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CGC Welcomes Back Mark Haspel and Chris Friesen




Posted on 4/21/2014

Mark Haspel and Chris Friesen, two of the world's foremost comics experts, have rejoined the CGC team as grading consultants.

SARASOTA, Florida — The Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®), an independent member of the Certified Collectibles Group (CCG®) of companies, has hired Mark Haspel and Chris Friesen as consultants.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Mark and Chris back in the CGC fold,” said Paul Litch, CGC primary grader. “With their return to the grading room, there is a heightened sense of enthusiasm, and we feel stronger having the original team back together.”

Mark is one of the world’s leading comic book experts with a particular focus on Golden Age comics, Silver Age comics, restoration detection and pedigree comic books. As a dealer, Mark was involved in the discovery of the famous Spokane pedigree collection. Mark, an original member of the CGC grading team, has seen more pedigreed comic books than almost any other professional. He is a grading advisor to Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide and has consulted on grading for Sotheby’s.

As a part-time CGC consultant, Mark is strictly prohibited from grading any comics he submits.

Chris Friesen has been a comics professional since 1987. He knows the secrets behind the latest restoration methods by constantly studying techniques from this hobby and others. This knowledge and analytical attention to detail, makes Chris one of the world’s foremost restoration detection experts in comics.

CGC CEO Steven R. Eichenbaum comments, “We are pleased that Mark and Chris have rejoined Certified Guaranty Company as consultants. Their knowledge and experience in comic book grading and restoration detection add tremendous depth to CGC.”



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