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CGC Partner Points Out CGC/CBCS Value Differences20872

Masculinity takes a holiday. EbayMafia private msg quote post Address this user
The difference between purchase amount of a Newsstand graded 9.8 ($1,377) vs ungraded ($195.50) is $1,181 (604%).
The highest CBCS 9.8 sale was $565 vs CGC 9.8 for $755, a difference of $190 (34%)


While I won't argue the general point about pricing, I would point out that using the wrong methodology for calculating "difference" between two numbers exaggerates the percentages. The methodology that was chosen reflects a bias towards achieving a higher number and quite honestly, puts all of the supplied data in question.

The percentage difference between two values is calculated by dividing the absolute value of the difference between two numbers by the average of those two numbers. Multiplying the result by 100 will yield the solution in percent, rather than decimal form.

Using the methodology described above and the calculator in the link below, their stated percentage difference of 604% becomes 150% and the 34% stated above becomes 28.8%.
https://www.calculatorsoup.com/calculators/algebra/percent-difference-calculator.php
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If the viagra is working you should be well over a 9.8. xkonk private msg quote post Address this user
When I sold a bunch of my books last summer, I came in pretty clearly below what I expected based on other recent sales. The phenomenon is confusing (and sad if you have CBCS books) but true.
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Suck it up, buttercup!! KatKomics private msg quote post Address this user
IDK....you can cherry pick just about anything to "prove" just about anything

I have this 8.5 in the current MCS auction
I would be happy with $100- actually across my 8 items an average of $100 would be just fine by me - although more would be better

This is just sales at MCS and you can see all recent ones were CGC.
In April someone paid $195 for a 9.0 but in May it was $285!!!
If this was CGC vs CBCS would they say the CBCS got 30% less than the CGC??
Soooo much depends on the actual day/week of the auction
Since no one reports on it I wonder if we scoured the interweb if there would be instances of CBCS going for more than CGC - bet we could find them!!

also...just me..but in no world is 9.6 to 9.8 worth $1600 on this book!!!


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You can't get good wood on the ball every time. HotKeyComics private msg quote post Address this user
CBCS needs to educate the community that they give out less 9.8s on average than CGC. I did a comparison a couple years ago on UF4 and CGC was giving out around double the % of 9.8s that CBCS was, the problem is that nobody really knows that because CBCS doesn't advertise it.

a 9.8 from CBCS is harder to get and more reliable as a 9.8 grade imo and they completely ignore that in their advertising.

My comparison video from 2021:

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edit: added link
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You do know that the new guy brings the donuts, right? DWeeB1967 private msg quote post Address this user
But sellers want 9.8s, right? A 9.8 sells for higher prices than a 9.4 or 9.6 to those who buy the grade and not the book.
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You can't get good wood on the ball every time. HotKeyComics private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by DWeeB1967
But sellers want 9.8s, right? A 9.8 sells for higher prices than a 9.4 or 9.6 to those who buy the grade and not the book.


absolutely, as a seller you would absolutely want to go with the better chance of getting a 9.8, especially when it gets more money in most cases.

And that is exactly why CBCS needs to spend the advertising money to educate the community on the differences.
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Have I told you about the time I dropped off 3,000 comics at SDCC? Scifinator private msg quote post Address this user
So, it is not difficult to discern that a cgc partner has a vested interest, and conflict of interest, in pointing out price discrepancies on select sales. And, let's face it, when you have 10 times, or however many more graded examples of a specific issue, you are very likely to have the highest sold price. That said, three years ago, I started a thread dedicated to pointing out when a CBCS encased comic broke a record and sold at a level higher than any cgc slabbed comic had in that grade. Again, it is only natural for the company with the most grades to usually have the highest sold price. But, it is not a given that cgc will always sell for higher. I, for one, will typically pay higher online for a CBCS encased comic as I have seen too many cases whereby the cgc slab was over-graded.

Here is the link to the old thread: New Highest Price in Grade
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If I could, I would. I swear. DrWatson private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by DWeeB1967
But sellers want 9.8s, right? A 9.8 sells for higher prices than a 9.4 or 9.6 to those who buy the grade and not the book.

I've found that this applies mainly to Copper or Modern books. I mean, sure, everybody wants a 9.8, but I have found the higher priced Bronze and Silver books harder to move. I've had more luck with 9.0 to 9.6. I gues it depends on if you are looking for a slow dollar or a fast dime.

To focus on your last part, I've often wondered if there are "collectors" out there who even look at the book. I think some of them would be satisfied with a stack of highest graded labels in plastic boxes.

I remember someone at show once was looking at a graded book. They said, "That is a pretty book, too bad it's only a 9.4."

It struck me odd. That's akin to saying, "That's a cute puppy. Too bad it isn't a pedigree."

If you're in the market for either, why would you turn it down based on the opinion of some outside entity, especially if it tickles your fancy?
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No rust here... Nearmint67 private msg quote post Address this user
Quote:
Originally Posted by HotKeyComics
Quote:
Originally Posted by DWeeB1967
But sellers want 9.8s, right? A 9.8 sells for higher prices than a 9.4 or 9.6 to those who buy the grade and not the book.


absolutely, as a seller you would absolutely want to go with the better chance of getting a 9.8, especially when it gets more money in most cases.

And that is exactly why CBCS needs to spend the advertising money to educate the community on the differences.


Buying the grade and not the book would get you your hat handed to you if you bought this one.
This is just one example of the over graded 9.8's coming out of the cgc camp.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/315407938366
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I don't want to brag, but cashiers are always checking me out. power_struggle55 private msg quote post Address this user
cgc makes more mistakes, has bad cases. etc

cbcs has less prestige

I don't see why one is worth more than the other. if both have same grade, same edition, same everything....wouldn't the company that has a better track record be worth more.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by power_struggle55
cgc makes more mistakes, has bad cases. etc

cbcs has less prestige

I don't see why one is worth more than the other. if both have same grade, same edition, same everything....wouldn't the company that has a better track record be worth more.


I would think so too. I think things will change down the road.
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would be nice to have a snugger fit. Sigur_Ros private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by power_struggle55

I don't see why one is worth more than the other. if both have same grade, same edition, same everything....wouldn't the company that has a better track record be worth more.

CBCS hasn't always had the better track record. Their reputation on the CGC boards is the same as CGC's on this board.

Also, since CGC has been around so much longer, and is so much bigger, they are considered the standard.
People will pay more for the standard.
The one they've heard of.
It's just assumed that CGC is the better product since everyone knows them and owns some.
The opinions of how much better CBCS might be doesn't mean a thing. To many CGC faithful, CBCS is just another name next to PGX.

Of course there are outliers where CBCS book sells for more, or the same, but most of the time CGC will go for more. Hence the topic coming up as often as it does.

I prefer the CBCS product but the more I think about the day I sell, the more I realize I need to keep using CGC.

Unfortunately (because they offer the better product), CBCS's best chance to overcome all this is if CGC closes it's doors. Thankfully, they don't need to overcome it. They have their customers, and CGC has theirs.
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I don't want to brag, but cashiers are always checking me out. power_struggle55 private msg quote post Address this user
when I hunt for slabbed, I seek cbcs for multiple reasons
1. all my graded are from them
2. I know a lot went into looking at the comic for everything. so I know they have better reasons to give a comic a 9.4 than a cgc 9.8
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Collector sborock_ComicLink private msg quote post Address this user
To be fair, at the beginning of CGC, Mark Haspel and I went to MANY top dealers and collectors with the same group of books and watched over the to make sure that the books would not get a touch of damage

A total mix of comics from GA to 1998 and 9.8 to 0.5, as the grading standards were at that time in 1999. We then took and averaged, based on their grading to help us help our hobby.

One big outfit in NY, we had to throw their grades out, as they saw this in a way to make more money by making the grading standard softer.! Disgusting! 😡

We also had to throw out certain grades picked from others as well.

Some people were too loose/hard on GA and visa-versa. We did not want to change grading; we were hoping to set standards based on major sellers and collectors in our community of wonderful hobbyists that most would feel very comfortable with!

A great and honest friend of mine, because he only ever colleting GA, was taken out of the mix on SA or later, as he was grading the SA lower by too many points. He just did not know the printing/manufacturing defects of the high SA comics. He wasn't that shocked when I told him 6 months later. That said, almost all his GA grades were Where very close or spot on IMHO...

We really tried to change the hobby for the better and, in many ways, I believe, made it both safer for the collector and seller. I am sorry to say, but it also made it a bit more for the worse. We did not have a crystal ball and so entered greed (JE anyone?) by bringing many investors into this comics/OA community that only care about 9.8's or better and some who just want major keys as an investment and,
BTW...they are not hobby friendly. Sucks! Very hobby UN-friendly!
We actually started programs and options that CGC have implemented over the last few years. See, competition is very good.

That's part of the reason I put my reputation on the line starting CBCS, even though I was making better money at HA. I felt when I was running it with West, Ricketts and the other hobbyists, we could be the hobby's impartial choice. The first 3 years were fantastic until I got screwed. as well as many in the original crew who worked so hard to make CBCS fantastic and made Beckett want to buy us. I am sorry we let so many people down.
😥
Both companies have problems, but if the grading is good, pick that comic as you go hunting! Buy the book, not the grade.....

I hate monopolies and will love our hobby until my last breath, LOL!

I am so sorry for the rant! Please forgive me. 🙏

WOW! Pete Townshend's Empty Glass just came on! Just a 1/2 hour after my birthday! Late, but COOL!

Have a most wonderful night, all!
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I will get by
We will get by
We will get by
We will get by
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would be nice to have a snugger fit. Sigur_Ros private msg quote post Address this user
Thank you for sharing that Steve.
Always interesting to hear your stories.

And happy belated birthday.
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Have I told you about the time I dropped off 3,000 comics at SDCC? Scifinator private msg quote post Address this user
@sborock_ComicLink - 🍻
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@sborock_ComicLink happy birthday!
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I live in RI and Rhode Islanders eat chili with beans. esaravo private msg quote post Address this user
@sborock_ComicLink - Happy B-day!

Regarding CGC vs CBCS:

“THE GRASS AIN’T GREENER, THE WINE AIN’T SWEETER, EITHER SIDE OF THE HILL”
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No rust here... Nearmint67 private msg quote post Address this user
@sborock_ComicLink Happy B-Day Hippie...
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You do know that the new guy brings the donuts, right? DWeeB1967 private msg quote post Address this user
Happy belated birthday, @sborock_ComicLink.
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The apple sauce and pudding were the best part... Bronte private msg quote post Address this user
Happy belated bday.
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Happy Birthday brother and many more to come.
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