CGC Journals

 

CGC Prices at the Cons

Is anyone else angry over this??? I recently went to Wizard World Chicago to get some modern books signed and graded. I had purchased the $50.00 10 pack of CGC signature witness passes for 10 books from Wizard. I had gotten six books signed by Turner and was going to get the last four signed by Loeb later in the day. When I went to get the books turned into CGC, they explained that because the books were signed, they would cost extra to grade. Now this just pisses me off. Normally a modern book, without the 20% discount is $16.00, at the convention, they are $22.00. Here is my kicker, signed yellow label grading at the con, $34.00 a book. AND CGC did not even do the witnessing, it was a Wizard representitive that did it. So why the markup for something they did nothing for. Oh and this one got me too, one book had three signatures cause the passes only count one book per pass, per table and three of the artist were at the table, so they all counted as one pass. Anyway, CGC charged an extra $5.00 per signature. That book cost $44.00 to get graded, luckly it came back as a 9.8, but still, over $200 to grade 6 modern books. I love CGC but that is overboard. Oh of the 6, 3 were 9.6 and 3 were 9.8's. Heres a list Wolverine: Origins 1 9.8 Turner SS Fathom 10 VIP edition 9.8 Turner, Turnbull, and Krul SS Supergirl 1 9.8 Turner SS Supergirl 2 9.6 Turner SS Civil War Frontline 1 Sketch variant 9.6 Turner SS Witchblade 100 VIP edition 9.6 Turner SS

Silentstrider

Silentstrider

08/23/2006

 

Comments on prices.

Prices I'm paying for my CGC stuff. Hi everyone, just wanted to let anyone who's looking know, that I am going to start listing prices that I paid for new items, that I'm putting in the registry. These prices include everything. Postage, shipping, if I had the comic graded the costs of that, or an estimate of gas and time, when I buy in the area. This is more or less for my info but, I thought that it may help others as a comparison. I decided on this idea for the Atlas-Seaboard set. I do intend to do it for all my sets from here on out. I also intend to go back on some of the older issues and post prices I paid, if I still have a record for them.

garsull2

garsull2

08/07/2006

What a beautiful day part 2.

Very hard to get book in high grade.This is only the second Incredible Hulk 137 I have seen for sale in two years even though its only a cgc 9.2 I just sold the other one on Comiclink a cgc 9.6 but I had to sell it to come up with enough money for Incredible Hulk 119 cgc 9.6 Pacific Coast Pedigree.It was worth it though 119 is my grail.
 

Recent CGC Submission

CGC SS Wonder Woman Issues I recently found out my grades for a set of Signature Series Wonder Woman issues submitted. I was able to get 9 issues signed by Adam Hughes at the Comic Convention held in Oakland, CA. I am very pleased with the results listed below: Volumne 2 Issue # 166 - 9.6 Issue # 171 - 9.4 Issue # 172 - 9.6 Issue # 173 - 9.6 Issue # 176 - 9.8 Issue # 187 - 9.6 Issue # 188 - 9.6 Issue # 194 - 9.4 Issue # 196 - 9.6 Stucco

stucco03

stucco03

06/21/2006

 

2nd Timer not as pleased

I sent 30 books & got some bad surprises! I sent 30 books and expected some great results and was very dissappointed. Here they are: 1.) Amazing Spider-Man 300 (5)= 9.0, 9.0 (Restored, SURPRISE), 9.4, 9.2, 6.5 (WO, That blew my mind, no way!) 2.) Superman 75 (Black Bag)(2)= 9.2, 8.0 (CGC said this book is hard to get mint because of items in bag pressing against it) 3.) Astonishing X-Men 13 Sketch Variant (6)= 9.6, 9.6, 9.6, 9.6, 9.8, 9.8 (Midtown Comics Edition) 4.) Amazing Spider-Man 529 (5)= all 9.8 (happy!) 5.) Amazing Spider-Man 252 (2)= 7.5 (I thought no worse than a 9.4), And one not graded for OVERHANG (WHAT IS THAT!) 6.) Ms. Marvel 1 (Sketch Variant) 9.0 (I think at least a 9.6!) 7.) Amazing Spider-Man 361= 9.6 8.) Amazing Spider-Man 298 (2)= both 9.4 (not happy, but can live with, feel both at least 9.6 if better) 9.) Amazing Spider-Man 299= 9.2 (killing me, at least a 9.6) 10.) Moon Knight 1 (Sketch Variant)= 3 at 9.6 & 2 at 9.8 (surprised all were not 9.8) I asked a grader why some were the grades they were & they were helpful but when I got them back I couldn't find these flaws on back covers and such that were said. The restored one surprised me, but that will happen I guess. I sent in what I thought were all 9.6 or better, & got rocked. I understand grading is subjective but a few of these (like 6.5 or 9.0) were dissapointing. That makes me a little gunshy for future, but I must admit, there is a level of fun & satisfaction in it. I am going to try one more time with some Wolverine key issues, Rais, X-Men 266s, & others. Hopefully I will get better results!  

jesussaves

jesussaves

06/06/2006

 

First Timer fairly pleased

Marc Spector:Moon Knight #1 9.8 & more This is what I got back: Marc Spector: Moon Knight #1 9.8 (Nice Surprise) X-Men: Alpha 9.8 X-Men: Omega 9.8 Bloodshot #1 9.8 Green Lantern #46 9.6 (Reign of the Supermen) Spider-Man Unlimited #1 9.6 Bloodshot #0 9.6 (surprised me I thought 9.8) Youngblood #1 9.6 Gen 13/Generation X #1 9.2 (Surprise, I thought at least 9.6) Speed Demon (Amalgam) #1 8.5 (WOW, I was thinking 9.6)

jesussaves

jesussaves

05/02/2006

Bronze Horror is the Bomb, Baby!

Bronze Age Horror (mainly provided from DC) is my favorite genre, as it naturally stemmed from my fascination with classic Horror movies. It's a Friday night. I pour butter into a pan and then some popcorn?(I didn't have a microwave yet). I shiver in anticipation as I hear the host of my favorite weekly show called Creature Feature, which showcases horror movies from the classics in the 1930s up to B-type thrillers in the 1970s. My fascination with horror and mystery origins can be found in some of these late night movie romps. This interest led from movies into magazines about horror movies (Warren comes to mind) and eventually comic books. Even my superhero books had mystery themes, especially in the 1970s, such as one of Batman's nemesis, The Spook. My main interest during my younger years primarily consisted of DC Bronze Age horror?which included Ghosts, Secrets of Haunted House, Unexpected, House of Mystery, and Weird War Tales. These tales of macabre and mystery kept me reading into the long hours of the night. I especially liked Luis Dominguez covers, as they were dominant during this time frame. By the time my collecting focus waned in 1984, I quietly tucked away my books, where they would travel with me for over 20 years, waiting for their time to be rediscovered. One spring day in 2001, my son Nathan asked to see the comics I had stashed away in the closet. I fell in love with comics again, and this time, things were different. During my childhood, finding back issues was challenging. Now, it has become child's play with the boon of the Internet and online comic stores that can make purchasing a mere click away. eBay has made it very easy to locate and find issues, but I was more or less disappointed with the grades I would receive. Enter CGC. I created a plan to start collecting DC Bronze Age horror of all of my favorites, with my key focus being House of Mystery. This title was my absolute favorite due to the great artists and stories and for its consistent quality. Most of my early issues from the series were purchased from Pacific Coast comics. The PC copies are truly remarkable, and showcase these books in a light I've rarely seen with vivid colors and perfect registration. Among my favorite PC copies include the Neal Adams cover on #177 (but to be honest, I love them all). Some of these early copies are still relatively difficult to find in 9.4 or higher, although copies graded 9.0 or lower are usually not too hard to find. In terms of the best story and art, I would have to vote for #186. With a Neal Adams cover cover and interior art by both Wrightson and Adams, it's easily one of the classic issues in the series. Another highlight of the series for me is the 100-pagers, which consists of #224-#229. Although these stories contained many reprints from the earlier House of Mystery issues, finding these in high grade can be challenging and fun. I love the Cain cover on #226, illustrated by Dominguez. In addition to the 100 pagers, I find the Dollar Comics in the series #251-#259 difficult to find in high grade due to the bindery defects on the spine of these bulky books. Bernie Wrightson produced many great covers in the series. Issue #236 stands out as my personal favorite. Thanks to Greg Loey (CGC boards/ebay: greggy), I've been able to acquire this book in high grade. Although late in the title, the "I, Vampire" series provided a monthly dose of vampire drama that proved to be very interesting. Unfortunately, the death of the series also marked the death of the title. I miss it so. A thread on the CGC boards was started so fellow collectors can discuss Bronze Age horror. Go to the CGC boards and go to the Bronze section "Infinite Bronze Horror Thread". Thanks to everyone on the boards who has helped to complete my collection and most of all to my wife Rebecca who has remained patient during my second childhood.

takeyourlemons

takeyourlemons

05/01/2006

 

Comics, Comics, Comics, & more comics

Collect, buy, sell, trade, & so on & so on..... I have been collecting comics since 1975-76, and have a pretty extensive collection. Altough my main collection is Marvel, I have had & do have many other titles {DC, EC, Valiant, Image, etc...). I have been doing the eBay thing now since June of 2001, and before that have been buying, selling, tradeing at local shows in Mich. I guess that's about it for now. I'll add more later. Have a great day! =0)

Hulk-Smash

Hulk-Smash

04/27/2006

 

Responce to "The Suspence is Killing Me"

Give CGC a call, 1-877-NM-COMIC, and have your invoice number. They will ask you for it and you can get a status on your books and ask them if they have been graded. If so, they will usually give you the grades over the phone. Give CGC a call, 1-877-NM-COMIC, and have your invoice number. They will ask you for it and you can get a status on your books and ask them if they have been graded. If so, they will usually give you the grades over the phone.

Silentstrider

Silentstrider

04/13/2006

 

The Suspense is Killing me.

As a new member, I sent in my comics using my "Express Coupon" on March 7th...and my comics showed up on CGC's board on March 10th. so when I checked the submission times and found out the Express Coupon gave me 20 working days, I calculated it till April 7th. However, now it is April 12th and I'm really beginning to become concerned. I sent an inquiry via email through Hotmail to CGC since my ISP in New Orleans has been spotty since Hurricane Katrina, but haven't received any feedback. I'm not sure if that asking for status updates is not allowed, but since I was new, I wanted to check on it. Anyhow, I hope my fears are ungrounded.

Barry Carr

Barry Carr

04/11/2006

 

Reply to "Stepping Into Deeper Waters"

Some helpful suggestions to get you going DaveLo, Here are some helpful suggestions to get you going with CGC. I got out of comics for about 10 years and just jumped back into the fray last year. Here is alot of things I learned along the way. The first is, get yourself a copy of The Overstreet Grading Guide, 2003 Edition, if you don't already have one. It breaks down the "10 Point" grading system and helps collectors get a feel for where a book should grade. Be warned though, it takes alot of trial and error to get it right. Second is, submit your books through a CGC partner that offers a discont for grading. I use Metropolis Comics, www.metropoliscomics.com, and I send the books directly to CGC and get a 20% discount off the grading fee(just not the shipping). And lastly, keep up with current trends in comics. A magzine like Wizard, or Previews from Diamond Comic Distributers, will keep you inform of upcoming issues that you should check out. Oh one other thing, if you are having trouble finding a comic book store that stocks what you are interested in, may stores do online subscriptions or monthly orders. I use x-worldcomics.com and order the books I want each month, which they ship to me at the end of the month. The only drawback is if you like to search the rack for that 9.8, but they package well and are extremly reliable. I hope this helps and good luck.

Silentstrider

Silentstrider

03/02/2006

 

Sending in to CGC

Two books on the way! I made my first submission to CGC. Witchblade #1 and #2. Basically I'm just trying this out to see how I like the results. I'm hoping that the books grade in the 9's as I've kept them in what I consider to be excellent shape. I'm interested in seeing if my idea of a high grade is close to what the "pros" think.

DaveRhodeIsland

DaveRhodeIsland

03/01/2006

 

Stepping into the deeper waters

I'm slowly making the move from only collecting, to more involvement. I have a small collection of comics, mainly mid 1990s, but some lower grade 70s and a very few 40s - 50s. I've had them stored properly (b&b'd) in sturdy comic boxes which are kept in a large closet. I'm becoming interested now in getting some of these books graded through CGC, and possibly even selling some. I've never sold a comic, and never bought one other than new off the stands. As a newb, I have a lot of trepidation about everything regarding this, but I'm carefully researching these issues and trying to learn as much as possible. One thing that I get the feeling of, is that I live in a comic deprived geographic area. I'm in Rhode Island, and it seems that there are maybe 3 stores in the whole (tiny) state that have anything to do with collecing comics. This is one of those areas that I have to dig deeper into.

DaveRhodeIsland

DaveRhodeIsland

02/28/2006

Reply to "easier and cheaper"

Keep in the game and hone your grading skills. Why spend all the money? To sharpen your grading skills. Grading is an art, but with all things worth while it takes the commitment of time, effort, and money. I've only sent in 33 comics so far to get graded. I keep a list to compare what I think the comic grades before encapsulation and then what it grades after CGC certifies it. Both my 1st and 2nd batch that I sent off, I didn't get any right at all (and 2 were even restored). The most recent batch I got 3 out of 15 correct. The difference this time is that I purchased a copy of "The Official Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide". http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=1960621 It's full of lots of pictures of each grade, and gets you to start looking at your comics from an unbiased position. Now those small creases, impacted corners, and spine stress marks stand out. Yes, I agree initially sending in lots of comics to CGC is expensive (if your on a tight budget) and disappointing when you expect lots of 9.4 back and only get 7.5s to 9.2s, but wouldn't you like to in the future look through a stack of a Dealer's raw NM- and be able to cherry pick out the 9.6s and 9.8s? Expert grading skills are priceless. I'm not there yet, but, I'm working on it. Copy of 13