General Submission FAQs
How do I submit comic books to CGC for certification?
You can submit your books directly to CGC by joining the CGC Collectors Society as a paid member and completing the online form. Your annual paid membership gives you direct submission privileges to CGC, as well as a number of other valuable benefits that can include discounts and grading credits. CGC also accepts submissions through a national network of authorized member dealers. These dealers are permitted to accept books and submit them on behalf of collectors and other individuals. For more information, visit our How To Submit page.
What are the costs of submission?
Services and fees vary depending on the value and category of collectibles you are submitting, the tiers you are selecting and the turnaround time you desire. To see our Services and Fees breakdown, visit https://www.cgccomics.com/submit/services-fees/. Note: Paid CGC Collectors Society members receive discounts on CGC grading tiers when using the online submission form. The discounts vary by membership level: Associate members receive 5%, Premium members receive 10% and Elite members receive 15%. These discounts are not applicable to Signature Series, Private Signing Events or on-site grading fees at shows.
How do I process a submission form online?
CGC direct submission forms are available online for CGC Collectors Society Associate, Premium and Elite members. Access the CGC online submission form here. Watch the How to Submit Video which covers all of the steps, including how to complete the online submission form in detail: How to Submit Your Books
Can I send multiple orders in the same box?
Yes, but only for CGC submissions. For example, you cannot send submissions for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) in the same box with submissions for CGC.
Under "Additional Services" on the submission form, what does the "Image" option mean?
If the "Image" option is selected, CGC will email the customer a basic digital image of the comic's front and back covers after grading and encapsulation (CGC will not image books prior to encapsulation). The image resolution will suit internet use at 150 dpi and approximately 1500 px in height. The cost per book is $5, and if selected, ALL of the books on the invoice must be imaged, not just certain books.
What is the Express Drop-off service?
CGC knows that no one wants to waste time filling out paperwork and waiting in long submission lines at a convention. With this in mind, the Express Drop-Off service was introduced to give all CGC members free access to CGC's online form for show submissions, so they can go instead to the Express Drop-Off line at the show booth. The online form lets collectors fill out paperwork for CGC services ahead of time and bring it to the show along with their collectibles and packing slips. The online form also has lower handling fees, and it helps speed up CGC's processing, saving both time and money. The online form allows collectors to track their submission throughout the process at CGC, and get email updates and a shipping tracking number once the collectible is on its way home. The online form can also handle orders involving multiple grading tiers. To learn more, visit https://www.cgccomics.com/news/article/6099/online-form-for-show-submissions/
How are turnaround times calculated?
Turnaround times reflect the average length of time that we think it will take to complete a submission received today under a given grading tier or service. Turnaround times for individual submissions can vary based on a variety of factors including whether the submission form was completed properly, the submission was packaged correctly, the collectibles require additional research and other reasons.
We strive to provide the most up-to-date turnaround time estimates on our website. For current turnaround times, please visit cgccomics.com/Services.
Can I cancel or change my order after my submission has been delivered to CGC?
Once your submission has been delivered to CGC, your order cannot be cancelled or changed. CGC has already started working on your submission to perform your requested services. No refunds can be given after a submission has been delivered.
Please note that turnaround times are only estimates and are not guaranteed. For current services and fees as well as turnaround times, click here.
Can I check the grade of my submission before I get it back?
The CGC company websites offer a free Submission Tracking resource that enables you to check the status of your submission as it makes its way through the certification process. The Submission Tracking tool is the quickest and easiest way to see that your submission has been received, whether it has been graded and when it is on its way back to you. Grades are available to view online when a submission's status is "Shipped."
Customer Service representatives do not provide the grades of submissions over the phone.
To access Submission Tracking, simply log in to your account by clicking "Sign In" at the upper right of the CGC website and then clicking on "My Submissions" under your profile symbol.
Still not finding an answer? Contact CGC Customer Service at 1.877.NM.COMIC, 941 360 3991 or service@CGCcomics.com.