It was hard to avoid running into some employees of COMC at the 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention. The company’s booth was in the middle of the action in the corporate area. Walk through and you’d likely run into at least one of them offering to help you submit your show purchases via a handy online setup and have them shipped back to company headquarters near Seattle at no charge. If you had a submission of cards printed at home, you could drop it off at the booth, too.
CEO Tim Getsch told us he expects to ship about 2,000 pounds of cards back to Washington for processing.
And if you weren’t a member, employees were there to answer questions.
Adding buyers and sellers to the website was also part of the company’s National agenda, which was important enough that they actually created a 3-D printing of potential booth layouts this year before leaving the west coast for Chicago.
Since launching ten years ago, COMC has become a huge presence in the hobby, with thousands of users, new partnerships with eBay and Amazon completed in recent years, along with a collaboration with Upper Deck.
COMC recently announced some price changes to its submission structure, with traditional submissions now costing 30 cents and adjustments made to other tiers including some lower costs for graded cards.
We talked with Getsch about the National, those price changes and what’s ahead. The interview is in two parts below.