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Tony S

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  1. Back in the day kids used scissors on comics all the time. A corner cut off a book is unlikely to get a purple label. As comicginger mentioned, corners get folded and fall off on their own all the time, so that is a possible direction as well.
  2. Few people would want to go to the expense of reholdering books just because of the microchamber paper showing. It will not harm the book in any way.
  3. Many collectors - myself included - actually like neat arrival dates. They settle discussions of when books arrived on the newsstand. Distributor ink lacks any such meaning. And a neat arrival date is way less noticeable than even a modest amount of ink overspray. As for Overstreet Grading - an interesting discussion that has happened many a time before here. The bottom line is that CGC doesn't exactly follow the OPG grading guidelines. I could make a list of differences. Examples include CGC allows better grades with spine splits than OPG. CGC hasn't adopted the .01 and .03 grades. CGC doesn't allow staples to be cleaned nor replaced with vintage staples. CGC's stance on tape is different than Overstreet's. As for Overstreet grading and distributor ink, obviously at some point it has to make a difference. I owned for years an FF 45 that was clearly NM or better that graded 8.5 because of ink overspray. It was all on the back cover - but a good amount more than your book. Your example is a pretty book, but graded over 9.4 would seem excessive to me. The purpose of Professional grading and encapsulation is to remove the subjectivity of grading from the equation - once graded. The grade assigned was done by humans and so is inherently subjective. But CGC serves as a neutral, professional third party whose purpose is to eliminate the subjectivity of condition for future sales. Someone that isn't bothered by a bit of distro ink on the back cover might well pay a premium above the assigned grade for the book. And someone that is bothered by distro ink might want to pay less or walk away. But the grade - for the most part - is settled as long as the case is intact.
  4. Yes, the declared FMV limit is the amount that that CGC - or USPS - would be responsible for should something happen while in the possession of CGC or shipped back to you by the US Postal service. Because the declared amount is also the insured amount when being shipped back to you. I mention USPS specifically because while UPS and FedEx are return shipping options, those packages are only insured for $100, period. Regardless of declared value. The expectation by CGC is that anyone using FedEx or UPS has private shipping insurance. Otherwise CGC uses registered mail. As secure and safe as it gets. I will disagree with a few others though on the likelihood of being "bumped up". CGC seems little inclined to argue about the FMV of books submitted. I've seen books submitted under the Value tier (FMV limit of $200) that after grading were worth 3-5K. No bump. And CGC's own webpage - in announcing that the modern tier was rolled back to 1975 (from 1980) pictured a Giant Size X-Men 1 CGC graded 9.6. That books is worth many multiples of the $200 FMV limit of the modern tier. So really it comes down to insurance coverage in the event of a problem. Problems are rare. But as the saying goes - "the odds being one in a million doesn't mean much to the one" AND also turn around time (TAT). If you list the book at $1750 and pay the express tier price, the book will be done and on it's way back to you in a week. The economy tier will be done in about four months, Economy three months, Standard tier in about six weeks.
  5. Distribution is not the same as production - and distribution defects do not and should not "get a pass". If it were, then we'd see lots of bent and impacted corner 9.8's because that's the condition they arrived from Diamond Comic Distributors. A result of their packaging and handling. I'm not sure how we'd judge the "Most comics from that era had at least a mark across the top". Where I lived - in Southern Indiana - distributor ink did not start being applied by the local distributor until about 1973-74. Just from buying and selling comics for decades, I see more arrival dates on Silver Age and older books than I do distributor ink. But again, could be based on what part of the country/who the regional distributor for periodicals was.
  6. That's fair amount of distributor ink overspray. And defects on the back cover count in grading. As a buyer, I'd be put off by that much overspray on a 9.6 or better book, so I believe CGC got it right at 9.4.
  7. That's longer than even the new "normal". I'm usually seeing it take a week to get logged in. In fairness, every week for the last four weeks I've received emails of books received in on Saturday. So they have the staff in receiving working overtime. I called a few times about the long wait in receiving. I was told that CGC is getting around 300 packages a day and they can't keep up in receiving.
  8. Finite yes - but finite in a meaningful way? Vintage comic books sold in vastly larger numbers than comic books do today. In the 40's and into the 50's there were titles that collected a million dimes a month. When I was collecting starting in the 60's 100,000 copies a month circulation got you cancelled. Today 100,000 copies a month has you in the top 2-3 in circulation. I get it that there is a lot of moderns submitted. I don't get why a tier like standard - that costs over 3x more than modern and has a value limit of $1000 - is SLOWER than a tier with a value limit of $200 and costs far, far less. There is no way standard tier should be a weak slower than modern. And think of it this way. Only an insufficiently_thoughtful_person would send a modern worth a grand and list at more than $200 FMV. Because the reward for being honest about the value is paying lots more and waiting lots longer.
  9. A lot of people apparently want to be charged right away. The place that used to be in a nearby town started out charging when books entered the grading room. But then quit and started charging when received (like CGC does) because they had lots of complaints. Apparently a lot of people don't watch their debit card / credit card balances and spend $$ if it's there. When a grading company charged people's cards 2-3 months later, it put them over the limit and incurred overage charge fees. That other place actually ran a poll on their FB page asking people to vote on the change. I watched in astonishment as the OVERWHELMING vote was to charge right away. And this wasn't anonymous. People's names were with their votes.
  10. Yeah, I get that. But how does the explanation that "Value, Economy and Standard tiers have gone way up in TAT because we have received and exorbitant amount of modern tier submissions" make MORE SENSE than saying "TAT on modern tier has gone way up because we have received an exorbitant amoutn of modern tier submissions?
  11. I've mentioned it before - and now it's gotten worse so I'm going to comment on it again. I'm not one normally inclined to "criticize" TAT's. I remember the dark days of a decade ago and six month waits. It's still much better than that time. But my observation is that CGC's current TAT's MAKE NO SENSE>>>>> CGC is sacrificing everything but WalkThrough and Express to keep the Regular Modern tier at about a month (currently 22 business days) But how does it make any sense for Standard - which costs $65 - to take a week longer than modern that costs $20? Pay 3.25x MORE $$ and wait a full week longer? (27 days Standard, 22 Modern) Economy tier ($38) is at 58 business days and Value ($27) is at 82 business days . The basic idea is supposed to be (I thought anyway) that "the more your books are worth, the more it costs to get them graded. But the faster they get done". But the current prices and TAT's suggest instead "we'd rather grade inexpensive modern books over anything else. So we do them much cheaper and much quicker. Please don't send us your old books."
  12. #1 and most keys have been slowly loosing ground for a couple of years - basically tracking the show's ratings slipping. I doubt the comic being cancelled (ending) will have much of an effect on the value of the books as long as the TV series keep going. What is interesting to me is that Kirkman felt the story should end with Rick's death. AMC clearly doesn't see it that way.
  13. Good question. No, the evaluation of the book is done with it in the slab. If it doesn't pass prescreen, they ship the book back to you still sealed and encapsulated.
  14. That's kinda sad. I love my kitties. Not sure what I would do if I became allergic. Look into allergy shots probably. Along those lines, pressing comic books also tells us if comic books / magazines have been in smoking environments. And I've ran across a few books that smelled like they were stored in a French Bordello.
  15. The difference between a 9.6 and 9.8 is going to be a few very small defects. Very difficult to tell from pictures. I can't really see anything in the way of defects on your copy pictured here. There are no grading notes for this issue, so no help there. So it's going to take an in hand assessment of the book by someone familiar with both pressing and CGC grading to make an educated guess as to good or bad CPR (Crack, Press, Resubmit) It looks like the book takes a healthy jump in price from 9.6 to 9.8. About $160. So potentially it is worth it. If you want to pursue this, your best bet - since you have no experience with pressing - is to send it in to CCS (the in-house pressing service of CGC) and pay for their prescreening the book. That way someone with experience at CCS will look over the book and make a decision on if pressing has a good chance of improving the grade. If they say yes, you pay the costs of prescreen, pressing, regrading and shipping back to you (least expensive options about $57), cross your fingers and wait about five months. Passing the prescreen is no guarantee of the book upgrading, you could wait five plus months and be out $60 and not get a grade improvement. But you've increased your chances. If CCS says "no" to the prescreen they ship the book back to you. You're out about $25.
  16. That's cause value tier has stretched to four months now. 80 business days. And because CGC removed a bunch of "statuses" from their website. They stay at "scheduled for grading" until nearly done. If you are over three months, you are close. I have a few Value tier submissions from mid March as well.
  17. no uglier than any other torn off corner. Or folded corner that fell off. It's already a 1.5.
  18. Some things you just do - and don't ask, don't talk about. You didn't set the rules for blue label/purple label at CGC. It's your book. Your own moral compass is the only one that matters here. So do or don't and asking is the only real mistake.
  19. CVA books do often sell for a premium on CL. I just had one do so. An Astonishing Tales 25 in 9.6 sold for about 50% more than I was expecting. Probably because of the $12 CVA sticker. Maybe it seems like dumb money to some. But dumb money is still REAL money. . I don't sell on CL often and this is the first time that I've had a book that qualified for the CVA sticker. I'd certainly do it again. And I in fact really thought this book was a 9.8 when I sent it in. For whatever that's worth. I mean CGC surprises me high and low regularly so when it came back 9.6 it was just another day in the life.
  20. Missing pages and cut outs (like coupon's cut out) are going to get a green label. The why of the green label is always explained on the label. Rusted staples are nearly always mentioned in the grading notes. At least in my experience. If the book is lower grade - like 4.0 or less, rust might not be mentioned. When I see a high grade book with rusted staples and no mention of it in the grading notes, I'll assume the rust occurred after slabbing due to improper storage. There a still a lot of people using fireproof safes and gun cabinets for their precious's But what Vintage said. Graders notes are not even remotely close to an exhaustive list of defects. It's what the graders took time to write down. And when the graders are really, really busy and stuff is backed up they tend to take less notes, especially on non-key books.
  21. Vintage Comics already posted up the legal size scanner thread. Check it out. It will explain why new scanners take soft (fuzzy) scans of pictures, why older scanners using an older (still available but only expensive new scanners) technology. HP Scanjet 7000 & 8000 series scanners were mostly business class and HP has kept up to date drivers for Windows. I have an 8300. It was originally used in at the US State Dept. HP has current Win 10 drivers on their website, It's tank like reliable and makes good scans. HP sold a jillion of them so they are not hard to find. If you find one in an eBay auction, they will usually go for less than $200. But if you want one right now, it's as cheap as $250 (with a best offer available) and $30 for shipping. Which is reasonable as they are big, heavy and need to be securely packaged. The right scanner is by far the easiest way to get great images of slabs If you really want to do it with pictures, the trick is a photo light box. That other grading company that used to be nearby and is now in Texas uses a light box for their pictures of slabs. To photograph slabs - and not do so with funky angles - you need even and diffuse light all around the slab. I've not used a light box for slabs, but have looked at them before. I'd be disinclined to use the sub $50 models, but maybe they would work. The ones that start around $125 look like they probably would do the job. That's less - like almost 1/2 - a good used HP Scanjet 8300. But it takes up a lot more room. But you could photograph a wide variety of objects. So just depends.
  22. Crazy, insane $$ is still REAL $$. But yeah. Did better than she or I expected. And putting it in perspective, the highest price paid so far for a TMNT #1 1st print is $38,240 for a CGC 9.8. Last year. The Gold Edition - published two years later in 1986 graded 9.0 - blew way past that.
  23. They did crazy well. At Comic Link. The Gold with a sketch and signatures that was limited to 10 copies sold for $58,000 The Silver with just signatures - no sketches - limited to 100 copies sold for $8100 Both graded CGC 9.0. Green label due to the unwitnessed signatures. I sent the books to CGC on the behalf of a client I had only seen the common white edition before this. When she first contacted me, told me what she had and what she thought they were worth, I was skeptical. A bit of reading on the 'net showed they were valuable. And what she thought they were worth was about 1/2 of what they sold for. She had a private offer of about $30,000 for the pair, but I encouraged her to send them to an auction house as the few sales I could find a record of were private transactions. You had to know someone that knew someone that might have a copy for sale. Her's would be the first in an auction. Mycomicshop wasn't interested. Told her she should take the offer BAHAHAHAHA. I don't know if she contacted anyone else - I gave her a list of the auction houses and contact info - but CL was interested. BTW, she also own's a sample gold cover (cover only) Again, a bit of research indicates that there were just a few sample Gold edition covers created. CGC encapsulated that cover a few days ago and it's headed for CL as I type this.
  24. It's a long'ish story why so I won't go into it. But over 25 years ago I was asked to interview Chuck for a possible story in the Overstreet Comic Book Monthly. I talked to him for maybe an hour. And went back to Bob & Gary Carter and said "I can't write anything that makes any sense. He's just messing with me." The only things I really learned was that 1) He claimed there was a lot about the Edgar Church Collection he had never talked about and 2) He really enjoyed and felt he was better known in the Denver area for his truck farm - fruits and veggies. Chuck is someone that intends to sell his own story, press his own narrative. And probably makes up a bunch of both as he goes along. So whatever you talk about with Chuck, you might not really be learning much about Chuck. It's the Chuck at that moment. I have over the years enjoyed some of his missives from Mile High. The multi part series on the huge warehouse purchase of books with the mob connection was fascinating stuff. But I don't think anyone really knows Chuck's story - and that's how he wants it.
  25. 7.0 universal blue label is about as high as you will see with a detached centerfold. If the book is graded numerically any higher with a detached centerfold, it's going to get a green, qualified label. It's entirely possible when this book was sent to CGC for grading that the submitter asked for a blue label and would take whatever grade reduction that would bring. My own personal perspective is that I see staple issues as among the least important. I've seen some really attractive 2.5-3.0's with detached covers for instance. The book pictured is a great looking 7.0, I'd be more bothered by the bit of glue that's being ignored.