It’s been a few weeks since our last COMC Challenge as the company worked through some changes following the end of their pricing relationship with Beckett. In order to allow COMC to start with all their new processes, we were perfectly willing to back burner this series for a couple of months to allow COMC to continue their corporate transition but we’re now ready to roll … [Read more...] about COMC Challenge: 1999 Topps Crystal
First, we'd like to congratulate Brian Russ, the winner of the last COMC Challenge which asked for you to submit additions to Dennis Biddle's Negro League set checklist. That set has been used by various players primarily for signing autographs at card shows and through the mail. Brian added seven cards to the checklist for COMC. Since these sets are player licensed we see no … [Read more...] about COMC Challenge: 1951 Burger Beer Cincinnati Reds
When I was at Beckett and the primary editor of the Beckett Almanac of Baseball Cards and Collectibles, there were always some cards which bothered me because I wanted to get to catalog them and add them to the burgeoning Beckett data base. Among the sets which truly bothered me was a set featuring period photos of players with a biography and a black back. Somewhere in the … [Read more...] about COMC Challenge: Checklist for This Set of Negro Leaguers
Well, for the first time, we hit a stumper with our 1997 Topps Mint Challenge. We are no further along than we were when we began that discussion a few weeks ago. We still do not know if this was a furtive test issue, an accidental slippage into packs of a few cards or even just a mistake which got out. I suppose we'll continue to consider this a hobby mystery and hope that … [Read more...] about COMC Challenge: White/Silver Variations in 1994 Collectors Choice
To begin we'd like to thank Scott Allen for being the winner of COMC Challenge #3. He earned 1.300 history points for providing a great link to a checklist for the N245 Actor and Actresses set. Those cards are extremely popular and a great telescope to famous people in the late 19th century. For Challenge #4, we are going to return to baseball and 1997 for another real … [Read more...] about COMC Challenge: 1997 Topps Mint
We’d like to begin by congratulating the winner of COMC Challenge #2, Stephen Schauer of Cincinnati, OH who correctly completed the three-card 1997 Topps retail baseball set by naming Chipper Jones as card #1 (Ken Griffey Jr. and Cal Ripken complete the set). We did receive a whole bunch of entries for our last contest and I want to thank you for participating. COMC … [Read more...] about COMC Challenge: Sweet Caporal Doesn’t Always Mean Baseball Cards
We'd like to thank everyone who participated in our first COMC Challenge and we learned some things which will improve future segments. We'd also like to begin by congratulating John Ayres, the winner of the first contest. The first adjustment will be that instead of the first correct answer, we will keep track of all correct answers and then have a random drawing for a … [Read more...] about COMC Challenge: Can You ID One of the Other Cards From This Jumbo Retail Set?
The last few years I was at Beckett, one of my three monthly columns was the "Almanac Set of the Month" in which I would write two to four paragraphs about some newly added set to the Beckett data base or about an "oddball" set I just wanted to pontificate about. Now, it’s time to take the concept one step further and that’s what we’re going to do starting this week with the … [Read more...] about Launch of The COMC Challenge: Help Complete Checklists