2020 Tokyo Olympics: Trading Cards to Watch

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

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

Men’s Basketball: Can Team USA Bounce Back?

Kevin Durant

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

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

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

Simone Biles: Earns Team Silver Before Exiting Competition

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

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

Skateboarding Makes Its Olympic Debut

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

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

Olympic Baseball is Back!

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

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

USWNT: Going for the Gold

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

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

More Olympians’ Trading Cards, Past and Present

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

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

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

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

COMC Now Accepting CSG Cards

COMC is excited to announce we now accept cards graded by CSG Certified Sports Guaranty. CSG is backed by the same ownership and management team behind NGC, PMG and CGC who are branded leaders in coin, paper money and comic book certification services.

With 30+ years experience in certifying collectibles it was a logical extension for the founding group of NGC to expand services to gaming cards with CGC Certified Grading Company and sports cards under CSG (both accepted by COMC). Collectibles certified with CSG and CGC offer guarantees of authenticity and accuracy, as well as top-notch security elements to prevent against tampering and counterfeiting. COMC confidently welcomes cards graded by CSG to our marketplace!


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.


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.

Our Biggest Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale Ever!

As a ‘Thank You’ to all our loyal COMC members, we’re offering our biggest sale ever, November 27th through November 30th.

All times listed are based on Pacific Standard Time.

Take advantage of our BIGGEST savings & promotions this weekend!

  • Earn 5% Store Credit on all COMC Marketplace items purchased with your COMC account
  • FREE sales promotions for COMC Sellers
  • Daily prizes and giveaways on COMC.com & our social media accounts

Earn 5% Store Credit on COMC Marketplace Purchases

If there was ever a perfect time to buy, now’s that time – The more you spend, the more you get! For ALL items purchased in the COMC Marketplace with your COMC account between November 27th 12:01am PST to November 30th 11:59pm PST, you’ll receive 5% store credit, which will automatically be applied to your account on December 7th.

Don’t have a free COMC account? Easily register for your free COMC account and make sure to complete all your purchases through your account to be eligible for the 5% store credit offer.

By using your COMC account to purchase items with COMC Credit, you can decide when you want items shipped. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of one of the benefits of COMC, to buy now and ship later!

FREE Sales Promotions for COMC Sellers

COMC sellers can run sales promotions for FREE this weekend! You can easily set up your Black Friday Weekend and Cyber Monday sales now on the Promotions Manager page. Setting up these sales promotions will showcase your COMC port on the COMC.com Sales Page during this exciting sales event!

Don’t wait! Set up your Black Friday Weekend & Cyber Monday sales today!
Access your Promotions Manager page.

Prizes & Giveaways!

Social Media Giveaways

Follow COMC on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for daily social media giveaways Black Friday through Cyber Monday! We will be giving away one card each day and five COMC swag bags each day! Find out more and enter by following our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages.

Friday: 2016 Panini Torque – Quad Materials #QM-CE – Chase Elliott /199 

Saturday: 2018-19 Panini Donruss – [Base] – Optic #189 – Rated Rookies – Jadon Sancho [SGC 9 MINT]

Sunday: 2019 Panini Phoenix – Rising Rookie Material Signature – Gloves #RR-1 – Kyler Murray /35

Monday: 2016 Pokémon XY Evolutions – 20th Anniversary Expansion Pack [Base] #12 – Charizard EX

Online Giveaways

With any COMC account purchase, you will automatically be entered into the drawing for the Daily Card Giveaway on the day of your purchase. If you make a purchase each of the four days during the sale, you will be entered for each of four daily drawings!

Friday: 2019-20 Upper Deck Allure – [Base] – Blue Line Auto Jerseys #100 – Rookies – Jack Hughes /99

Saturday: 2017 Panini Black Friday – Happy Holidays Santa Hat Relics – Cracked Ice #HH-DB – Devin Booker /25

Sunday: 2001 Upper Deck – Golf Gallery #GG4 – Tiger Woods [BGS 9.5 GEM MINT] 

Monday: 2020 Topps Diamond Icons – Autographs #AC-RA – Ronald Acuna Jr. /25

You may also enter the Daily Giveaway without making a purchase by completing our Black Friday / Cyber Monday Drawing Entry Form. Visit our Online Daily Giveaway Entry Form Page for the updated link each day beginning Friday, November 27th through Monday, November 30th. 


Check out our Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sales Event Page for additional information!

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:

Instagram:

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!

Twitter

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.

Facebook

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!

6,000+ Fresh New Graded Trading Cards Coming to the COMC Marketplace on July 3rd!

Kick off your Independence Day Weekend with a bang!

We’re getting the fireworks started early this year courtesy of COMC seller HawkDynasty! Over 6,000 fresh new graded trading cards are coming to the COMC Marketplace and will all be going live for sale on July 3rd at 7:00 PM PST.

We’ve had a chance to preview this massive collection of graded cards that Hawkdynasty recently consigned and can assure there is something for every collector to be found here! Here are some of the highlights from this massive drop of graded trading cards:

  • Over 6,000 modern and vintage trading cards.
  • Baseball, football, basketball, hockey, golf, Pokemon & more!
  • Low-end to ultra-high end.
  • High-Grade vintage cards from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
  • Coveted Prospects, Young Guns, and Rookie Cards.
  • Autographed, memorabilia, and low serial numbered cards.
  • Pokemon Cards ranging from Base Set to Sun & Moon.
  • And so much more!

This is just a small taste of some of the cards you’ll be able to find as part of this massive card drop on July 3rd: