See the card page above? I needed just one card to complete my 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Hockey set. I was tired of looking at that snarky little reminder I put where Bomwan’s card should be, so I finally decided to just buy it already.
And then I couldn’t stop myself.
Before I knew it, I ordered 84 other cards from the online shop Check Out My Cards. I’ve purchased from COMC in the past (review here). There’s something gratifying to be able to find so many cards that I need in one place. I figured I just needed to stop being cheap and spend 50-cents to $1 on some cards that I needed for a long time.
The result? Thirteen sets killed off, thanks to COMC.
1996-97 Score Superstitions – I bought the entire insert set, so I don’t know if this technically counts as finishing a set, since I started and finished it in the same purchase. Look for an article about this set in an upcoming issue of The Hockey News.
2006-07 Power Play Prospects Dustin Byfuglien (and two others) – I foolishly bought a box of these cards back in 2008, then have been trying to complete the set ever since. Well, I needn’t try any longer. I picked up Big Buff and the two others I needed to cross this one out.
1996-97 Pinnacle Link 2 History – These cards are die-cut along the side, and interlock with one another. Every time I find one of these in a quarter box at a show, it is always dinged up or bent, due to the irregular shape of these cards.
1994 Signature Rookies Tetrad Vitali Yachmenev autograph – Oh sure, you may laugh. But I’ll have you know that Vitali Yachemenev played 487 games in the NHL with the Kings and Predators. This here is 88-cents well spent, my friends.
1995-96 SkyBox Emotion Generation Next – Finally got the last three that I needed: Ed Jovanovski, Todd Bertuzzi and Saku Koivu. Coincidentally, all three are out of the NHL this year. Koivu retired, while Big Bert and JovoCop are free agents who very well may have played their final games last season.
A friend and I were discussing the cost of cards at COMC. He thinks their prices are a bit high, while I think the cost is justifiable. Most of the cards I bought cost between 44 and 88 cents each.
That might be a lot for a “quarter card.” I also picked up many other cards, such as some 2007-08 Black Diamond double diamond and triple diamond short-prints (not shown here), for well under “book value.” So I think it all kind of evens out. I might overpay for a common card, but feel that I get great prices on the mid-to-high tier cards.
Plus, I am SO tired of rummaging through boxes at card shops and card shows, hoping to find something I need. I’ll still hit the rummage boxes in hopes of finding something offbeat or cool. But I think I’ll leave the set building to trades and COMC orders.
Has anyone else ordered from Check Out My Cards? Has it changed the way you buy cards? What has your experience been? What are your thoughts on their prices?