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  1. I'm trying to figure out if my book has any potential for a 9.8 with a press. The only grader notes are "very light spine stress lines break color." The book was graded in June 2018. I see from the CGC scale a 9.6 has "several minor...handling defects" and a 9.8 has "negligible handling defects." I know a press won't help with stress lines that break color, but I'm wondering if the fact that they are very light (I can't even see them at all when looking at the book) means I could possibly improve the book slightly with a press and then get lucky with another grader to get a 9.8. Also, as shown in the cover picture, there does appear to be a 1mm length tear on the top left corner spine. I'm also considering having it signed by McFarlane and Michelinie and then pressed. Unfortunately my scanner added a bunch of dust artifacts or something, which makes it look like the book is covered in scratches, but the pictures should at least give a good view of the spine. Thanks for any help!
  2. It’s basically the only flaw the book has. There is no cracking of the spine, or any real boxing on the corners. No stains but The pages would probably be off-white. Does anyone know if a pressing would fix that crease? If not would anyone give me a round about guess of what kind of grade I might expect assuming the only flaws were the one cover crease and off white pages (there are no visible finger prints but I haven’t taken a black light to it, nor do I own one)
  3. Are graphic novels for example Watchmen, Killing Joke, Akira, Killing Joke etc possible to be pressed and cleaned? Has anyone submitted some for these services and seen improvements?
  4. Is it common to resubmit graded CGC books but this time for pressing services to improve a grade or two and hopefully "fix" any notes received? If so can you resubmit a graded book via drop off at a con?
  5. I have an Amazing Fantasy 15 which I would guess would grade around 1.5 to 2.0 cgc. However at the top right corner about half of the cca (comic code authority) is barely hanging on. I want to get it pressed and graded but worried it will come off. Any advice?
  6. I have a 181 which is affected by two non-color breaking creases at the top left/middle of the cover (pics 1 and 2). I've spent some time educating myself re grading, but I'm not very experienced, so I can't say how much these defects drag it down. It's sitting at a 6.5 and presents very well, but I'm wondering if a press and re-slab would be worth it. I'd consider a full point increase "worth it". Pics are below. I did the best that I could with my cell phone and crappy lighting. I do have the grader's notes, which are posted below as well. Thanks in advance. Grader's notes: Left Center Back Cover Small Tear with Crease Right Bottom Front Cover Crease Breaks Color Right Top Back Cover Lite Multiple Crease Spine Stress Lines Breaks Color Top Front Cover Large Lite Crease
  7. Happy Saturday my Friends The past few days I've been going through quite a few books with subscription creases and was hoping to gather your thoughts on them and how they affect the grade of a book. My grading skills are a tad rusty after taking some time off so I thought this week I'd tackle some SA's in various states of disarray to work myself back into mid-season form. Does anyone have a "minimum/maximum grade" that they will assign a book with a subscription crease? Subscription creases will of course differ in their severity and amount of color breaking but I figured that folks out there might have a maximum grade that they will give a book with a sub crease. Or when grading a book with a sub-c they will begin by immediately assigning perhaps a VG 4.0 and then "work their way down" from there and subtract for the other defects present. I wasn't able to find any examples of how CGC addresses these in the past so if you have a slab with a sub crease what has been your experience? Also, many subscription creases won't break color and I'm curious to know if anyone has had experience completely pressing out a subscription crease? Since the crease extends throughout the book I wonder if they've had success with just the covers pressing out and the insides retaining their bend. And in the rare instance that you had a book that was flawless except for the subscription crease what would you grade it at? Do you think that CGC would (or has in the past) assigned a Qualified grade to it? I've included pics below of a few books that can be used for reference in the discussion. With the JIM #115 & 116, both books are perhaps a 7.5 without the crease. The Green Lantern is a bit nicer - maybe an 8.0 to 8.5 w/out the crease. The Atom #14 is a bit better than that - perhaps 8.5/9.0 without the crease. I think I'll post these in the PGM Forum as well as a lot of folks might not visit this sub-forum. Thanks in advance
  8. This is slightly over a quarter inch in length on top edge. I'm not sure what to call it but It looks like a slight bend. I've included the pictures from top, bottom, side & direct angles.The bottom angle looks like it has a small tear but it's so small I can't be sure that it is even with a magnifying glass. The book is a 9.6. The rest of it looks fine other than what I'm pointing out. Wondering if this is what's keeping it from a 9.8? Unfortunately there are no grader's notes I included a wider image as the last one to show how small the defect is.
  9. Hey all this seems like a hot debate and it always get side tracked. I am very new to collecting comics. For the most part I have just been collecting random side characters because it was fun. Randomly felt the need to buy my most desired comic with the Hulk 181 (yipeeeee). However, I need to get it graded. It seems to be a beautiful comic with the exception of the spine curling a little. From what I understand this should definitely be pressed. I do not mind throwing in the extra money if it can help but I literally have no idea how to determine what is the correct thing to do. Trolls appreciated and useful information as well. Thanks!
  10. I wonder if someone can help me answer this question: I sent in an Amazing Spiderman #18 for grading and received a 7.5 grade. The notes said: light, multiple bend back coversmall, multiple indent full left of front coververy small tear with crease left center of back cover Would pressing help me receive a higher grade? How could I find this out? Thanks for anyone who can assist. David
  11. I feel like these are improper modifications for a book from an original collection. I feel like it's important to maintain the integrity of the book as it came from the pedigree collection. I feel the same way about provenance books. I'm not saying my feelings are superior, I'm just throwing them out there. I'm asking for your response and reasoning. What are your thoughts on the matter?
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  13. I have some books id like to get signed, graded, but.. Some may benefit from being pressed.. is there a 'best method' of doing this.. i.e. Do you have the book pressed first, then signed and graded? (which seems like it would take a long time), or do you have the book signed, then pressed and graded.. does the pressing have the potential to screw up the signatures? I also like to have sketch covers done.. so same question with those in mind.. Anyone had any experience with doing this either way?
  14. Fantastic Four # 19 Worth Pressing? Desiring some input here, still getting back into the hobby and considering have a comic or two pressed to see what happens. My first one up for a possible press and re-grade is a Fantastic Four # 19. Curious what others think if it will help the grade based on the grader notes. My gut tells me no as the issues they mention don't seem to be improved with pressing. Here is the CGC grader's notes/info: Title: Fantastic Four Issue: 19 Issue Date: 10/63 Issue Year: 1963 Publisher: Marvel Comics Grade: 9.2 Total Graded At: 13 Page Quality: WHITE Grade Date: 12/29/2014 Category: Universal Art Comments: Stan Lee story Jack Kirby and Ayers art Jack Kirby and Paul Reinman cover Key Comments: 1st appearance of Rama-Tut. Letter from Steve Gerber. Full page ad for X-Men #1 Grader Notes: Back Cover Multiple Shadow Bottom Staple Wear Breaks Color Spine Lite Stress Lines Breaks Color Top Staple Recessed
  15. Fantastic Four #48 regrade: pressing worth it? I just received this fantastic four #48 with a 4.0 cgc grade. Here are the grader notes: white pages crease right center of front cover breaks color crease right top of front cover breaks color finger bends cover multiple bend spine breaks color multiple crease back cover multiple crease left bottom of front cover breaks color multiple tape stain spine so my question is would a press and dry clean help some of the obvious creases and bends (and possible tape stains) enough to justify sending this in? If so what do you think a grade bump would be? thank you in advance.
  16. Hello everyone. I’m new to the boards and CCG. I have an X-Men #1 purchased around 1984 from Mike’s Comic Hut in Queens, NY. The cover is crinkled and it has the remnants of an annoying strip of tape down the spine. There is no tape on the book. I’m going to send this off to CCG and maybe CCS? What grade is it? Would pressing and/or dry cleaning help the grade? What should be the declared value? Thanks!
  17. I have a Secret Wars #8 yellow label. Certified at a 8.5 My question is: Can I get CGC to crack open the slab, clean, press and resubmit and still keep the yellow label? (hopefully to get a bump in grade) thanks for reading
  18. Hi, I'm new to the boards. I have a question about what I perceive to be a comic flaw, but almost never see mentioned. From time to time I purchase a graded comic and notice a slight translucence to the cover (obviously most often in the white areas where there is no ink coverage). You can slightly see through the paper to the inks on the inside cover or first page. Sometimes this is quite noticeable. It might not technically be considered a flaw, but it's unsightly and if pictures ever showed it more clearly I'd avoid buying those books. I almost never see this with raw books...only graded ones. Which makes me wonder if this is possibly the result of books being heavily pressed? Can this happen naturally when books are kept tightly packed or somehow stored improperly? Any insight or information about this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.