Is this a 9.4 to you?
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So I'm not super new to this. I understand people don't always get the grades they want. I usually do well getting my 9.8s but this time I got some 9.6s and a couple 9.4s all good. That's on me. But can you guys help me find a flaw that would make this a 9.4?? I can't find anything that would warrant that big of a drop. Maybe a 9.6 on this but please let me know if I'm missing something. Cgc customer service told me to share it here because if I send it in it may come back lower than 9.4 ūü§£ If this comes back lower than 9.4 than I pretty much know nothing about comics¬†LOL.

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Appears 9.4 or better, albeit these foil covers are tough to grade especially through a slab. I "see" one small defect above the "V" in Venom and "maybe" a slightly soft corner on the LR FC...

 

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On 9/1/2021 at 12:20 PM, Funnybooks said:

Appears 9.4 or better, albeit these foil covers are tough to grade especially through a slab. I "see" one small defect above the "V" in Venom and "maybe" a slightly soft corner on the LR FC...

 

Yeah, it's always hard to search for defects in photos, doubly so through plastic, and triply so with a foil cover like this.

That said, the indentation about the V in Venom is pretty obvious, and there may be some color lift / scuffing in the red foil area inside the curve of Venom's left claws as well. I also agree there's something a bit wonky with the LRFC corner. I think what looks like discoloration around the bottom staple on the BC is just reflections off the case, however.

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On 9/1/2021 at 1:20 PM, Funnybooks said:

Appears 9.4 or better, albeit these foil covers are tough to grade especially through a slab. I "see" one small defect above the "V" in Venom and "maybe" a slightly soft corner on the LR FC...

 

... I also see a weak corner top right ... I could see a 9.6, but at 9.4 it's kind of unimpeachable, which is how I like my grades. GOD BLESS...

-jimbo(a friend of jesus)(thumbsu

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On 9/1/2021 at 1:46 PM, theCapraAegagrus said:

Nobody is going to be able to discern a 9.8 vs 9.6 vs 9.4 based on pictures.

This is 100% true

Here is the small bend I noticed and that the note seem to speak of. Other things that stun people expecting 9.6-9.8 and they end up with 9.2-9.4 are fingerprints, faint staining and slight rust on a staple.

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On 9/1/2021 at 2:04 PM, zzutak said:

If this was your submission, you should have free access to the grader's notes.  What, if anything, was noted?  (shrug)

They actually gave me zero graders notes on all 25 of the books I submitted. They stated that graders notes are never guaranteed.

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On 9/1/2021 at 2:58 PM, LowGradeBronze said:

Was it pressed before grading? If there were some unpressed light finger bends etc that could hit the grade. Plus the inside of the comic that is now forever hidden from view...

Yes it was pressed. That's what I was wondering. If it was something on the interior, but they gave me no notes.

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On 9/6/2021 at 9:20 PM, Jayillustrator said:

They actually gave me zero graders notes on all 25 of the books I submitted. They stated that graders notes are never guaranteed.

How did the other 24 books do? hm

 

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there's also potential for scuffing that can only be seen at certain angles in certain lighting.

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I've heard from a trusted source it's quite possible to send in a stack of 25 perfect comics you think should come back 9.8 and some will come back anywhere from 9.4 - 9.8. The graders are looking for defects, and are very good at it. They will notice things you never noticed. 

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