Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hitting the COMC jackpot again

Earlier this month I wrote about how I made my first purchase from COMC. As they began their transition into their new catalog, they offered $1 in COMC cash for every 1,000 points earned helping inventory their stock.

They recently reinstated their challenges and needless to say, I took full advantage of it. I was able to raise enough cash to fund my second purchase from COMC.

Does anyone want to take a guess as to what cards I got?

I'll start out with these three autographs. The first is a 1994 Signature Rookies Signatures Joey Hamilton SN 4635/8650, 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Franchise Futures Signatures Jonathan Galvez SN 808/810 and an Upper Deck A Piece of History Rookie Autographs Violet. 
I also ended up with a couple memorabilia cards, a 2005 Donruss Greats Souvenirs Materials Bat Steve Garvey and 2010 Topps Commemorative Patch Adrian Gonzalez. I'm not a huge fan of manufactured patch cards, since they can make a patch for anything, but who doesn't love the fat friar?
I jumped at the opportunity to boost my Tony Gwynn collection with the following cards, a 1987 Stuart Panels, 2000 Topps Tek Pattern1-27, 1994 Oscar Mayer Round-Ups, 1989 King-B Discs.

I was able to find a trio of 2008 Topps Moments and Milestones Black Trevor Hoffman 32's'. Numbered to 25, each of these cards represent a save in Trevor Hoffman's 601-save career. With these three cards, I'm now up to 11. Will I try and collect them all? I kind of doubt it, since that's a rather daunting task. However, being they're Padres cards, I'll probably pick them up as I go along.

These six cards closed out my Padres purchases - First Row - 1986 True Value Steve Garvey, 1981 Fleer Rollie Fingers and a 1987 Classic Update Yellow Benito Santiago. Second Row - 1993 U.S. Playing Cards Rookies Frank Seminara, 2013 Bowman Chrome Rising Through the Ranks Mini Max Fried, 2009 Topps Wal Mart Black Border Will Venable.

I also added to my hockey collection. With the Minnesota Wild basing their AHL team in Des Moines this year, and as a season ticket holder, I had the opportunity to see these youngsters play. Kris Foucault is represented through his 2013-14 Panini Prizm Autographs and his 2012-13 Panini Rookie Anthology RC S/N 578/699. Jason Zucker spent most of this season in Minnesota and it'll be interesting to see if he returns to Iowa next year. Here's his 2012-13 Fleer Retro Rookie Sensations Autograph.
In my last COMC report, I mentioned a pair of Blackhawk hockey cards I picked up in my initial purchase. Joe, who writes the blog The Shlabotnik Report, mentioned he was a COMC seller.

"As a seller on COMC, I would like to offer you my heartfelt gratitude at your tireless efforts to update the catalog," Joe wrote. "
You got some nice stuff for your efforts... I wouldn't mind seeing the Blackhawk cards, would that violate the Brown & Gold theme too much?"

This one's for you Joe. Pictured is my 1952-53 Parkhurst Gus Mortson and 2001-02 Topps Heritage Salute Pierre Pilote.
I'd really love to stay and chat a little more, but there's only a couple more categories left to catalog on COMC and there's a few more Padres cards I have my eyes on...


  1. Awesome. I've tried out a few of the challenges and have yet to earn $1 worth of credit. Finally gave up earlier today.

  2. Yup, you struck the proverbial pot of brown 'n gold, for sure!

    My favorites from the loot above are the Garvey bat, the Gonzo patch, the Gwynn Stuart I've never seen before, and the True Value Garvey.

    Like Fuji, I gave up long before I was ever going to accumulate $0.01.