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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

CBCS Site Has Finally Launched!

By Gerry D.

If you're anything like me, you're sick of all the CGC crap. Paying for memberships, paying for graders notes, delayed turnaround times, inconsistent grading, ect... I'm tired of being nickel and dimed until I'm completely broke. Well, now the Comic Book Certification Service ( website is finally up and running and I, for one, am pretty excited about it. Be afraid CGC, very afraid.

Immediately after I heard the website was online, I tried to sign up. Why not, the membership is free. That's when I ran into my first bump. I was using Internet Explorer when trying to sign up, but kept getting an error message, so I tried using my tablet. No problems there. I signed in and started checking out the website. It's not a fancy looking site by any means, but I'm not there for a lot of pretty pictures. I'm there for their services.

One thing I looked forward to are the graders notes. They're free when you join and I wanted to check it out, so I looked for a CBCS graded book online, found the serial number, and typed it in. Presto, everything that I wanted to know about why that book got the grade it did. I think that is one of the things that excites me the most. No more paying for the damn graders notes.

I've been waiting for the CBCS site launch to mail in my Uncanny X-Men #297 Pressman variant to give them a try. That's when I ran into my second bump. As I was trying to fill in my billing information, the screen would turn grey and not let me go any further. Again, I was using Internet Explorer. I switched over to Google Chrome, and had no more problems with the site. For some reason using IE on CBCS is very buggy, but it is a brand new site and I'm sure they're working out all of the kinks.

So far, CBCS graded comics seem to be selling well. Some vendors at SDCC reported selling their graded copies and a 9.4 CBCS graded copy of Giant Size X-Men #1 sold on eBay for $1650! That's $25 more than the highest selling CGC copy of the same grade. I guess there are others out there that are excited about this new company and that someone is finally giving CGC some competition. I'm really looking forward to getting my book back from them. I'll do a follow up when I do. Stay tuned.


  1. nice post I'm thinking of sending my action comics 15 to be graded there!

  2. Amazing news! It's so cheap in comparison! I think I may have to send in a few books as tests before I go all in. Maybe Tales of the Teen Titans #44 or Wolverine vol1#1. What do you think?

  3. I'm very excited about this. It will only help the comic book industry to have another comic grading service available to us, not to mention the benefit to us the collectors/investors. I'm looking forward to giving them a try!

  4. Also I really like those labels, really sharp looking!

  5. Thanks Gerry for whipping this post up. Hope your Pressman variant comes back a 9.9!

    1. My pleasure as always. It's so much more affordable to have books graded by CBCS than CGC, It'll give me more $$ to look for some keys at Stockton Con on Sunday. COMICS!!

      ~Gerry D

  6. Finally a grading company that doesn't screw you over. I hate CGC. Overpriced morons. They charge you for everything. Go with CBCS. I know I am.

  7. Wow, some resentment towards CGC. Have to admit I'm not quite there yet. I'll be splitting some submissions between CBCS and CGC, but I'll definitely be testing out CBCS and comparing the two.

    The great thing is that the grader notes are free, so you can look up and see why they marked things down. Then you can better gauge your unslabbed comics to send in later to them. That's the benefit I see in CBCS. Knowing what they look for will be a big help in determining whether an unslabbed copy will be worth slabbing or not.

  8. my experience with this company has been bad so far. Their restoration check is just plain wrong. labeling trimmed when its not , amateur to professional restoration etc. Ive had books there for over 3 months now and counting. There excuse is always the same , waiting for Steve Borock to finalize the grade . lol apparently he needs to look at every single book to confirm grading . This guy goes down with the flu and the entire company goes with him . rubbish

  9. When CBCS launched I have to admit that I was pretty damn excited. My initial thoughts of another grading company certainly got me excited since I was so damn tired of CGC and their ridiculous prices. Nevertheless, I decided to send in a few books to see IF this new company (CBCS) was going to be any better. Well, sad to say my books have been with them for well over three months now and there turnaround time is major bullshit. There excuse is always the same "waiting on Steve Borock to finalize the grade". C'mon, this is a load of crap!

  10. Is it just me, or is CGC a hair stricter than CBCS? I notice books priced in the thousands go for a lot less if CBCS graded so I'm thinking it ain't just me. Also I see a ton of restored, trimmed books were turned into CBCS, guess those folks thought they had a shot at running one passed CBCS?