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

  • QUESTION: Does slab condition factor into the value of a comic?

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  • 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?
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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