The New and Improved CGC Holder for Magazines Is Here!

Posted on 3/3/2023

Magazines encapsulated in the brand-new, state-of-the-art holder are now being shipped back to submitters.

Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) is excited to introduce collectors to the all-new CGC Magazines holder! The redesigned and optimized state-of-the-art holder is sturdier than our original magazine holder, with crystal-clear optics for a vibrant display. The label area has been enhanced as well, with fully encased labels just like our esteemed comic book holders.

The new magazine holder also offers advanced security features, such as a heat-sealed hologram. The sturdier outer plastic better resists impacts, and precise pressure locks the magazine in place for enhanced protection and a superior way to preserve magazines.

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The original CGC magazine holder was in use since 2003, when the company first introduced grading and encapsulation services for magazines, such as Sports Illustrated and Playboy, as well as oversized comics. Because of changing technologies, the original holder could no longer be produced, and CGC used this opportunity to improve upon the holder.

According to CGC President, Matt Nelson: “Our magazine holders have always provided excellent protection with a vibrant display, but good isn’t good enough for us. When we found that production of the original holder was no longer supported by current technology, we wanted to push even further to create the most advanced magazine holder on the market. Our new magazine holder is even stronger than before, and now we’ve encased the label to keep your graded magazine looking its very best. We are really excited for collectors to get their hands on our new holder and feel the difference for themselves!”

Magazine submissions were held by CGC during the transition to the new holder. Those submissions have now begun shipping back to collectors.

Higher prices realized for CGC-certified magazines

In February 2023, a Sports Illustrated #v20 #15 graded CGC 9.8, first published on April 13, 1964, featuring a cover with a painting of Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax and graded by CGC, made history when it was sold for a record price for any Sports Illustrated offered by Heritage Auctions, realizing $32,400.

In November 2022, a Nintendo Power #1 graded CGC 9.4 — one of the four highest-graded examples in the CGC Census — sold for $24,000. Nintendo Power was a bi-monthly magazine initially published by Nintendo of America from 1988 to 2007, then by Future Publishing from 2007 to 2012. The magazine offered video game news, features on upcoming Nintendo titles, strategy guides, outside advertising and more.

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