Wednesday, August 24, 2016

COMC?

Hopefully I do not offend anyone but as I sit here recovering from Rotator Cuff surgery (hence more frequent posts) I am browsing vintage St. Louis Cardinals (Football) cards on COMC. I am struck by how, for the most part, over the top prices are. I know many readers sell on COMC and I have considered it myself so I recoup some of the money spent on cracking boxes etc. However, I rarely buy from them. I think I have-twice, once some cheap Redbird autos and another some odd ball cards including a few OPC. But for vintage there is no way I would shop on the site. Below are some examples of what I have found.

A raw NM/MT copy of Jim Hart 's 1968 Topps rookie card on COMC has a list price of $45.25. On the Bay a raw NM/MT  copy has a BIN price of $16.15 from a dealer that I have bought from. 

Another example is a raw NM 1963 Topps #153 Jimmy Hill. On COMC this will set you back $30.25. On the Bay the below PSA 8 NM/MT copy is yours with a BIN price of $14.95. 
Finally, a brief example from the '70s. A high number raw NM/MT 1972 Topps #327 Miller Farr on COMC will set you back $50.25. This PSA 9 copy has a BIN price of $47.99 on the Bay. 
I am not trying to rip on COMC. When I ordered from them I received excellent service. From what I understand they offer better seller terms? I am interested on how others utilize COMC. What am I missing? What do others typically buy from COMC? I know many folks swear by them but I need a little more convincing and guidance.

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  1. There are a couple sellers on there with insane prices, but most cards are very good on price. A few months back I got 236 cards for $200. Could have gotten more but I splurged on some rarities. Got back as old as 1905 too. They do let sellers choose prices to ask and some invariably are too high. Maybe it's a football seller who by coincidence put up all three cards you looked at?

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    1. Sounds like you did pretty well. Could be the same seller

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  2. The seller for all three cards is a third party who has some sort of arrangement with COMC; You may notice that the scans have a dark background and there's a footnote that says "Items stored remotely".

    As Billy said, it's usually just a couple of sellers who have the ridiculous prices.

    The other thing to keep in mind is that you can always make an offer. I believe some sellers use that as a strategy; price it high so there's room for negotiation.

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    1. I will have to throw out some offers, the could be the key

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  3. I have good luck finding deals on cheap autos/jerseys for my WVU collection. eBay is still king for my Pirates collection.

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    1. I don't know what t is about COMC but their autos and game used are on the cheap side,at least from my experience. I picked about 20 autos for less than $100.

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  4. Bid low also works for me often on comc

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  5. I only buy from COMC twice a year unless a Lankford card pops up that I need. They always run a sale around Black Friday and Memorial Day. Buy 25 cards at any price and receive free shipping. A lot of sellers will discount their items during these sales. I also make offers on cards instead of buying at full price. Some dealers have an auto accept up to a certain percentage.

    Sorry to hear about the surgery. You would fit right in with the rest of the Cardinals roster.

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    1. I have been meaning to partake in the Black Friday sale. A couple of mall shows ago Fuji told COMC was there selling a ton of dime box cards but I didn't make it to his table.

      Thank you, I wish I could say it was sports injury, but alas just a car accident

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