Aloha CHUniverse, today I would like to share my unboxing and overall experience with PGX grading services. While I own many graded books from all 3 of the big graders this is the first time I’ve sent books my self to be graded. I chose PGX for a few reasons, price, turn around time, and in house pressing. Price is really important to me because CGC would want a lot of money on some of the books I had graded with their crazy % pricing based on Fair Market Value. Turn around time, being my first time sending high dollar collectibles I definitely want them out of hand as little as possible. Finally in house pressing saves $ from having to send to a pressers then to a grading company, also less people messing with the book. I sent books that are all important keys that all deserved grading let’s see how I did!
This cost me $55 and $13 to grade it. I knew it was a 9.8 if not higher came back 9.8
Another variant that came back as a 9.8, I bought two of these direct from Bulletproof the day they went on sale believe they were $40 each. Flipped one for $300 when it was hot and kept one for myself. Both store variants I sent for grading came back 9.8 this shows don’t be to quick to drop $100+ on guaranteed 9.8 graded store exclusives, just buy them raw from the same vendor and spend $13 and get it graded yourself.
Was hoping 9.8 on this. A 9.6 goes for about $200 a 9.8 goes for about $300. Paid $120 for the three different incentive Gwenpool variants from Howard the Duck # 1, 2, 3 when they came out. This one is for Mel and Poyo.
Was hoping for a 9 or 9.2 on this. Purchased on Amazon for $70 about a year and a half ago. Listed as like new but had some scuffing and grime. Further scuffed it removing the grime with a dry eraser pad.
Really wanted a 9.8 on this, but the backcover killed me with a crease. Sadly I never really check back covers when I buy books. Paid $70 on this a couple years back.
Came back a 9.4 was guessing between a 9.0 and 9.6. They pressed it and got a little damage out the corner. That damage was from just everyday storage one of the reasons I wanted these books preserved. Happy with this nice solid grade. Paid $40 for this 6.5 years ago.
Thought this would be a 9.8 I have another 1st print to send for grading maybe it will do better. I believe this book has the most reprints of any comic. Great book, great artist I love all the Goth keys. Think I paid $30 on eBay for this with 1-5 1st print a couple years back my other copy was $30 just for issue #1 around the same time.
This was getting so old and damaged no choice but to get it graded to preserve what’s left of it. This is a big winner for me was thinking 1.8-2.0 so 3.0 is great. Paid $120 6.5 years ago. This one cost $20 to grade because of the age.
8.5 on this was hoping 9.2-9.4. At least I know where my copy stands now. Paid $35 for it 6 years ago, at least its newsstand.
This one another back cover killed me. Was thinking 9.2+ paid $20 a couple years ago.
I thought this was a 9.8 I still don’t understand why it’s not. One of my most beloved books, another Goth key. Paid $45 for it 6 years ago.
I knew this wouldn’t be the best it’s covers right corner has a chip that’s hanging on by a thread. Paid $50 about 6 years ago, Still a solid VF copy.
This one kills me too. Thought it was a 9.8 but seeing it graded now, I can see a couple stress marks on the spine I didn’t see when it was bagged and boarded. Can’t complain paid $20 for it 7 years ago for this key
Paid $10 for this 6 years ago, back then these didn’t come up for auction on eBay very often so I wasn’t really able to be choosy on grade when getting my copy. I thought this would of been a 6 but pressed out nicely to 8.0
Thought this would of been 9.2+ but nope, wrong again. Another Goth key. I asked, especially for mine to be mounted backwards for display purposes. I love that PGX took care of my special request that is hard service to come by and shows the great communication you have with them while your books are away. Getting books graded backwards let’s start some trends CHU.
Bought this a couple months back on Amazon I knew about the restoration. Was advertised as 8.0-8.5 restored when I bought it. Only paid $300 on it was a great pick up.
Say what you want about restored books this looks sharp. Again bought on Amazon from the same comic restorer as the book above also the same price $300 another great deal from a couple months back.
This is the best news of the bunch and has a great story. I owned three low grade copies of this book 1.8-3.0s when Punisher hit Daredevil season 2 I sold my two worst copies for $350+ each. In that time this copy came up randomly in suggested items from eBay when it was listed. It was listed as a low grade copy possible trimming for $280. I could tell this was not trimmed just off set cover printing error. So I bought it with the money from one of the sold copies and then sold my last low grade copy the next day for $400. I was thinking 4.5-5.0 because I don’t know how the cover being offset effects grading or not. 7.5 is good money in the bank.
Another Goth key. Nice 9.6 paid $45 a couple years back this is the highest graded that I see available currently on eBay.
Bought this knowing it was trimmed paid $2350 for it and only $20 to grade it. In this grade restored it goes in the $4500-$5000 range. A nice investment book and a great buy in. Very happy to own this.
So there you have it I give PGX a 98/100 or in other words a 9.8 on there grading and pressing services. To grade and screen for pressing these 20 books came out to $360 + $40 to ship and insure them the way there. So $20 avg per book on my order that really beats the $150 it would cost just to grade Tales of Suspense #39 from CGC. I know some people dislike PGX but I have to say, the communication was great, the price is amazing, the in house pressing is what every grading service should have, the case and encasing is extremely professional, turn around time was about a month from the time they received the books this was during convention season even. I will definitely be adding PGX to my comic collecting arsenal, as a matter of fact I’m already getting my next order ready to send off.