Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) revolutionized the comic book marketplace when it was founded in 2000 by providing clear, objective and impartial assessments of authenticity and grade. Today, CGC is the world's largest and most trusted third-party grading service for comics, trading cards, magazines, concert posters and related collectibles with more than 10 million collectibles certified since 2000.
CGC employs a team of more than 20 professional graders. Multiple experts examine each collectible and assign a grade according to a well-established and internationally accepted standard.
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CGC’s state-of-the-art holders combine superior optics and advanced archival materials to provide the best in display and preservation. Numerous security features provide an even higher level of confidence
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Every CGC-certified collectible is backed by the industry-leading CGC Guarantee, which provides greater protection for both buyers and sellers.
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Benefits of CGC Grading
Accurate, consistent and impartial grading from CGC has made the hobby safer, more transparent and more vibrant. Collectors and dealers trust that any collectible graded by CGC has been authenticated, checked for restoration and graded according to widely accepted standards by multiple professionals. They also know that it has been encapsulated in a tamper-evident holder designed for long-term preservation. This added confidence and protection has made it easier and safer to buy, sell and collect comic books. Learn more >
Higher Prices Realized
Collectors and dealers trust the accuracy and integrity of CGC, which results in higher prices realized for CGC-certified collectibles. In fact, CGC graded the world’s most valuable comic book, an Action Comics #1 that realized $3,207,852 after it was certified by CGC.
Beyond Comic Book Grading
CGC grades more than just comic books. Trading cards, magazines, concert posters, movie lobby cards and vintage photographs are all eligible for CGC certification. To see a full list of collectibles we grade, click here.
CGC Trading Cards provides grading services for many of the most popular trading card games, including Pokémon, Magic, Dragon Ball Super, Flesh and Blood, MetaZoo and many more.
In 2009, CGC introduced grading and encapsulation for magazines, starting with Sports Illustrated and Playboy and expanding to most of today’s best-known titles.
In 2001, CGC pioneered witnessed signature authentication when it introduced CGC Signature Series® — a certification service that assures signatures are 100% authentic.
CGC has extended its services to third-party grading and certification of concert posters from five of the most highly coveted vintage poster series.
CGC grades and encapsulates all movie lobby cards, including standard 11" x 14" lobby cards and mini window cards.