Box Breaks, Panel Discussions, and More: COMC @ the 2021 National Sports Collectors Convention

COMC at the National

Are You Ready for the National?

COMC’s event team can’t wait to see you this week at the 41st National Sports Collector’s Convention! We shared a blog post earlier this month about what to expect at COMC’s Booth #624, which you can read at this link. In this follow-up blog, our events team wanted to share some exciting updates to our NSCC festivities.

The location of COMC's Booth #624 at the NSCC.
COMC’s Booth Number is #624 and we’re neighboring SGC and Heritage Auctions!

Free Box Breaks at COMC’s Booth: Prizm, Bowman Sapphire, and More!

Our festivities at the National will include over 15 different free box breaks available exclusively to registered COMC.com users! Entering to win cards from these breaks is simple: just come by the COMC Booth each day and register by having our team members scan the QR Code now available in your account under “My QR Code”. Here are just a few of the boxes you can look forward to:

  • 2020-21 Panini Prizm Basketball Hobby Box: Including 2 Autos and a Plethora of Prizm Parallels
  • 2021 Bowman Sapphire Edition Box: Stunning Sapphire Prospect Cards and an Auto
  • 2021 Panini Revolution Basketball Hobby Box: Amazing Parallels & Rookies to Chase
  • 2020 Panini Obsidian Football Hobby Box: 4 Autographs or Memorabilia Cards Per Box
  • 2020-21 Panini Impeccable Soccer Hobby Box: At least 4 Autographs

The cards pulled from these breaks will all be processed for free through our Standard consignment service, and winners will be chosen from a random draw after the conclusion of the NSCC. Winners will receive an email notification once the cards are added to their COMC accounts. For more info about the breaks, stop by Booth #624 at the show to speak with COMC’s team!

Panel Discussion Lineups Revealed

COMC hopes to bring you closer to some of the hobby’s most knowledgeable voices with multiple panel discussions taking place right at our NSCC Booth this year. We’ll be hosting a total of five panels over the course of the event, including one on Sunday with the legendary Dr. Jim Beckett. Each of these panels will be completely free for you to attend! Check out our schedule and updated lineup of special guests below:

Friday, July 30th

11:00am –11:45am CST: Jak, Nate, & Tyler from the Cardboard Illuminati Podcast

1:00pm – 2:00pm CST: COMC Founder & CEO Tim Getsch

Saturday, July 31st

11:00am –11:45am CST: Bernie (@levelupsubs), David (@dkcards7), & Adam (@herosforsale)

12:00pm – 12:45pm: CST: Jimmy Mahn (@kentuckybasketballcards) and Jimbo Reyes (@starstockinvestor) from the Kentucky Roadshow Shop

Sunday, August 1st

11:00am –11:45am CST: Dr. James “Jim” Beckett, Founder of Beckett and Host of the Sports Card Insights Podcast

COMC is a proud sponsor of Dr. Beckett’s Sport Card Insights Podcast!

Reminder: Drop-off Submissions & Cutoff Times

Our team looks forward to accepting your drop-off consignment submissions directly at our booth throughout the show. Our team will be accepting submissions directly at our Booth #624 until 3pm Central Time on Sunday. To speed up the drop-off process, please pack your items securely and print your submission paperwork in advance if possible. Be sure to select the “Drop Off @ Chicago, IL – National Sports Collectors Convention” option within the submission wizard as shown below.

Save on shipping costs by making a drop-off submission at COMC’s NSCC Booth #624!

We have computer stations with printers set up for consignors to use at the show. These stations can get busy during peak show hours, so we encourage you to print your submission slips in advance so your drop-off process is quick and easy, and you can spend more time enjoying the National! Minimum submission quantities and add-on fees still apply for drop-off submissions. Please review our COMC Selling Rates page for more information.

Ty Dillon Set to Join COMC at the National!

NASCAR driver and card collector Ty Dillon will be signing autographs at COMC's booth!

As we announced earlier this month, COMC will be welcoming NASCAR driver Ty Dillon as a special guest at our NSCC Booth on both Friday and Saturday! Ty is not only a professional driver but an active sports card collector himself; check out his Instagram @ty_dillon to see some of his recent pulls. Stay tuned – you may even see Ty break some boxes with us as well!

Be sure to watch the video message from Ty on our Instagram: checkoutmycards! For more information about Ty’s autograph signings at our booth, please refer to our first 2021 National Blog.

See You at Booth #624!

Our team is excited to return to the National and connect with members of the COMC community. The show is an incredible opportunity to celebrate the growth and future of the trading card hobby we all love so much. If you’re able to make the trip, be sure to stop by Booth #624 and connect with our team!

For more updates about COMC’s presence and promotions at the NSCC or to follow our National adventures from home, follow us on social media: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

COMC at The National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, IL July 28th – August 1st, 2021

COMC at the National

Hello Chicago!

COMC is excited to announce our presence and festivities at this year’s 41st National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, IL (Rosemont). Whether you’re new to COMC or a long-time user, be sure to come by our booth and say hello!

The convention will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center from Wednesday, July 28th through Sunday, August 1st. COMC will have a team of employees on hand in the corporate area at Booth #624 to accept consignment submissions and to answer your questions about COMC.

Here are some of the special events you can look forward to at our booth:

  • Consignment Drop-Off Center
  • Free Box Breaks
  • Free Athlete Autograph Sessions
  • Panel Discussions
  • Live WaxPackHero Podcast Recordings
  • Time With Tim

Where to Find COMC at the Show

The 2021 National Sports Collectors Convention will be hosted at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. For more information about the show itself, visit NSCCShow.com.

COMC will be in the heart of the showroom floor within the Corporate Pavilion at Booth #624. For those of you who stopped by during the 2019 National, we are in the exact same location as we were for that year’s show.

The location of COMC's Booth #624 at the NSCC.
COMC’s Booth Number is #624 and we’ll be neighboring SGC and Heritage Auctions!

Drop-Off Submission Information

We’re excited to offer our users the option to drop off their consignment submissions directly at our booth. Whether you’ve already been preparing a new COMC submission or plan to consign cards you find at the show, save the cost of shipping by dropping off your submissions directly at the COMC Booth!

Our team at the National will be accepting submissions for the following consignment services: Elite, Auctions, Select, and Standard. Minimum submission quantities and add-on fees still apply for drop-off submissions. Please review our COMC Selling Rates page for more information.

To speed up the drop-off process, please pack your items securely for shipment and print your submission paperwork in advance. Be sure to select the “Drop Off @ Chicago, IL – National Sports Collectors Convention” option within the submission wizard as shown below.

Select "Drop Off @ Chicago, IL - National Sports Collectors Convention" within the COMC Submission Wizard.

We will have computer stations with printers set up for consignors to use at the show. These stations can get busy during peak show hours, so we encourage you to print your submission slips in advance to make your drop-off process quick and easy!

Athlete Autograph Sessions

NASCAR driver and card collector Ty Dillon will be signing autographs at COMC's booth!

We’re excited to welcome NASCAR driver Ty Dillon to our booth on both Friday and Saturday! Ty is not only a professional driver but an active sports card collector himself. He’ll be signing 100 of his official racing trading cards in each day’s autograph session, all of which we’ll be providing to then give away to COMC users! All cards once autographed will be authenticated by Beckett directly at our booth. 

You may register for each day’s random draw for a chance to receive one of the autographed cards. You must have a COMC account to register for the draw, and you may only register once per day. The cards will all be processed for free through our Standard consignment service, and winners will be chosen from a random draw after the conclusion of the NSCC. Winners will receive an email notification once the cards are added to their COMC accounts.

Registration will be available at our booth at the opening of the show on Friday and Saturday at 10am CST, so be sure to come by our booth each day to sign up.

Autograph Session Schedule:

Friday, July 30th Ty Dillon @ 3pm CST

Saturday, July 31st Ty Dillon @ 1pm CST

*If you do not have a COMC account, you can sign up for free at our booth or from your mobile device. Sign up for an account now at comc.com/Account/Register. You may only register for the drawing once per day. You may not register in advance for future days’ autograph sessions. All autographed cards will be processed into the COMC users’ accounts. You may not collect the autographed card and take it home with you from the event.

Daily Box Breaks

It wouldn’t be the National without tables filled with awesome boxes and packs, and we’re excited to share that we’ll be hosting our own live box breaks at the COMC booth. All cards pulled from these box breaks will be processed into the accounts of COMC users who stop by our booth! More details to come about which products will be part of our box breaks.

You may register for each day’s random draw for a chance to receive one of the cards from that day’s box breaks. You must have a COMC account to register for the draw, and you may only register once per day. The cards will all be processed for free through our Standard consignment service, and winners will be chosen from a random draw after the conclusion of the NSCC. Winners will receive an email notification once the cards are added to their COMC accounts.

Registration will be available at our booth at the opening of the show each day at 10am CST, so be sure to come by our booth each day to enter into the giveaway for cards from each day’s breaks.

*If you do not have a COMC account, you can sign up for free at our booth or from your mobile device at the show. Sign up for an account now at comc.com/Account/Register. You may only register for that day’s box breaks the day of the box break. You may not register in advance for future days’ box breaks. All cards pulled from the breaks will be processed into the winners’ COMC accounts. You may not collect the cards at our booth and take them home with you from the event.

Panel Discussions

COMC will be hosting live panel discussions about the trading card hobby at our booth. These curated panels will feature industry experts, hobby entrepreneurs, social media influencers, and more who will share their journeys, discuss hobby news, and provide you with valuable insights. The panel discussions will range from 45 to 50 minutes each, and we’ll be announcing the lineups for each day’s panel discussions on our social media channels leading up to the show.

Live Podcast Recording

COMC is proud to be the title sponsor of Mike Sommer’s weekly WaxPackHero Sports Card Minute podcast. We’re excited to be hosting live podcast recordings of the WaxPackHero Podcast! Mike will be recording a recap of each day’s event live from our booth at 5pm CST on Thursday, Friday & Saturday. He’ll have guests join him to discuss each day’s events, speakers, and action from the event. If you aren’t already subscribed, make sure to check out the WaxPackHero Sports Card Minute podcast!

Time with Tim

COMC Founder and CEO Tim Getsch looks forward to meeting with our users and members of the trading card community to hear their feedback, ideas, and experiences they’ve had with our services.

If you’d like to request to meet with Tim for up to 30 minutes at the NSCC, please email us at timewithtim@comc.com. In your email please include the dates and times you’re available to meet, as well as a short list of the topics you wish to discuss. Please send your meeting request by no later than Monday, July 19th. You will be notified by email of your appointment time on Thursday, July 22nd. 

We’ll See You In Chicago!

Our team is excited to return to the National and connect with members of the COMC community. The show is an incredible opportunity to celebrate the growth and future of the trading card hobby that we all love so much.

As the countdown to the show continues, stay tuned for more updates about COMC’s presence and promotions at the National by following us on social media: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

COMC Company Update – July 2021

COMC Company Update - A Message from the President Julia Getsch, July 2021

As we continue to focus on improving our shipping and customer service experience, I would like to share some important updates regarding our progress.

I previously relayed some challenges we have faced with staffing to support the hobby growth and get established in our new building. Throughout June, we continued adding more than five new team members per week to drive down our shipping times. The good news is that we reduced our Rushed Shipping turnaround by more than ten days in June.  A key focus of July is to get Rushed Shipping back down to 5 days and maintain that consistently going forward.

We discovered a particular growth pain in June that impacted delivery times. Due to an error in our system related to the move, some expensive items and large orders were not appropriately prioritized and, as a result, experienced additional delays. This was exceptionally painful for us, and this system issue is now resolved. Going forward, you should experience consistent improvements in ship times, especially for our Rushed and Express services.

While experiencing delays in shipping, many of you reached out to Customer Service. Those of you who have been with us for a while know that we pride ourselves on having industry-leading customer service and have high standards for our team. We hire collectors, and there is a lengthy onboarding process and learning curve to come up to speed on our one-of-a-kind system. Over the past year, with the industry growth and our compounding shipping issues, our customer service ticket volume has skyrocketed.  Here is what we have done in response:

  • We increased the size of our Customer Service team from 5 to 20 agents.
  • We built training resources so new team members are better equipped with the answers you need.
  • We extended CS support times to provide around-the-clock coverage.

In June, we reduced our ticket backlog from 12K to 6.5K. We are currently responding to 70% of tickets within 24 hours. As we continue working through the backlog of tickets, our CS team’s goal is to achieve a 100% response time in fewer than 24 hours by the end of July. Once we achieve this goal, we will resume offering real-time support during business hours to ensure we respond to and resolve your issues as quickly as possible. The mission of COMC has always been to “optimize enjoyment for collectors.” We are committed to improving your experience and regaining your trust. Tim and I will not stop until COMC is making you smile once again.

Thank you,

Julia Getsch

– COMC President and Cofounder

What Will Be COMC’s One Hundred Millionth Item?

COMC Item #100 Million is Coming Summer 2021!

Safe & Easy Consignment for 100 Million Items

Since we started accepting consignments in 2007, the COMC team has had the privilege of listing, storing, and selling tens of millions of trading cards on behalf of collectors around the world.

We’re extremely grateful for your continued business with COMC, and we’re excited to share that this summer we will process our 100 millionth consigned item!


Tim Getsch Offers to Buy Item #100 Million for $1,000 Plus Card's Fair Market Value. Learn more at blog.comc.com.

A Special Offer from COMC’s Founder and CEO

To celebrate this incredible milestone, COMC founder & CEO Tim Getsch is offering to buy the consigned card assigned COMC item number #100,000,000 for $1,000 plus the card’s fair market value, all in the form of COMC Store Credit. Only items consigned through our Select processing service will be eligible for this offer.

For the full list of which types of trading cards are accepted for COMC’s consignment services head to our Supported Trading Cards page.

When you consign with COMC, our team fully prepares and lists your cards on the COMC Marketplace and eBay Store. Once sold, our team handles all of the shipping and fulfillment. To learn more about our consignment services, visit our COMC Selling page.

Once COMC Item #100 Million is processed, we’ll be sure to share which card earned this distinction! For more updates along the way, follow us on Instagram: checkoutmycards


Terms and Conditions

Item number #100,000,000 will be randomly selected from items submitted to our Select processing service. The purchase amount of the item will be determined using the current fair market value of the card plus an additional $1,000 (fair market value + $1,000). The total purchase price will be deposited to the consigner’s COMC account in the form of COMC Store Credit. If you wish to be excluded from this promotion, please write EXCLUDE ME on your Select submission paperwork. Prior to COMC Item #100,000,000 being deposited into the winning consignor’s COMC account, the winner will be contacted via email to confirm the sale of their card before COMC completes the transaction.


If you have additional questions about this promotion and our consignment services, please email staff@comc.com.

COMC Company Update – June 2021

From the very beginning, I have been fortunate to be a part of COMC’s growth and continued efforts to optimize your joy in the hobby. Today, I have an important message to address many of the concerns raised over the past few months regarding our current shipping experience.  

In most of our history, COMC has been known for reliable shipping and customer service.  Starting with the launch of our support for eBay auctions, which carried into the global pandemic of 2020, and combined with the tremendous growth of our industry, our ship times have lagged significantly. The most critical factors impacting our ability to fulfill shipment requests have been adapting our processes to operate in the pandemic, a labor shortage as a result of the pandemic, and running out of warehouse space. We are collectors here at COMC and genuinely feel the frustration that shipping delays have caused.

For full transparency, in March 2020, we shipped over 25K packages with an average ship time of under 3 days. While our capacity has steadily increased over the months, our average ship time has gotten worse due to transitioning and onboarding at the new location.  For perspective, in May 2021 we broke a COMC record by shipping over 45K packages; and while this is great news, we are working to get our shipments out in a more consistent and reliable time frame. Rest assured that we have a plan and are committed to getting there.

In the last 3 months we moved our entire packaging department to our new facility where we installed new warehouse automation, and we have improved our recruiting, onboarding, and training. COMC is focused on continued shipping improvements and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust to our new location, team, and equipment. 

Additionally, in response to the situation: 

  • We are currently hiring 5-10 new team members per week with the goal of growing the company to 400 employees by the end of 2021.

  • Every outgoing card is now individually barcoded, which is a tangible, new improvement to ensure accuracy.

  • We have increased our Customer Service support with 10 new hires since February 1, 2021.

  • We have created several new support roles on-site dedicated to expediting orders.

COMC takes the delivery of your valued assets seriously and will continue to prioritize improvements to reduce shipping turnaround times. Company-wide, from top to bottom, our teams are working around the clock to resolve overdue orders.  We truly regret any inconvenience our delays have caused you. 

On a personal note, Tim Getsch (COMC CEO & Founder) and I are on the ground at our new location, working closely with the team to ensure our success. I am committing to reporting the improvements COMC is making every month as the trading card industry continues to grow and evolve. I look forward to sharing these regular updates about how COMC is providing quality and integrity in the delivery of your collectibles. 

Thank you,

Julia Getsch

– COMC President and Cofounder

COMC Social Media 7 Days A Week

COMC has recently added several new content features to engage with on our Social Media, and we invite you to come take a look. Seven days a week, COMC Social Media provides unique card stories, info on upcoming card releases, previews of auctions ending soon, and important company news as we grow. With over 24 million cards consigned to us by tens-of-thousands of sellers worldwide, we have a lot to share and COMC curates the best for you every day on Social Media! Come check out COMC on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Here’s a brief description about what you’ll find everyday via our Social Media:


Company News and Updates

There is a lot of change in the industry, especially this year. Learn more about the most up-to-date changes and company happenings via our Social Media announcements.


Sports News and Matchups

In the world of sports there are constantly milestones achieved, heated matchups to watch, and even records broken. Check out trading cards connected to the players making headlines.  


Trading Post

COMC presents noteworthy trading cards from beyond the big five conventional sports. From Pokémon to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and tennis to wrestling cards, the Trading Post explores the rich diversity of cards in the hobby. 


7 Day $0.99 Cent No Reserve Auctions

COMC Auctions lists new 7-Day, $0.99 no reserve auctions every day on our eBay store. Check out the hottest auctions ending each week on our Social Media! 


Breakin’ News

Updates on new trading card releases, and there are many! COMC provides estimated release dates paired with our experts’ picks on previous year favorites. 


Flip Fridays

On COMC, you can buy and then reprice other people’s trading cards in a few clicks without ever touching or shipping them yourself. Every Friday we share some of the week’s best trading card flips made by COMC users. Tag us in your COMC flips on social media for a chance to be showcased! 


Elite New Arrivals

The COMC Elite service is our premier consignment experience, ideal for high-end trading cards. Each week we share stunning COMC Elite trading cards recently added to our marketplace. 


Rookie FAX

Who doesn’t love Rookie Cards? Every Wednesday, we showcase good value rookie cards currently available on COMC. Rookie FAX cards are chosen for being either iconic, beautifully designed, culturally significant, undervalued, overlooked, or just a solid choice for a first-year card. 


If you enjoy trading cards and want to keep up with the latest news from COMC, please connect with us via Social Media. If you like trading cards, you’ll find something fun and engaging 7 days a week! 

Instagram: instagram.com/checkoutmycards

Facebook: facebook.com/comc

Twitter: twitter.com/checkoutmycards

Introducing, Rookie FAX

If you collect trading cards, then you know how important rookies are! We’ve all had the thrill of pulling a new rookie and pondering if they’re on their way to becoming a superstar, or finally pulling the trigger to acquire an iconic rookie card of a favorite player. Rookies, simply put, are a huge part of the magical allure of trading cards, which is why we’re introducing a new, weekly content series called Rookie FAX.

2015 Bowman Draft Chrome Ke'Bryan Hayes Asia Exclusive Black Refractor #137
Ke’Bryan Hayes 2015 Bowman Draft Chrome Asia Exclusive Black Refractor #137

An Expanding Portfolio of Rookies

Great rookies cards yield value since they are the first version of a player’s card; and one of the unchanging rules of the industry is that rookies consistently command higher levels of desirability! Recently, the price of some rookies have risen astronomically, sometimes even pulling second-tier, previously overlooked rookies upward along the way with them. With each passing year of hobby growth, there are more rookie cards of each player and it takes time for clear market favorites to establish themselves. Another trend in the industry are new, emerging categories, or old ones being rediscovered, and with all these trends together, there is a deeper and more diverse range of rookie cards than ever before.

2011 Upper Deck MLS Alex Morgan #198 Rookie Card
Alex Morgan 2011 Upper Deck – MLS #198

Welcome to Rookie FAX

With more rookies to keep track of as the industry grows, our team at COMC is proud to introduce “Rookie FAX”, a weekly curated pick showcasing good value and emerging rookie cards currently available on COMC. Why FAX? Seeing the popularity of the slang “Facts” explode in 2020 as a term of undisputed truth, we’ve recently seen it taken one step further, shortened to just “fax”. And, well, we just thought it was cool.  

What are Rookie FAX?

These cards are chosen for being either iconic, beautifully designed, culturally significant, undervalued, overlooked, or just a solid choice for a first-year card.  Some Rookie FAX you’ll know and love, some Rookie FAX will come as a surprise, and some may even cause debate, but they are all cards that stand-out as special (out of the other 7 Million unique cards currently available for sale on COMC!)  

1996-97 Fleer Ultra Kobe Bryant Rookie Card #52
Kobe Bryant 1996-97 Fleer Ultra #52

Every Wednesday, Get Them Fast

It is our hope that Rookie FAX becomes a helpful tool in curating up-and-coming prospects and great value rookie cards, intelligently picked for collectors and investors alike. As conversations surrounding 5 and 6-figure cards continue to spiral upward, Rookie FAX are here as a reminder that great cards do not always need to break the bank and that card collecting is still all about having fun – Facts!

About the Author

Robert has been passionate about cards ever since he was young. After graduating from UC Berkeley, his interest in collectibles led to a career in marketing, product management, and eCommerce. Having worked at Google, APMEX, and Collectors Universe, Robert brings a wealth of experience to the COMC team through the lens of a collector, investor, and digital Marketing Manager.

BGS Grading Changes and Expedited Services Update

Hello COMC Nation!

Each Spring we announce updates and changes to the Beckett Grading Services offered through COMC. This year, we are bringing to you our fastest BGS turn-around time ever with our new 3-Week service. Additionally, we are making changes to our current 6-Week service level so we can continue to meet our customer’s expectations of accurate and guaranteed time frames.

Please note that regardless of service level chosen, all items submitted for grading through COMC are subject to the 1% declared value fee for insurance purposes. Items can be submitted for grading via the actions tab of the item that you want to submit to grading within your COMC inventory manager.

What’s Changing on April 25th, 2018:

New 3-Week Expedited BGS Service Level Added!

You asked and we listened! We all know that players can get hot in an instant and market value can change in the blink of an eye. Starting this week, COMC Members seeking grading services for their time-sensitive items can submit their items to our new 3-Week expedited BGS Service, our fastest turnaround time ever. We’re offering the 3-Week service at $40 per item, with autographed cards an additional $2 and oversized cards an additional $8.

Changes to our current 6-Week Service

In accordance with a BGS rate increase in 2018, COMC is also adjusting rates to reflect those changes. The base rate for our 6-Week service is now $21, with add-ons of $2 for autographs and $8 per oversized item. The guaranteed time frame for this service will remain unchanged.

The cut-off time to submit items under the old rate is April 24th, 2018 at 11:59pm.