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  1. In theory. The problem is would be an extremely rare occurrence for a book to develop mold in the way you describe it. It just doesn't work that way.
  2. Absolutely. One of the seals around a vent in my roof was surreptitiously leaking water into the house for many months before I caught the issue. Eventually, it soaked my sheetrock and the ceiling plaster. Black mold developed. I had to pay several thousand bucks to have it professionally removed. They wore hazmat suits and used giant fans to create a vacuum as they worked. It can kill you. It's no joke. I don't even like water damaged books, let alone black mold. SMH Why anyone would work on a book like that is beyond me. I can see an exception to the rule if the book was one of a kind and historically important. But how many of THOSE type of books are floating around. Yep. Pretty much none.
  3. Black mold is nothing to play with. Ridiculous to try to salvage a book like that. I wouldn't even consider a book with any sort of mold.
  4. You took things I wanted. This, I will not forget! j/k
  5. Hitting a book with pressure, heat, and moisture. What could possibly go wrong? I have books pressed. But pedigrees, to me, are sacred ground. They are one of a kind. They are special. If you modify the book in anyway, through pressing or restoration or having it signed, then it's no longer the same book. We should do our bests to preserve pedigrees. These books, IMHO, should remain in the same condition they were in when they left the original owner's possession. But money and greed have always trumped ethics and considerations for posterity.
  6. 140 - $9 142 - $9 143 - $9 146 - $9 148 - $9 151 - $6 156 - $5 157 - $6 160 - $7 162 - $7 165 - $7 164 - $6 163 - $7 169 - $20 168 - $7 167 - $6 172 - $6 174 - $6
  7. Personally, I think that any pedigreed book that is pressed, restored, or otherwise altered should LOSE it's pedigree status. Why? Because it's no longer in the same state as it was when it left the collection. It's not the same book and never will be.
  8. Fantastic. Go ahead, then. Let your greed get in the way of preserving comic book history. Pedigrees should NOT be pressed or restored.
  9. The run spanned 25 years, and there were a few notable changes in the paper and cover stock during that time period. I don't take anything as a personal shot. I'm just providing information. I won't pretend that my sample size provides definitive data, but I do feel like I have a larger sample size than most. The simple answer is that there are no definitive data. There are too many wildcard factors...too many subjective factors...involved to make a scientific declaration. I think it's safe to say, however, based on my personal experience, that the risk is relatively small if everyone in the chain of custody takes reasonable action to preserve the condition of the book. One more last tip, eyeball the book hard through the slab. Look for shaken comic syndrome. Look for "soft" 9.8s. Catch it before they do.
  10. This largely depends on a few different factors: 1. The skill and diligence of the custody chain during the process of cracking the slab, prepping the comic, getting it signed, and submitting it to the CGC. This could be the responsibility of a single person (facilitator) or a small crew of people, depending on the company you choose. 2. The care and concern of the person signing the comic. 3. There is a very fine line between 9.6 and a 9.8. You're always going to susceptible to the consistency of the grading teams at CGC. One team's 9.8 many turn out to be another team's 9.6. I gathered first hand experience back when I built my legendary, award-winning Spawn run of graded comics. I submitted around 40 slabs (9.8 graded) to various signature series facilitators. All of these books were cracked, signed (sometimes multiple times), and resubmitted. I can only recall one (MAYBE two) books that were downgraded to 9.6. So, in my experience, we roughly see a 2.5% to 5% chance that a book would come back as a lower grade. I chalk this up to the care of my chosen facilitators. I also had signatures from nearly two dozen different artists. I feel like I have my facilitators to thank... I don't want to leave anyone out, but my main facilitator during that time was @Rich_Henn There were a few more. If anyone needs a recommendation, I can try to pull up my records if you'd like to PM me. I hope this answers your question. One last point - you must accept the notion that your book could come back as a lower grade. It's ALWAYS a big risk. Can you accept it? If not, I suggest doing what I had to do on a few occasions... buy TWO 9.8 graded copies of the same issue. Send the best looking of the two off to be graded. Hopefully, it comes back a 9.8. If not, you always have your backup copy! Expensive? Yes! But I did it for peace of mind. If your book DOES come back as a 9.8, then you can sell off your blue label to recoup the cost.