The Ultimate Guide To CGC Grading

Welcome to the ultimate guide to CGC grading! Whether you’re a seasoned collector or just starting out, understanding the ins and outs of CGC grading can help you make informed decisions when buying or selling comic books.

CGC (Certified Guaranty Company) is a leading third-party grading and authentication service for comic books, magazines, and other collectables.

CGC grading provides collectors with an independent assessment of a comic book’s condition, authenticity, and other important factors. The grades range from 0.5 to 10, with 10 being the highest possible grade.

What are the benefits of CGC grading?

For one, it provides a standardisation of comic book conditions across the industry. This means that buyers and sellers can trust that a comic book graded as a 9.8 by CGC is in the same condition regardless of who graded it.

It’s also worth noting that CGC grading can impact the value of a comic book. Generally, higher grades command higher prices, so it may be worth it to invest in grading for rare or valuable comic books.

How do I get my comic book graded?

To get your comic book graded by CGC, you need to submit it to them. You can do this through an authorised dealer or directly through CGC’s website.

To submit an item to CGC, you need to become a CGC Member, which (at the time of writing) costs the nominal fee of $25 per year.

The CGC website has more information about submitting items for grading here:

They will evaluate the comic book’s condition and assign it a grade based on factors such as cover gloss, spine wear, and page quality.

If you’re planning to submit a comic book for CGC grading, it’s essential to choose the right comic book. Some factors to consider include rarity, condition, age, and market demand. It’s also important to ensure that the comic book hasn’t been restored or altered in any way.

After you’ve submitted your comic book, CGC will grade it based on several factors, including its condition, rarity, and age. CGC uses a 10-point grading scale, with 10 being the highest possible grade. The grading process can take several weeks, depending on the volume of submissions.

Packaging your comic book ready for grading

We would recommend sending your comic book to CGC in a proper comic book bag and board. This will help protect the comic from any damage during shipping.

Place that comic book bag and board in a sturdy shipping container. Use a sturdy cardboard box that is slightly larger than the comic book bag and board. You can also use bubble wrap or other packing materials to help prevent the comic from moving around during shipping.

It is important to protect the corners of the comic book during shipping, as this is a common area of damage. You can use additional cardboard or foam padding to help prevent damage to the corners.

Be sure to include a CGC submission form with your shipment, which you can download from their website. The submission form will provide CGC with all of the necessary information about your comic book.

Choose a shipping method that provides tracking and insurance, so that you can ensure your comic book is delivered safely to CGC.

Receiving your grade

Once your comic book has been graded, you’ll receive a notification from CGC. You can view the grade online and see any notes or comments from the grader. If you’re not satisfied with the grade, you can request a re-grade or resubmit the comic book for grading.

If you’re happy with the grade, CGC will encapsulate the comic book in a tamper-evident holder and return it to you. The holder will include the comic book’s grade, CGC’s certification label, and other important information about the comic book.

How much does it cost to get a comic book graded?

Comic book grading with CGC can cost anywhere between $10 and $150+, depending on a variety of factors, such as the age and size of the comic book, the value of the comic book, the type of assessment you want and the speed of turnaround you would like.

Different levels of grading include Standard, Express and Walkthrough, while they also offer services such as re-boxing, imaging and pre-screening.

Check out the services and fees section of their website to find the current, up-to-date rates that they’re offering.

Sell it or display it?

Once you have your graded comic book in hand, you can decide whether to sell it or display it. Graded comic books are highly sought after by collectors, and they can fetch premium prices at auction or through private sales. Displaying the graded comic book can be a great way to show off your collection and protect it from damage.

CGC grading is an important process for collectors who want to ensure the authenticity and condition of their comic books. By following these steps, you can submit your comic book for grading, receive an independent assessment of its quality, and protect it for years to come.

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, understanding CGC grading is an important part of being a comic book collector.