Tony S

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  1. Tony S

    New Marvel Labels

    Stuff like this is just personal preference, so all opinions are equally valid.... BUT...for myself...I found value to the Stan Lee label - as it was only available on books Stan Lee had signed. And I found a little bit of value to the Walking Dead label - the zombie one - because there aren't enough zomibies on the cover of a lot of Walking Dead books. But if I'm sending in say Captain America comic book for slabbing, HOPEFULLY the comic book has a lot nicer cover than whatever drawing they squeeze onto the much smaller label.
  2. I would send pictures to a couple of restoration services for estimates. I think the book could easily improve well past 2.0 with professional restoration. The question is the cost. It is entirely possible that it would cost more to restore it to a middle grade than a middle grade restored is worth. But you won't know until you ask for estimates. I am not certain that it is true that you cannot "fix" the trim with restoration. The book could be leaf-casted to replace the missing paper that was trimmed off, color touched and re-trimmed to the original size. It would be - fundamentally - no different than replacing the missing cut out coupon or any chipping from the cover. I've used Mike at Hero restoration and was very happy with the results. And there is of course CGC's own in house restoration service CCS. Other professional restoration services include the Restoration Lab and Eclipse Paper conservation. The real issue is cost, not what can be done. Ask the professionals for their opinion on what can be done and cost.
  3. No, it would not be eligible for crossover grading. Books have to be still fully sealed in the outer and inner holders from other companies to qualify for crossover grading. It's the same standard as submitting CGC graded books for reholders. Slab intact and sealed.
  4. Tony S

    Greatest supervillain of all time any universe

    Karl suggests another standard. What super villain is best known to the public? Most recognized? I propose no one comes close to the Joker on the standard of "most recognized"
  5. Tony S

    Greatest supervillain of all time any universe

    To each their own....Batman has an incredible rogues gallery and Rhas is one of them. All those great villains are what makes Batman so great, popular and enduring. But the Joker wasn't "another one in a long line" He was the first.
  6. Tony S

    Greatest supervillain of all time any universe

    Joker defines Batman. And that is what a truly great villain does. It's easy to create "heroes". But heroes are only made great by their villains. Batman and Joker defined forever that inescapable fact that great heroes are only made by great villains. They are truly the opposite sides of the same coin. It's historic. It's iconic. It set the model for every hero/villain to follow. No, the Joker doesn't have super powers. Neither does Batman. Both endure because they are perfect together. AND because they achieve super human results through extreme effort and determination. Which makes them the most "super" of all. As I said, it's easy to create all powerful beings. Takes no effort and little imagination. Call them god and be done. Complex villains that are a perfect match to the hero is where the heart lies. And Joker did it first and best.
  7. Tony S

    Greatest supervillain of all time any universe

    If by greatest we mean most iconic, historic, defining I do not believe it's possible to argue against The Joker. If by greatest we mean powerful who knows? Ten year old's can dream up someone more powerful than the last most powerful hero or villain.
  8. It's hard to say on the "worth it" side. The difference in price between 9.2 and 9.4 is like $15 right now. $100 between 9.2 and 9.6. You won't get rich, but you might cover your expenses depending on if the book improves enough. And sometimes it the principle, darn it! I'd also mention that I have seen lots of 9.6's with a notation of a "bend" somewhere on the book. And finally - as I've mentioned lots of times before - grading notes are nothing more than the defects graders took the time to write down. They are not an exhaustive list of every single defect. Repressed and regraded maybe it will come back a 9.6. Maybe it will come back again as a 9.2 with a different defect noted.
  9. I don't believe anyone else has mentioned this.... Fragile books can get damaged during grading and/or encapsulation. For books with weak spines and staples just barely hanging on, perhaps the most risky grading step is the restoration check. It's impossible to check for restoration without completely, fully opening the book and page by page examining closely the interior paper at the staples and spine, where glue, tape or repair papers are likely to be employed. There is no way to do the restoration check, the page count and grading without some stress on the comic. If the comic is fragile....well.... paper can split, pieces fall off, staples pull thru. No enthusiast wants to hear about books being damaged in a process that we hope helps protect them. But every book does have to go through the entire process and fragile ones might get damaged.
  10. CGC grades books that were manufactured with only one staple. Manufactured that way on purpose or as a printing defect. Like most manufacturing defects, the impact on grade is minimal. I've sent in at least one Uncanny X-Men 266 that was manufactured without a bottom staple, The book graded 9.4 or better, I forget. It was a few years ago. The missing staple didn't seem to affect the grade. The label notes said something along the lines of "manufactured missing bottom staple" or "missing bottom staple - manufacturing". Like I said, been several years. Note there is a difference between manufacturing and something done after manufacturing. Books that have had one or both staples removed after they were manufactured will normally get a green Qualified label.
  11. I would call. It's been a full week which is long enough to want to check. I have only sent in 3 or 4 cross over grading submissions, so it's hard for me to remember exactly how it went. You receive an email with their assessment. That email might be sent out before they actually enter the book into the system. IDK for sure, can't remember. But calling would be wise. Maybe they emailed you and have the wrong address. Maybe it went into your spam folder.
  12. If you lie they put your books in the cafeteria for a week and everyone reads them before they are entered into the system
  13. Timmay, I'm sure your package will be just fine. It arrived too late for there to be anyone in receiving to accept. The OP's situation sounds like a rare goof. I've been sending packages to CGC for many years and none have ever come back as undeliverable. There is probably some reason - but it might never get figured out. Check the address. Create and Print a new label on the off chance there is something wrong with the barcode on the original label/package. However, with careful reading the note from USPS on Timmay's post above illustrates something I learned just last week. And explains the "how do they get all those packages in a PO Box?" jokes. Packages don't. Get anywhere close to the PO Box. CGC gets so many packages that USPS loads them up on skids and BRINGS THEM TO CGC. Everyday, often more than once a day. I was told that on Monday's CGC can often get several hundred packages. So we are mailing the packages to CGC's PO Box - but the USPS loads them all up on a truck and delivers them to CGC's physical address at 5501 Communications Parkway Which brings up the other thing I learned that some here might find useful to know. Packages received on the super busy Monday will often sit a few days at CGC as employees get them opened and comics entered into the system. I called about a walkthru that had been sitting for three days. SOOOO. If you have walkthru or expedited books in a box, mark all four sides of the box either WK or EX with marker. Then the employees in receiving will grab those boxes first.
  14. Tony S

    C-1 Restored Comic Book Grade

    There is no rule you can follow on the value of restored books. No math formula. A few guidelines that overall hold true... Key books restored books bring a higher percentage of blue label value than do common books. If a book costs $200 in 9.4 blue label, no one is much interested in a 6.0 restored. The value is less than the cost of grading and encapsulation. But a $20,0000 book is a different thing. There is a sort of inverse, linear scale to restoration and grade. Low grade restored books (keys that is) bring a higher percentage of the unrestored book value. But the higher the grade, the more that percent of value shrinks. By the time you get to NM and better grades, a restored copy might sell for 10% of unrestored in the same grade. The reason why is simple: What unrestored grade could a person purchase with the same amount of money? Let's take Amazing Fantasy 15. Eight years ago, an unrestored 9.6 sold for 1.1 Million dollars. Seven months ago, a restored 9.6 sold for $85,000. That works out to a restored 9.6 being worth about 8% of unrestored.. But at 2.0, the last unrestored copy recorded sold for $15,000, while a year earlier a restored 2.0 sold for $10,500. The logic here is overall price. You can still purchase a nice looking copy of AF 15 for $85,000. If there was a "formula" that said restored was worth 1/2 of unrestored - than you would have a ridiculous situation where people were paying half a million plus bucks for a restored AF 15 in 9.6. When half a million would buy a unrestored 9.2.. Or kick in another $150K and buy an unrestored 9.4 People on the boards could offer better counsel if we knew the exact book. Because prior sales can be researched.