CGC Comics, What’s
all the Hubbub?

CGC comics authentication, to slab or not to slab! Is this the question? It appears to me that there has been an onslaught of controversy over the whole concept of slabbing comic books by Comics Guarantee Corporation. CGC has been in operation now since 1999 and has developed quite a position for themselves in the comic book industry.

Although I don’t personally own any CGC comics yet, there are definitely pros and cons to the entire concept. Comics Guarantee will take your priceless gems and give them close scrutiny. They will then give them a grade and enclose each comic in a hard protective case with a seal on it. Of course this is done for a fee.

Many consider that CGC comics authentication may increase the market value of your comic book by two to three times the estimated value in the Overstreet Guide. And thus comes part of the controversy. One major drawback is now you can’t read your comic without breaking the seal. Once the seal is broken, re-certification is needed.

One very positive factor is if you decide to purchase a CGC graded comic book, you know exactly what you are getting. So this will give you a strong piece of mind when bidding at an auction or dealing with others selling you comics.

I now have a new feature I am adding to this page. You can post your own content on your thoughts on third party grading!

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CGC Comics Certified Benefits

According to CGC, certification offers many benefits for comic book collectors, dealers and retailers:

  • CGC Graded Comics Establish a Grading Standard: Their expert grading team has been able to establish a consistent market standard that can be widely trusted.
  • Expert Restoration Check: Part of the CGC expert grading team's review of your comic book is to perform a thorough restoration check.
  • Increase Confidence Among Buyers and Sellers: With a CGC comics graded book, buyers will know what they're getting and may become more confident and aggressive bidders. Sellers can be more confident they're getting paid a fair price for their book's condition.
  • Holder Can Be Safely Opened: Their holder is designed to allow optimal visibility of the comic book and can be safely opened for comic book removal. The comic will then need re-certification at a reduced price.
  • Better Protection for Comic Books: The CGC comics holder is made of state-of-the-art materials and is designed to meet the needs and demands of comic book collectors.

Now there is a new kid on the block

Well, it appears there is another third-party comic book grading company trying to establish credibility in the comic book industry. PGX Comics currently provides the same services as CGC, but their slabbing and grading prices and turn around times are advertised to be better.

PGX was created to meet the ever-growing demand for professional comic book grading. They advertise providing the best value available for comic book enthusiasts eager to have their comics graded and certified. Comics can be bought and sold with far greater confidence than comics that are not certified. This makes it far easier to buy and sell comics over the Internet, at conventions, in comic book stores, and so on. If you are looking to have your comics certified by an experienced grading company, then PGX may be worthwhile to consider.

The following figures will give a side by side comparison of fees and turn around time of both CGC Comics and PGX (boy acronyms sure abound don’t they):

Third Party Grading
Third Party Grading

Quite probably, many comic book collectors have yet to hear of PGX Comics. They are not yet the household word CGC Comics is. It may be worth your time to consider them for your slabbing and grading needs. PGX may become a force to reckon with in the future. Only time will tell.

To Certify or Not to Certify!

Well for those of you who think CGC Comics is not worth the price or is a scam, I have found some excerpts of an article by Michael Berlowe who tends to agree with you. The article was entitled “Infinte Comic Crisis”:

“Currently, there is a very sad, malevolent presence in the comic collecting world, and once again, the comic collector will pay the price. To get right to the point, it is this writer’s opinion that the C.G.C. is a S.C.A.M.!

I always believed that half of the fun in comic collecting is evaluating and grading your comics, and the other half was reading them. When the CGC slabs a comic you can no longer do either…

…I refuse to send books or even buy books that have been slabbed. I recently saw a copy of Spawn #1 with a CGC grade of 10.0 get a winning bid on an ebay auction of $900. I just don’t get it. I envision a bidder at home who has had one too many beers, thinking.... "what can I waste my money on today?”…

I truly understand that the market is supply and demand, and in an auction, the market determines the price. But the fundamental problem here is, who is the winner and who is the loser? Obviously the CGC is making some good money from this service (and I am not faulting them for that, they are being paid for a legitimate service that does take skill and time). The loser however, is definitely the consumer. They are paying way too much money for books that are not worth the value (an over inflated market). Did we not learn anything from the Valiant era? Remember that? A bunch of books that were "Hot" and everybody wanted them, and the price was so over inflated, that when the market dropped, you could here the thud in the arctic regions of the planet. With CGC graded books, we are no longer comic collectors, just investors in wall art!”

Toons and Beyond Comic storehttp://myweb.cableone.net/tbeyond/cgc.html

Michael Berlowe

Final Thoughts

Regardless of the controversy of CCG comics, it appears that they are here to stay. I would recommend that every serious comic book collector have at least a few in their collection. I guess I will have to look into acquiring a few myself. I may then have to go down to my local bank and check into the possibility of getting a security box. Ha ha, I can only dream.

If you want to keep up on the varied and interesting activities going on in the world of comic books, then feel free to sign up for my newsletter “Comics Galore” in the form below. And by all means, I would love to hear your comments and opinions on CGC comics.

I now have access to a new module within my admin area for this site. It allows you, my visitor interaction with this page. And because I want this site to be all encompassing as possible, I would like to know about your thoughts and opinions on third party grading such as CGC or PGX! So I have provided a form below where you can type up your thoughts. Here are a few quick submission guide lines to look over before you submit for my approval:

1) Typically 100 to 600 words. Longer submissions will be considered.

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3) No vulgar comments or language of questionable taste. This site does cater to the young as well as the young at heart. This subject is quite controversial with some strongs feelings on both sides of the issue. A few colorful metaphors will be welcome, but consider others who will be reading this also. Thanks.

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It is also my hope that others will find your CGC comics grading opinions intriguing and will leave comments. I will reserve the right to leave my own comments also.

So follow the guides below and submit your thoughts, picture or pictures and other info as appropriate. And I as well as the rest of mine and now your readers would be forever grateful for your stories. I humbly ask on bended knee for a little of your creative time. And you can steer your friends to this site to show them your creative writing talents. Again, thank you, thank you.

Dave Gieber

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Avengers #92 volume 1 autographed by Neil Adams and Tom Palmer  
Dave, years ago i collected the avengers first volume and had all but the first two. In fact, my collection was over 3000. I sold them all piecemeal. …

To slab or not to slab! 
I think that slabbed books show a much better return than "raw" books. So many raw books are overgraded or retouched that it is very difficult to spend …

Ripped off by CGC 
Been a collector for many years and finally took the plunge sending my Hulk #1 to CGC for grading. Spent almost $200 Performing a Huge Mistake. I have …

Thoughts from other dealers or professionals on PGX v. CGC? 
I have been collecting comics for over 30 years since my youth, and what a pleasure it has been. However, after looking through boxes and boxes of comics …

CGC is a Scam 
I have a Tales to Astonish #27, married cover. It was sent off to CGC. It should have come back as a 9.2 or a 9.4 But it came back as a 6.0. As far …

Keep it Raw! Not rated yet
CGC is a profit driven company selling a flawed service/product. The service they provide is way overpriced and the 'grading' is inconsistent. How and …

CGC/PGX Certification Not rated yet
I have been collecting for the past 45 years, since I was nine. My collection consisted of Avengers comics. I had all but the first two issues. Later …

CGC comic grading useful or not? Not rated yet
To be blunt, it matters what kind of collector you are. If you are somebody that is into huge numbers of comics to be able to say you have xxxx number …

CGC Comic Books Not rated yet
CGC somehow brings a feeling of security for the buyer. I own some CGC comics and it feels good that I get to admire the books without ruining them.

PGX is good for Insurance Not rated yet
Thanks man, You provided me with some info I couldn't decipher on the CGC site -- the cost of slabbing. I then fired off an almost profane email …

CGC Is it Really worth it ??? Not rated yet
Hi, In July 2001 my father gave me 10 boxes of Books. These boxes he had carried around since the 1950's. Low and behold 2 of the boxes were full of comics. …

Cerifying the crazy frenzy Not rated yet
I think the love for the comic collecting hobby has turned for the worst. Even though CGC has provided a means for the comic collector an investment option, …

Two Fold Problem Not rated yet
One problem is obvious,more competition in the grading business is needed. I would seriously consider a new guy on the block cheaper than PGX. Hmmm maybe …

CGC Graded Comic Books Not rated yet
I have to agree with you that the fun part of collecting comics is in the reading of them. I have with some of my comic books, read them up to 4-5 times. …

Ian smith London uk Not rated yet
Personally I think CGC (or PGX) do have great 'pros', a example would be, I purchased a loose copy of HERO FOR HIRE 1 on eBay for about £60 ($100), shipped …

I would Never buy a CGC Not rated yet
I have been reading comics since the early 1980s. I collect everything from bronze, silver, and modern age and would never buy anything in a CGC case. …

Thoughts from a comic lover Not rated yet
First, I love comic books for their entertainment value first and foremost. I love to read them and see stories progress over years. I read at least …

David Not rated yet
What about first editions that cannnot be proven without opening up the comic book. Does a bidder have to take my word for it that it IS a first edition? …

Not so trust worthy from what I have been told. Not rated yet
HI, I used to be a avid comic book collector and still have 3 boxes full of them and with all the comic movies and the stuff I have been hearing about …

Third Party Grading: Yes Not rated yet
I buy quite a few comic books from ebay. Some sellers grade their items well, and some do not. I prefer pictures and a general idea as to the shape of …

Has anyone Heard of OSAO? my friend said they were cheaper and better customer service then CGC. Not rated yet
My friend was posting a comic on a auction site, but could not get any buyers. I had heard CGC was very expensive, so we searched the internet for an alternative …

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