Signature series signing time frame
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I sent a wonder woman comic in to be signed by Gal Gadot just over 3 months ago. The status has said received at CCS for just over 2 months. When I called CGC they said the comic was not yet signed or on its way to pressing yet. I was just curious if there is any roundabout time frame for people to actually sign. Thanks in advance

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On 2/17/2022 at 12:27 AM, MikeDPitt420 said:

I sent a wonder woman comic in to be signed by Gal Gadot just over 3 months ago. The status has said received at CCS for just over 2 months. When I called CGC they said the comic was not yet signed or on its way to pressing yet. I was just curious if there is any roundabout time frame for people to actually sign. Thanks in advance

I think this is a part that CGC could be better at communicating to the customer.

But from general anecdotal sharing here on the boards, typically they give themselves A LOT of extra time for A) all the packages to arrive (they say they have strict cutoffs but my guess is they'll happily take your money if it is 1-3 business days late), B) sort all the boxes for the specific signing, C) open all the boxes for the signing, D) logging them all in the system, E) separating the ones to be pressed and ones not to be pressed, F) prepping books for signing (including those with slabs that need to be cracked), or prepping for transport, G) actually transporting the books to wherever (or transporting the person to CGC), H) transporting the books back to CGC, G) logging it into the system as signed

 

All of these things need to be done extremely carefully (as they are expensive collectibles), and hopefully they are done with double checking and supervisor review.

Also, in many cases it seems like the specific date of the signing is not set up ahead of time, as its pretty tough to plan if you don't know how many books you actually need signed.  Do you need 2 hrs? 6? 3 days?  So it might actually take some time to actually plan the date AFTER you know how many total books there are, especially for major celebrities or superstar comic folks.

So on the short end it seems like 6 weeks, but more likely 8-12 weeks, and there are also definitely signings that take longer than that after the cutoff date.

So you're dealing with a high-end celebrity, who doesn't live in America full time (and if she is, lives on the West Coast), in the midst of a pandemic, and still appears to be working full time, has kid(s?).

In the event of potential conflict, how likely do you think she (or her people) would be to choose signing comics over literally anything else in her life?

 

So now,  I don't think we're in abnormal territory, but I do think CGC could do a better job of communicating up front, with a very general disclaimer of some sort.

"Actual signing date will likely take place 8-12 weeks from the cutoff date, but may take longer, depending on the schedule of the signer.  You will be notified by email (or will be posted on social media, an easy way to get more followers) when the signing date has been finalized, and when the books have been signed."

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All my submissions to CGC Sig Series initially show "At CCS." They'll then change to "scheduled for grading" within (6 - 8) weeks of signing and then to G/E/I and shipped. They do state a quicker (6 - 8 weeks) grading and pressing but the clock seems to start when the signing actually takes place. There are sporadic announcements on Facebook signings have occurred or updates in the Signature board here. I have waited a few weeks longer than they state but still quicker than the year+ for standard grading/pressing going on now. 

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Just as clarification, this has a status of "received at CCS" but contacting CGC they say it has not been signed yet (just odd to me with that status as pressing definitely comes after signing) and they cannot give me any idea of how much time it will be until it is. But once it is signed the expedited pressing and grading will be 8 weeks. I paid 650$ for this just BTW. I am in no way complaining, and i totally understand that big deal celebrities have difficult schedules and we are still in a pandemic. I was only curious from others experience how long is just a roundabout guess as to signing time. 

Thanks for the responses and the information. It's appreciated. I'm still super excited to see it come back in that yellow slab with one of my wife and I favorite actress. 😍 

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Just for the people that basically said "duuuh it's signed and waiting to be pressed" more or less, that is incorrect. It's just weird that there isn't like a "waiting to be signed" status or something like that to give people an idea of the time frame expected. 

Thanks to the couple people who spent the time to give relevant information 

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My SS submissions are always sent directly to CCS (or it says so) from the date of opening if I bought 'pressing'....I don't know if it actually goes to CCS or if it's some way of tracking SS submission with 'pressing' ...If I don't get pressing it always says "scheduled for grading',...trying to figure out how CGC works is a job in itself

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