Maybe it was due to the Christmas holidays. Maybe it was because of a massive backlog due to everyone deciding to get their cards into the postal system all at once. Or perhaps it was all part of a New Year's Resolution made by card collectors to get rid of those extra cards in their collections.
In any case, there was a vast cornucopia of COMC challenges conspicuously coveted for collectors to complete.
During my last COMC-related blog, I mentioned I had amassed a total of 177,295 points (or roughly $177 in free cards) by completing challenges. However, thanks to the Christmas holidays, that total now sits at 197,750. I know I spent the better part of at least one of my Christmas days off completing a mess of those challenges while watching a few of the football bowl games.
And guess what? I used those points to pick up some new San Diego Padres cards.
There were new San Diego Padres cards like these 2013 Topps Tier One On the Rise Autographs Casey Kelly S/N 353/399, a pair of Jedd Gyorko 2014 Topps Museum Collection cards, including a Green card S/N 164/199, a 2000 Topps Gold Label Class 2 Sean Burroughs, 1995 Collector's Choice Gold Signature Ken Caminiti, a couple of Trevor Hoffman cards, including his 2008 Topps Moments and Milestones Blue S/N 5/10 and 2008 Finest Finest Moments Refractors Blue S/N 211/299, and a 2004 Playoff Honors Akinori Otsuka RC S/N 1754/1999.
And then I picked up a few more Friars cards. How about these 1973 Kellogg's Nate Colbert, 2006 Fleer Tradition Diamond Tribute Jake Peavy, 2005 MLB Showdown Foil Jake Peavy, 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Framed Green Dave Winfield, 2005 Diamond Kings Framed Red Steve Garvey, and a 2014 Bowman Green Andrew Cashner S/N 58/150.
And for all of you hockey buffs with inquiring minds - Yes, I did add a few hockey cards to my collection. Those cards include these 2012-13 Certified Autograph Cody Goloubef RC, a pair of 2013-14 Upper Deck Young Gun RCs of Jesper Fast and Tom Wilson, 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Lottery Winners Jonathan Toews, 2011-12 Panini Contenders Chris Vandevelde RC S/N 473/999, 2010-11 SP Authentic Mat Taormina RC S/N 319/999, 2012-13 Certified Lane MacDermid RC 147, and a 2013-14 O-Pee-Chee Valeri Nichushkin RC.
While I still have another 15 cards in my COMC inventory waiting to be shipped, there are plenty of challenges that will yet need to be completed. Actually, I can't think of any better way to continue to add "free" cards to my Padres collection.