can’t go wrong collecting Charizard as you will always find new opportunities to add to your collection.


I purchased a 1st edition Jungle Pikachu in a PSA 10 on October 12th for just under $500. On October 18th, it sold at auction for $950. It almost doubled in price in under a week. Now with any dramatic price increase, you should think carefully about what the price reflects. From being Ash’s starting Pokémon in the anime to starring in the Detective Pikachu movie, Pikachu is iconic and a natural starting point for collectors entering the market. As the 1st Edition Base Set Pikachu starts to become too expensive for most collectors, they will look towards other desirable Pikachu cards. 1st Edition Jungle is one example, but there are a lot of incredibly fun Pikachu promo cards and holo releases.


Promo cards are a major part of Pokémon, with the majority being Japanese-exclusive. Some promo cards (like the Illustrator) tend to be very exclusive due to the fact that they are produced in limited quantities for special events, sometimes unavailable to the general public.

Japanese Promo cards have been causing quite a stir in 2020. I recently purchased the Lillie & Clefairy Pokémon Dream League Promo back in September for $25 and we’re seeing bids at Auction already for $120 in PSA 10. Another Promo Card released this year was the Eevee Futsal, only available in the UK. This exclusive card was only given out if you were a registered Club team for The FA Pokémon Youth Futsal Programme. These cards are already seeing strong price growth, and word on the street is that the Pikachu Futsal promo card is next to be released!

Another hot promo this year was the Special Delivery Pikachu card, and it was FREE. If you follow me on Instagram (@laurrrrmeow), you know I gave early access and details on how to snag one via my story. If you didn’t catch it, stay tuned as I release promos and special deals on a daily basis. Charizard is next and it’s going to break the internet. Believe it or not, this promo was absolutely free with any purchase over $20 on, but you had to know where to look. The card was under a “hidden category” and quickly went out of stock as soon as word got out. If you were lucky enough to get one, consider holding on to it. This free card is now selling on eBay for $130 raw and the scarcity of the card could drive the price up well into the new year. The free bundle also came with a Pikachu Christmas ornament. Check it out below.

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If you can get your hands-on sealed products from early-era Pokémon in 2020, you have gold! Some sealed products to consider investing in are Japanese Base Set Starter Decks (did you know you get a random holo in each one?!) and older sets (depending on your price range). The newer products to look out for are Hidden Fates and Champion’s Path, and the exciting new Vivid Voltage.

My number one tip whether you’re just starting to invest in Pokémon, or you’re expanding on your personal collection, is to collect what you love, and not just buy what’s popular. No matter what is happening in the market, it is important to consider what matters most to you as a collector. If you are investing in this market, start with cards or sealed products that have some level of rarity. Whether it’s 1st Edition Base graded cards or exclusive promos – it’s hard to go wrong. If you are just starting out or have a small budget, I would suggest entering the market gradually. Educate yourself on promo releases and try to build a unique collection. Build on that gradually, accumulate some binder pieces that mean something to you and keep your cards in mint condition. Pokémon is redefining the definitions of modern art and investing and 2021 is going to be another revolutionary year!

Do you collect Pokémon cards? Check out COMC’s selection of over 20,000 different Pokémon cards at If you’re looking to cash in on your collection, COMC actively accepts your Pokémon cards for consignment, including CGC graded cards! For more information about consigning trading cards with COMC, visit

About the Author
About the Author

Laura is a member of our customer service team at COMC, and is a long time sports and trading card investor with a passion for discovering and collecting some of the rarest Pokemon cards in the world. She is always on the hunt for sealed product, especially out of print Pokémon and non-sports cards. She enjoys participating in box breaks, auctions, and adding new cards to her personal collection daily. Follow her on Instagram (@laurrrrmeow) to see all of her latest finds!

eBay Homepage Auctions Event: The NBA is Back!

COMC Auctions headlining the eBay Homepage

August 10th – 16th!

Following the success of June’s eBay Auctions event, we are excited to announce that COMC Auctions will be featured on eBay’s homepage from August 10th – 16th. This is the perfect opportunity to greatly increase the visibility of your auction consignments!

The focus of this event will be basketball as the NBA resumes their 2019-20 season, but high-end trading cards from all sports and genres are welcome for this event! Premier League Soccer has resumed play, and the MLB is starting their 60 game season in July.

Items must be received by 7/31 to be eligible for this promotion.

Here’s everything you need to know about submitting your sports cards for maximum exposure in this event.

When and how to submit your cards:

COMC users have multiple options for submitting cards for this event. Whether you already have cards consigned with us which you’d like to auction off, or you are considering sending new cards specifically for this event, details and key dates are listed below:

Mail-In Submission Deadlines

Cards received 7/18 – 7/24 will END during the promotion
Cards received 7/25 – 7/31 will BEGIN during the promotion

To create a new mail-in auctions submission, visit “Start New Submission” in your COMC Account and select the “eBay Auction” processing service as shown below.

Transfer to Auction Deadlines

Cards submitted for transfer 7/17 – 7/23 will END during the promotion
Cards submitted for transfer 7/24 – 7/30 will BEGIN during the promotion

If you already have cards in your COMC Inventory Manager, you can send them to auction in just a few clicks. This includes cards you bought from other consignors on our site! Right click on “Actions” and then select “Send to Auction” to begin the auction transfer process.

Important Auctions Reminders

As you consider participating in this exciting auctions event, there are a few key reminders we’d like to share:

  • The minimum fee per auction, regardless of the final sale price, is $3.50. For the best possible experience, we do not recommend you submit cards to auction which will not reach a final sale price of $20 or more.
  • There are no cancellations once we receive your auction submission.

For more information about our auctions service, please refer to our Auctions and Auctions FAQ pages. We are so excited for you to participate in this promotion!

2020 Virtual Expo Recap Blog

The first ever Sport Card Expo: Virtual Edition is now in the books. We hoped that you enjoyed this past weekend’s expo as much as we did.  We want to thank everyone who stopped by COMC’s virtual booth! We tried to make it as interactive as possible with the virtual dice roll contest and the daily box breaks.  We’ll take this experience and we’ll make our future online convention appearances even better!

Without further adieu, here are the winners for our giveaways during the Virtual Expo!

Virtual Dice Roll Winners

ROLL A 3, 4, OR 5 – 2015 Leaf Executive Collection Walter Payton Autograph – joshpackham

ROLL A 6 OR 7 – 2017-18 Upper Deck #247 Brock Boeser RC – ThirstyWombat

ROLL AN 8 – 2017-18 Upper Deck #221 Alex DeBrincat RC – RodKish10

ROLL A 9 – 2016-17 UD Ice Frozen Fabrics Red #FF-JQ Jonathan Quick #03/20 – After5Sportscards

ROLL A 10 – 2014-15 Panini Paramount Penmanship #P-KW Kevin Willis #69/99 – mlo9813

ROLL A 11 – 2018-19 Upper Deck #499 Brady Tkachuk RC – nickwise10

ROLL A 12 – 2015-16 Fleer Showcase PMG Blue #MU-12 Mikko Rantanen #48/50 – marshdel

ROLL A 13 – 2016-17 Compendium Blue #900 Auston Matthews RC – legionitalia

ROLL A 14 OR 15 – 2017-18 Upper Deck #201 Nico Hischier RC – tylerg215

ROLL A 16, 17, OR 18 – 2016-17 MVP #364 Mitch Marner RC – DallasDamfit

To claim your prize, email with your name and username before 23:59:59 PDT August 21, 2020.  This email is strictly for use to handle trade show prize claims.  Any other customer service related issues must be sent to

Friday Box Break Results

Here are the results of from the Friday Box Break – Email before 23:59:59 July 4th, 2020 to claim your prize if you didn’t acknowledge us at the booth after the break.

The Walter Payton autograph won by COMC user joshpackam. Congrats Josh!

MichaelTBond (Predators) – 2019-20 UD Update #516 Jarnkrok

cws_cards (Blues) – 2019-20 UD Update #527 Walman; 2019-20 SPA Spectrum FX #S-75 Kostin

rseth11 (Maple Leafs) – 2019-20 SPA Authentic Winners #AW-MM Marner

LeighT89 (Senators) – 2019-20 SPA #233 Beaudin; 2019-20 SPA #156 Veronneau

capell73 (Canadiens) – 2019-20 SPA Red #73 Drouin; 2019-20 SPA #104 Price

joshpackham (Penguins) – 2019-20 SPA SOTT #SOTT-MU Murray; 2019-20 UD Update #517 Johnson

yideeman (Coyotes) – 2019-20 UD Update #511 Soderberg

2018Collects (Devils) – 2019-20 SPA Red #90 Subban

tonyt614 (Rangers) – 2019-20 SPA Red #33 Lundqvist; 2019-20 SPA #116 Lundqvist; 2019-20 UD Update #539 Lundqvist

Uppermaven19 (Oilers) – 2019-20 SPA Essentials #SPE-CM McDavid; 2019-20 SPA Essentials #SPE-LD Draisaitl

SportsCardCollector (Bruins) – 2019-20 SPA #101 Rask; 2019-20 SPA Spectrum FX #S-13 Marchand

No hits were awarded to the following – Apfox34 (Red Wings); sidneyk10 (Blackhawks); manzo96 (Lightning); ShiningSportsCards (Kings); CanadaWarehouse (Sabres); Bwcook (Flyers); ottoveltri (Avalanche); Fish4cards (Blue Jackets); legionitalia (Capitals); Mark2823 (Golden Knights); gostl (Panthers); flemingc04 (Jets); Gowzer7 (Sharks); teraden (Stars); anamorphic (Flames); bfitts (Hurricanes); tylerg215 (Canucks); kokos1000 (Islanders); allstarcollectors (Wild); simonkingstone (Ducks)

Saturday Box Break Results

Here are the results of from the Saturday Box Break – Email before 23:59:59 July 4th, 2020 to claim your prize if you didn’t acknowledge us at the booth after the break.

The Bobby Orr we pulled, which was randomized to lucky COMC user smk12335!

tylerg215 (Hurricanes) – 2019-20 SPA Spectrum FX #S-31 Teravainen

mint39 (Golden Knights) – 2019-20 UD Update #507 Stephenson

Joshcockeram (Sharks) – 2019-20 UD Update #523 Blichfeld

dirtybird2 (Lightning) – 2019-20 SPA #105 Stamkos

UhtredtheViking (Penguins) – 2019-20 SPA #102 Crosby; 2019-20 UD Update #542 Crosby; 2019-20 UD Update #536 Letang

dble_g2k (Blue Jackets) – 2019-20 SPA Red #2 Bjorkstrand

Mark2823 (Devils) – 2019-20 SPA #111 Hughes

After5Sportscards (Sabres) – 2019-20 UD Update #503 Ullmark2019-20 SPA Essentials #SPE-JE Eichel

smk12335 (Kings) – 2019-20 SPA Spectrum FX #S-46 Prokhorkin; 2019-20 SPA Red #49 Doughty; 2019-20 SPA Red #17 Quick

mclean_m (Ducks) – 2019-20 SPA Essentials #SPE-JG Gibson

VaTimmMan (Islanders) – 2019-20 SPA #193 Dobson

Flemingc04 (Capitals) – 2019-20 SPA Essentials #SPE-JC Carlson

No hits were awarded to the following – LeighT89 (Flyers); Camronn (Wild); Panterika (Flames); Costa1000 (Canadiens); Damfit (Canucks); Chrisrobertson99 (Rangers); gilly310 (Senators); RS2002 (Predators); ThirstyWombat (Blackhawks); Stevey (Stars); Hopeman0921 (Bruins); boris213z (Avalanche); SportsCardCollector (Coyotes); 2018Collects (Oilers); kokos1000 (Maple Leafs); benlottie (Panthers); vcarneiro (Blues); yideeman (Jets); Fletcher_hater (Red Wings)

Surprisingly, we pulled a 2017-18 SPA Great White North #GWN-BO Bobby Orr Certified Autograph Card out of the 2nd pack of the 2nd box.  With no team logo, we randomized 4X in honour of Mr. Orr among all 31 participants.  The lucky username was smk12335.  Congratulations!  We look forward to seeing you at the next show – either virtually or in-person.

Sport Card Expo Virtual Edition: COMC in Attendance!

COMC will be in attendance at the Sportcard Expo – Virtual Edition on June 19 & 20th. Thanks to the sponsors of the show, attendance is free! We will be answering questions you may have on how COMC can be part of your hobby experience. Due to internal system limitations, we will not be able to respond to specific account user questions.

Take Advantage of our Mailbox Service

Use our mailbox service to save time on shipping.  Expo sellers can send all of the cards sold to the COMC as one shipment.  Cards can be deposited into buyers’ accounts through the mailbox service.  Just have your buyers create a COMC account and label their purchases with that name.  This will allow buyers to piggyback their Expo purchases with COMC purchases for lower cost per item shipping with buyer protection. Buyers can request shipments to their COMC Mailbox accounts for the above reasons.  Read more about our mailbox service at

*Mailbox submissions sent to our US office will experience processing delays. Current Mailbox processing times begin when packages are opened.

Virtual Dice Game to Win Real Prices

A COMC member will roll die on account holder’s behalf for a chance to win prizes.  Winners will be drawn the week of June 21st and will be announced on our Facebook page.  To claim your prize, email by August 20th, 2020 and we’ll add the card into your account along with store credit to cover shipping.  Limit one roll per account.

Free Daily Box Breaks

We will be offering random team breaks to any COMC account holders who would like to participate (limit one slot per household).  Winners will receive only the “hits” (no base / commons) and will have to be at the booth the “pick up” their prize.  More details will be announced at the show.

Disclaimer & Conclusion

As this is the first show of its kind, we may encounter some technical difficulties, so we add the precautionary disclaimer that the show events are subject to change.   

We hope you can attend its event and visit the vendors that would normally set up at the Toronto Expo.

For more details about the show, visit

Lastly, we want to wish all Dads a HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

eBay Homepage Auctions Event! Inserts & Parallels

COMC Auctions headlining the eBay Homepage June 15th – June 21st!

Inserts and Parallels have been making a big splash in the sports card markets. Some of them newly created, and some a depiction of past inserts. This Auction Event is themed around this current trend, so don’t miss this opportunity to get additional exposure for your unique cards!

When to submit your cards:

Auctions STARTING during promotion must be received by COMC between 6/1 – 6/5
Auctions ENDING during promotion must be received by COMC between 5/24 – 5/29

Net Marvels

Marvels Inserts are taking off! Previously, this Marvel LeBron James card was valued and selling for less than $5.00. Prices over the past few months have soared to over $250.00!
The Marvel set as a whole is highly collectible, so what better time to send them to COMC Auction? Get your submissions in now to ensure they arrive in time for the event!

Prizm Baseball

Prizm baseball is on the rise. Take a look at the 2012 Prizm Mike Trout Rookie #50 for example. This was selling for less than $10 over 2 months ago.
The current market value has surpassed the $100 mark and is consistently hitting close to $120. With a 1000% increase in price, now is a great time to send in your Prizm Inserts & Parallels!

2016 Optic Holos

Optic Holos have been on fire in the marketplace. Here we see the 2016 Optic Holo Tom Brady. Prior to the surge, this card was selling for roughly $5-10. Now, prices are anywhere from $140-160!
The Optic Holo price jumps are not limited to just football; basketball is also seeing huge increases. Get all your Optic Holos in now!

10 Prospects to Watch from 2019 Bowman Chrome

Struggling to figure out which 2019 Bowman Chrome prospects to watch out for? Looking for a few potential sleepers this year? We have complied together a list of 10 prospects in the 2019 Bowman Draft product. This list contains everything from first round draft picks to potential sleepers that you may not know about, yet.

1. Adley Rutschman (Orioles) – With being the first overall pick in the 2019 draft, the top spot obviously had to go to Adley. The 6 foot 2, 216-pound catcher from Oregon State was a great pick up for the Baltimore Orioles. With only playing in 37 minor league games in 2019, he blasted 4 home runs, had 26 RBIs’ and added 33 hits. He also caught a combined no-hitter, so he is not lacking on the defensive end either.

2. Greg Jones (Rays)- This may be the most unique player in the draft. Jones is a switch-hitting shortstop that will most likely trend towards being a centerfielder. He is extremely athletic and puts that on display when running the bases as he took him 19 stolen bases in only 48 minor league games. He batted for an average of .335 and an OPS of .874. One thing that he will need to work out his striking out. He totaled 56 strikeouts.

3. Hunter Bishop (Giants)- Drafted 10th overall, Hunter brings in a ton of power batting from the left side of the plate. He is the younger brother of the Seattle Mariners prospect, Braden Bishop. Hunter stands at 6 5’ 210lbs which helped him tally 22 home runs his final season at Arizona State University. He is listed as an outfielder, but his home is centerfield.

4. Braden Shewmake (Braves)- Shewmake is not going to win the eye appeal, but he is going to be a fantastic shortstop for the Atlanta Braves. Unlike the other guys we have named, Braden does not have the big-time power bat. However, in 65 minor league games he was able to keep a .300 batting average, bat in 40 runs and total 74 hits. This kid knows how to hit without power.

5. Josh Jung (Rangers)- A very talented 3rd baseman out of Texas Tech had an outstanding batting average of .316 over the course of his 2019 minor league games (42 games, 2 teams). Jung is a great balance between an all-or-nothing player and all-around good player which makes him a safe bet to someday be a solid pro.

6. Riley Greene (Tigers)- Although drafted 5th overall by the Detroit Tigers, Greene fell on our list simply due age. At 19 years old, it could be awhile before we see him play any Major League Baseball. However, he did have an average to above-average minor league season with a .271 batting average, 60 hits and a .749 OPS. If you’re okay with waiting a few years, Greene is one to watch.

7. Rece Hinds (Reds)- Rece was a mid-2nd round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds out of IMG Academy. He suffered a quad injury early in the season which limited him to only playing in 3 minor league games. With only being one year out of High School this type of injury should not worry potential Rece Hinds investors. He has plenty of pop in his bat and should put that on display this upcoming season.

8. Matthew Lugo (Red Sox)- A late 2nd round draft-pick out of the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy, Lugo has endless potential. He is only 18 years old and has shown to have a very strong arm at shortstop. Although not a power hitter, he did post a decent .257 batting average in his 41 minor league games.

9. Tyler Callihan (Reds)- A potential sleeper in the draft, Callihan has shown to have a bright future. With 57 games played in the minors last year, we got a good sample size of what Tyler has to offer. He posted a .263 batting average, .422 slugging percentage an added 6 home runs. He still needs to develop the power which he was scouted to have in High School, but at age 19, he has plenty of time to mold himself.

10. Peyton Burdick (Marlins)- Another sleeper in the draft, Burdick fell to the Miami Marlins in the late 3rd round but has already shown to the other MLB GMs’ that they missed out. Burdick played in 69 minor league games and hit a modest 11 home runs, .308 batting average, .407 OBP and a slugging percentage of .542. These are eye popping numbers for someone to fall almost to the 4th round. Expect to see Peyton in the Majors sooner than later.

COMC Auctions on eBay Frequently Asked Questions

Prior to the launch of COMC Auctions on eBay, we put together a helpful Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page that could be found at the bottom of the main auctions page.

The FAQ has been continually updated by our team over the last few weeks as new questions arise, and new features are added. That being said, we know that with this new auctions feature, there is a lot of new pages and documentation, and sometimes it can be hard to find the answer you’re looking for.

Below you will find the FAQ in it’s entirety. If you have a question that isn’t covered, or something that you think would be a good addition to the FAQ, please leave a comment below with your question(s) or suggestions. We’ll review your responses and update the FAQ as needed!

Auction Submissions

How do I sell on COMC Auctions?

Consigning your trading cards to COMC Auctions is easy:

  1. Sign in to your COMC account. Register for a free account if you haven’t already done so.
  2. Complete the online Submission Wizard and print the submission slip.
  3. Securely package your items along with the submission slip and ship to the address we provide.

If you have previously consigned items in your COMC account and want to send them to auction:

  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.

Note: Auctions are available for items consigned through Select, Premium, and Mailbox services and for items upgraded to those levels via the Item Upgrade Fee. Items consigned through our Basic service or transferred from Upper Deck e-Pack are subject to the $0.50 Item Upgrade Fee before going to auction.

I won an auction on eBay. Can I transfer it to my COMC account instead of shipping it?

Yes! The transfer to COMC feature is now live and available within your COMC account dashboard. Please visit our Auctions Won page to learn about this exciting functionality, and how you can link your eBay and COMC accounts.

Once your eBay and COMC accounts have been linked, any items won at auction on eBay will be displayed on this page, giving you the option to pay with COMC Credit and have the item immediately transferred to your COMC inventory.

Please note that using COMC Store Credit to pay for an eBay auction is similar to using COMC Store Credit to pay for a Blowout Cards Gift Certificate. Your winning bid will be adjusted to account for the standard 10% cash-out fee. Example: If you purchase an item for $100 your COMC Store Credit payment would be $110. However, you will not need to pay sales tax or shipping because you are using COMC Store Credit.

Why did an item I submitted for auction get put back into my account and locked?

It is intended for an item submitted to COMC Auctions to be re-deposited into your inventory in a locked state pending the commencement of the next auction. Please review for accuracy any pending Auction items in your inventory and contact us if you discover any errors.

Can I ship my auction consignment along with my other COMC submissions?

Yes, we encourage you to save on shipping by including your auction consignment in the same package as your traditional COMC consignment submissions.

Select all the service levels you would like to use in the online Submission Wizard. You will be asked for the quantity and estimated value of each group of items. When you print the submission slips, please detach each slip and include them with the corresponding groups of items so it’s clear to us which items belong to each service level.

If my item is already on COMC, how can I send it to auction?

If you have previously consigned items in your COMC account and want to send them to auction:

  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. Review and agree to the auction terms and submit the item.

Note: Auctions are available for items consigned through Select, Premium, and Mailbox services and for items upgraded to those levels via the Item Upgrade Fee. Items consigned through our Basic service or transferred from Upper Deck e-Pack are subject to the $0.50 Item Upgrade Fee before going to auction.

What items are eligible for COMC Auction consignment?

COMC Auctions offers support for single trading cards only.

We recognize the following third-party grading companies: PSA, SGC, BGS, BVG, BCCG, and KSA. Cards graded by any other companies are not supported and cannot be listed for sale.

Please review our Supported Trading Cards policy to ensure all the items in your consignment will be accepted.

Can I Submit other items such as comic books for COMC Auctions

No. We are currently accepting single trading cards only for auction. Any other items will not be included in auctions, and will be returned to your account.

Can I Submit items to your Canadian Location for Auction

No, our Canadian location does not accept auction consignment submissions at this time. Auction submission originating in Canada will need to be mailed to our United States location specified within the submission wizard.

Can I Submit items that are remotely stored for auction?

Yes, but the timeline for when it will appear in auctions will be different. When you submit an item that is remotely stored, a prompt will appear indicating that an additional two-weeks of time will be needed for that item to make it’s way to our headquarters, where it can begin the COMC auction consignment process.

What is the proper way to ship my auction consignment?

Ungraded cards must be shipped to COMC in card savers, toploaders, or One-Touch magnetic cases to ensure maximum protection during transit and processing. Screw-down cases are not accepted.

Auction consignments must be sent with tracking and required signature confirmation upon delivery via your preferred package delivery service. We recommend one-day shipping such as USPS Express for more valuable submissions.

How long does it take for my item to be listed at auction?

Auction submissions will be listed for auction within 2-4 weeks of being received by COMC. Your items will be included in the following week’s auctions after they enter your account. You can view the status of Auction Consignments on the Processing Status page, and pending Auction items submitted from within your COMC account to the Auction service on the Grading Submissions page.

Can I cancel an auction I consigned?

There are no cancellations on COMC Auctions submissions once we receive them. Please only submit items you intend to list at the next available auction.

Where do I have to live to sell on COMC Auctions?

COMC Auctions are available to sellers worldwide. All auction submissions must be mailed to our US processing facility located in Redmond, Washington. We recommend our Mailbox processing service to customers located outside of the US for having items shipped directly to COMC from group breakers and other marketplaces, which saves you the cost of shipping the items to yourself first, and then to COMC.

Seller Fees

What are the fees involved with COMC Auctions?

There are no upfront processing fees for COMC Auctions. Commission fees for COMC Auctions are a combination of Transaction Fees and optional Store Credit Fees.

Transaction fees are based on the final sale price of each single card listing and are billed when your COMC account is paid via Store Credit for a completed auction.

Store Credit can be spent on with no additional fees. Optionally, you can cash out Store Credit for a 10% Cash Out Fee or redeem it for a Blowout Cards gift certificate at a reduced rate.

Please review the Auction and Store Credit Fees for detailed information on all the fees involved with COMC Auctions.

Do I need to pay eBay fees?

COMC takes care of all the selling fees associated with eBay auctions. The only fees you are subject to for auction consignments are the Auction and Store Credit Fees.

When am I paid for an item I sold at auction?

Store Credit payment will be made to your COMC account when we receive payment from the winning bidder. If you choose to cash out your Store Credit, we will send payment to your PayPal account within 4 business days or mail a check within 10 business days, according to your preference.

What are my options for receiving payment for my completed auction?

Your COMC account will be paid with Store Credit for completed auctions. Store Credit can be spent on with no additional fees. Optionally, you can cash out Store Credit for a 10% Cash Out Fee or redeem it for a Blowout Cards gift certificate at a reduced rate.

What happens if my item doesn’t sell? Do I still get charged a fee?

An auction listing that ends with no bids will be relisted up to 2 more times at no cost. If an item doesn’t sell after the third listing, we will charge the minimum Transaction Fee and unlock the item in your COMC account for you to set a fixed asking price.

What happens if my item sells for less than the minimum Transaction Fee?

We recommend each single trading card submitted to auction has a $25 minimum auction value. If an item happens to sell for less than the minimum Transaction Fee, your account will be debited the fee and the item will be sold to the winning bidder.

For items valued below $25, we recommend using our traditional consignment services.

What happens if an item I sold at auction is returned?

While infrequent, a buyer may return an item after it sells at auction. If we determine the item has been returned to us in the same condition as we received it, we will debit your account the amount of the sale, less the Transaction Fee, and relist the item in the next available auction.

eBay Auction Listings

How do I check the auction start time for my item and auction status?

Auction History is available on the Seller Menu. It displays all of the following information:

  • Item Info – Which item is scheduled for auction
  • Scheduled Start – The time/date the auction will begin
  • eBay Item – Link to the live eBay auction listing (this will only appear after the auction is live)
  • Current Bid – The current highest bid for the item
  • Number of Bids – The number of bids for the item

What if an item submitted to auction is misidentified?

We make every effort to ensure your items are represented accurately using our proprietary catalog. If you believe an item added to your account is identified incorrectly, you can submit a Correction Request from your COMC account prior to the auction. Please submit your Correction Request at your earliest convenience to allow us enough time to make the correction before the auction begins.

To submit a Correction Request, find the item in your Inventory Manager that needs correction and click the “wrong?” link to fill out the Correction Request form. We will review your request and make any necessary corrections.

What days do auctions end?

Our eBay auctions list for 7-days, starting and ending throughout the week.

Can I decide when my items will be auctioned or customize the auction duration?

We list all eBay auctions as 7-day auctions. COMC Auctions submissions list to eBay on the week following entry into your COMC account. We list items at a time when they will receive the best bids based on historical data. We do not offer auction day selection at this time.

Can I customize the eBay listing title?

Auction titles are based on our proprietary catalog data, but we edit them to fit maximum character requirements or to provide more information. While our team creates titles that will attract potential bidders, we do not currently accept custom title requests.

Can I set a reserve price or increase the opening bid?

To attract the most bidding activity, all COMC Auction submissions list on eBay with no reserve and a $0.99 opening bid.

What should I do if I see a problem with an auction listing?

COMC is the Safe and Easy Way to Buy and Sell. If you see an item listed at auction or bidding activity that you believe to be suspicious, please promptly contact us at with detailed information so we can investigate the issue. In some cases, we may need to remove the listing and notify the seller and bidders.

Buying from COMC Auctions

How do I bid on COMC Auctions?

COMC Auctions are hosted on eBay through the COMC eBay Store. To place a bid, sign in to your eBay account and bid on an item in one of our auctions.

If you aren’t already on eBay, you can create an eBay account.

What payment options do I have for buying a COMC Auctions item?

COMC customers will be able to save on shipping and instantly transfer items won at auction by checking out on COMC. Details about this payment option will be announced soon.

eBay accepts the following forms of payment through their platform: credit, debit, and eBay gift cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, and PayPal Credit.

Can I pay for an item I won with COMC Store Credit?

COMC customers will be able to save on shipping and instantly transfer items won at auction by checking out on COMC. Details about this payment option will be announced soon.

When is payment due for an item I win at auction?

Payment is due within 1 week of auction’s completion. Any buyer who does not pay for an item will be permanently blocked from bidding or purchasing from COMC and reported to eBay.

How long does it take to receive an item I purchase?

Items won at auction are shipped in 1 business day of receiving cleared payment. You may select from multiple shipping options depending on how quickly you would like to receive your items.

How much does shipping cost? Can I combine shipping?

Standard domestic shipping is just $4.99 no matter how many items you purchase from the COMC eBay Store. You may combine any number of items purchased from our auction and fixed-price listings in your shipment. Please note that auction wins you transfer to your COMC account incur a per-item shipping fee ($0.45 for raw, standard-sized items, $1.00 for graded/oversized items) once requested for shipment. Expedited shipping is available for an additional fee.

International customers receive combined shipping on auction and fixed-price purchases. Rates are determined by location.

Both domestic and international buyers will also have the option to save on shipping and instantly transfer items won at auction by checking out on COMC. Details about this payment option will be announced soon.

What do I do if there is a problem with my COMC Auctions purchase?

Please contact if you experience any issues with your purchase.

I just bid on an item. Can I cancel my bid?

A bid is a commitment to purchase an item at that price. If you entered an incorrect amount when bidding, you may retract your bid only if you enter the correct bid immediately following the retraction. Any bidder who cancels a bid for any other reason will be permanently blocked from purchasing from COMC and reported to eBay.

Am I charged customs fees if I’m purchasing from outside the US?

When a package ships internationally, it may be subject to import taxes, customs duties, and other fees imposed by the destination country. These charges are typically due once the package arrives in the destination country.

Buyers are responsible for paying these additional costs. COMC is unable to predict which of these fees, if any, will be applied, and we do not calculate or collect these fees or taxes.

Can I return or exchange an item I purchased?

Returns are only accepted on the rare occasion that an item was misrepresented in the auction listing. Please carefully review the item’s full description and high-resolution images to ensure your satisfaction prior to bidding.

Buyer’s remorse is not a valid reason for returning an item.

Returns made within our stated policy must arrive back in the same condition they were received.

If I win an item on eBay, can I have it transferred to my COMC account instead of having it shipped?

COMC customers will be able to instantly transfer items won at auction by checking out on COMC. More information will be announced.

Other Questions?

How do I contact COMC Auctions if I have more questions?

Email us at with any questions you have and we will be happy to assist you.

Stay Connected! Here’s What You’ve Missed on Social Media..

We entered 2019 with a vision: We wanted to bring COMC to the forefront of the most popular social media circles within the trading the card hobby and continue our goal of globally uniting collectors. In doing so, we wanted to connect and engage with current and past COMC members and users, and introduce our service to a new wave of collectors who may have heard of us, or saw our cards on eBay, but were unfamiliar with who we were and the features we offer on our platform.

Over the past 10 months we’ve tailored our social media content based off of feedback from our followers. Our followers told us that they wanted more transparency, such as which players sell the best, what super high-end items have sold recently on COMC, and how to use our service. In response, we’ve created recurring series on Instagram and Facebook tailored towards flipping successes and top selling players of the week.

Not the least bit surprising, we’ve also found out that collectors simply want to see cool and unique cards fill up their timelines! With that, we’ve found new opportunities to get some of the more unique and trending cards from our consignors in front of more buyer’s eyes than ever before.

If you’re not following us on social media, here’s what you’re missing out on:


Recent Inventory Drops 

A sneak peak at some of the most desirable recently added cards to the COMC Marketplace featuring top selling and current trending players.

Top Selling NFL Players of the Week

Sundays in the Fall & Winter are not just packed with sports – they’re also the busiest day of the week for buying and selling trading cards. In this weekly series we crunch the numbers and show our followers who in the NFL sold the most items for week, and recommend some items worth considering!

COMC to eBay Flip of the Week

COMC Members know that there is no better way to buy cards than with a COMC account. There’s also no easier way to flip cards online! In this weekly series, we showcase the top flipping success of the week by showcasing an item that was bought on COMC that later sold via eBay for a huge gain!


Monday Morning Discussion

We kick off every week with our Monday Morning Discussion, where we pull no punches and ask the hard-hitting questions about the hobby and the world of sports. One of our recent more fiery discussions was regarding limited release products and how they can be better allocated among collectors:

Our Favorite Rookie Cards

Earlier this year we replaced the #DailyCheckout with our new daily afternoon series “Our Favorite Rookie Cards”. This series gives us the opportunity to feature hot new rookie cards, and reminisce to the cards of yesterday either captured the hearts of the hobby, or stand out for their tremendous set design.


Weekly NFL Pick ‘ Em Contest:
Win $20 COMC Credit!

Each week we pit our followers against one another in an epic 100+ player NFL Pick ‘Em contest. If you can pick a winner and get closest to the tie breaker, we have $20 COMC Credit with your name on it!

This is just a small taste of the type of content that you can find across all of our social media pages. We didn’t even have time to get into the other contests & giveaway that you can catch on a regular basis across all three platforms (hint hint).

We’re always open to suggestions for the type of content you’d like to see, so feel free to drop a comment below with your thoughts and suggestions!