Cgc lookup scan or type number on label choose file. In the year 2000, the world of comic book grading was revolutionized when cgc grading burst onto the scene. Pgx entered the market shortly thereafter beginning in 2002. Both prices are shown and inevitably the cgc graded comic sells for far more. Leekirbyditkocomics published on jul 2, 2016 i sent out the exact same comic to be graded by all 3 different comic book grading companies, cgc, pgx and finally cbcs. Graded cgcpgx versus ungraded comics captain comics. The typical cgc ad shows a raw or ungraded comic book and the sellers description compared to a cgc graded comic book. What caught my attention in this ad was how close in price two of the comics were. Anytime you have something that will essentially double the value of a comic people will find a way to cheat the system. In this rough economy that means a lot to consumers. It is maddening that someone can preserve a book for 20, 30, 40, 50 years or more, only for it to be damaged by carelessness at cgc. From a financing perspective, we accept cgc and cbcs but are wary. And up until now cbcs slabs did not have a sales venue comparable to the cgc message boards so i felt it was limiting to get cbcs slabs. From a financing perspective, we accept cgc and cbcs but are wary of pgx.
Over the years i have tried to sell a number of pgx rated comics with very little to no success. We have plenty of data to show a closing price gap. I am in no way defending pgx nor am i dumping on cgc. Raw comic books are graded on their appearance as decided upon by the individual at that time. Comics price guide was the first online price guide for comic books back in 1995. Pgx has a poor reputation, and thats all that needs to be said about them. I sent pgx book a directly to cgc and it came back at a higher grade as if this somehow proves pgx undergrades in certain grade ranges and theres plenty of golden nuggets to be. Jun 28, 2016 this is by far the hottest comic book in the current year of 2016. Pgx was created to meet the growing demand for professional, thirdparty comic book grading. I prefer cgc, but cbcs has the orange label which gives credibility to. This is by far the hottest comic book in the current year of 2016.
The comics are the contestants and the experts are the. Comic book grading is basically have a team of comic experts look over you comic and give it a grade between 0 and 10. The regular collector now has a bargaining chip against weasel comic dealers who try to swindle. I prefer cgc, but cbcs has the orange label which gives credibility to unwitnessed signature series books. Nov 10, 2018 cgc is universal, while pgx isnt quite. 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. Since then, the comic book grading service has helped comic book collectors and sellers determine the value and worth of a particular comic book. Reporting on thousands of certified comic book sales daily, gpa is the only service that offers the level of depth and analysis required in todays fastmoving comic book market. Imo, cgc might grade about 12 a grade stricter, on average. For a long time, cgc was the premier comic book grading company. In every field, collectors want exceptional value for their money the certified comic book field is no exception. Gpa for cgc comics is the worlds first analysis and reporting service for online auction and dealer comic book sales.
Lets explore everything you need to know about this comic book grading service. If the comic book was pressed and cleaned, the jump in value could be even higher, perhaps a 5. Pgx graded books dont have the same credibility and it can hurt your sales price. Cgc s unwillingness to address their problems is disheartening, to say the least. Design slab pro is a silicone rubber bumper that provides security around your comic book case with dense rubber on the four corners for added protection. Several years ago, pgx had a large scandal where books were being given higher grades than in reality. At point of sale, cgc books might realize higher prices paid then for comparable pgx books. Cbcs is new but has great people behind the scenes and is doing a good job so far. Also the fact that cgc and pgx dont consider pressing restoration is a scam in. Cgcs unwillingness to address their problems is disheartening, to say the least. Daily cgc comic book prices and analysis gpa for cgc comics. A raw comic book is any book not encapsulated by one of the three grading companies. So i have some comics that im looking to get professionally graded. Like most things i do here at the certified comic shop, im always happy to talk about the finances of operating a comic shop.
In simpler terms, unless it is a book that is of high value and for resale, go pgx because they are faster and cheaper. Jan 09, 2017 several years ago, pgx had a large scandal where books were being given higher grades than in reality. For now my collection is for me, and about me collecting the comics i truly enjoy and just want to have as a part of my collection, pgx vs cbcs vs cgc. Similiar comics rated cgc were no issue for me to sell. Now i would hate to spend twice as much on a comic only to find out later it should have sold for less then a unslabbed comic of lesser grade. Cgc cases after april 4, 2016 require our giant size slabpros. World class, proven, professional comic grading experts. As you are seeing by the responses, its hard to determine a true value. This book is always sub by every comic collector on the planet. The defenders 1972 comic book price guide gocollect. Submitting older books will drive the price higher. From its headquarters in sarasota, florida, cgc has graded thousands of comic books, and the trend to grade.
Like this video if you enjoyed watching, comment your thoughts down below and subscribe to see more comic book videos. One major drawback is now you cant read your comic without breaking the seal. I was wondering what percent would you value a pgx graded comic compared to cbcs cgc. Some people say raw value but ive seen many pgx books go for more than raw. How does the comic book marketplace view cbcsgraded books. If you are sending any amazing fantasy 15, ff 1, hulk 1 etc. From our humble beginnings, we have grown to the largest, most complete comic book price guide with well over 1,000,000 comics in our database. I share my thoughts on all three comic book grading companies.
For those who might not be in the know, certified guarantee company cgc, comic book c ertification service cbcs, and professional grading experts pgx are all comic book grading and encapsulation services that take your comic book and, acting as a supposedly neutral third party. Cgc is the old faithful service they have been around a long time and are generally considered to be reputable. One thing they have for them is that you can get your signed comics verify without having a witness present at the time of signing, you cant do that with cgc. What are the differences between cgc, cbcs, and pgx.
I feel like cgc is probably the most popular from what ive seen online and on ebay for resale. I have contemplated taking the comics out of their pgx case and sell them outright as a raw ungraded comic. Once the seal is broken, recertification is needed. Is it worth getting comic books graded at cgc or pgx. Cgc was the very first company to grade and slab comic books beginning in 2000. And up until now cbcs slabs did not have a sales venue comparable to the cgc message boards so i felt. Comics guaranty llc, also known as cgc, is the first independent and impartial third party grading service for comic books and has become the industry standard in north america at least since opening it doors in early 2000. Cgc s not perfect, and theres bad stories about them too. Cgc comic grading ultimate guide to certifying your comics. We have values for any marvel, dc, image, idw, darkhorse, or dell comic book that is in your collection. There is a large distrust in the collecting community, so if you are going to spend the money to get a book graded, we recommend cgc or cbcs. I personally like the look of the cgc slab a bit better so i tend to continue to only send books to them to grade and the extra 510% resale value doesnt hurt. Many hobbyists grade comics in an attempt to invest value into their books. I think some of you think maybei have been because of previous posts that i am but i.
Now that cgc is known as a reputable organization and has provided legitimacy to the practice of grading comic books, having your comic book evaluated by a thirdparty professional grader can alleviate worries about misrepresentation and fraud, and provide a consistent, trusted standard with which to measure your comic book value. Pgx has the lowest prices and that is always really appealing. The question here is, does the reduced cost and time of pgx vs. A bit about cgc cgc old style red label now discontinued. In fact for the price of one comic to get graded at cgc, you could almost have 3 graded at pgx.
Id say sell it immeidately and put the money toward a cgc comic you want. Due to people posting online about having more issues with pgx than cgc, pgx came to be seen by many as a secondrate grader whose 9. The premier online comics price guide free comic book values. Dec, 2015 one thing they have for them is that you can get your signed comics verify without having a witness present at the time of signing, you cant do that with cgc. If you want to slab a book just to keep it protected in your personal collection it doesnt matter as much, but if you consider your higher value comics as an asset, do your research first. How does the comic book marketplace view cbcsgraded books vs. The primary reason to slab a book is resale value, and cgc holds greater value in the market currently.
Cgc make up for any difference in final sale price. I sent out the exact same comic to be graded by all 3 different comic book grading companies, cgc, pgx and finally cbcs. Jul 02, 2016 i sent out the exact same comic to be graded by all 3 different comic book grading companies, cgc, pgx and finally cbcs. However, both make a buyer a bit more secure for a buyer to buy a book or sell a book with a third party, professional grader than an unslabbed comic book.
Removing these defects can often raise the grade of your books and the results have been phenomenal. So, a submitter might receive higher grades with pgx. The comics are the contestants and the experts are the judges. All it takes is a quick ebay search to see that highgrade cgc comics will always sell for more than their raw counterparts. Books that have been encapsulated and certified by an objective thirdparty grading service take the guesswork out of the grading process for both collectors and dealers.
May 23, 2015 i share my thoughts on all three comic book grading companies. After the fiasco that is known as pgx grading, i think collectors are very cautious about accepting a new grading authorities claim to rigor, transparency and honesty with the marketplace. Part of the reason is because its understood that at minimum the cost of grading the comic is added to the raw value of the book. For a resellers purpose pgx has no real added value while cgc books can double or more in price simply by being slabbed by cgc. Now there is an easy way to identify comic books with higher visual appeal than others assigned the same numerical grade by cgc simply look for the cva exceptional sticker. So obviously pgx graded comics are not valued as much as cbcs and cgc. Aug 25, 2015 for those who might not be in the know, certified guarantee company cgc, comic book c ertification service cbcs, and professional grading experts pgx are all comic book grading and encapsulation services that take your comic book and, acting as a supposedly neutral third party, appraise your books condition and apply the the appropriate. It depends on the book involved, and the willingness you have for risk. Cgc was first in 2000, and always got a lot more business than pgx which started in 2002. Cgcs not perfect, and theres bad stories about them too. May 31, 2017 leekirbyditkocomics published on jul 2, 2016 i sent out the exact same comic to be graded by all 3 different comic book grading companies, cgc, pgx and finally cbcs.20 1217 161 1275 670 1112 600 716 1058 1370 37 272 810 779 40 647 914 483 1671 777 930 1523 1216 356 1245 349 1012 187 1055 753 48 540 1387 1198 1403 1283 836