There is an easy-to-understand label placed on the
interior of the holder on certified comic books. The
label displays the title, issue #, publisher and grade
of a comic book. It can also display the importance
(for Key Issues) or the artist (if by an important artist).
There are five different colored labels that represent:
This label is applied to comic books that are simply the grade as marked, with no qualifiers or special considerations.
Signature Series (yellow)
This label is applied to comic books that have been signed by someone of significance to the comic, under the direct observation of a CGC representative, and are thus certified as an authentic signature by CGC.
A Qualified label is used by CGC for certified books that have a significant defect that needs specific description, or to note an unauthenticated signature (one which was not witnessed by CGC). For example, a comic book with a missing coupon that otherwise grades 6.0 will receive a Qualified grade, avoiding a considerably lower grade. CGC would give this book a Qualified grade of 6.0 and a Label Text notation “COUPON MISSING FROM PAGE 10, DOES NOT AFFECT STORY.” Or, if the book is signed on the cover it may be noted as “NAME WRITTEN ON COVER IN MARKER.”
This label is applied to any comic book with specific repairs done to improve the structural integrity and long-term preservation. These repairs include tear seals, support, staple replacement, piece reattachment and certain kinds of cleaning.
View the CGC Conservation Grading scale
This label is applied to any comic book that has evidence of repair so that it will appear as it did when it was in its original condition. Restoration can come in a variety of degrees, from slight professional restoration (A-1) to extensive amateur restoration (C-5).
View the CGC Restoration Grading Scale
SIGNATURE SERIES RESTORED (yellow / purple)
Applied to a restored comic book that has been signed by someone of significance to the comic, under the direct observation of a CGC representative, and is certified as an authentic signature by CGC. Degree of restoration is also noted on the label.
SIGNATURE QUALIFIED LABEL
Applied to a comic book that has been signed by someone of significance to the comic, and also exhibits a qualifying defect or unwitnessed signature. For example, if a comic book missing a page is signed by Stan Lee under direct observation of a CGC representative, the book will be graded as if the page was not missing, and given the Qualified Signature Series label with a notation of the missing page on the label. Another example is if Stan Lee signed a high grade comic book under direct observation, but the cover also exhibited a signature not observed by a CGC representative. Stan Lee's witnessed signature (Signature Series) and the other signature (Qualifier in high grade) would result in a Qualified Signature Series label.
CONSERVED SIG SERIES LABEL
Applied to a conserved comic book that has been signed by someone of significance to the comic, under the direct observation of a CGC representative, and is certified as an authentic signature by CGC. The conservation work is also noted on the label.