Saturday, August 3, 2019

Summer Sale Six-Pack and more TCDB Trades

Am I the only one who found the COMC Summer Sale a bit unnecessary? Wasn't the Spring Cleaning sale just two months ago? I suppose I shouldn't complain, but I've never been less excited about a COMC sale. There was one card that I really wanted, and it was on sale before the promotion began. Regardless, I charged my credit card the requisite $21.35 or so. 

And then..nothing. My card was charged, I got the confirmation e-mail, but my COMC credit was still $0.00.

I waited, and refreshed .. and waited .. and refreshed. Thirty minutes passed, and I still had three goose eggs staring at me. Where the f*ck is my money?!?!

I e-mailed COMC support. A few minutes later I got what looked like an automated reply confirming that $20 had been added to my account. The next day I got an e-mail from an actual human person explaining that these transactions are not always instant(though they had always been instant for me.)  I guess it's a good thing I wasn't frantically trying to grab a certain card that had just hit the site, or something priced to move in an instant. :/'s the card I'd had my eye on for over a week. As usual, I'm posting about these long before I get them in-hand since I will probably forget to do so in December:

I've been passively collecting Canadiens cards from the 1970's, but as I said before on this blog the main obstacle to this project is Ken Dryden. I didn't think I'd find an affordable card produced during his brief but brilliant career. This might have two strikes against it for some collectors - it's PSA-graded and it's a Topps hockey card. But it was only $9.00.

The next problem I ran into was deciding what to do with the remaining $11. I searched and searched as often as I could, but I was finding cards for other bloggers more than myself.  Finally, I found another card that I had wanted for most of my collecting life:

What?!? Another Topps hockey card?  At least this one's not graded. This is Steve Yzerman's second-year card. I've never been a fan of the Red Wings or Stevie Y but I never disliked them, either. And Yzerman has always had cool looking cards. This one appeals to me for its simplicity; the red and white really pops here. I was thrilled to find a well-centered and (hopefully) sharp-cornered example for just $3.21

I'm going to speed this up since I want to discuss TCDB trade packages, too. The rest of my "COMC Blaster" included a P.K. Subban relic for $1.75:

This Upper Deck Compendium Grail Glory insert that I probably paid too much for since it's tied to ePack I couldn't pass up for $2.10:

A serial numbered Brett Favre redemption prize from 1995 Classic Pro Line that was way underpriced IMO.

I was happy to add it to my cart for just $0.65. The cheapest remaining copy is $3.40 on sale.

Finally (and I do mean finally) I can cross the Nikola Jokic RC off my 2015-16 Donruss need list. 

This will be the first/only Jokic card in my small but growing basketball collection. So if anyone has some Jokers they can spare, let me know and I'd be happy to return fire with something you collect.

The $3.05 I spent on this Jokic RC brings my total to $19.76. I've been able to add some challenge credit to the remaining 24 cents so I might not be done with this sale just yet. But that's my "blaster."

Since my last post on Wednesday I received five trade packages in the mail. I'm not going to scan all the cards but I'll summarize them here and show off a few highlights:

I sent sixteen surplus singles from 2016 and 2017 Topps to TCDB user jt58203 for 12 cards: some set fillers for 1994 Fleer, 2018 Topps, 2019 Topps, and three cards for my team PCs.

Roger Bailey was featured in my post about New Haven Ravens. I don't know if I'm going to do any more Connecticut Cards posts. Initially I thought about creating a second blog and writing a very brief summary of a different card every day - but who would read such a blog?

In early June I made an offer to TCDB user Hundomatic for some 2017 Topps Heritage needs. He never responded. I tried again in July, and again he did not respond. That's when I noticed he posted a question in the forum - and another user asked him to respond to their trade offer. So I piled on a bit, and eventually Hundo and I agreed to a deal:

The reason I was so persistent is the Beatles card at the top right; it's the last one I needed to complete the News Flashbacks insert set and the only other user who has one for trade isn't trading.  

One more trade for today. This one comes from user aint56cool (side note: yes it is) Mike is endeavoring to complete every Topps baseball card set all the way back to - you guessed it - 1956. I wanted to help his cause so I offered what I could, which ended up being 14 cards from 1971-1982. In return I got two envelopes. One was a surprise gift:

Pro Set Packers! Unfortunately the only one I needed for my '90s Packers project was Head Coach Lindy Infante - and I didn't fit him into the scan. It was a nice thought, though.

These are the cards I traded for. It wasn't easy to get quality in exchange for quantity, and I really appreciate Mike working with me on this trade. If you're on TCDB and you've got some vintage-ish singles to trade, hit him up.

Here's a closer look at the '71 Scott - the gem of the trade in my opinion:

I've got a few more trades (and a 4 Sharp Corners order) incoming but my next post will feature some sports-related items from my childhood that my mother recently uncovered.

Until then, thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your weekend!



  1. I would have been pretty upset had COMC delayed my payment. The only time I ever add money is when I see something I really want and don't have enough money in my account. It usually means the card is a good deal, so if there's a delay and I miss out on the card... it would probably result in me taking a break from COMC. Thankfully that's never happened to me. Although... I've cooled off on COMC anyways. Every since they started charging tax on purchasing credit, I haven't added much money to my account.

  2. I hadn't done any Challenges since March, as such I only had some $15 and change in credit going into the sale, did $6 in Challenges during the sale, and now I'm down to just a little over $2 in credit -- which by the way, is the lowest that my account has been since the Challenges started (five years ago?). Like you, I found a lot of stuff for other people, some of which I did get. And for myself, I picked up 14 cards.

    Also, I have a Jokic for you, it's just a base card, but it will help to increase your count :)

  3. I don't watch a ton of Basketball, but I absolutely love Nikola Jokic. When he's at his best, he's the best center in the NBA, better than even Embiid.