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Author To grade or not to grade
Posted: February 19, 2012 8:27:30 am
The comic books that I have in an obvious VF-NM condition are so sharp looking that I'm inclined to keep them rather than sell them despite not having a high demand book.

For example, I own Captain America #602 in a clear 9.6-9.8 condition. I mean everything about this book is perfect. Perfect sharp edges, high gloss, bright white pages, deep inks. Would I be better off holding on to issues like this and getting them graded, thus expanding their potential market value?

Posted: February 19, 2012 6:09:13 pm
If you're going to keep the book and never sell it, does it really matter if the book gains in market value?

If you're going to sell it, I say, CGC it if you're positive its going to get a 9.8. Otherwise, there's a huge drop off in $ between 9.8 and 9.6.

If you're going to keep the book forever, save your money and spend it on something else.




Posted: February 19, 2012 6:25:05 pm
Unless the book is worth something I would think sending it in to be graded is worthless. There may be a collector out there looking for EVERY book in CGC 9.8 or something, but I don't think you'd get much more than the book plus what you paid to slab it anyway.

I would only CGC old books to show a potential buyer a guaranteed grade. Any new book they should believe you if you say 9.6. Besides, a $4 book in 9.8 isn't really worth much more than a 7.5 $4 book.
Posted: February 19, 2012 9:44:57 pm
I agree with Abyss. Unless you plan on selling the book in 30 years, you will probably not get the value for your $15 to $25 cost of slabbing it.

Now, if it is a book you are going to keep, then the cost may be worth it to you.
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Posted: February 19, 2012 10:12:18 pm
Spa-fon said:
Now, if it is a book you are going to keep, then the cost may be worth it to you.


@Spa - That makes no sense. If you're going to keep it, why spend $15 to encase it when you can just as well spend a dollar on a mylar and half-back?

The value of the book is intrinsic to you and no one else.




Posted: February 20, 2012 1:55:54 pm
Bananafish said:
Spa-fon said:
Now, if it is a book you are going to keep, then the cost may be worth it to you.


@Spa - That makes no sense. If you're going to keep it, why spend $15 to encase it when you can just as well spend a dollar on a mylar and half-back?

The value of the book is intrinsic to you and no one else.


I think he meant because the CGC slab is protection from any further aging. While mylar does that too, a plastic case also protects it from other stuff like dropping it or kids tampering with it. Stuff like that.
Posted: February 20, 2012 5:47:49 pm
Correct. A mylar bag and board offers protection, but a comic can still be bent in a box or some other mishap. If you want to preserve the 9.8 comic, CGC is the best method. Costly, but the best.
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Posted: February 20, 2012 10:58:14 pm
In that case, I agree.

There is one draw back and I'm not sure if I believe it or not. CGC claims you have to re-submit every 7-8 years, because the paper that's slipped in-between the cover and 1st page needs to be changed.

That's another $10 for every book.

What's your thoughts on that?




Posted: February 22, 2012 9:45:25 am
Where did you get that info on recertifying? I've never heard that and couldn't find that on the CGC site.

They do have a "Reholder" service for $11, but I believe that is for books that are removed from the case or the case is damaged.
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Posted: February 22, 2012 12:45:57 pm
Spa-fon said:
Where did you get that info on recertifying? I've never heard that and couldn't find that on the CGC site.


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