Last week I got an email from a prospective new customer for All New Comics asking what condition our comics come in. My business partner Peter prides himself on the way he ships stuff, he puts each comic in a bag and board, wraps a bunch of them together in a bag, puts that bag in a layer of bubble wrap, then puts the bundles of bagged, boarded, bagged, and bubbled comics in a box, fills that box with a bunch of packing paper and ships them out. My comics always arrive perfectly, and we’ve only had about three complaints in the five years we’ve been in business (for literally thousands of orders). Not shabby.
This customer however wanted to know what “CGC Grade” our comics were in, because if they were less than a 9.9 he wasn’t interested in our books.
This is a market I’m not interested in at all, so I told him he should probably get his comics from a brick and mortar store where he can go through a stack of comics and find the ones that meet his exact standards as it’s not something we’re very good at. We ship out good comics with no obvious dents or dings, but what we deliver meets the qualifications of “mint to near mint”.
- The Cover has: No creases, no fading, lies flat and has no rolls or curves
- The Spine: is straight, staples exhibit no signs of rust, minor bindery tears are acceptable no more than 1/16th of an inch.
- Inside: pages have no stains, marks, cuts or tears.
- Overall: The comic should look like new.