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  1. +1 I only slab before I sell a book, or if I have multiple copies. (or yes if I want by sig authenticated by Voldy )
  2. Yes, anyone can tell weather a "book" is an 0.3 or part of it an 0.1. But, by that logic we shouldn't have an 0.5 grade. Since the main criteria for that grade is incompleteness the 0.5 doesn't, "tell you anything about the condition of what's actually there." If a book is 0.5 its obvious and anyone can tell after simply noting its incompleteness. I just think it would be nice to have an actual number assigned to coverless books especially considering over street added 0.3/0.1s a little while ago, as well as the abundance of coverless books on the market.
  3. How 'bout 0.3 and 0.1 grades. 5 wraps of a book and an otherwise complete coverless should not both be NG. Also, (a little off topic) can cgc stop encapsulating coverless books with facsimile covers. Why would anyone just want to look at a reprinted cover?
  4. If difference in value is the real problem. Its buyers to blame. One ought not to pay the same price for a majorly restored book (ie. pieces added, major color touch, spine reinforcement, leaf casting) as a minimally restored book (ie. minor color touch).
  5. Color touch and tear seals are different, they actually "restore" a book in the sense of the word. Restore- "return (someone or something) to a former condition, place, or position." Tape isn't restoration because the comic never had tape on it in the first place. The tape is a straight up addition. Color touch however is an addition that makes up for the absence of ink, you aren't just adding a defect you are replacing what is now faded, or broken ink. The comic is being "return[ed] to a former condition." Which is not the case with tape. Color touch is restoration, and should always be considered that. I am against a JIM 83 going from a 6.0 to a 3.0 and the destruction of its presentableness as well, however I'm more against restoring it in the first place. The issue here isn't, "stop grading minor amounts of color touch as restored." Its, "stop restoring comics (unless necessary ie. 1.0/0.5s)." Comics wouldn't need to be defaced if they weren't restored in the first place, I wouldn't doubt that JIM was 4.5-4.0 before the resto. Maybe we give it a Conserved grade. But a blue label, God no.
  6. Man I just can't get enough of those DC grey-tone covers! Any one of them is an instant classic cover.
  7. Exactly. As someone who loves comics (as I hope most folks would be), I'd rather have more. There is something attractive about an old beat-up comic, its an active piece of history. It didn't just sit in a closet for 50 years. It was read and well loved. It has personality. I love all comics (save SA Marvel and some Modern ), keys and filler issues. I wouldn't want a collection of just filler books, nor one of just keys. I would consider myself a run collector even though I have less than 400 issues. I have only 2 complete runs, Hawkman (1964) and The Atom (1962), plus the 7 issue Atom & Hawkman run, as well as their respective Showcase/Brave & Bold (and Mystery in Space for Hawkman) runs. I am in the process of completing Shazam! (1973) and Aquaman (1962 - including AC 260, and Showcase issues) runs as well, with all major keys attained. All's left are 20 or so filler issues in each. With not a ton of funds, runs are easier to attain if I buy low-grade. Most issues of mine are VG-G, with expensive keys often being 2.5-0.3, most (like Aquaman 1) are 1.0s. I plan on attempting a SA JLA run as well, however my only progress on that is an 0.3 JLA 1, G copies of B&B 29-30, and approximately 10 JLA issues. It'll be a while. I find short (5-50 ish's) SA DC runs are the funnest to collect (and relatively cheap), and plan on putting together some including Plastic Man, Spectre, Creeper, and Metamorpho.
  8. Have you also considered Spectacular Spiderman 90, and Marvel Team-up 141?
  9. The qualified grade is the worst and dumbest product CGC has to offer. It isn't an actual grade. If a comic is missing a coupon, its not a 6.0, its just not. A qualified grade says, if your comic was in better shape it would be a 6.0, but your comic isn't in better shape, its an 0.5/1.0, and it will always be an 0.5/1.0, no matter what kind of label the book has.
  10. Agreed, either CGC is being to lenient with GA or to strict with SA - MA books, either way CGC just needs to keep it consistent.
  11. Is glue on a cover really even restoration? I realize it might hold a book intact or seal tears, but by that logic, wouldn't tape and xtra staples also be considered restoration? I just consider it a defect along with trimming, as neither actually "restore" in the literal sense of what "restore" means, that is to bring an object back to a state it once was.
  12. I know it's not a defect, but in this case CGC is treating it as a if it were just another defect w/ giving it a blue label.
  13. I realize that, but it's not like CGC hasn't failed to list defects in the label before.
  14. What bothers me is, how can I trust a company to find and identify restoration, if their finding of it doesn't qualify it as restored? Heck, if cgc isn't going to give it a restored grade, what guarantee is there that any of their "unrestored" books aren't restored.
  15. It bothers me too. If a book is restored, it's restored. Even if its very minor it's still restored and ought to be treated as a restored book. I think this comes down to just CGC being too lenient on their grading of GA books.