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|Collector||Murmonster private msg quote post Address this user|
|With a restoration check now being performed it seems a good option.
Looking for input from those who have used it:
When do you use the service?
Do you have books pressed before using the service?
What percentage of FMV do you hope to get?
Thanks for any input.
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|If you are going to press it, I don't see why you are going to cheap out and get it raw graded. You might as well spend extra few bucks at that point.
I only used it once on an oversize tmnt book. They seal it so it is tamper evident. In the end I resubmitted to cgc and had them encapsulate it. Took a .5 grade hit from cgc through....
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|I sent in my first couple orders using it. I don't have them back to tell you how I like it but I can tell you why I did it. Most are books with sentimental value but not a lot of monetary value, and I wanted to get them pressed to present as well as possible and then stored nicely. If I had used another presser in the past I might have gone that route, but I send all my stuff to CBCS. Basically I wanted CBCS to baby some books but I didn't want to pay a whole bunch for it.
I also sent a couple in a more recent order with raw grade as a back-up with a grade screen. Those are books I might/will sell, but at a certain grade I wouldn't usually consider them worth enough to slab. Saving a bit by using raw grade instead will give me the grade certainty while saving a little money if they aren't worth enough.
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|@Murmonster - I used it once to get some Treasury-sized books raw graded, since CBCS is the only company that offers any graded service for them. They put the books in Mylites with Fullbacks, and put a small sticker on the bottom right corner with the grade.
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Originally Posted by Bronte
@Murmonster I agree with @Bronte the books that are worth pressing probably should be slabbed.
I think I've used Raw Grade as much as anyone on the forum, probably 40 or 50 books. I found it particularly useful for pre-modern (pre-1975) books that are worth about $60-$150. For Modern books the price difference is not enough to justify not slabbing, in my opinion. For sellers it basically allows you to sell pre-1975 books that are not quite valuable enough to justify the cost of slabbing. A couple upside surprises in the grading and it totally pays for itself. I've had a few books that I would have sold for $100 and after getting the Raw Grade I was able to sell them for $150-$250. I've accidentally Raw Graded books worth up to $400, just because they were in better shape than I thought. The other thing that helps sellers is that Raw Graded books, can ship to buyers for $5-$6 vs the $10-$15 we might have to charge to ship a slabbed book. It definitely helped my selling efforts, but I don't use it anymore now that I sell through MCS exclusively. They will not accept a CBCS Raw Grade, they will open it and regrade it (always lower of course). Hopefully they will start accepting them for consignment at some point.
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That part about MCS not selling raw grades was interesting.
I was not aware of that.
I’ve got two raw graded comics, still at CBCS that I need to get.
I’d been dragging my feet because I didn’t need them rushed and the guys had higher priorities at the time.
The two I got raw graded were a demon 1 and Demon 7.
The Demon 1 I just wanted to get a grade on to see if it is worth slabbing at some point.
The #7 was a mid grade book and I didn’t think it was worth a slab.
I’m not sure if I’d raw grade again, but mainly for maximizing value.
I’ll share mine when I get them back.
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