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Hindsight is 20/20

If a $5 handling fee is what it takes to get you members to act; then great! CGC is standing alone in this business of third party grading. They are in bed with all the major comic companies and dealers. Thy charge a $5 handling fee because they know as comic collectors we will pay it. Until a better company comes along CGC will continue to exploit the consumer to make more money. CGC's first business is to make money and they have proven that time and again. There are some of you who are

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12/13/2011

Stirrin' the pot!

Just read it...you know you want to. My intention was to stir the pot on this subject and boy it worked! I cannot recall the last time a journal entry incited so many responses and discourse, but that was my intention. Writing "Occupy" in a journal heading, given the current clime, is a surefire way to bring out a person's passion. Those of you who have taken the time to put your voice out there I thank you, whether it is agreeing with me or not! Still though I await an official or unoff

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11/08/2011

 

Occupy CGC

Members are speaking out! I have posted a few journals relating to CGC's poor turn-around times in the economy track. Currently I have been seeing more people also complain about this. As customers we are asking for better service, but at the same time still giving you our service. CGC should have some 'foresight' into improving this before losing customers. My guess though is that CGC believes they have a solid grip on the third-party grading industry and they can continue on their presen

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11/07/2011

The First Appearance Collection

My primary collecting goal. I thought it was time for me to write a journal relating to my collecting aspirations, and not a journal remarking on my ire and indignation at turnaround times. When I began seriously collecting comics my focus was first appearances. That seems like a rather commonplace goal for most, because those are some of the most sought after issues in the collecting community. My focus is not only on the more widely recognized characters, but the obscure ones as well (

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10/26/2011

 

Scheduled 6 months later...

HIRE GRADERS! My Captain America 110 SS by Steranko finally has been scheduled for grading after 6 months. Hey CGC instead of maximizing profits why not try maximizing customer satisfaction. I sound like a broken record... To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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10/10/2011

 

My two cents...

...that price is after inflation. I have been following David Swan, clouded 9 and Ipersky's discourse. With that being said I have felt compelled to give my unsolicited opinion. CGC is notorious for their slow turn around times. I have openly complained over the message boards before about this. At the end of the day CGC is in the business of making money first, that is the unfortunate end state for us waiting six months for a book to return. They will not take the resources to find and t

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08/19/2011

 

CGC needs to higher more graders

Do they offer a degree in comic grading?! I have had my Batman 232 in CGC's possesion for 129 days. I wanted it signed by Neal Adams. It has only recently become VERIFIED. Not scheduled for grading, but verified. I know someone in that office reads these posts, so take note. Take a small hit in your profits and hire some more graders. Just because CGC is the number one third party grading service is it right they make their customers wait so long?

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07/13/2011

 

PGX, CBC, CGC...WTF

CGC's stranglehold on third party grading I do 90% of my comic book shopping on ebay. More often than not I will see an individual issue go for more money when it is graded by CGC versus any other third party grading service. What makes CGC so much better than the others? Apart from being the first to offer third party grading and encapsulation, why are they on top? Something that bothers me about CGC is they refuse to recognize certificate of authenticities for comics and they will not

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06/28/2011

First Set Complete!

Amazing Spider-Man Mcfarlane run I recently completed my first set within the registry, Amazing Spider-Man 298-328. This was Todd Mcfarlane's run in the late 80's through early 90's that was so popular Marvel decided to give him his own Spider-Man title. It took me about a year to purchase each issue. It started with me selling the entire run raw on ebay. I am currently ranked 18 in the registry for this run. All issues are 9.4 or higher. Completion feels good! The picture below is of th

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06/20/2011

 

Chat board help!

Confused... I need help making a request to add a new set. I know you do it through the chat board, but to whom and how? Any help would be appreciated!

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05/07/2011

 

10K...Yes way!

Broke it! Need I say more... To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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04/05/2011

 

Big purchase...for me

Batman 181 I just bought Batman 181 CGC 8.5 on ebay. I paid much more than I originally intended, but I have desired this book for a long time. I collect first appearances primarily and have this particular issue raw at low grade, so a higher grade CGC copy was a gimme. It is nice when ebay sellers put up such sought after key issues on auction style. Usually you see them at 'buy it now' prices that are exorbitant. Thank you to kristofstack for the beautiful key. My only regret would be

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03/26/2011

 

Results of second round submissions!

Surprises all around! So after about 3 months I finally had my second round submissions graded! Here are the results(my predictions will be in parantheses and the actual grade will follow): Action Comics 340---(8.0) 7.5 Amazing Adventures 11---(6.5) 8.5 Amazing Spider-Man 46---(7.0) 7.0 Detective Comics 411---(8.5) 9.0 Iron Man 55---(7.5) 6.0 Marvel Premiere 15---(8.5) 9.0 Marvel Super Heroes 12---(7.5) 8.0 Restored SA X-Men 94---(5.5) 8.0 X-Men101---(8.5) 8.5 What can I s

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03/25/2011

HELP!

I can't use the forum so I am addressing this question here. I recently received back a my third round of submissions. Green Lantern Corps 201 says it is not valid for registration, because it is the wrong book. This is the issue that is the first appearance of Kilowog and it also was the first issue from the originally 1960's Green Lantern series that changed its name, with this same issue, to Green Lantern Corps. I know I have the right set so what is going on? To see old comments fo

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03/17/2011

 

Results of 3rd round submissions!

I am quite happy... Here are the issues( the first grade is my guess and the second is what the issue graded at): Amazing Spider-Man 238====9.2====9.2 Battle Chasers 1 (Red Monika Variant)====9.4===9.6 Dark Horse Presents Annual 1998====9.6====9.6 Green Lantern 201====9.2====9.6 Incredible Hulk 340====9.4====9.6 Iron Man 282====9.8====9.8 New Mutants 98====9.4====9.6 All the issues graded at or higher than expected. I wish my Iron Man 282 graded 9.9 but I have no problem with

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03/03/2011

Grading HELP!

Submitting for Steranko The issue in question is Captain America 110, a beautiful example of classic Steranko. Near Hulk's hand on the cover is a bit of a black smudge. If it wasn't there the issue would probably grade 7.0 to 7.5 possibly. How bad will that smudge effect the grade? What do you think this issue will grade at(pretend the back and interior are in great shape[cream to off-white pages])? To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added belo

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03/01/2011

My First Signature Series Submission

Kinda exciting... Neal Adams is signing for CGC sometime in March or April(all submissions due by March 18). My one and only submission is an already certified copy of Batman 232 graded 9.0. This should definitely increase the value of this already sought after ish. I would have submitted my high grade Detective Comics 411, but it is already at CGC being graded. I called and they said they couldn't pull at this part of the process. My second copy of Detective 411 is only a mid grade...as

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02/25/2011

 

Third round submissions

Modern age books So I have my third round of submissions packaged and ready to ship out tomorrow. I decided to save a little money and just send a few modern age books. They are as follows: Book====My grade Amazing Spider-Man 238====9.2 Battle Chasers(Red Monika Variant)====9.4 Dark Horse Presents Annual 1998====9.6 Green Lantern 201(first Kilowog)====9.2 Incredible Hulk 340====9.4 Iron Man 282====9.8 New Mutants 98====9.4 All in all a nice set of good looking keys. There

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02/13/2011

 

My comic goals for 2011

Submit is the Key word I am going to attempt to refrain from buying a lot of comics this year. Instead I will decide to focus on submitting comics to CGC. Since I am a new member, and new to submitting, I have a lot to submit. I am going to concentrate on slabbing all my bronze and silver keys. Prior to SDCC kicking off I want to do a 30 book submission for the discount. There is a lot of copper-modern age books in my collection I would like slabbed such as: New Mutants 98, Kick 1 sketch

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02/03/2011

 

My second round of submissions

They have been verified received! So I recently sent in 9 books that I am really excited to see slabbed. I will write them with what I believe they are graded at: Amazing Spider-Man 46=7.0 Action Comics 340(Lee K would like this one)=8.0 Amazing Adventures 11=6.5 Detective Comics 411=8.5 Iron Man 55=7.5 Marvel Premiere 15=8.5 Marvel Super Heroes 12=7.5 X-Men 94=5.5 X-Men101=8.5 I felt those are conservative predictions. After last round I learned to be a bit more objectiv

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02/03/2011

 

Sage advice desired...

...inquire here How can you make a recommendation for a set? I would like to see a Dale Keown set for his Incredible Hulk run(similar to how Mcfarlane has his own set for ASM). Keown's run was 367-400, excluding 368, 378 and 380. Any advice is appreciated, thanks! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

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01/29/2011

 

My first step into a larger world

I hope George Lucas doesn't have that line copyrighted... So the day finally came. I received back my first three submitted CGC comics. The issues were: Green Lantern 59 (first Guy Gardner), Hawkman 4 (first Zatanna) and Amazing Spider-Man 39 (first Romita on title and Norman Osborn revealed as Green Goblin). GL 59 I put at 9.0 and was graded 8.5. Hawkman 4 I put at 8.0 and was graded at 7.0. That issue grade disappointed me the most. Finally ASM 39 I put at 6.5 and was graded 6.0. All

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01/27/2011

 

What is your target grade range?

For those unsatisfied with their 9.2's let me know your bottom line! I have looked at a few members sets over the past few days and notice that some members will only be satisfied with extremely high grades. This I believe can be attributed to perhaps an abundance of funds to do so. If I did have an overabundance (if such a thing exists!) of funds I still would like to think I would be satisfied with 9.2 for most any book. Here is an experiment to test a theory I have: Get with a friend th

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01/14/2011

 

New Member

New collector wants to network! I just recently became a member of CGC and wanted to let everyone know how excited I am to be a part of the community! My love for comics extends back to my childhood. Since 2008 I have become a serious collector. The amount of comic info I have learned and absorbed in the past 2 years astounds me. I am excited to know I will learn much more. Any sage advice offered will be welcomed to this novice collector! To see old comments for this Journal entry, cli

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01/13/2011