Get Your Comics Graded
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Get your comics graded with the help of Mainstream Comics (CGC Authorized Dealer)!
*Please read this entire section prior to purchasing CGC grading services. This will help provide basic knowledge to help you make a more informed decision...
Below is a basic guide to help you understand grading/pressing services. In our opinion the costs of grading books/pressing books is such that sending a single book to CGC is NOT worth the expense (generally). Look at your collection and find 3 to 5 (or more!) books before purchasing grading services.
Understand the costs to Grading:
-Costs of the Books: Just something to think about...you need actual comics to grade. It’s important to think about the “value” of the book that you are paying this service for. Our opinion is any book with a retail value under $50 serves very little purpose to be graded. The costs/time associated with grading are such that low value books aren’t worth this cost. An exception to this rule is books that have sentimental value to you or your loved ones. I can’t tell you how many low “value” books are priceless to a families history. If your books have a story feel free to grade them! I know I would :)
-Costs of Grading: Please select the option (per book) below. Most orders will fall under the $20 per book tier. If you have 5 books you are looking to get graded please select the appropriate tier and “add to cart” 5.
-Costs to Mail the comics you want graded to Mainstream Comics Offices: This expense is an additional “out of pocket” expense that you are responsible for. You’ll incur this expense when you visit your local USPS/UPS/Fedex Office. We require you mail your books fully insured, with tracking, and insurance confirmation. This is for your own protection against loss and or damage during transit. We recommend sending your books to us via USPS Registered Mail. This is the safest way to send collectibles via mail. (Yes it’s more expensive...in life you get what you pay for. This shipping method will offer you the greatest peace of mind).
A unique way to save on this cost is to browse our website for comic books currently in our stock. If you purchase books from our site this will save you money because you wouldn’t have to mail those comics to our offices ;)
-Cost to return your completed order: Our system will automatically add this cost to your order. This cost covers the following: CGCs invoice fee for your order, USPS Registered Mail (Fully Insured Against Loss of Damage) *up to $25,000 value. This return shipping service is expensive. Why? This is the safest method to receive an item via the mail. Without a doubt you can use other dealers OR send books yourself and select return shipping via FedEx of UPS for less $$$. Do so at your own risk. Our opinion is that we want your unique collectibles to safely and securely return to your home. The added cost of USPS Registered Mail is well worth it.
-Comic Book Pressing Services: We are honored to work exclusively with Gary Kendra and Impressive Comic Book Pressing Services. Like CGC grading this is an added expense, and the industry has taken pressing to an extreme in our opinion. It’s important to consider the costs, added time, and expectations versus outcomes when it comes to comic pressing. Don’t get me wrong...if I owned a book that’s currently a 5.0 worth $500 and a .5 grade increase would make the book worth $1,000...heck I’d be the first person interested in pressing that book (if it was a good candidate). Pressing a modern book worth $20 bucks in hopes it graded 9.9 versus a 9.6/9.8 seems overkill. Obvious exceptions to this rule are books that you have an emotional attachment too. If you want your book to look it’s absolute best...pressing may be for you. Just do me a favor and reach out to us first. If we can save you some $$$ by educating you about the fair market value of your collectible today it may help you better understand why/why not to spend money. :)
Current Mainstream Comics CGC Outgoing Shipping Schedule: (updated 08/18/2020)
Weekly Wednesday Outgoing to CGC. We must have received your personal books by Tuesday at 5pm (PST) to be apart of the Weekly Wednesday outgoing. Any orders received after Tuesday at 5pm will he sent the following Wednesday.
Current CGC Turnaround Times: *Please note these turnaround times are estimates only. Working days (ie. Monday-Friday excluding Holidays).
Modern Tier=32 working days/25 working days with +Fast Track
Economy Tier=23 working days/13 working days with +Fast Track
Standard Tier=15 working days
Comic Book Pressing will add an additional 4 weeks to your turn around time. Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE you purchase pressing services, so we can discuss and better understand if pressing would be beneficial for your books.
For Bulk Submissions (16 plus books) OR individual books values greater than $1,000 please email us at: email@example.com
We do not currently offer CGC grading submission services for Golden Age or Silver Age Comics. Due to the very fragile nature of these collectibles we recommend customers hand deliver these to CGC directly via “show drop off” submission services.
After purchasing our CGC Grading submission services you’ll receive an email from: firstname.lastname@example.org with detailed instructions on how to safely send your order to our offices.
Please send all books via trackable service, include signature confirmation, and purchase shipping insurance to protect your collectibles.