Established in 2000, Comics Guaranty LLC, also known as CGC, is a Sarasota, Florida comic book grading service. It is the first and most respected third party comic book grading service. Comics Cards And Collectables is proud to be an “AUTHORIZED CGC SUBMISSION CENTER”, meaning we are authorized by CGC to accept comic books from the public at large and submit them to CGC for grading. As such I am often asked questions as to how one sends a book to be graded and, more importantly, the cost.
Above is an example of a CGC Graded comic book. After being graded the book is sealed in a special holder which should not ever be opened because doing so would void the grade. The process of sealing the book in the holder is usually referred to as “Slabbing”.
The cost to get a comic book graded is mostly dependent on the age of the book and the value of the book. There are several grading tiers, they are: MODERN (1980 – present…each comic valued at $200.00 or less)…cost $18.00 per book…turnaround time 20 business days, VALUE (any age…each comic valued at $150.00 or less…15 comic book minimum)…cost $25.00 per book…turnaround time 40 business days, ECONOMY (any age…each comic valued at $300.00 or less)…cost $35.00 per book…turnaround time 40 business days, STANDARD (any age…each comic valued at $1,000.00 or less)…cost $60.00 per book…turnaround time 15 business days, and EXPRESS (any age…each comic valued at $3,000.00 or less)…cost $95.00 per book…turnaround time 5 business days.
So, there are the prices to get a comic book graded…However THAT is the price for the grading only…There are other costs. Using the Modern tier as an example here is the actual cost to get one comic book graded (these are the fees as put forth on the “CGC Submission Form) : Grading Fee…$18.00, Handling Fee…$5.00, Return Insurance Fee (at the “Up to $100.00 level…it is $1.75 more at the $101.00 to $500.00 level)… $11.50, Return Postage (for Registered Mail)… $14.00 …. Making the Grand Total to get one comic book at the Modern Tier graded $48.50. The cost fluctuate with the number of books sent and the value.
Despite the cost having a comic book graded by CGC is still one of the best things a person can do to ensure the actual condition of a book. It is also a very good idea when one is considering selling a book through an online venue. A graded book usually sells for a higher price than a non-graded book and there is never any argument as to the condition of the book as it has been graded by a third party.
So if you decide you would like to submit a book for grading feel free to contact us and we can discuss it!