- How can I learn to grade my own comics
- What does it cost to press and grade a book.
- Can Hero Restoration send my comic books to CGC/CBCS when ready?
- Do I have to be a CGC member to have my books graded?
- Does Hero Restoration have insurance?
- Should I insure my package to HR?
- How should I ship my Comics?
- How should I value my books?
- How should I package my comic books?
How can I learn to grade my own comics
This is a work in progress question. A good place to start is this link, which is a helpful grading tool. While the grade is somewhat accurate, the real benefit is teaching you what to look for, and how it can impact the grade. That link is:
“The Original E-Bigs grading System”
What does it cost to press and grade a book.
This would seem a straight forward question, but there are multiple factors that determine the cost.
To calculate your pressing fee, click here.
To calculate the grading fee, click here.
Shipping cost will vary depending on quantity, and value. HR charges a flat rate of $40 to ship express to grading company, or $21 priority to client (see restrictions on submission form). CGC is about $30 to start, CBCS is not much different.
Can Hero Restoration send my comic books to CGC/CBCS when ready?
Yes, and we can send them under your account with provided forms, our you can have them submitted under our account, and receive 20% DISCOUNT off the CGC/CBCS fees. This disadvantage of using our account is you will be unable to track progress on your own, shipping, or have access to graders notes. It’s still great to get 20% off, and we do the forms making the service perfect for novices, and experienced alike.Back to Index
Do I have to be a CGC member to have my books graded?
No, we can submit under our account on your behalf, and have CGC ship to you, and bill you directly.Back to Index
Does Hero Restoration have insurance?
Of course, we are insured through Collectible Insurance Services. Your comics are covered while they are here, and in transit to their destination. Upon request, we can provide a rider for high valued books that will be in our possession. Because we take great pride in the protection of your books, we have not had one incident providing services since opening to the public in 2011.Back to Index
Should I insure my package to HR?
You should insure your books for transit to Hero Restoration. We recommend not using the shipping carrier, but rather specialty insurance such as Collectible Insurance Services, or Sure. Inc. The providers cover both stored and shipped, and the rates are so cheap, that a years worth of coverage is the cost of insuring 2 average valued packages through the shipping carrier.Back to Index
How should I ship my Comics?
We prefer to receive USPS signature required to our P.O. Box. Best choice is express, it’s fast, and if insurance is through USPS, the insurance is cheaper. Registered mail cost less, and is very secure, but very slow. PO quotes on deliver date will be incorrect. Many of our clients ship priority without incident, best recommendation is to upscale based on value, and delivery expectations.Back to Index
How should I value my books?
Long story short, you should value them for what you would want to sell it for, or be compensated by insurance. It is not critical to us or the or CGC that the value is accurate to the grade, and if you are found to undervalue a book, it is simply adjusted.Back to Index