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 all will have some "rainbow effects spots" a.k.a. "Newton's Rings" on the front and/or back, where the different inner and outer plastics may touch and light refracts through them. Snippet from CGC's FAQs: "It's the refractive qualities of the hard outer shell and the inner sheets over the book. There is no liquid present, or anything that can damage your book." So it just looks like an oily film, but is NOT, it's simply a prism effect and there is no harm to the comic. 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. Get FREE raw comics with them too, details below.
Strange Tales #178 8.0 VF, off-white to white pages=$115. Certification #1302027006. 1975. 1st Magus. Warlock story by Jim Starlin:
Info/Grading details on Strange Tales #178: Low gloss, looks great in the case though. Colors still nice! Clean smooth cover, a few short spine stresses, has one 3mm stress mark below bottom staple. A little shelf scuffing in upper left, but the spine scuffing near Lil' Warlock and the white dots in the black are enhanced by the scanner, so not NEARLY as noticeable in person, and some of the white dots are dust on the case or scanner; 1/2" non-color breaking bend wrinkle line in lower right corner, with 3mm one at tip, hides well until glinted. Areas of pink transfer stain on lower back cover, fairly common, but they're 20-30% lighter in person than in the scan. This is about the nicest 8.0 you'll see wear and tear wise, looks more like a 9.0-9.2. In fact it has LESS spine and handling defects than my other one that got a 9.2, that I had graded 9.0! (It's been sold.) CGC downgraded this one due to the common factory production pink stains on the back (seen 9.2's with it though) and low gloss mostly. No ugly long printing creases like so many of these have either. Newton Ring free too. Get a free comic off the Clearance page too!
Batman: Sword of Azrael #1-4 set=$180: #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.
Preacher #6, 9.8=$50. Adults only. Certification #0294317005. Star Trek Next Generation #75 signed by artist Sonia Hillios, 9.8=$55. Certification #0294317006:
Grading details on STNG #75: Has 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). Only copy graded of this issue so far, so unique, and highest in the census of course. 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.)
Pitt #1 9.8 (2 copies)=$40 each. Certification #0294317007 and 008. The Maxx #1 9.8=$50, Certification #0294317009. Buy all 3 for $115. And get your choice of 1 of my other Pitt issues or other $1 comics off the Image or the Clearance page for free! :
Valiant Vol. 1 Bloodshot:
#2 9.6=$22, Certification #02943170012. #3 & #4 9.8=$35 each, Certification #02943170013 and 014. Buy all 3 for $82. Get a free Bloodshot #3 (4 available) or #5 (1 left) or a comic from the Clearance page with each CGC one.: