Nowadays, professional graders at CGC can guarantee that your comic is certain grade by giving it a graded number. However, are CGC comics a good investment?
The answer is - It depends!
As in terms of buying CGC graded comics for investment purposes still depends on what you're buying and or comics you're investing in. Remember, rarity and demand are the key factors in a valuable comic book.
I would rather buy a Hulk 181 CGC graded at VG than buy an unslabbed comic book off ebay from a seller who claims their copy is a 9.4 NM. Why is that? Because way too often have I received a book that was listed as NM and got a low-mid grade copy or, even worse, a VG copy.
Overpaying for your comic books is the BIGGEST reason why many comic collectors lose money in the game of comic book collecting and investing.
Another point is that if you're buying CGC graded copies, you should be getting KEY ISSUES @ the highest grade you can afford. Remember, there are going to be way more copies of an X-MEN #1 at VG than opposed to a VF!
Getting a CGC graded 9.8 Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 is a waste. Big deal...there are tons of copies of that book floating around at 9.6 & 9.8. In fact, I'd refrain from investing in any modern CGC graded comic book unless:
- It is a high demand key issue like the 1st appearance of Deadpool (New Mutants #98).
- It is a very limited independent comic book print run like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1.
- A very limited variant cover run.
Now, if you're thinking of sending your comics to be graded by CGC, please read this article to learn about what factors you should know in deciding which comic books to get graded and why.