Just four months in, father-and-son duo Tom and Tristan Petraglia have taken COMC by storm. Since having their first batch of cards appear on the site Feb. 3, SteelCitySportsCards1 has risen up the top-seller list in virtually no time.
This week, they eclipsed the $100,000 mark in terms of listed book value. It is the fastest any seller has joined this exclusive club. This is also the first account to eclipse $100,000 book value without making it to the top 10 list. I am sure they will be joining the top 10 very soon.
This success rate, however, should come as no surprise since the Pittsburgh-based Petraglia’s have thrived in the online sports cards business the past four years. “There’s two things we would look for: local inventory, like Penguins, Steelers or Pirates stuff, and then cards that dealers were just sitting on and they wanted to get out from under — so they priced them low,” said Tristan, who decided in the mid-1980’s to start working on a 1979 Topps baseball set with his father since that is his birth year.
Even though Tristan first learned about COMC at the 2007 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, it wasn’t until a conversation last summer with COMC seller ohiomike that Tristan decided to try it. “You guys have created a special, special thing, and I’m just excited to be a part of it from the ground up,” he said.
By the end of February, approximately 4,000 cards were up for sale, and almost 7,000 were in the account by May. That’s the month when the Petraglia’s submitted another 4,000 or so.
But it’s the approximate 1,000 this week that put them over the edge. With several more approaching due dates, SteelCitySportsCards1 is projected to have approximately 17,000 cards by the end of the month.
“This is hands down the best site that we could have possibly chosen,” said Tristan, who has been freed up to help a friend run a cell phone accessory stand while the latter is tending to personal matters. “Getting away from the headaches and confusion with customer feedback and everything else is just invaluable.”