Round Robin posted by Kenneth Anger
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Should grading agencies exchange graded comics to ensure accuracy across the board?

 

I am a hazardous materials specialist. My main focus is removal of asbestos containing materials (ACM) following protocols set by government agencies.

 

While removing ACM's, we are required to perform third party asbestos air monitoring using various consulting firms that specialize in this field.

 

A government requirement is that these third party agencies must submit to a round robin service where by they exchange asbestos air samples with their asbestos consulting competitors for re-analysis to ensure their results are in-line with each other.

 

I submit that this sounds like a great idea for the comic grading agencies as well. CGC, PGX & CBCS pick a variety of comics at various grades from their stock and exchange with each other for comparison grading. My interest in this was brought up not only because of my past work with the ACM air sample round robins I have been involved with but also because I just submitted a competitor's graded copy of a Tales of Suspense for re-grading by CGC and I am anxiously waiting to see if CGC grading concurs with the competitors grade previously given.

 

If anybody reads this I would be very interested to hear from those that have taken competitor graded comics and submitted them to CGC for re-grading. How did they compare?

 

Just an idea.

 

K. Anger

 

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I sent in a dozen of other companies comics for grading by CGC. Not for any reason except that I started with CGC, like them and want all of my books graded by the same company. Seven of them graded higher with CGC, three stayed the same and two graded lower. The other three letter grading company fared the worst, not just lower but a lot lower on one. The one thing I did do was have them pressed after I removed them from their cases before sending them in. That could change the results a bit. Good luck!

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P.S. You probably don't want to talk about the competition much unless you have something negative to say about them.

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Sounds like a good idea but problem is you can submit the same book to the same company and get back a 9.2 the first time and an 8.0 the second time, without any changes made to that book. It's all perception of the one grading the book, regardless of company.

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