12/08/2013 12:29pm, #51How much does it cost to get stuff graded?
But generally speaking, the older the book, the more it costs.
Most people I've talked to don't like CGC for a number of reasons. They don't like the fact that they have a virtual monopoly on grading (there is another company called PGX, but some dealers don't recognize their work), they don't like the fact that there are inconsistencies in the grading, and they don't like what slabbing has done to the hobby overall.
Its basically created a two-tiered collector's world, with rich assholes who have never read a comic in their lives buying up slabbed 9.9 's and/or the highest graded copy of a key book just to have bragging rights.
It also makes it harder for collectors with ungraded collections to realize full value for their books when it comes time to sell.
I have about twenty-five slabbed books in various grades. I sent a bunch in when CGC first arrived on the scene and it wasn't as expensive as it is now, and I have bought a few off ebay over the years.
I thought they were a bit off on some of the grades, but I wasn't completely crushed when they came back either. They only graded my Hulk# 181 a 5.5 - which was a bit disappointing, but it had more to do with printing/binding defects than it being in poor condition.
They graded my All-Star Western#10 (1st Jonah Hex) a 9.0 - which is pretty good. It makes the book worth around $900 or so according to guide.
There are good and bad points to it, I guess." If one wants to have a friend one must also want to wage war for him: and to wage war one must be capable of being an enemy." - Fr. Nietzsche 'On The Friend' Thus Spake Zarathustra
12/08/2013 12:59pm, #52
- Join Date
- Dec 2005
- DETROIT WHAT! (and surrounding upper-class burbs)
^^^^^^^^I'm looking at their pricing right now... which is confusing as ****.
It seems like a modern, cheap comic costs around $25 to grade it (of course, if they say it's worth more than $200 they charge you more). And it takes about 60 days to grade it... so about 2 and a half months to get it back. If you take your comics to be graded instantly at a show or at one of their shops, the charge is $150 or %3 of what they value it at, whatever is higher.
That seriously seems like the biggest shilling of all time. I really can't believe people put up with that for anything other than golden age comics.
12/08/2013 1:51pm, #53
The thing about sending in Modern Age books is this - you might pay $25 to get a $4 comic graded, but if you get lucky and it comes back a 9,9 or 10 - you will be able to sell it for a couple hundred bucks. So a lot of dealers just pick a bunch from their weekly shipment and send them in just on the chance they have that one that's a really high grade.
It seems like the average grade you get back on a brand-new, unread comic right off the shelf is 9.2 - 9.8.
I sent in a NM copy of Batman # 676 to see what it would come back as; it cost me $25 and it came back a 9.8 - which is great, but because its a newer book and there are thousands out there in great condition, its only worth the $25 I spent on grading if I sold it. I just sent it because I like the cover (Alex Ross, Batman RIP storyline) and thought it would look good in a slab. Plus, I thought maybe I would get lucky and it would come back a 10.
But it didn't..however, it didn't cost me much to take a chance.
Taking a chance on a Silver or Golden Age book would be much more costly and risky..so you need to pick your books carefully if you choose to send them in. And be prepared to be disappointed, just in case." If one wants to have a friend one must also want to wage war for him: and to wage war one must be capable of being an enemy." - Fr. Nietzsche 'On The Friend' Thus Spake Zarathustra
12/09/2013 2:22am, #54
For what it's worth, I really want to see a Green Arrow movie directed by Kevin Smith.The fool thinks himself immortal,
If he hold back from battle;
But old age will grant him no truce,
Even if spears spare him.
12/09/2013 4:43am, #55
12/09/2013 11:21am, #56
12/09/2013 8:10pm, #57
I have yet to watch an episode, but I've heard rumors that Nightwing may be making a guest appearance on the show, which has me kind of interested.
12/09/2013 8:37pm, #58
I know many a comic nerd that swears by the show. I have never read Green Arrow.
12/09/2013 10:23pm, #59
12/09/2013 10:30pm, #60
Second, there was no reason to change up the ending. The only reason I can fathom as to why that decision was made involves budget constraints. If that is what predicated the change than I suppose I can forgive it but I was still disappointed.
Those two complaints aside, I heartily agree that 'Watchmen' was a brilliant film.
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