COMC is a popular option for selling cards and has proven lasting power. It has expanded its operations consistently over the 15 years it has been in business. We provide you with the ultimate COMC review to decide if their services meet your needs.
COMC is a consignment marketplace. The initials stand for Check Out My Cards.
It touts itself as a common-sense alternative to dealing with established auction houses and eBay by combining the advantages of both. Large trusted sellers tend to have higher prices. Meanwhile, eBay presents the inherent risk of scams for both buyers and sellers.
COMC accepts consignment from many small sellers and therefore has competitive prices. Meanwhile, it is a large and recognized consignment company with established practices. Consequently, it minimizes risk on both ends of transactions.
That, at least, is their sales pitch.
COMC is a relatively veteran institution in the hobby. It was created in 2007 by CEO and founder Tim Getsch, a former Microsoft employee and avid collector.
The company expanded quickly and has been quite successful.
The COMC catalog appears on their website. Unfortunately, there is no physical catalog available.
The website has a good overall selection of cards on the website. In terms of the different sports:
The number and selection of basketball cards are surprisingly low. So if that is the center of your collection, you may want to look elsewhere.
The cards are heavily skewed towards more modern cards. For example, less than 150,000 baseball cards are vintage, with barely any pre-war items available. In addition, there are considerably fewer vintage cards in other sports. Therefore, vintage collectors are unlikely to be impressed.
Bottom line: if you are a collector of modern baseball or football cards, the selection is very good. For everyone else, it could be better.
One thing I do not like about the site, the way you pay for cards. You can’t buy cards directly with your credit card or PayPal. You have to purchase store credit.
So when I bought my Tatis card, I had to put in $40 of store credit (the next lowest unit was $25) to buy a $26 card. It isn’t a big deal because you can get a refund if the money is unused for 30 days. But it is clearly a cheap ploy to get you to use their system more, and I think it is unpleasant and unnecessary.
Ever since I wrote my article on minor league cards, I have wanted the 2017 Midwest League Top Prospects Fernando Tatis Jr. card. Unfortunately, a seller had it up raw for $25.24.
It is a reasonable price. There are comparable cards for anywhere between $30 and $75 on eBay. But just to be annoying, I shot the seller a low-ball $20 offer to see what would happen.
The seller hit me back with a reasonable counter-offer of $22.25 two hours later, and we were off to the races. After I finished patting myself on the back for my massive 12% savings, I had to figure out what to do with my card.
I didn’t particularly want to sell this fabulous card. But, I wanted to explore what I can do on the platform, so I decided to turn around and place it on auction.
One of the best advantages of COMC is how easily you can resell items you purchased on the platform. For example, let’s say you bought a Tua Tagovailoa signed rookie for a steal. You can immediately ask that it be listed on COMC for what you think it’s worth. You do not need to have the card in hand or ever lay hands on it.
However, the process is not seamless. We will get into some of the problems that arise later in this review.
There are two options for selling your cards on COMC. Let’s take a look at both.
The platform has three different options for consignment. Let’s take a look at each:
|Service Level||Per-Item Fee||Minimum Submission||Turnaround Time|
|Select||$0.50||20 cards||16 weeks|
|Standard||$1||10 cards||2 weeks|
|Elite||$2||No minimum||2 weeks|
There is also a charge for extras:
Cards you bought on the platform can be directly forwarded for consignment.
If you want to consign cards you have in hand, the process is relatively straightforward:
I immediately discovered there was a catch. Even though I now owned the card, I had to reclassify it as elite to sell it at the cost of $2. So I bit the bullet and sent it to be reclassified. Unfortunately, once you do that, your item disappears from your inventory which is somewhat disconcerting, and you have to wait until it is returned after two weeks.
But that wasn’t the only catch either. If I want to auction my cards, it says “no submission fee,” which is nice. But the following terms apply:
There are no separate fees for buyers aside from sales tax.
COMC uses PayPal as the primary method of buying store credit. However, you can use credit cards through PayPal without an account.
You use PayPal to buy store credit. At least store credit is 1:1, and there is no hidden fee. I checked.
However, there is always a catch. If you want to cash out your credit, COMC takes a 10% fee of your sum if you have sold any cards. If you haven’t been selling, you get the entire amount back, right? Not exactly. You can only bypass the cash-out fee if you ask for the money back in 30 days. There is an extra fee of 1$ for a PayPal refund and a $3 fee if you request a check.
Yes. One of the nice things about this platform is has a section for sales to see all items immediately.
One of the cooler features is port sales. These are basically lot sales, ostensibly at discount prices. However, unlike many lot sales on eBay or social media, you can see every card clearly. This takes away the mystery but allows you to make more sound buying decisions.
Unlike dealing with eBay, COMC ships all of the items themselves. This process can be an advantage for high-volume buyers. On eBay, you pay shipping for every item. Meanwhile, on COMC, you can purchase items over time and ask that they be shipped when you are ready for one flat fee.
I bought a Tatis minor league SGC 9, which I may eventually send over to PSA for a crossover grade.
I had three options for shipping. This is how they were listed:
Not exactly a difficult choice, right? I asked to have my card shipped and forgot about it, hoping for a fun mail day in a week or two.
That didn’t happen. The cards did not arrive, and I logged back in after a while. I looked at the status, and the status said: “shipment request successfully completed.” Great! So, when was it shipping? Three months from the date I asked for the card. Real quick, and efficient. And that reflects my problems with the site overall.
I like this platform, but it has some things I would like to see changed.
COMC saves you a lot of hassle in buying and selling cards. However, it limits your flexibility and slows you down in all sorts of needless ways. The website claims that “all of your items remain in your control at all times.” But it doesn’t always feel that way.
For example, if you want your cards shipped or auctioned, you have to wait for an unreasonably long period of time. In addition, some fees and catches require reading the fine print and gave me the feeling I was being nickeled and dimed.
But the bottomline of this COMC review is that the business model is solid. It does save you a lot of hassle in buying and selling cards. It has a vibrant community of users and a good selection of modern football and baseball cards.