Certification offers many benefits for comic book collectors, dealers and retailers. As an independent grader, impartial to any party, CGC provides this certification with accuracy and enthusiasm. Some key benefits include:
A Market Standard
CGC's top graders traveled the country to survey leading comic book collectors, retailers and dealers for their opinions of a "grading set" of comic books. Using the average of their opinions as a guide, our team established a consistent, trusted market standard for comic book grading.
Professional comic book grading provides expert assessment of condition and eliminates concerns about grade misrepresentation. Before a comic book is CGC-certified, it must be graded by at least two comic professionals according to well established standards that ensure integrity, quality, confidentiality and consistency.
The CGC grading team performs a thorough restoration check of your comic book during the grading process. Any detected restoration is specifically noted on the grading label. We include this service in your submission price.
The CGC holder uses the most cutting-edge technology to provide the best protection for your comic books. Durable and tamper-evident, the holder is slim and lightweight, making it easy for collectors to store and transport their books. The label displays comprehensive information about the book and its grade, and the holder provides clear viewing from the outside as well as a safe opening mechanism for access to the book. Note that removal from the CGC holder voids the certification.
Confident Buyers and Sellers
With a consistent standard, impartial grading, expert restoration detection and a tamper-evident protective holder, you know what to expect from a CGC-graded book. Buyers and sellers can trade with confidence by mail, phone or over the Internet. Impartial and accurately graded comic books allow buyers to be confident, and aggressive bidders and sellers can rest assured that they're getting a fair price for a book's condition.
Developing the Standard
Everyone seemed to agree that the Overstreet reference was the foundation of the comic book grading standard, but there were a number of subjective interpretations of its published definitions. It was critical to understand how these guidelines were being applied to the everyday buying and selling of comics. To accomplish this, approximately 50 of the hobby's top experts took part in an arduous, if not grueling, grading test. By averaging their grades, an accurate grading standard reflecting the collective experience of the hobby's most prominent figures was thus developed.