Comics: How To
New to comics? Returning after your mom threw away your comic books when you were a kid? Got past amnesia, woke up with cosmic powers and need a refresher? Curious to see if we did something new you did not think of? Case of the Gamma rays and need a cure? Well, you’re in luck! You will find some of those answers here!
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Pack comics with form
Pack books with your completed form; bubble wrap and use proper packing materials to keep the books safe. (Please, I encourage you to use blue painters tape on books. Do not use masking tape, or packing tape directly on the books because this can cause irreversible damage to the books).
Grading company (Optional)
How To Pack Comics
How To Pack Comic Books For Cleaning, Pressing, and Sending To CGC
In this video we go over best practices and how, with little to no resources, one can properly pack and ship comic books. Keep them as pristine as possible throughout the whole shipping process to ensure you get the best grade.
Special thanks to DanK Comics
You will need clear packing tape, painters tape, 2 slabs of cardboard cut out slightly larger than the comic, and bubble wrap.
Place your comic in the center of the cardboard slab. Tape the four corners of the edge with painters tape, tightly. Fold a pull tab if you have the time to spare.
Place the second cardboard slab over top of the comic lined up with the edges. Tape all four edges of the cardboard with a pull flap.
Seal it up
Put the comic wrapped up in bubble wrap in a mailer or thin box with padding around it. Seal up the mailer or box with clear strong packing tape.
Comic Book Pressing
When pressures applied to comic book paper using special press machines, essentially returning the comic books condition to its original state.
Cleaning spots on a comic with special putty or eraser to remove surface defects without damaging the paper or inks.
A major defect where the spine of the comic has rolled the cover either forward or backwards, essentially widening the comic and fanning the pages. Some spines turn upwards or downwards and in many cases this can be corrected.
An age range to identify the era a comic book comes from.
(ex. Platinum Age 1897 to 1938, Golden Age 1938 to 1956, Silver Age 1956 to 1970, Bronze Age 1970 to 1984, Modern Age 1985 to Present)
A vintage collection of comic books qualified by having 1 original owner who bought the issues off the newsstand, generally circa 1940s to 1950s (Golden Age), a considerable number of comics, and it must be considered high grade. Pedigree graded labels are gold by CGC or only notated on the label by CBCS.
A certain comic issue that contains either a new character, a death, a marriage, popular artist, a famous writer, and even what a character is wearing.
What Is Grading
Comic Book Grading
Comic book grading is the process of sending your comic books in to a reputable 3rd party scoring service. Many comic book grading companies have some sort of certification that the grade was professionally reviewed by many “graders” before getting encapsulated. Additionally, some grading companies have special labels to certify a signature, restoration, or custom art.
Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) revolutionized the comic book marketplace when it was founded in 2000 by providing clear, objective and impartial assessments of authenticity and grade. Today, CGC is the world’s largest and most trusted third-party grading service for comics, magazines, concert posters and related collectibles with more than 5 million collectibles certified since 2000. *A price increase starts April 28, 2021.
Comic Book Certification Service (CBCS) was started by professional comic book hobbyists with the intent of protecting our fellow hobbyists when buying and selling comic books. CBCS team members all share in the love of our hobby and the medium.
3rd Party Grading prices are subject to change without notice. Avery Comic Pressing has no direct affiliation with 3rd party grading services stated above. Fees related to CGC or CBCS must be either paid to Avery Comic Pressing or directly to the 3rd party grading service of choice. 3rd party grading service turn around times are entirely out of Avery Acomic Pressing‘s control.