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Giant-Size X-Men #1, to slab or not...12797

Collector MrNotSoNice private msg quote post Address this user
I have this ratty old Giant-Size X-Men #1. I guess it is a 1.0 grade (opinions please). Has small chunks out, tears, weird mis-trim cover, and spine tape. It is complete and essentially readable, however. Cover is (precariously) attached. Interior looks OK. Should I slab it? It has some value, even in this condition. Should I press it? Appears to have some cleanable dirt. Your expert advice please...


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Collector andy49 private msg quote post Address this user
based on the picture provided, sell as is
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Collector Bronte private msg quote post Address this user
I'd slab. Pressing i would pass on unless it has personal value to you.
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TRA LA LA esaravo private msg quote post Address this user
@MrNotSoNice - If the cover is semi-attached and you say it’s complete and readable, it would probably get a 2.0 grade and be worth around $750-800. So it’s definitely worth getting it graded and in a slab.
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Collector andy49 private msg quote post Address this user
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@MrNotSoNice - If the cover is semi-attached and you say it’s complete and readable, it would probably get a 2.0 grade and be worth around $750-800. So it’s definitely worth getting it graded and in a slab.


if it would probably get a 2.0, why not advertise it as good and let the buyer slab it?
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Collector MrNotSoNice private msg quote post Address this user
Just want to share that I am a collector (Silver Age) and not really in the business of comics. I have many valuable issues, some that I bought off the spin rack for 12-cents. I will probably never get another Giant-Size X-Men #1 in this life. Selling is not really my objective, but I do want to preserve and add value to my collection so my wife can sell them when I kick off.
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Collector Bronte private msg quote post Address this user
Things are much easier to sell if they are graded. Less ambiguity. This would also make it easier on wife to sell and preserve the book.
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Collector GAC private msg quote post Address this user
I would definitely slab. It's a huge book even in low grade. Way easier to sell slabbed....Pressing could be an option to improve the visual but unlikely it would improve the grade.
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Collector xkonk private msg quote post Address this user
For books that expensive that you want to sell, I think slabbing adds peace of mind to the buyer. You could always go raw grade if you didn't want to spend as much. I would also consider having it graded just to make sure the cover doesn't come off. On the other hand, if you never personally plan on taking it out of the bag again, you could let it be.
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Collector DrWatson private msg quote post Address this user
Here's a tip. That cover was originally glued to the spine. Just sayin'.
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Collector Puckster private msg quote post Address this user
I managed to get 2 years ago that were just a little bit above this one in grade. I went ahead and had them both slabbed. I don't have any intention of selling them but it keeps them from getting worse. Plus, if something happens to me, it would make it much easier on my wife to do something with them.
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Masculinity takes a holiday. EbayMafia private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by esaravo
@MrNotSoNice - If the cover is semi-attached and you say it’s complete and readable, it would probably get a 2.0 grade and be worth around $750-800. So it’s definitely worth getting it graded and in a slab.


if it would probably get a 2.0, why not advertise it as good and let the buyer slab it?


@andy49 Based on my experience selling some low grade keys, slabbing and passing a restoration check would probably increase the selling price by about 25% over raw and allow it to sell online in a week rather than sit for months. Potential buyers of the raw book may wonder if there is color touch, wonder why no one else is buying it, or wonder if it has been purchased by others and then rejected after closer inspection. Also, beat up books just look less beat up in a slab typically.
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Collector Ironwill75 private msg quote post Address this user
I would slab it, especially if it’s for your wife later. If she is not a comic collector or in the know it’ll stop her getting ripped off in the future plus will improve the appearance and preserve it.
Nice comic wish I had kept my ratty FF 1 now 🤦‍♂️.
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Collector 00slim private msg quote post Address this user
Taking resale out of the equation, I’d Slab it for preservation. It presents well & would look great in a slab.
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Collector southerncross private msg quote post Address this user
@MrNotSoNice get it graded. I myself have gotten books around the $200 mark and up graded myself for my personal collection with the intention you have in mind. Anything happens to me my wife can ship my books to a auction house to sell. And it's much easier to sell a book that's been third party graded.
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