Recent returns and grading differences

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Rockblazer

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Two weeks ago my latest submission arrived. Four books bought raw from two large dealers. One was from Lone Star Comics. It is a Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery 11 John G. Fantucchio pedigree. It was listed as such but came with no documentation that it was from that collection. I called Lone Star and asked for documentation. They said it did not have any because they bought a large number of mid to upper mid grades of that collection and those do not have any documentation like the high grade copies. I asked if they thought CGC would recognize it from that collection. They stated they did not know.  I did notice shortly after my phone call they changed their listings stating it had no documentation.

 I decided to submit it with a copy of the listing to see if it would help. It did come back with the Pedigree label. The other positive thing was they had it listed as 8.0 Very Fine. It came back 9.2  from CGC. WHICH BRINGS ME TO MY QUESTION TO MY FELLOW COLLECTORS- Whom have you had the most success with on grading from CGC when buying raw comics? Personally it's been Lone Star and Mile High Comics . The other three books which were Space Family Robinson's issues 36, 39 and 48 were from another dealer which all came back much lower than listed. The one closest to what it was listed was the 39 which they had at 9.2 to 9.4 came back 8.5.  I do know that dealer used to be spot on with their grading but not much in the past few years.  Just wondered about your experiences.

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I bought an Avengers 1 from MCS they graded a 2.0.  CGC called it a 4.0.

A TTA they called 3.5 came back a CGC 6.0

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Lone Star aka My Comic Shop has not let me down yet. Nor has Mile High. If you look on dealers websites often the strict graders have very few Near Mint or better comics listed. Some shops and dealers are the same way. You look through their stock and their Fine or very fines would be near mint/mint in someone else’s box. John Haines of Comics and Friends near Cleveland is one such dealer. Mile High too .

 

 

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I'll echo MCS, Rob at Four Color, and i've had good luck with Metropolis...

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I've never been disappointed with Lone Star Comics. Everything I've sent to CGC from them has come back higher.

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On 5/4/2021 at 7:23 PM, shadroch said:

I bought an Avengers 1 from MCS they graded a 2.0.  CGC called it a 4.0.

A TTA they called 3.5 came back a CGC 6.0

My recent purchases the 3.0 looked like a 3.0, but the 5.0 really could be a 7.0-9.0 in a slab. I am not sending it in, but it looks the same as a 7.0, which frankly looks better than the 8.5 I have....

 

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Mile High has actually been good too. It can be a challenge finding something not 4X FMV there, but I have been happy with the grades.

 

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