CGC, a.k.a. Certified Guaranty Company, started in 2000, is the oldest and largest professional 3rd party comic book grading company. See my Resources page for more info and a link to their site to learn more.
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NOTE: Most, but not all, will have some "spots/pools" on the front and/or back where the different plastic inner encasement and outer case may touch, a.k.a. "Newton's rings". More widespread rainbow swirls effect shows when you tilt the case (which is not how you normally look at your comics, right?), due to light refracting through both types of plastic. It's just science. Snippet from CGC's FAQs: "It's the refractive qualities of the hard outer shell and the inner sheet over the book. There is no liquid present, or anything that can damage your book." See this 10-9-18 post on their Announcements forum for more info on this. No returns because of this effect, ok? The areas will look better or worse depending on the viewing angle too, so scans and camera pics will likely not accurately reflect the full amount of such areas, but most look fine straight on. I have larger images I can send you too, and can describe them in more detail, but getting better angled camera pics is difficult and time consuming, so before you order you'll have to decide whether this effect will bother you much. You can take it up with CGC if you want any reholdered, but there's no guarantee they'll come back looking any better, and it will cost you a $15 fee plus shipping, and none of mine are worth that to me. The newest ones done June 2017 have little to no pools on the fronts, but have some on the backs. Get FREE raw comics with them too, some noted below, or your choice from my clearance books.
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1 one-shot, 9.8. Certification #2058275005. 1995 "Tomb of Kaine" story, with Ben Reilly as the Scarlet Spider. Seen in the "Spider-Verse" movie too, from alternate Earth. Has a noticeable 3/8" scuff mark between the T and S in the title, seems to be on the inside, on either the case or the inner well cover. How they missed that I don't know. Better than the Newton pools though, but not going to send in again for reholdering. No 'liquid looking pools', but if you angle it a lot you can find 'normal' Newton Ring areas as most have due to light refraction, but they don't show straight-on or slightly angled as 'pools'. VERY few 9.8's in the census so far, so get it while you can...$70 (View)
Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1 #101, 9.6 (couple little spine stress marks), off-white to white pages. Certification #2058275006. Black costume cover by John Byrne. Fights Whiplash. Seems to have heat for some reason, 9.8's are selling for crazy prices, and high asking prices for even 9.4's. This is NOT an 'early Venom' as some are saying, so don't be fooled. Venom isn't created till 3 years after this issue. More fine scratches on the case than usual, but nothing heavy, seen when glinted, so you've been told. There's a tiny piece of probably micro-chamber paper to the right of Spidey's head in the black building, and a squiggly thing in his thigh that may be a piece of case trimming or a mark inside the case, hard to tell. So not a perfect case again, but your turn for reholdering if you want. NO Newton pools. Get an affordable, pretty copy, plus a free comic, for...$70 (View)
Batman: Sword of Azrael #1-4 set. #1=9.6, #2=9.8, #3=8.5, #4=9.6. Certification #0294317001 to 004 sequentially. First appearance and origin of Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley), now seen on the Gotham TV show. CGC graders and my notes on Sword of Azrael #3: "multiple indents top back cover" are 2-3 super light reading kinks, only 1 is noticeable; "small crease lower back cover" -- only thing I see looking super close is a tiny thumbed wrinkle line at bottom edge, maybe 3-4mm, almost invisible; "small stain top back cover"-- not enough info, and only thing that may be it is a little round faint gray spot in Snipes' forehead hairline on right side, but that may be on inside of the well, impossible to tell. Or the stain may only show enough on the inside cover to find it. They don't mention the 1/4" printing wrinkle beneath Wesley Snipes lower lip, but I will. It LOOKS like a 9.6+ on the outside, but wasn't worth taking the chance to have it reviewed and get charged $15 for reholdering if it got the same grade. So it's free with the set, PLUS Azrael regular series #1 and 2, if available...$130 (View set) (View back of #3) (View close-up #3 printing wrinkle)
Omega Men Vol. 1, #10, first full Lobo story, 9.6. Certification #2058275001. One bindery spine wrinkle keeps this out of 9.8. This has some Newton pools in the middle of the front cover, but not all that easy to see, so decided not to send it back in case they rejected the free reholdering. Lobo is still rumored to get a movie or TV series somehow, somewhere. While #3 is his first appearance, he's not in it much. This is his first "full story" appearance, and he's on the cover too. Get a raw #9 free too!...$50 (View)
Preacher #6, 9.8. Adults only. Certification #0294317005. Part 2 of 'Naked City' by Garth Ennis. Get my VF/NM raw copy with it for FREE!...$40 (View)
Star Trek Next Generation #75 signed by artist Sonia Hillios, 9.8. Certification #0294317006. Has the Green 'Qualified' label, as CGC didn't witness the signature (signed before CGC existed). I guarantee it to be genuine or money back (I had Sonia sign various issues by mail back in the late 90s). Only copy graded of this issue so far, so unique, and highest in the census of course. Nice painted cover art with Riker and Borg. And I'll throw in your choice of 1 of the other Hillios signed issues too! (See those on the DC or Star Trek pages.)...$55 (View)
Image & Independents:
Darkness #1/2, 9.6. First one, 1996, from Wizard magazine and Image Comics/Top Cow. Certification #1227463010. Not many graded or on the market. With 'loose' Wizard certificate, as CGC doesn't encapsulate them. Grader notes mention 'small scuffs center cover', but I didn't see them before submitting and can't find them now, so thought it'd get a 9.8. Slight white printing fade top right edge. Pretty 'Newton pool' free too, but there's a small loose piece of what's probably microchamber paper inside the case in the back upper right corner. Yours for only...$25 (View)
(John Byrne's) Next Men #1, 9.8. Vol.1, 1992, from Dark Horse Comics. Certification #1227463012. Cardstock cover with silver foil title. Highest graded, pretty 'Newton pool' free too. Get a free raw copy too!...$55 (View)
Femme Fatales, January 1997 Vol. 5 #7, 9.6. Certification #2058274001. NO Newton pools. Nice Elvira photo cover, in see-through body suit. The only 1 graded of this issue, and highest graded of all Femme Fatales Elvira issues. Great 12 page article with a few full page pics of Elvira, A.K.A. Mistress of the Dark, the Hostess with the Mostest on Elvira's Movie Macabre; articles on the Women of Mars Attacks, Sofia Shinas (The Crow II), Lynn Lowry, the amazing Vanessa Taylor & Jacqueline Lovell, Athena Massey, Krista Allen (Emmanuelle Queen of the Galaxy movie, w/some great pics!), Thuy Trang (Crow sequel, Power Rangers movie), and more. Only...$100 (View)
"Golden Anniversary of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" magazine by Gladstone, 1987. 2 copies, both 9.8. Certification #'s 1227462001 and 002. These are the only 2 9.8's, and highest graded copies. If you're a 'top census' collector or just want the best copy, here you go. Due to the size I had to scan the mags and labels separately and stitch the scans together, so that's why the labels don't match up perfectly everywhere and are a different shade. These reprint the original 1937 comic strip, in color. Has a bound-in pack of Panini stickers and a poster of the cover, art by Ron Dias. #001 is slightly better presenting on the front cover,
as #002 has 2-3 teeny tiny white flecks here and there (other white flecks you may see are just dust spots or scanner glass stuff), and it has a small Newton pool above the fireplace, while #001 has none. The couple whitish marks between 'Walt' and 'Disney's' are a scratches/gouges on the scanner glass. Both copies have case scuffs near Grumpy's head somehow, same 2 kinds of swipes (Quality Control wasn't so great on this batch). What may look like cracks in the left case margin are just the 'ends' of the spacer thing they add in to keep the mags in place, but very hard to see in the scans. BUT, #001 got a crack in the back case, upper spine side corner, due to it sliding off my scanner lid and hitting the hard chair mat instead of the rug of course, crap.
It's mostly behind the label, about 1" long and goes around the edge. Nothing is loose, corner is tight. Also got 1 small crack in front case on the right corner edge. Happened after scanning, so took camera pics of them. It's not worth my time or money to send it in for a reholder, but you can if you want. I see much more common magazines in 9.8 go for a few hundred dollars, but there's no market data for these, and you can't get them in 9.8 anywhere else at the moment.
The better one, #002 is...$200 (View #002) (View back)
The cracked case one is...$160, which should cover most of the reholdering fee and shipping (if you use the UPS option, or combine it with an order), and you get free Disney stuff with each. (View #001) (View cracks)
NOTE: #002 is also on consignment at Comic Link, the link will go direct to my listing (opens in a new window/tab). They will sell/ship to buyers outside the U.S., so that's an option for those people. You pay them, they pay me when you get the mag.
Heavy Metal, Vol. 19 #4, September 1995. 9.6, has green Qualified label due to unwitnessed signature. Highest and only copy graded! Certification #2058274002. NO Newton pools. Julie Strain "Smokin' " cover painting, signed by artist Olivia De Berardinis in gold ink on lower right cover. Bought signed through Diamond Dist. in mid/late 1990's, solicited by the publisher. NO certificates were provided by them. Inside has a 4 page story of the making of that litho, with nude pics of Julie, and art prelims. Comic stories include Drunna's latest adventure, "Mandragore." "Over 18" age statement required, as it contains nudity and mature stories. Beautiful copy, thought it was a 9.8...$100 (View) I have a number of Olivia's calendars too, some signed. View all my Olivia items here
Sports Illustrated 25th Anniversary Swimsuit issue, Feb. 1989 (Vol. 70, #6), 9.2, ties for highest grade of VERY few graded. Certification #2058274003. NO Newton pools. Kathy Ireland cover. It has all the covers from previous swimsuit issues, and articles on all the cover girls, including legends like Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley, Elle MacPherson, Paulina Porizkova, Carol Alt, Rachel Hunter, Stephanie Seymour, Kelly Emberg, and the rest. Newsstand copy, no mailing label. Case front has multiple small scuffs and fine scratches, you can see some in the scan. Quality Control was not paying attention, but I don't feel like returning it for reholdering at the moment. No returns for the scuffing. Hard to know what to ask, as there's few graded swimsuit issues on the market, and high prices being asked even for 1980's, only 1 1981 issue sold for $195 in 9.0 that I've found, another in mere 7.0 got around $175. So this should be a deal, and you can't get it anywhere else for now...$200 (View)