10 NBA Rookies to Watch from 2019-20 Prizm Basketball

What a wild ride it has been this December with the release of the 2019-20 Panini Prizm NBA Basketball Card Set. This set was expected to set the hobby on fire, partly due to the rising value of last year’s set, and partly due to a strong rookie crop led by ZION MANIA! Zion Williamson has yet to make his NBA regular season debut for the New Orleans Pelicans, but that hasn’t stopped the Zion hype train from absolutely dominating the hobby this fall!

Zion is certainly a polarizing figure, and only time will tell if he’s the next in the lineage of NBA legends like Lebron James and Michael Jordan, or if he’s the next “what could have been” ala Greg Oden and Kwame Brown. Once you get past the Zion hype, 2019-20 Prizm NBA is a set chalked full of potential future stars, with perhaps a stronger rookie class than even last year’s basketball products. We’d like to delve into that discussion and present our 10 NBA Rookies to watch from 2019-20 Panini Prizm NBA.

Zion Williamson

Obviously the biggest name in the product, Zion Williamson follows Luka Doncic from last year as the top rookie (for now) in Prizm. With his ungraded silver prizm RC’s fetching over $500 out of the gate, we haven’t seen prices like that upon a Prizm release since Ben Simmons in the 16-17 Prizm set. Williamson is a 6’6″ 285lb generational athlete who backed up the hype in his one year at Duke, posting 22 points per game on 68% field goal percentage. He’s expected to make his NBA debut in early 2020.

Ja Morant

The clear-cut second best player in NBA Prizm just happens to also be the #2 overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft. Ja Morant has already transitioned beautifully to the NBA level, averaging about 18 points and six assists per game through the Memphis Grizzlies first 17 games as of this writing. He’ll have a good head start for NBA Rookie of the Year over Zion and the rest of the field if he can continue that production. With his Silver prizms already doing $200+, there is no secret as to the talent Morant possesses.

Rui Hachimura

This Gonzaga Bulldogs standout has the potential to be an international NBA mega star thanks to his stellar play as well as his Japanese heritage. All Rui Hachimura has done since arriving in the NBA is provide much needed stability to the Washington Wizards front court. With a statement double-double in his NBA debut and his continued progression, Rui has looked like the most NBA ready player out of the 2019 Draft so far. $100 appears to be the ground floor for his silver prizm RC’s currently.

RJ Barrett

The second Duke player to make our list, the Canadian-born RJ Barrett is seemingly unphased playing on a New York Knicks team in otherwise complete disarray, having just fired their Head Coach David Fizdale. The Knicks has been trying to find their way for quiet some time, but putting the ball in Barrett’s hands seems like a good start. Through 20+ games, he’s average 14 points as the team’s starting shooting guard.

Coby White

The seventh overall pick in the draft by the Chicago Bulls is already a record setter, hitting SEVEN three pointers in a single quarter against the New York Knicks on November 12th. That feat immediately elevated Coby White‘s stock as a long range threat. White has nothing to prove when it comes to scoring, but improvements playing off the ball will help White evolve into a feared guard the Bulls desperately need.

De’Andre Hunter

The fourth overall pick from Virginia, De’Andre Hunter has meshed well with Trae Young in Atlanta as the Hawks look to build a future contender. He posted a ridiculous six steal performance in mid-November loss to Phoenix, and followed that up with two 25+ point games in a three game span about a week later. Hunter’s early season performance has flown under the radar of other similar performing rookies, making him an excellent buy-low candidate from 2019-20 Prizm out of the gate.

Tyler Herro

This Kentucky Wildcat already has a legendary last name, now it’s time to see if his skills can transcend to that status as well. Tyler Herro started off his rookie campaign strong, pouring in 29 points in his fourth game, and he continues to remain productive in other areas of the stat sheet as well. Shooting nearly 40% from down town, the Miami Heat have caught the NBA by surprise this season. If they can continue this run into the Spring, Herro’s ETA to becoming a household name will definitely be fast-tracked.

Eric Paschall

With Kevin Durant gone, Klay Thompson recovering from surgery, and Steph Curry going down to injury early in the season, the Golden State Warriors needed someone to step up. Eric Paschall, a 2nd-round pick, answered the call, averaging over 17 points a game. This may be a throwaway year for the Warriors, but they picked up a major piece for the future in Paschall, who’s extended time on the court this season will benefit him tremendously when the Warriors are back at full strength for another championship run in the future.

PJ Washington

The Charlotte Hornets are quietly building themselves a strong team through the last two draft years. Adding PJ Washington to a potent starting lineup featuring sophomores Devonte Graham and Miles Bridges, this Kentucky Wildcats standout will have all the support he needs to evolve at the NBA Level. The 12th overall pick dropped 27 points in his NBA debut, and has been a consistent producer ever since. As this young core continues to grow together in Charlotte, they may be only one or two pieces away from being a major playoff threat.

Cam Reddish

The final member of the big three to be drafted from Duke in 2019, Cam Reddish has not quite found his footing yet for the Atlanta Hawks. Though he has been outshined up to this point by fellow rookie DeAndre Hunter, Reddish still has high upside, which is why he was taken 10th overall by the Hawks. Reddish showed a glimmer of that talent in early December with a 25 point performance in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Snubbed by Panini: Kendrick Nunn

We couldn’t wrap up this article without talking about Kendrick Nunn, who as of this blog post has been a noticeable omission from all checklists with the exception of one Panini Instant card. If the rumors are true, and Panini releases 2019-20 Prizm Series 2 Basketball in 2020, Nunn will likely be the centerpiece of the set in terms of true rookie cards. The undrafted Miami Heat guard is averaging over 15 points per game and making a case for rookie of the year!

Honorable Mentions

There were many deserving players who could have rounded out our top 10 who’s first rookie cards are included in 2019-20 Panini Prizm. Those names include Brandon Clarke, Darius Garland, Jordan Poole, Jarrett Culver, Cameron Johnson, Jaxson Hayes, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker. Each of these players posses break out potential to be the next high dollar silver in the set, and will be ones to watch closely moving forward.

Sleepers to Stash

Delving even further into the checklist, some buy-low sleeper rookies in the product who have shown flashes of on court prowess are Matisse Thybulle, Goga Bitadze, Kevin Porter Jr., Darius Bazley, Carsen Edwards, Bruno Fernando, Admiral Schofield, and Cody Martin.

You never know who will be the next rookie to rise through the ranks and come up big for their team. Not all of these players will have outstanding careers, but history tells us that there is always one or two players who make it worth it to dig through those old boxes of forgotten rookie card of years past!

Browse 2019-20 Panini Prizm on COMC

BEST OF 2019: ‘Living 200’: Ranking Our Favorite Baseball Cards from Topps Living Set #101-200

(Editor’s Note: With the end of the calendar year approaching, we like to take a moment on the COMC Blog to look back at some of our favorite and most memorable posts of the year. Topps Living Set is still going strong, and card #300 should come our way on February 5th, 2020 if the three cards per week model that TLS has utilized since it’s inception stays true. Rest assured we’ll be back in a few months with our favorites from 201-300!)

Last year Topps surprised the trading card industry with a unique one-of-a-kind set like no other produced before. The baseball card set was called ‘The Living Set‘, and each week three new trading cards would be released and sold only online for a seven day span. Once that window was over, the cards would never again be printed. Players could only be featured in the set one time per team they’ve played for, and the set would feature rookies, veterans, and legends. Produced entirely using the artwork of legendary sports card artist Mayumi Seto, the set is stylized after the iconic 1953 Topps baseball design.

The set started off extremely strong with Aaron Judge (Print Run 13,256) earning the coveted first card in the set. The set was overall met with optimism and speculation, as many of the key rookie cards in the set produced huge print runs, such as Ronald Acuna Jr. (PR: 46,809) and Gleyber Torres (PR: 28,550). While superstars, rookies, and hall of fame players still generate large numbers (such as #200 Mike Trout with a print run of 22,017), the set has come back to earth in weeks, with most print runs hovering in the 3000 range.

COMC Communications Manager James Good and Senior Business Analyst Grant Wescott each own a copy of the full set from #1 to #200 and counting. Some 30 plus weeks ago, we asked them to talk about the set and give their 10 favorite cards from the first 100 in the set. You can read that blog here. With the set now surpassing 200 cards, we’ve asked them to chime in with their 10 favorite cards from #101 – 200. 

Grant Wescott (In no particular order)

Topps Living Set Card #200 – Mike Trout – Print Run: 22017

Topps has historically saved round numbers on many of their checklists for the very best in the game. Remember Babe Ruth at #100? I don’t think there was much doubt leading into the card #200 release day who would be featured on it.

Topps Living Set Card #193 – Ken Griffey Jr. – Print Run: 8369

Beautiful card of my all-time favorite player. That swing never gets old.

Topps Living Set Card #180 – Nelson Cruz – Print Run: 3581

The Nellie you see on this card is the Nellie you see in every game he plays, defying multiple laws of nature while wearing a grin.

Topps Living Set Card #173 – Fernando Tatis Jr – Print Run: 10099

One milestone for any young professional baseball player is when they get to see their first Topps card. There has to be a little extra appreciation from this 20 year old star when that card happens to be such an amazing hand-drawn portrait.

Topps Living Set Card #154 – Stan Musial – Print Run: 4575

One of baseball’s good guys, Stan the Man was famous for making people happy both on and off the field.

Topps Living Set Card #132 – Daniel Mengden – Print Run: 3250

Topps Living Set has seen a few errors along the way, but none so blatant as the Rollie Fingers wrong name error (I kid).

Topps Living Set Card #127 – Kris Bryant – Print Run: 5361

A striking image of Kris Bryant, who appears is now back to his 2016 MVP form.

Topps Living Set Card #192 – Wade Davis – Print Run: 2605

Nick Markakis famously held the long-standing record for low print run since week 2 of TLS with 2,678 copies. That is, until Howie Kendrick came along at card #183 with 2,633 copies. That is, until just a few weeks later when Wade Davis set the new low with this card. As someone who plans to buy the set forever, it’s kind of fun to watch my complete set become even rarer.

Topps Living Set Card #109 – Nolan Arenado – Print Run: 4065

Artist Mayumi Seto captured some big emotion on this one. Arenado is one of the elite players in the game today, yet for some reason still a bit overlooked in the hobby. I love this card.

Checklist Card 1-100 & 101-200 – Print Run: 4393

I’m going a little off script here because 1) these are two cards, not one, and 2) they aren’t technically part of the set. Doesn’t matter. I was more excited than I had reason to be when these were released. I’ve never checked a single box on a checklist. I’m not about to start now. Why does this make me happy?

James Good (Ranked in order of favorites)

Topps Living Set Card #193 – Ken Griffey Jr. – Print Run: 8369

There was no other pick for me. Griffey was an unexpected surprise at #193, and tops my list as my favorite TLS card in the entire set, surpassing Babe Ruth (#100) and Mitch Haniger (#54) in my top 3. That iconic Jr. smile is infectious.

Topps Living Set Card #179 – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Print Run: 27749

This was clearly a landmark card for Topps and Seto, so I’m guessing that she had plenty of time to work on this portrait. It clearly shows in the photo-realism of Vladdy Jr.’s first true Topps RC. The level of detail of this card, especially when it’s in-hand, is unreal. The hat logo, the hair, the Nike swoosh logo. I’ll take this card all day long over his first flagship Topps RC in series 2.

Topps Living Set Card #200 – Mike Trout – Print Run: 22017

We all knew that Mike Trout was going to be #200, and the card delivered exactly what we wanted, and what the set needed. The huge print run was a shot in the arm to TLS at the right time.

Topps Living Set Card #127 – Kris Bryant – Print Run: 5361

I love the sideways glance of Bryant in this card. The Cubbies deep blue jersey is among my favorite jerseys of all-time, so I might be a bit partial here.

Topps Living Set Card #156 – Ryon Healy – Print Run: 2765

Healy has a lot of critics here in Seattle, but I’ve been a big support since the day we traded for him. This card that broke a 102 card drought for the Mariners in Topps Living Set and also captured Healy’s positive personality and his professed enjoyment for the game the baseball so very well. It’s a shame he’s dealing with spinal stenosis, the same ailment that shortened the career of fellow 3B David Wright.

Topps Living Set Card #136 – Mariano Rivera – Print Run: 8945

The timing of this card was impeccable – right after Mariano became the first player to unanimously be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in the first year eligible.

Topps Living Set Card #118 – Nolan Ryan – Print Run: 6745

Ryan’s career spanned the course of 4 different decades. Ask 10 different fans about Ryan, and you might get 10 different memories. My earliest memories as a fan of the game were of ‘The Ryan Express’ as a non-nonsense 40-something fireballin’ Texan. This card brings me back to all those early 90’s junk wax cards of him that helped kick start my passion for the hobby.

Topps Living Set Card #178 – Xander Bogaerts – Print Run: 3776

I’m not much of a Red Sox fan. Correction, I slightly despise most Boston-area teams (Ya’ll aren’t the underdogs, ever, just stop). But I love this card of Bogaerts. Again, the artwork on this card when it’s in-hand truly makes me appreciate the card so much more.

Topps Living Set Card #106 – Cal Ripken Jr. – Print Run: 6423

Similar to my memories of Nolan Ryan, I best remember Cal Ripken Jr. during his iron man stretch, with the gray hairs on the sides of his head becoming more prominent each year. That said, I love the throwback artwork on this card, and the white Orioles cap really seals the deal.

Topps Living Set Card #121 – Buster Posey – Print Run: 3990

Catchers get the short end of the baseball bat when it comes to trading cards, often depicted wearing their full gear. This card steps away from that, giving us an excellent portrait of Buster that shows a side of him that few cards have. Now let me get on my soapbox…

Buster Posey is one of the most underappreciated players of this era. Even Giants fans will credit the team’s three World Series in six years to their stellar pitching, pointing to Madison Bumgarner, and I don’t disagree. But who do you think called all those games behind the plate? Three Rings, Four Silver Sluggers, 2010 ROY, a Gold Glove, and a Batting Title later, I can’t wait until Cooperstown calls for Buster Posey.

We’re 200+ cards into the set, and yet there are so many players who haven’t earned a spot into the coveted Living Set yet. Who do you want to see in the next 100 cards? Let us know in the comments below! 

Western Canada Sports Collector's Convention Dice Roll Results

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth last month at the Western Canada Sports Collector’s Convention last month in Langely, British Columbia. We had such a great time at the event and look forward to coming back in 2020!

Here are the winners of the COMC Dice Roll Contest:

Roll a 6 or less –
2017-18 Upper Deck #221 Alex DeBrincat RC – shanedawg2k12
Roll a 7 – 2017-18 Upper Deck #201 Nico Hischier RC – manscaveonline
Roll an 8 – 2016-17 SP Authentic Silver Skates #SS-AO Alex Ovechkin – Samgoalies
Roll a 9 – 2014-15 Upper Deck Hockey Heroes #HH68 Jaromir Jagr – MR2fastest240K
Roll a 10 – 2013-14 Upper Deck Shining Stars Center Golden Rainbow #C9 Steven Stamkos – edlo 
Roll an 11 – 1972-73 O-Pee-Chee #278 Gerry O’Flaherty PSA 6 – bee
Roll a 12 – 2015-16 MVP #282 Jared McCann RC – Ryguy666
Roll a 13 – 2015-16 Trilogy Rookie Premieres #160 Level 2 Nikolay Goldobin #417/499 –  oxydk
Roll a 14 – 2017-18 Upper Deck #247 Brock Boeser RC – dalervance
Roll a 15 or more – 2018-19 Parkhurst Tallboys Achievements #TBA-6 Elias Pettersson – Brayden_Morgan10

To claim your prize, contact staff@comc.com with your full name and COMC account name by Friday, January 24th, 2020.

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals are Coming!

Get ready! The COMC Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale is coming THIS FRIDAY!

Our Sellers will be SLASHING prices on their cards!
Don’t wait, the best deals will go fast!

All orders of $99 or more on COMC from November 29th through December 2nd will be eligible to receive free shipping!

Terms: All shopping cart orders and COMC Member shipment requests must contain at least $99 worth of items purchased during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale to qualify for the free shipping promotion. Sales tax, per-item shipping fees, duties paid, and shipping add-ons such as supplies do not apply towards $99 threshold. Items purchased prior to the sale can be included in your shipment request but do not count towards the $99 threshold.

If using your COMC account, items must be purchased in Simplified Shipping Mode to qualify. All items purchased in advanced reseller mode are still subject to their per-item shipping fees)  All non-qualifying shipments of $99 or more will still receive free shipping, but will be charged their regular per-item shipping fees (i.e. items purchased in Advanced Reseller Mode, transferred from ePack, or items consigned and being returned to the seller).

Orders shipped to Canada will still be subject to delivered duties paid.

Your Order = Your Entry to WIN!

We’re Giving you FOUR CHANCES to win throughout Black Friday Weekend! Your order is your entry into one of four exclusive contests to win!

Place an order or shipment request on the corresponding date to be entered to win the following cards:

Terms: One entry per person per day. Orders must be placed on COMC.com on the corresponding day of prize to be entered to win. Qualifying orders can be from any shipping service level and can be guest shopping cart, COMC member shopping cart, or COMC member shipment request from account. Winners announced on December 6th, 2019.

No Purchase Necessary: Visit the COMC Blog on November 27th, 2019 for a corresponding no purchase necessary giveaway.

Exclusive Social Media Giveaways!

Follow our social media pages for even more great giveaways throughout Black Friday and Cyber Monday! The only way to get involved in the action is to follow all three of our accounts above!

Throughout Black Friday and Cyber Monday we’ll be offering our social media media followers a chance to win one of FOUR contests for some very cool cards & prizes.

The Advantages of Using Your FREE COMC Account!

The biggest advantage for COMC members during our Black Friday Sale is our buy now-ship later feature. While you’re shopping on COMC, items in your shopping cart are not reserved, and can be purchased by other collectors. Using your COMC account to instantly purchase items with store credit will prevent other shoppers from snagging those too-good-to-be-true deals that you have your eye on.

By using your COMC account and purchasing items using COMC Credit, you get to decide when you want your items shipped to you! This key feature is also perfect for grouping your items together until you’ve spent enough to achieve our free shipping promotion.

With COMC Credit, you can buy a few items on Friday, a few more on Saturday and Sunday, and come back on Monday to scoop up a ton of last-minute deals. All of those items will stay safe within your COMC account until you’re ready to place a shipment request for them. When you buy with your COMC account, your item stay safe in our warehouse until you’re ready to ship them.

Need Help? We’re Here For You!

Any questions? Our friendly Customer Service Team is always ready to help out! In order for us to most efficiently and effectively handle the increased volume of requests over the Black Friday weekend, please send an email to staff@comc.com and allow for up to 48 hours for response.

Please note that our offices will be closed on November 28th in observation of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

To best accommodate the increased volume of customer support requests, our team will not be available via phone throughout our Black Friday Sale. Phone service will resume on Tuesday, December 3rd. Please send your inquiry or request for help via email, and our team will respond promptly. Thank you.

COMC Auction Details Revealed!

The COMC Auction Service is

Below you’ll find all of the details on how you can submit new items or items from your COMC Inventory to be included in our first wave of auctions.

Our First Auctions Kick Off on December 29th!

COMC Auctions

COMC is the safe and easy way to buy and sell trading cards. Starting December 29, 2019, we will hold new 7-day $0.99 auctions every Sunday on our industry-leading eBay Store. For more than a decade, our unwavering commitment to the integrity of the hobby and our passion for innovation has provided us with a strong base of devoted buyers and sellers.

The trading card market is budding with more excitement now than ever before, so we’re pleased to include eBay auctions among our offerings to get sellers maximum value for their rarest and most sought after items. Our goal is to provide our customers with satisfaction in knowing their valuable collectibles will receive the proper attention and exposure they deserve.

COMC is your trusted partner in trading card consignment.

Submission Process

How to Submit a New Consignment

COMC Auctions are the easiest way to sell your investment quality trading cards on eBay.

  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.

How to Submit Cards from Your COMC Account

COMC customers can easily send items to auction that are already in their account.

  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 the Sunday eBay Auction service.
  5. Submit the item.
And that’s it! Our team will take care of the rest:

Assess the authenticity and condition of your item.

Identify your item using our proprietary catalog.

Display high-resolution images of your item’s front and back.

Create a descriptive auction title.

List your item in our Sunday 7-day $0.99 eBay auctions.

Promote your item in the COMC.com Search Results for increased exposure to buyers.

Facilitate payment from the winning bidder.

Issue payment to your COMC account Store Credit balance.

Handle end-to-end customer service for buyers and sellers.

Fulfill shipping and handling.

Early Bird Special!

Early Bird Special – All auction submissions we receive before December 6 will receive a discounted $2.50 minimum Transaction Fee.

The Early Bird Special is available for both items in your COMC account as well as new auction consignments.

To assist with the high volumes, all Early Bird Special submissions will have a fixed due date of December 20 to enter your COMC account. The auction will begin December 29 and end January 5, 2020.

Listing Schedule

We list new 7-day $0.99 eBay auctions on Sunday evenings. Items submitted through the Auction Service Level will be added to your COMC account for review approximately one week after it is received by COMC. While you will be able to view your items consigned through the Sunday eBay Auction service level, you will not be able set a price and list them for sale on the COMC Marketplace. Your items will be included in the next Sunday auction after they enter your account.

Single Trading Cards Only

The auction format currently only supports single trading cards.

This selling format is suitable for cards with a $25 minimum auction value.

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

Auction and Store Credit Fees

When the buyer pays for the auction payment is issued to you as Store Credit to your COMC account, less fees. Please review the Store Credit Fees below to determine your total fees.

There are no up-front fees to submit items for auction consignment. The Transaction Fee at the completion and buyer payment of the auction is based on the auction sale price of each single card listing.

*Early Bird Special – Consignments received before December 9, 2019 cards receive a discounted minimum Transaction Fee of $2.50 per item.

Store Credit Fees (optional)

Submission Guidelines

Please review the following submission guidelines prior to sending in your COMC Auctions consignment.

  1. COMC Auctions currently offers support for single trading cards only.
  2. 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.
  3. Ungraded cards must be shipped to us in card savers, toploaders, or One-Touch magnetic cases to ensure maximum protection during transit and processing. Screw-down cases are not accepted.
  4. COMC recognizes 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. We encourage you to review our Supported Trading Cards policy to ensure all the items in your consignment will be accepted.

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2019 Fall Expo Prize Wheel Winners Announced

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We want to take this moment to thank everyone for stopping by our booth at the Fall Expo. Time just flew by supporting our customers and introducing new ones at this event.

Without further adieu, here are the winners of the Expo Prize Wheel Draws.


A-S – 2016-17 Upper Deck #468 Mitch Marner RC – cornow
A-H – 2011-12 Panini Contenders NHL Ink Gold #66 Alexander Ovechkin #12/25 – sandormen
2-S – 2018-19 Upper Deck #228 Travis Dermott RC – BORK
2-H – 2017-18 Upper Deck #201 Nico Hischier RC – lQlTheBigD
3-S – 2016-17 Upper Deck Compendium Blue #900 Auston Matthews – jpizzuti
3-H – 2018-19 SP Authentic #149 Anthony Cirelli Autograph RC #176/999 – bennett88
4-S – 2017 Upper Deck Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Autographs #MLM-GV Garry Valk – joshpackham
4-H – 2014-15 Artifacts Silver Jersey / Jersey #107 Jonathan Quick #030/125 – Ekardz
5-S – 2019 Topps Chrome #201 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC – 2018Collects
5-H – 2010-11 ITG Vault Heroes and Prospects Autograph #A-MCL Maxime Clermont – wrek68
6-S – 2017-18 MVP Bright Futures #BF-51 Auston Matthews Achievement – mariodc67
6-H – 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Royal Cubes #73 Leon Draisaitl #74/99 – mtalbot393
7-S – 2018-19 Parkhurst Mini Tall-Boy #TB-57 John Tavares – Simpsom1
7-H – 2016-17 Upper Deck MVP #363 Tyler Bertuzzi RC – ETM822
8-S – 2016-17 Upper Deck Instant Impressions #II-21 Auston Matthews Achievement – guguy
8-H – 2012-13 Panini Timeless Treasures Glass Rookie #175 Evan Fournier #491/499 – DRCS44
9-S – 2013-14 Upper Deck Black Diamond Star Rubies #230 Morgan Rielly #/150 – diddykong0000
9-H – 2014-15 Upper Deck Game Jersey #GJ-MD Matt Duchene – cormat04
10-S – 2016-17 Upper Deck MVP #368 Auston Matthews – Frodobaggins
10-H – 2017-18 Upper Deck #247 Brock Boeser RC – d_pan69

To claim your prize, contact staff@comc.com with your full name and COMC account name by Friday, January 17th, 2020.

We are now off to the final stop on our 2019 show schedule at the Western Canada Sports Collectors Convention in Langley, BC from November 22nd to 24th. For more details, check https://bossashows.com/

The Good Word: Once in a Lifetime – Reaction to Pulling a Zion Williamson 1/1 Autograph

“What if….?”

That’s the question that we can’t help but ask ourselves when we’re looking at packs and boxes at our local card show, hobby shop, or even retail trading card aisle.

What if I find some 2018 Topps Update Baseball packs on clearance at Walmart, Big Lots or Party City and hit a gold Ronald Acuna Jr. RC?” (hint: you can find those packs at those locations still sometimes).

What if the case hit is still in those last two remaining boxes of Panini Certified Football on the shelf at my local card shop?

What if I travel all around Western Washington to 9 different Target stores across two weekends in search of 2019-20 Panini Prizm Draft Megaboxes hoping to pull a Zion Williamson autograph but end up pulling the Black 1/1 auto?”

I guess my “What if” days are long over, and my days of singing my sad song of bad luck when opening wax are especially gone. To be honest, the whole happenstance and dumb luck that led up to revealing this once-in-a-lifetime card out of a pack while on camera as I filmed my box rips is still a bit baffling when broken down into perspective:

  1. Two weeks prior when Mega Boxes of 2019-20 Panini Prizm Draft hit retail stores, I found six at the Target closest to COMC Headquarters. Not being one to bust much basketball outside of Prizm products, nor many collegiate products, I found breaking the product to be very enjoyable (and lucrative – Megaboxes are stacked with silver prizms and colored parallels), which inspired my search for more of them locally. Oh, I pulled a Cam Reddish Color Blast SSP insert too!
  2. The weekend before I hit the Zion 1/1 I drove a giant loop around Western Washington to seven different Target stores in search of more megaboxes. I came home with only two, though I did find some 2019 Topps Holiday Baseball blaster boxes and hit a Metallic Snowflake Vladimir Guerrero Jr. /10 autograph.
  3. The only reason I had scheduled off Friday, November 8th was in anticipating of driving to Portland with some friends. Those plans fell through earlier in the week. On top of that, we had been dealing with our kitten who had gotten extremely ill earlier in the week, but had made a strong recovery on Friday morning. When I left the house on Friday, it was the first time I had gone anywhere that wasn’t COMC Headquarters or the Veterinarian Clinic in nearly a week.
  4. On a whim I decided to drive an extra eight miles out of the way to the Target where I bought the Megaboxes that held the Zion 1/1. I had never stepped foot in that Target before, but the weather was so nice out that day that I decided to take the trip east over to it despite heading home which was north.
  5. I had to ask a very helpful Target employee to open the Excell boxes sitting on the floor that hadn’t been unpacked yet. She gladly obliged, and although I’ve had others willing to do it in the past as well, I’ve had Target employees unwilling to do so until the Excell representative showed up and did it.
  6. The boxes sat on my floor for more than 36 hours while I spent the rest of my rare Friday off playing video games and opening the 12 blasters of 2019-20 NBA Hoops I had also found. I hit a Zion Williamson Rise & Shine Patch /25 in those.
  7. The only reason I was recording my break is to practice and dial in some settings on streaming software that I use for streaming video games. I had decided earlier in the month I wanted to revive my Youtube page, and basketball card breaks seemed like a good time to start.
  8. Panini had to be crazy enough to put one of the product hits in a retail box. This still baffles me. I’m so sorry to anyone who opened a bad hobby box of Prizm Draft!

As you can see, an awful lot of things had to go right (and wrong) and fall into place to prepare for this fateful 11:00pm Saturday night moment:

Having just watched my friend in the hobby KentuckyCards pull a Zion Williamson / R.J. Barrett dual auto Black Mosiac 1/1 from the same product (albeit, his was from a Hobby Box) just a couple weeks earlier, and fly it down to Dallas, Texas himself to get graded, I knew I had to do the same. So I did. 9 hours after hitting the card, I was sitting on a Southwest plane headed to the Lone Star State.

(Note: The dual 1/1 card mentioned above is being auctioned with 100% of the proceeds going to charity as of the publication of this article. Click here to view the auction.)

When I returned home, I decided to post the video and photos of the card on social media circles within the hobby – and as expected, it created a buzz, and quite a large one at that. It’s awfully strange being in the limelight for one trading card. For a Seattle kid who collects the Daniel Vogelbach‘s, Mitch Haniger‘s, and Tim Lincecum‘s of the world, the exposure and number of people who have reached out is a little overwhelming, but fun! I’ll probably never get 100,000 views and 200 followers overnight on TikTok ever again. I think I can live with that.

I’ve never had a more surreal experience in the trading card industry. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to make a living doing something that I truly love. The hobby has been incredibly good to me over my seven years with COMC, and I’ve been afforded to meet hundreds of amazing people from all walks of life, travel to several National Conventions, and share my perspective of the hobby with all of you. To hit a card of this magnitude sort of feels like a cherry on top, hence why upon pulling the card from the pack, I said several times, “I don’t deserve that card.”

I know what you’re next question is, and yes, I do plan to sell the card. As I spoke to above, I never expected to own a card like this at this stage of my life. Sure, it would be fun to keep it, potentially seeing it grow many times over in value over the years if Zion Williamson ends up being everything we think he is. But as of right now, my first priority as a newlywed is to make some memories with my wife on a proper honeymoon that this card can more than pay for. Never the less, I’m sure wherever we end up traveling to, I won’t be able to stay away from the local card shop!