Tony S

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    If you have a dream about out-posting me, you better wake up and apologize.

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  1. Unwitnessed signatures are essentially "writing on the cover". If you request a blue label on such a book, you'll usually end up with a grade no higher than about 6.0. So CGC has a green (qualified) label for just such books. The numeric grade is the same as if there was no signature counting as a defect. But a green label. As others have noted, the book the OP posts up about most likely is - and should be - a green label book . If it's a blue label the OP in fact got a gift grade. It should have been much lower than 8.5 as a blue label. This issue comes up on these boards regularly. COA's don't mean anything.
  2. "Spine stress lines" is one of those grader notes that don't tell you much. To begin with, if the area along the spine is white, you'll never see "color breaking" mentioned. Creases in white areas are the same. Because white is the absence of color, you'll never see "color breaking" mentioned. The paper fibers might be slightly damaged and show some stress lines. But it won't say color breaking. And then there are some defects that despite sounding as though a press might fix won't respond to a press. If you don't have the books in hand yet, you should try not to form an opinion on the effectiveness of the pressing. Wait to see the books.
  3. 9.8's rarely have graders notes. 9.4 and 9.6 sometimes don't. There can be several reasons for no graders notes on 9.4-9.6 books, but I believe it is some combination of: Book is relatively "common". Not a key issue. For instance graders notes are more likely on Nova 1 (1976) than Nova 9. Defects are obvious (easily visible) How much time the graders have for note recording.
  4. humble opinion is they should not sell at those levels. But the one in an unreserved auction that started at $9.99 is over a grand now with just under three days to go. So it appears that a good number of collectors value the book far higher than I would. But market value is what people will pay. And we'll know in three days what that is right now.
  5. It's a 1.8. You can't be overly picky. You have no Marvel chipping, the color is decent and it looks like there is still some gloss, I don't see much in the way of creases, no pieces missing, no tape. All things a less than good copy could have .It presents well for 1.8. If you can afford a higher grade copy, buy one and sell this. If this falls within your budget, you actually have done very well. The consensus among conservators and library science types is that if a book with rusted staples and rust stains on paper is kept in good storage environment - which basically comes down to "if your comfortable, so are you paper collectibles" that the damage won't get worse. At least not for a very long time. Keep it away for light (like in box), heat your house in the winter and cool it in the summer. You won't live long enough to see the rust get worse.
  6. This. Some signatures pictured here look obviously fake. But some friends of mine just got legit Stan Lee signatures via a CGC facilitator a couple of months ago. They look pretty bad. If you saw them on raw books for sale on eBay you might in fact believe they were forgeries. Stan's signature the past year has gotten really....messy. As for PGX and their signature verification service....what to say?? What I think is most sad about it is that when PGX first started their signature verification service they were partnering with Collectors Shangri-La. Kevin Segall is a legitimate, respected expert in the field of signed collectibles. But that didn't last long. A professional's review and opinion costs money. Where pretend experts that already work there are virtually free.
  7. Congrats on your picking up some treasured childhood memories. It is often said that the golden age of comics is when one first started reading them.
  8. Wasn't the Marvel's first Kiss Magazine supposed to have some blood in the ink of each band member? Or was that just an urban legend?
  9. TMZ reporting somenone(s) stole blood from Stan Lee, mixed with ink, hand stamped his signature and sold books
  10. This comes up all the time. Graded 9.8's cracked out for signatures - resubmitted - and coming back a lower grade. The OP's specific situation is a bit worse than is normally posted - but is not unheard of. Maybe the spine split during pressing. Maybe the spine was weak all along and split just from being handled. But the real issue here is when you crack a 9.8 out of a CGC slab, get it signed and resubmit, you have no where to go grade-wise but the same or down. Your chances of getting a 9.9 are in fact nonexistent -your odds of getting struck by lightning are higher. I never, Never, NEVER crack 9.8's out for signatures. Crack out 9.2-9.6 yes. Or buy a sharp raw copy. But never 9.8's. Just too high a chance of a grade drop. Just chalk this up as a learning experience and don't do it again. Unless you are willing to sacrifice a 9.8 grade for a signature on a lower grade
  11. Preservation/Storage question

    The general consensus in the hobby is comics are best stored upright in boxes. Raw or slabbed. And it certainly is the most efficient way space wise to store books. My slabs are upright in CGC boxes and my raws are upright in dealer boxes. That said, I've seen a few fairly well researched articles that have come to the conclusion that once comics are slabbed, storing them upright, laying flat or on their sides doesn't seem to make any difference. So for me I went with the general consensus that also happens to be the most efficient and easiest. Upright in boxes designed for raw or slabbed books.
  12. CGC's invoices can be confusing. Look at it and see if it shows a balance due. If not, then what you paid took care of it. Otherwise, call CGC and pick option 2 - accounting. Jose will get it straightened out or explain it. Welcome to the boards
  13. Tape is restoration?

    The restoration is the pieces added, Tape is always noted on the label.
  14. None of the grading companies is going to do a detailed grading guide like you suggest. As a practical matter, they don't want to be lawyer'd to death by customers pointing at some part of such a grading guide in regards to the grade assigned their book. A lot of people assume CGC and others must start at 10 and deduct specific amounts of points for specific defects. It is NOT how it's done. If you think about it, the list would be massive. Because every one of hundreds of defects could have a hundred different degrees of severity. It would also be very easy for a book with lots of defects to get into negative numbers if it was a start at 10 and start subtracting. Finally there is "if it already has this, could it also have that?" to consider. A closer approximation of grading is more along the lines of "what it the best a book could grade with a 4", moderate color breaking crease on the front cover". Not how much such a crease takes off. Ultimately there is subjectivity. What is the overall appearance? Which is why there are three graders with one able to "finalize" the grade.
  15. Absolutely. Keep as is. Very cool.