Updated on 16 October, 2021
Since 2000, the industry of comic books has been revolutionized when CGC graded the comic books that are being released. As a result, many sellers and retailers were able to recognize which sellers were selling which comic books and which sellers were selling poor quality comic books. Today, CGC has become an invaluable tool for both buyers and sellers alike. This article discusses how CGC graded comic books and what their importance is in today's marketplace.
There are two schools of thought about how CGC should be utilized. The first school of thought is that it is important to grade comics at random in order to create more market demand for these rare items. The second school of thought is that CGC should be used as an authorized dealer grading system. Each year, a select group of people decides whether or not they want to allow CGC to grade their comic books for them. If a collection of comic books were graded randomly, there would be no guarantee that the sellers would get top dollar for their items. By having a grading system in place, buyers can be ensured that the sellers who sell the highest number of items will be able to move them quickly and for the highest price.
For some retailers, CGC graded comic books are a valuable asset. They will spend hours on end trying to identify every mistake and imperfection. For other retailers, they see CGC grading as unnecessary expense. As most comic collectors know, it can take years of work to develop a significant collection.
A major benefit of CGC graded items is their use of language in their descriptions. For example, a seller may describe his or her item as a "first print", but in fact the item is first print out of ink and may have tiny errors on it. However, sellers with great CGC grading are willing to accept that these minor defects are part of the appeal of their collection. In fact, many sellers list their items as having "first print" even if the actual edition date has been almost a century away. A real seller would never accept such a claim.
Another major benefit of graded comic books is the consistent use of words in their description. When you buy a new issue, you immediately read the first sentence and make instant judgments about the art work and plot. You make conclusions about the story's relevancy for your tastes and often judge it by how it breaks down into several different scenes. The same thing happens when you are grading an issue of an older book. You quickly evaluate the sentence structure and compare it to a modern comic.
One more advantage of graded comics is their simplified nature of grading. Most grading services are set up with hundreds of standard frames for panels, word balloons, lettering, and the like, which means that if you send them a long list of high-quality pages, they can evaluate them against each other. The result is a pretty accurate grading system that saves sellers the trouble of having to evaluate hundreds of similar works. All they have to do is submit comics that pass each of the CGC's five basic frames and the service will grade them for you.
A fourth advantage is the simplified nature of CGC graded items. If you've ever graded any piece of paper for CGC, you know that the process starts with a sentence and ends with a sentence. In grading a CGC graded item, you just need to divide each frame between four sentences and send that assignment. That's it! As simple as it sounds, this simplified process has resulted in a nearly perfect system for grading all CGC graded materials.
And fifthly, most grading companies now offer CGC graded comic Submit options. Comic Submit is really the easiest way to submit a graded comic. All you have to do is simply submit a cover sheet and any other related information, and then wait a few days while the grading company processes your comic. You may even submit multiple graded comics via the same service, and then receive notifications via email, phone call, or automated in-line notification system when your graded comic has been accepted for publication.