Getting Your Comic Graded By The Cgc

Ever wonder what those little tags are on some comic books? Who the CGC is and what they do? Well if you ever wanted to get more information on comic book grading or how to get your comic graded by the CGC, you're at the right place now.

Ever wonder what those little tags are on some comic books? Who the CGC is and what they do? Well if you ever wanted to get more information on comic book grading or how to get your comic graded by the CGC, you're at the right place now.

The CGC

The CGC is a group of grading specialists that validate comic books. They are part of organization consisting of the Numismatic Guaranty Corp and the Sportscard Guaranty LLC. They are headed by Steve Eichenbaum in Parsippany, New Jersey.

What the CGC Does

As soon as a comic arrives at the CGC it is opened under a high resolution digital camera. This is to assure there was no damage upon shipping. It is labeled, databased, and then goes into "central holding". When they are ready for that issue, they will get a page count, content and restoration check, and a description of the characteristics. It is only after all these steps do they issue a grade. The grade is an opinion of three graders and finalized by Steve Borock, the primary grader. The label will now reflect the condition, contents, and restoration state.

The Grading Scale

The CGC employs a 10 point grading scale from 0.5 points to 10.0 points.

10.0 (Mint) 9.9 (Mint) 9.8 (NM/Mint) 9.6 (Near Mint+) 9.4 (Near Mint)

9.2 (Near Mint-) 9.0 (Very Fine/NM) 8.5 (Very Fine+) 8.0 (Very Fine)

7.5 (Very Fine-) 7.0 (Fine/VF) 6.5 (Fine+) 6.0 (Fine) 5.5 (Fine-)

5.0 (VG/Fine) 4.5 (Very Good+) 4.0 (Very Good) 3.5 (Very Good-)

3.0 (Good/VG) 2.5 (Good+) 2.0 (Good) 1.8 (Good-) 1.5 (Fair/Good)

1.0 (Fair) 0.5 (Poor)

The CGC Comic Label

The label will be color graded and in accordance to issue, title, publisher and grade. There are only four different color labels:



Blue- This is used for a "universal" comic and reflects that the comic is graded as marked with no qualifiers or special considerations.

Yellow- This is used for a "signature series" comic and applied to those signed by someone of significance under the view of the CGC and is therefore certified as authentic.

Green- This is used for a "qualified" comic and is used for those that have a defect that needs description i.e. tears or rips.

Purple- This is used for a "restored" comic and is used if there is evidence of repair. There are degrees of "SP" for slight professional restoration to "EA" extensive amateur restoration.

Red- This is used for a "modern" comic and is outdated. It was used to categorize modern comics. These labeled comics and be sent in for an updated blue label.

How to Get Your Comic Graded by the CGC

The CGC will only accept comics through a nationally authorized network of member dealers. You can join the Certified Collector's Society and have access to CGC grading as well. You can then submit comics through their internet submission forms. You must include a submission form with every book you submit without fail. When you ship your comic to the CGC use the postal service and follow these guidelines.

1- Print your name, CGC number on the form. Check the box that indicates the grading service you desire. You can only do one service per form.

2- Print the address you want the CGC to ship your comics in the "Ship to" box. In "return shipping" box, chose FedEx or USPS registered mail.

3- List your comic with quantity, date, publisher, title, issue number, pedigree, variant, and your declared value. Add the total number of comics and then multiply by the service fee. Add the return shipping charge and any other fees. Total these in the "amount due" box. You must have a valid check or credit card to be processed by the CGC.

4- Comics must be packed in mylar with a backing board. Submit these with the submission form and the payment.

Your comic will come back labeled and in a special casing. Do not remove it from the casing or it will void and nullify the grading of the comic. This being said, do not ship comics you ever want to read again

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