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Monday, September 22, 2014

Comic Collectors Tools Pt. 3

By: Gerry D

Here are a few more websites and services that I've come across that I've found useful in researching possible investment comics and also CBCS, that I'm sure most of you have already heard about. This one is gonna be short and sweet, so let's get started...

Comic Book Certification Services (CBCS)

Here it is. CBCS is the newest and instantly respected 3rd party grading service. Since I've already written about CBCS in an earlier post, I won't get into it too much. You can read that article here by clicking the link below.

CBCS was founded by Steve Borock, who is well respected and a pioneer in the comic grading community. He was formally the lead grader at CGC when they started back in 1999 and helped set the standard for grading. You can read more about him and the rest of the CBCS staff here.

Go Collect

GoCollect is a website that tracks CGC and CBCS graded books from auction sites like eBay and charts them so you can see the growth they've had over the years. I've been looking for a site like this for a long time and even tried to make sales charts for certain books myself with Excel. Now, with GoCollect, I don't have to. They do offer a very basic free service for the site but if you want all of the bells and whistles, it'll cost you $5.99. It's definitely a site to check out and see how much demand there is for that key issue you're looking to buy or sell.

Recalled Comics

I've seen a lot of people in the comments section on here asking about variant covers and short print books. I know that TMC doesn't have a lot of time to push out those key issue lists we all love so much if he were listing all of their variants too. That's where Recalled Comics comes in. They list a lot of variant, short print, and error comics that you might be wondering about and gives you a little background on them. Actually, it's where I first learned about the X-Men Pressman Variants that I talk so much about. So, come here for your key issue lists, and go to Recalled Comics to check out some rare books and variants.

I have some books at CBCS now waiting to be graded and can't wait to see what grades they come back as. I highly recommend checking out these sites at least once. They have all helped me out recently and think that they'll help you too. Be sure to visit my site with great info about CGC and graded key issue comics.


  1. Hi Gerry,

    very interesting article, thank you for that informations! I´ve been checking on for a while and I already found quite some useful details there.

    Can´t wait to read about your experiences with CBCS as I´m sure that it´s always good to have an antipole to CGC - competition should be good for the comic grading market... I´ve heard that recently CBCS had some problems with their plastics holders but they immediately informed all of their Clients about that fact and offered discounts and further help with other requests. I think that there are always some difficulties when you start a new service, so let´s hope they will do exceptionally fine in the future!
    - Regards from Berlin/Germany, Sven -

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    2. Hey Sven, I'm glad you found this useful.

      Yeah, CBCS has had a problem with their plastics. The company they were using to make their holders used recycled PETG instead of virgin so a few of the inner sleeves were cracking during shipping. Since then they have found a new company to make their holders for them.

      It was great of them to inform us customers of the problems they were having. They seem to be a stand up and very open company so far, They also offered to reholder any books that were encased in a bad holder for free but I'll get into that more when I get my books back from them and let everyone know about my experience with CBCS. Thanks for reading and commenting.
      ~Gerry D

    3. Gerry da Man! Thanks for whipping this up. I'm really impressed with the gocollect site. I may actually shell out $5.99 for a membership there! Good call, brutha man.

    4. I'm right there with you about shelling out the $5.99. It's not a lot of dough for some good information. This is probably one of the best stumble upon sites that I've come across so far.

      ~Gerry D

    5. I'd have to agree, this one could be a game changer!