feature requests

QUESTION: Does slab condition factor into the value of a comic? (Comic Book Forums)

ComicBookRealm.com's Exclusive Amazing Spider-Man #1 is here! - Get it Now!

Our latest exclusive cover has been on the bucketlist since day one. The stars aligned and we are pleased to offer it to you. Please consider getting one to help continue funding ComicBookRealm.com and keeping it going for years to come!  Buy Now!

Author QUESTION: Does slab condition factor into the value of a comic?
Posted: December 6, 2017 11:56:17 pm
So I came across a copy of Fantastic Four (vol 1) #50 with that sweet. . .SWEET Silver Surfer cover slabbed and graded at 6.5 for the strangely low price of $100. I have it on hold for now, but the questionable thing about it is that the SLAB itself is damaged.

The comic inside is fine and the slab is unbroken but it has a pretty major scorch mark and some gouges on the upper left corner where it looks like someone was trying to burn or pry open the slab. The scorch doesn't really affect the cover at all. It's at the top part where CGC has their writing.

How does a damaged slab affect the value of the comic inside?
Favorite Characters: Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, Captain America, The Shadow, Zorro, The Rocketeer, Jonah Hex
Posted: December 7, 2017 2:11:31 pm
If I remember correctly, it costs $15 plus shipping both ways if you want it reholdered. Assuming there is not any damage to the comic inside, that is it for price difference.

Those cases are tough. I would be cautious of the comic if that much damage happened to the case. It may no longer be a 6.5.

Posted: December 7, 2017 2:58:54 pm
At that price I'd grab it up. I don't know why the slab would affect value considering it's the comic book inside which is being graded, not the slab. It sounds to me like it may have been rescued from a house fire. These things do happen. I knew someone around my area that lost a huge collection due to a fire.
We strike hard and fade away into the night
Posted: December 27, 2017 7:35:26 am
Had a similar incidence where a slabbed book came in damaged on a corner. The case was cracked where the box was damaged. Fortunately it was not a very valuable book. CGC did re-slab, but dropped the grade from an 8.5 to a 7.5 due to tiny bend in corner of book. The USPS did pay $50 Priority Mail insurance, and that covered the loss in value. But still a sad thing.
The joy is in the journey, not just the destination.
Posted: December 27, 2017 8:29:05 am
just make sure that the book is genuine...it may be people tampering with an old case and popping a more damaged book into the case...May not be, but i have read about people doing that.
"How to destroy a man... Grant him his heart's desire." --Victor Von Doom--

CGC Recently Returned
Amazing Spider-Man #300 - 1st app Venom (full) (5.5)
Marvel Super Heroes #8 - 1st Squirrel Girl (9.6)

Recent Pick-Ups
Dead Rising 3: Marvel Custom Edition
Amazing Spider-Man 1: Comic Book Realm Exclusive
Marvel Milestone Edition: Incredible Hulk 1 - JC Penney Polybag Exclusive
Stabbity Bunny 1: Amazing Spider-Man 300 Homage

World Community Grid Logo
ComicBookRealm.com: 46 years, 262 days, 22 hours of Run Time

Help projects like: Smash Childhood Cancer, OpenZika, Help Stop TB, FightAIDS@Home - Phase 2, Outsmart Ebola Together, Mapping Cancer Markers, FightAIDS@Home

Join World Community Grid today!

CBR App on Android
CBR App on Android

ComicBookRealm.com Exclusive #1

Newest Covers
  • Oni Press's Heartthrob TPB # 2
  • Marvel Comics's Nova by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning - The Complete Collection TPB # 1
  • Scout Comics's Smoketown Issue # 8
  • Marvel Comics's Star Wars: Thrawn Issue # 6
CBR.com member auction items ?
Cool Statues

Website Security Test