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  1. This here is the prize thread for my 2019 Green Eggs Grading Contest! Feel free to make a donation, or even multiple donations. Please understand, you will be responsible for shipping worldwide, unless you state otherwise. As there are many contestants, I hope to see lots of prizes being thrown up. I will continue to update the 2nd and 3rd posts in this thread to recap what has been donated. What can you donate to the prize pool? Whatever you want, really. I wouldn't suggest offering up some really crappy stuff though, or things that are worth less than the shipping cost. I also would never ask anyone to donate multi-hundred dollar items, but that certainly has happened many times before. In the end, it's all up to you what you'd like to offer. Thanks y'all! -Andy
  2. Hi all, I am a noob to the whole comic gig and I have a couple questions and concerns regarding fees and how they pertain to comics when sending into CGC to get graded. My first concern is why CGC charges so many fees in regards to grading or even pre-screens...they even charge you a percentage on books that they returned not graded (CRAZY)....who can afford these prices....even with my elite membership....I feel this is still a huge rip-off....but anyway perhaps I am missing some info on the grading process or the best way to go about this. I am looking to send in about 50 comics to get graded, I have no idea how much they are worth or how to fill in the online submission forms accurately to insure I make no mistakes....and most of all, how can I find out the how much the total cost would be if I were to send out these 50 comics before I actually send them out....this is all so confusing and the CGC website is so vague on explanation, especially to people who are completely new to this....if anyone can point me in the right direction or give me some clarity on these issues then it would be great help. Thanks in advance, -IRONICK
  3. Hi everyone, sorry for the delay to get this going! It's been a busy summer and I have been MIA on these boards for most of it. However, now that the delay is over......it's time! With the greatest of respect and a tip of my hat to the irreplaceable Nik, I would like to offer for your fun and enjoyment, the 7th annual CGC Green Eggs Grading Contest. On Friday, September 20th, I will officially start this grading contest over in the "Hey buddy, can you spare a grade?" section of the boards. This here is the sign up thread, for all interested. Everyone is welcome to join in. Please post here if you would like to play in this contest. It's a lot of fun, and there will be prizes. 1.) You will see 2 books per round, for 10 rounds. The contest will begin on September 20th and (should) end on October 10th. 2.) There will be an approximate 48 hour time limit between rounds. I will confirm the end time for all rounds once the contest starts. I will send everyone a PM on the day the contest starts. You are to look at the books; figure out the grades and reply to that very same PM that I started with you. Again, this will be the same PM thread that you will use to submit all grades for all rounds. Please do not create a new PM for each grade submission. 3.) No changing of grades will be allowed once submitted. Post only one single, numerical grade for each book. If you post more than one grade (e.g. 8.5/9.0) then your submission for that round will be void. No excuses. As there will be 2 books per round, make it clear which grade is for which book. For example, say ASM #1 4.5 and on the next line say FF #12 8.0. Please don't screw this up. 4.) The page quality and any noticeable defects you can not see on the book from the scan will be given for each round. Do not PM with questions. Assume that all of the books have been pressed. The scans that you will be looking at will be of the book already inside the CGC case. 5.) Points awarded will be as follows; 5 points for a direct hit, 3 points for 1 grade off, 1 point for 2 grades off and -1 point for 3 grades off. If you are 4 grades off or more, I'm going to hit the "notify moderator" button. 6.) Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers, and likely many, many more. From what we've seen in previous years, folks have been extremely generous and most people that enter will win a prize. Also,a booby prize will be given for last place. Last place is defined as the person who has participated in all the rounds and has the lowest score. You can not sign up, do nothing and win the booby prize. 7.) Sadly, sckao will not be lending a hand this year. It's been an amazing experience, having him hold my hand for over 6 years now, but he's a busy guy, so I don't blame him one bit! Thanks for being a legend among legends, Shin!
  4. Does anyone know how to open a slabbed book? Is it something you can do at home or does it need to done professionally?
  5. Recently acquired this great book and im fairly new to the grading process. My question would be what graded condition would this book be in roughly? And my second question would be how much would it cost to be graded? I have checked the pricing guide already and didn't receive a clear answer. Any help is well appreciated.
  6. A few random books that I am unsure of their grades, and if it would be worth the time/money. Sorry that my photos poor quality, but any ranges would be helpful. Let me know what you think these would be graded at, it would be much appreciated! Thank you!
  7. I've been meaning to post this for a while; thanks to @Point Five for giving me the springboard to finally get this down in writing: I don't think it's possible to overstate this. It gets to the very heart of why third party grading is so important. For those of you who weren't collecting before the advent of CGC, it was really, really, reaaaaallllly, really the bad old days. I had a good solid decade to deal with rampant and horrific overgrading and undisclosed restoration, and I'm incredibly thankful that I didn't have a lot of money to buy "big books." There are a lot of people who had to deal with it a lot longer than I did. As books got more and more expensive, and buyers were willing to pay more and more for them, the temptation to "fiddle" with books and overstate their condition...by a little or a lot...became much too great for much too many people. There are people that, to this very day, have not recovered the value of what they paid in, say, the mid 90s for a super key book that ended up being restored. One can be grateful that comics weren't *that* expensive in the 70s and 80s, but things were ramping up pretty hard in the 90s...$50,000 sales for key GA books were not uncommon, and five figure sales for Silver Keys were becoming common, too. And just because you bought from a "nationally known and respected dealer" didn't make you immune. The guys with impeccable credentials...well deserved, I might add...occasionally got stung themselves, unknowingly, and unknowingly passed those on to their customers. And there were (and still are) a LOT of frauds and cheats out there, like Gerry Ross, Danny Dupcak, and Daniel Patterson (the "esteemed" owner of PGX.) We are so very, very spoiled to have had a third party grading service...CGC...that has taken their job seriously, and their consistency over time has made the entire industry a far, FAR safer place to spend your money. Not only are there direct benefits in properly graded and restoration checked books, but indirect benefits, such that it's made everyone tighten up their own grading to a degree that we now quibble over QUARTER grades ("I think this is a 9.0." "Nah, that's no better than an 8.5!") You should see the brawls I used to get into with eBay sellers who sold me "mint" books that wouldn't grade higher than 6.0, or my Batman #11 (yes, THAT one) that was graded "VG/F" only to show up with every single page detached from every other page, with every page crumbling to pieces they were so brittle. We no longer have to have 10,000 separate grading systems, like in the past, and sellers are much less likely to play the "well, *I* think it's Near Mint!" game on 7.0 books. Everyone has a reasonable standard by which to judge, a benchmark, a foundation from which to start. "CGC says this is an 8.0. Ok, I see how they arrived at that." You don't necessarily have to agree...that's the important part...but at least you have a third party, unrelated to the buying or selling of the book, without a "horse in the race", that gives their unbiased opinion as to what the book you've got in front of you is...and that it is either complete, or does, or does not, have restoration. And you're not likely to hear the once common "NM?? You're nuts, that thing's no better than a Fine!", and vice versa, ringing through the halls of your local convention. It's forced everyone...willingly or not, happily or not...to become better graders, whether you're dealing with slabs, or raws, or both. And those who have refused, those who completely poo-poo CGC and third party grading in general, have been, rightfully I think, left behind. No, we are so far beyond the bad old days, it's like we went from living in caves to Metropolis, all in the span of 20 years. And for that, I am very, VERY grateful...and maybe everyone who buys or sells comics as collectibles should be, too.
  8. Hi, I'm searching for a representative to come to my convention June 21-22, 2019 in Augusta Ga. I have multiple celebrities who need a witness for signatures and also a drop of for grading services. Please let me know if there is a local person who could accomplish this. Thanks!
  9. Hey all, hoping you can help clarify the CGC grading tiers a bit for me. I'm mainly confused about the Value tier. My understanding is that, being the max value of each comic cannot exceed $200, it correlates most with the Modern tier. However, I would think that they want you to send as many to them as possible to grade; yet am I to understand that it's $27 per book under the Value tier (when I'm sending 15 comics, as per the minimum) while it's only $20 per book when I send one (to be graded under the Modern tier)? If so, can someone explain the logic in this? Thanks, Chris
  10. Modern tier is greyed out...? I have been trying to submit a book from 1985 and the modern tier is not available. Has this been addressed anywhere else? Any help is appreciated.
  11. Used to collect comics by going to the local comic book store and picking up the comic and inserting it in a plastic sleeve along with the cardboard in back of the comics. New to this CGC collection and I think its great as it grades your comic as well as preserves it well. However feeling overwhelmed with the many choices of CGC to choose from. Would appreciate any help as I am a noob when it comes to investing into CGC comics. I like to buy comics based on the cover art, artist, writer, favorite characters and story. My goal is to collect comics that I find interesting as well as long term appreciation in value. However I have some questions and would appreciate feedback from the experienced people I thank you everyone in advance for any guidance. 1)Are CGC better if they are signed rather than non signed? 2)I noticed Stan Lee signatures on comics he wasn’t involved in are pretty expensive is this speculations or they really are expensive? And do more signatures the comic has the more value it has? 3)I have some examples of comics I am interested in buying and will purchase them however I am overwhelmed and want to do research before I make the big investment. How do you tell or best estimate if a comic will have long term appreciation. I am going to put some comics I am interested in below as examples to help me understand are these market prices or are they over priced and if they will appreciate over time. Or rather how do you tell if you are not getting ripped off and the comic you like will be a good investment. a) Amazing Spider-Man 700 cgc 9.8 Ditko cover signed by Stan Lee its on eBay for an astonishing amount of $2600-$4000. Is this really worth that much or is it over priced? Also would this hold its value long term? b)Batman 423 cgc 9.8 signed by Todd Mcfarlane over $800. C)Amazing Spider-Man 1 Stan Lee Humberto Ramos Sketch cover with 5 signatures is over $800 d)X-men #1 cgc 9.8 special collector edition signed by Stan, Jim and Claremont over $500 e)Amazing Spider-Man 312 cgc 9.8 signed Stan and Todd. These are some but not all of the comics that I like the cover art and the artist behind them as it brings back nostalgia memories of going to the local comic book store. I know its a long post with a lot of questions. Thank you in advance.
  12. Hello. I have submitted before at previous Phoenix Comic Cons. Will there be a facilitator/representative at Phoenix Walker Stalker Con in January 2019? I would like to get a few SS comics done. Thank you in advance! - B.R.
  13. Hello, First time in here. I just saw a YouTube live stream talking about a new free pre-screning service. Is this true? Is it coming in the future?
  14. Hi all, so Walking Dead day just finished and lucked out in my first blind bag opening with a 1:100 pencil sketch of TWD issue #108 variant. However, the comic was stuck to the blind bag that it came in and left a glue residue and long vertical mark in the back cover. Can this be considered a manufacturer defect if graded? And i also notice that the back covers on a lot of the issues were smudged or has some dirt or something. And being a pure white cover, you can easily see them. Does that affect grading at all? Im new to grading so I would know how to differentiate a VF to a NM. Any help will suffice. Thanks and cheers!
  15. Hi there, New to the boards. Looking to purchase this TOS 39 from my local comic shop. The cover is detached, the tape is the only thing holding the cover together. Book is complete otherwise. Has it listed as a 1.8, I agree with the condition but just worried about CGC grading. Will this still get me a blue label? Thanks for the info.
  16. Hi everyone, I’m very new here to the CGC boards, but have been collecting for a few years. Would anyone be so kind as to offer their opinion on how much this little tear issue on the top of the back cover of my Batman Mad Love would hurt the grading? Thank you.
  17. Would anyone have any insight whether an ink date stamp (on the back cover in this instance) on a modern book would affect the grade with CGC? Another grading company's stance is "It is extremely rare for a comic from the 1990's to present to have a date stamp. Date stamps were widely used from the 1940's - 1970's and are accepted in the collecting community. By the 1980's very few newsstands and comic shops used date stamps and by the 1990's probably 1 out of 50,000 comics have a date stamp on it. Comics from 1990 to present are downgraded for date stamps in high grades, as it is almost unheard of to see that." With that explanation, it infers that a high grade 1990's Newsstand with a date stamp would be super rare....So why the downgrade? This does not seem to be the Overstreet Guide to Grading Comics stance as it is not specifically addressed concerning "modern" books. Any insight is greatly appreciated.
  18. I want to send out my first batch of comics to get graded soon, and I was thinking of getting these two graded; however, I’m not sure that it would be worth it considering the deep spine ticks on issue 1. It looks a lot worse in the photo than it does in reality, but still. I think I’d be hard-pressed to get a 9.0 What do you guys think? Worth it for investment purposes even still?
  19. So I was told to post in here with better pictures so here they are. What do you guys think? There is a dent that runs parallel to the spine. It's doesn't in my opinion break color and also believe can be pressed. Small crease on the spine it atleast 1/8 inch or less not really noticeable unless you try to look for it. What do you guys think? Think this was kept unbelievably good and i won't touch it unless I have gloves on. Feedback is greatly appreciated thank you. Also if you look you can see red print on each page. Idk if that affects anything?
  20. Hi. I recently bought this comic book on ebay and it was listed as a high grade NM copy at a decent price. I am not that clued in on grading but have read/watched a few tutorials. Any way I bought it and to my surprise the book from the outside did indeed look as described. But I have a question about the inside pages. There is a lot of fading of the black ink used on the pages (some of this has smudged on the opposite page). The art does make heavy use of black as well so the fading seems very pronounced. Is this normal for a book that otherwise seems so new? Just curious if the book hasn't been stored in the wrong place or maybe pressed which has caused this.
  21. I am attending NYCCC just on Thursday this year. I wanted to get one or two comics graded on site that day. What would be the cost plus will it be done on the same day?
  22. I picked up my copy of ASM #800 and i realized once i put in in a bag and board there was a small curve in the book leaving a hollow space. I'm sure it's just because it is a monster of a book, but wasn;t sure if anyone else's is like this.
  23. Hi guys i just bought my first cgc graded comic book but on receipt I can see a crack all the way along the top part of the case on the back. Is this a problem in terms of value? It’s an amazing Spider-Man 252 9.4 cgc grade. Do I need to get it re-cased? Any advice would be appreciated. This did not happen in transit as I can see only now it was in the photo on eBay (I’ve circled the crack in original sellers pic) the seller did not mention the crack though and apparently knew nothing of it as their partner took the photos. I have sent photo to seller and awaiting response as I say any further advice would be so useful. Thank you Che
  24. I'm a newbie, so please forgive me if this has been discussed before. I recently got back into the collecting game and got some good ideas on learning how to assess the quality of comics from another post. One suggestion I received was to review graded comics listed at Heritage Comics. I'm not comfortable yet with assessing quality based on a picture. However, I've been buying comics from MyComicShop and Midtown Comics and trying to guess at the grade before I look at the label attached to the bag. Admittedly, this is going to give me exposure primarily to FN to NM comics since I'm not really buying lower quality. My question is: what is the community's experience with either or both seller's grading? Are they both pretty accurate? Is one better than the other? Thanks for the help.
  25. Hey, this is my first post on here and i'm quite new, anyways i just wanted to ask about a issue i am having being that i collect The Walking Dead single issues and i am finding that brand new without even being opened it gets spine creases, i take immense care and store them as best as possible. Is this something that happens with this series or what .... im dont really know. Anyway any help would be appreciated if possible !!