Tony S

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    I was posting here when you were in diapers.

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  1. Bill Sarill founded the restoration lab and was the first person to seriously research and apply "professional" techniques to comic book restoration. He founded the Restoration Lab around 1975 - 1976 Susan Cicconi worked with him/apprenticed with him for about five years staring in 1981 before taking over the business follow Bill's retirement. In the 70's, 80's and into the 90's, "pressing" a comic book was usually part of a more involved restoration. In those days the books were typically disassembled and pressed one page at a time, then put back together as the final step. Matt Nelson - and others - received some training from Bill Sarill. Others may have done so as well, but Matt is best known for having adapted pressing into a process that involved no disassembly of the book and only involved pressing. No restoration. One would have to ask Matt when he began doing this. I would guess late 1990's or early 2000's
  2. I appreciate the humor in your post, but I did not say pressing was as complicated as building nuclear bombs and nuclear reactors. I said the principles of building nuclear bombs and nuclear reactors was the same. But produce much different results (city powered versus city destroyed) The comparison was actually what you seem to be speaking to. Oversimplification. Yes. Heat, moisture and pressure. With those, you can get make a comic book look much better. Or much worse. Depends on how you employ/apply those things
  3. A funny post, LOL. . You probably meant it to be funny and not serious. But I will still comment a bit on the serious side. A nuclear explosion destroying a city and a nuclear reactor powering a city are essentially the same process. It's all about control, knowledge and design.
  4. Why hasn't anyone posted pics of the first/original identity crisis story? Hot books for a time.... JLA 166-168
  5. This... CL doesn't report to GPA, so this....
  6. I sometimes wish I had picked a more "comicbook'ish" name". But see no reason to change.
  7. Tell your daughter that a lot of her countrymen and collectors on this message board thank her for her service to the nation There was good money to be made on beanie babies - in the late 1990's. A coworker in the office I managed was a notorious eBay hustler back in the day. His wife was a manager at McDonald's. Roy was carrying bags full of Beanie Babies home weekly and selling them on eBay.
  8. You don't give yourself enough credit. It was some fine detective work on your part.
  9. Less talk and more reporting to eBay might be in order. I have done so. Copyright and trademark Counterfeit item or authenticity disclaimer Counterfeit, fake, or replica items In the text box, note the Hulk 1 is not original - has a reprint cover - and the previous eBay auction listing number 164274645577
  10. What the OP asks is rare, but it does happen. It happened to me (actually a client's book I sent in) just a month ago. Sent in a Marvel Team-Up and it came back 9.8 but with a labeling error. The pizzazz insert not noted on the label. The book did not look 9.8. Contacted customer service, did the "mechanical error" thing and CGC cheerfully agreed to take the book back to fix the labeling error. Shortly after receipt received an email from CGC that said they had made a mistake on grading the book initially and it was now going to be a 9.4. They offered/client accepted a $50 credit for the mistake.
  11. You can only get free grading notes on the books you have submitted for grading under your collector society membership account. If you can log in to your cgc account to create a submission, then just click on invoices. Then click on the invoice you are interested in. It will show the books in that submission. If the books are done (shipped) then you will see a column where it will show if there are grading notes. Click on them and you'll get a pop up with the grading notes. But this only works on books YOU submitted under your account. You cannot view grading notes - for free - of any CGC graded books. I'll try not to be cheeky in my response to your second question. Your question could be interpreted several ways. My first answer will assume you are professionally pressing books, with excellent technical skills and using proper equipment. The CGC graders know nothing about the books when grading them other than what they see in front of them They only have the book. They don't know whose book it is, they don't know if CCS pressed the book. So if your question is "will I get a better grade if CCS pressed the book versus someone else (like yourself) pressing the book?" the answer is no. The graders don't know CCS pressed the book. They don't know it's your book and you maybe pressed it yourself. The graders may be able to tell the book was pressed. They can usually tell if the book was poorly pressed and damaged. The second answer to the question is that a lot of people are squashing books with T-Shirt presses at too high temperatures, too much pressure, too long no humidity introduced and not properly supporting the book during pressing. If there is any question about how well one is pressing books, then it should certainly be left to others - like say CCS.
  12. Graders Notes are free to the the account holder (collector society member, Dealer) that submits the book. So if someone has a paid collector society account and submits books under that account, they will be able to view the graders notes when they log into their account and navigate to that submission/books. If someone submits through a business that has a dealer account (say a comic book store) then the dealer can look up the notes the same way (login, look up) and share. I will say again though. It is not unusual for non-key moderns to have no grading notes, regardless of the grade assigned. And grading notes are not an exhaustive list of every single defect the book has. They are the defects the graders took the time to write down and nothing more. As the years have gone by and I have submitted a LOT of books, I've come to regard grading notes less and less. They are really only useful when they list defects that the slab obscures or hides. And they often fail do that.
  13. Chicago Comiccon 1978. Got signatures by artists on my books inside the book because no one got signatures on the cover front cover!!
  14. A lot of people have suggested asking for/looking up the grading notes. A link below where you can put in the serial number of each comic and see if there are grading notes. The person/business that submitted them can see any the graders notes at no charge, so don't pay. But I have listed the certification look up link below because with moderns it is not unusual for their to be no grading notes.
  15. The first answer to your question of "how does it work" was not entirely accurate. I was kinda under the impression nearly everyone paid for their CGC submissions with a credit or debit card. Maybe I'm wrong. Pay with a credit/debit card if you prescreen. Because the way it "works" is CGC cannot charge you until the books are graded. Because they don't know how much to charge you until the books are graded. Back when turn around times were very lengthy (think 5-7 months on the least expensive tiers) it was a thing by those in the know to send in books prescreened at a very low grade. Like say 2.0. Just so CGC would not charge right away for a service they were not going to provide for half a year. Nowadays with TAT's of six weeks or less that isn't a thing.