TC33

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  1. LOL, I bet I could put a micro dot or two of acrylic paint on a spot and have CGC call it "A" professional. Show me a an A level restoration quality book (not restored by CGC) that was moderately or extensively restored, pieces replaced, reinforced, real amount of color touch etc. Probably exists somewhere, but it's got to be something like 1 in 1,000 of all profesionally restored books (not done by CGC right then and there for a significant profit). Even Matt Nelson himself could not get the A designation on my book he restored for me several years ago and it was fairly light/moderate work and perfectly done, takes a black light to even detect it! I would be much happier if they avoided this problem/conflict of interest and went back to the old system, either Amature or Professional based on the quality of materials used (reversable), unless really poorly done. I will cross my fingers for logic and fairness to win out, but won't hold my breath.
  2. About 1/2 is ball park yes, but if it has a tiny dot of color touch only that is Pro done (removable) maybe as high as 80%, if heavily restored with large piece replacement, married pages etc. maybe even 30-40% (and far less if it were any other book). Make sure you provide exact label note details next time.
  3. I have heard many stories of PGX books graded 9.4 etc being broken out and sent into CGC and actually coming back with a higher grade 9/6/9.8 etc. HOWEVER, Lower/mid and mid upper books (especially older books/not modern etc) almost always come back significantly lower after breaking out and being sent to CGC, so that is where you need to be especially careful buying a pgx book. Broken record, but no matter which of the 3 companies are grading the book, examine the books defects closely yourself and pay what YOU think the book deserves, not a figure based on a designated number at the top of a label that can be extremely subjective and change, even if the exact same book is sent over and over to the same grading company. Remember, you are Buying the Book, not a label designation! As for grading mistakes, it happens with all grading companies albeit far more often with PGX than CGC (you get what you pay for!). Over the years, I have broken out several CGC books only to find out major defects were never disclosed on the label. The entire spine being taped on the inside not even mentioned on a GL #2 GD+ 2.5 (just barely happened) that I thought looked pretty nice otherwise and was shocked to find out was not disclosed, blue label JIM 83 in Gd no label qualification that was missing a huge chunk on an interior page that even went into the story (this was many years ago), so no company is perfect by any means, but at least CGC is far more likely to get it right than PGX, especially resto detection etc. I would still take a PGX scanned book over a raw book from an unknown seller on ebay any day, they did catch some trimming and other minor resto in a large lot of ebay books I purchased and was unaware of, so they are pretty decent for the price, just lack the level of quality control you get with the other two companies which are much better, but are not always perfect either.
  4. I have heard the same from Mike (he had spent many months carefully working on a couple of the books I submitted). Mike also told me he heard the same from others he considers pro's. CGC will only give out B on all work no matter how well done or slight unless you send it in house and pay big bucks for their own team to restore for you, (conflict of interest???) I think he mentioned there is even a lawsuit pending against CGC because of this biased grading practice. I had just sent in a good sampling of my restored books (from 3 differently quality pro's) to see if what I had heard checks out and sure enough, they won't give an A out for anything. It's total B.S the books I submitted would get a B quality for work and not an A, especially the book Matt Nelson worked on! B work pretty much means mediocre to the majority of us. You get a fine 6.0 grade out of 10, yeah, that's pretty mediocre for book grading, not great, just average, fine = medicore compared to "A" work in my lingo.
  5. Never try to dry erase any area that has color to it, you will very often lift the color off way before you get any ground in dirt/stain to come out.
  6. So I have submitted multiple restored books from some of the better restoration professionals out there and they always come back with B designation! The books look amazing, for sure do not meet the guidelines of B as being mediocre quality or using chalk/pencil etc. So I sent the last book in with a cert from Matt Nelson Classic Conservation (from a few years ago) himself detailing his work, it was virtually impossible to tell it was even restored, it was so well done and only slight/moderate work at that! Guess what, I still got a B ,mediocre restoration designation!!!! WTF!!! CGC was so much better when it just had the P or A for professional materials or amateur materials, their new designations make no sense and it appears to me it is impossible to get an A unless you actually pay CGC to restore a book for you today/right now! I have heard the same thing from many other people with pro restored books, never an A unless you pay CGC/Matt and party to restore it for you! Who else wishes they go back to the pro or amateur designation as the A/B/C is so biased that it no longer holds any true meaning?
  7. Looking for nice copies of this book for a friend of mine and me both. Looking at about $15-$25 shipped for the very nice hand picked sharp copies in the 9.2/9.6 range. You can use 1st class shipping in cardboard for around $3. If you have a nice 9.0 range I may be interested, but at closer to $10-$12 each shipped. I will pay more for graded copies. Let me know what you got and lets work out a deal! Thanks!
  8. Yeah, CGC is pretty easy on manufacturing defects. However, maybe that kept if from grading higher?
  9. Doubt it would be restored, that blotch looks unintentional and tape still comes back blue label. However if you remove the tape, it will lift off so much of the color and likely even the paper, it would likely lower the grade 1/2 point even though you are already starting really low. Best thing is leave it as is or do a full restoration job if you really want a pretty book, but by the looks of it, that will cost you several thousand $ if you want it done really nicely through Matt. However, I'm not sure (extremely doubtful) the return will be there for a restored copy, so if you can get a blue label 1.0 or 1.5 (maybe even pray for an unlikely 1.8), that's your best bet.
  10. Look, the resto service is bar none the best out there and at least you get more consistent grading than from the millions of collectors out there and at least one or more of the competitors. However, I hope no fan boys really believe that the human element at CGC (or anywhere else) does not cause for discrepancies from grader to grader. Grading is by no means an exact science! If you think your book got slammed, resubmit and post the results,I have seen both sizable bumps and even some drops, to some small degree a final grade depends on the defects and the different graders preferences, having a long day at work etc!
  11. Anyone that has seen a Todd McFarlane Signature will know this gold marker signature is legit. What better book to get signed by McFarlane than the 1st Full Venom! Final Price Reduction! Now Only **$199 (Final Price Drop!) Includes Free US Priority Mail Shipping, Paypal or money order. 1st wins out, or PM me with questions etc. I have had this beauty for years, but I had noticed two similar green labels sell a few months ago for at and just above $300 before a lower priced copy(non legit looking signature?) slip through the cracks. Looks like a good pressing candidate, but I was content with the grading, signature and label as is. I have sold many thousands $ in major keys here, if any buyer wants to see my kudos page before paying, just ask.
  12. My Bad, I am so used to selling Silver/Gold.
  13. Anyone that has seen a Todd McFarlane Signature will know this gold marker signature is legit. What better book to get signed by McFarlane than the 1st Full Venom! $239 Includes Free US Priority Mail Shipping, Paypal or money order. 1st wins the prize. I have sold many thousands $ in major keys here, if the buyer wants to see my kudos page before paying, just ask.
  14. CCS Classic Collectible Services, Matt Nelson would most likely have that in his archive and would probably make the best quality reproduction wrap out there. It likely would not be cheap, but for a WW #1, it might still be nice for you to have. Not sure how CGC would label/grade it with a repro wrap? They might still say incomplete, best case is restored with repro wrap mentioned. As is, you might be able to get a green label with the grade that it looks like, then the missing wrap noted as the exception. Good Luck! I wish I had not sold my copy a few years ago as it is worth 3x as much as I sold it for just a few short years later!
  15. Some great Golden Age and Silver Age Keys, Some would even say at least a few holy grail books! First Flash ongoing comic Flash 105, Worlds Best #1, First Superman Batman team up book just in time for the upcoming movie! 1st detailed Origin of the Batman #47 VF- (p), X-Men #2 nice mid range, FF #45 1st Inhumans mid/upper. Many More major Keys, Even More than listed in the title, please check them out on my ebay link below, most of them closing in the next day or two on ebay! You are welcome to PM me if you are interested in working out a deal outside ebay. Thanks for looking! http://www.ebay.com/sch/anythingbox/m.html?item=301799812800&_trksid=p2047675.l2562&rt=nc&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rmvSB=true
  16. I think that large lower triangle discoloration area is a dust shadow etc. There is some much smaller color touch along the very outer edge of the cover and a little to the first couple pages or so on the outer edge margin area. I would assume the edge of the cover needed some reinforcing etc., the very edge of the first few pages was probably covering a light discoloration or small water mark etc. Description is the same as when I bought this from a collector many many years ago, I did not have the work done, so I can't tell you exactly what it looked like prior. Whoever did the work was one of the better pros out there in my opinion, very nicely done work.
  17. Some great Golden Age and Silver Age Keys, Some would even say at least a few holy grail books! Please check them out, most of them closing today in the next several hours on ebay! Thanks for looking! http://www.ebay.com/sch/anythingbox/m.html?item=301799812800&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562
  18. 9.0 as there are some light hairline stress marks near the middle spine. Otherwise perhaps still a 9.2 if only for the one more pronounced stress mark at the top.
  19. Darn, I sold my 181 8.0 several months ago for about $500 too cheap!!! Congrats!
  20. Someone just gave me scans to Batman #8 which are reportedly the same inside ads. Thanks!
  21. I have an old beat up All Star #8 that a resto pro is working on for me. The only thing is that it is missing some of the inside spine area that goes into the ad wording and he can't find a similar ad page from the same area to be able to recreate the words that should be there. Can anyone take a picture of the inside front and back cover of their All Star #8 to help me out so this resto guy can fix the missing ad area of my book? If you have inside scans of the cover, that would be the bomb and I know he would be willing to trade equal scans of just about any other major key he has scans of, he is just missing this one book in particular to be able to fix the missing inside art/lettering. Help would be greatly appreciated and would make me as happy as him =>
  22. I have an old beat up All Star #8 that a resto pro is working on for me. The only thing is that it is missing some of the inside spine area that goes into the ad wording and he can't find a similar ad page from the same area to be able to recreate the words that should be there. Can anyone take a picture of the inside front and back cover of their All Star #8 to help me out so this resto guy can fix up my book? If you have inside scans of the cover, that would be the bomb and I know he would be willing to trade equal scans of just about any other major key he has scans of, he is just missing this one in particular to fix the missing art/lettering. Thanks in advance!