You have finally made it to the final part of our grading series, this time examining PGX’s grading system. Unfortunately I cannot send a comic your way--Dark Will keeps yelling about margins and profits--but please do reward yourself with something nice. Better yet, purchase yourself something nice from our lovely store. Dark Will made me say that.
PGX (Professional Grading Experts), known as CGG prior to 2002, was founded by Daniel Patterson and Terrance Leder with the mission to “meet the growing demand for impartial, third-party comic grading and continues to be the fastest, most affordable grading service in the industry.” Based in the US, PGX is one of the three major grading companies and claims a grading staff with over 150 years of combined experience.
PGX uses a similar grading scale as the prior ones we have discussed, basing theirs on the Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide, which ranges from 0.1 to 10 in tenths. The scale increases in quality and assigns descriptors to the varying numeric levels, such as 0.1 (incomplete), 4.0 (very good), and 9.4 (near mint). There are many other descriptors along the way, roughly every one or two tenths on the scale.
PGX has a straightforward label coloring system and, like CBCS, uses a reduced number of labels from that seen at CGC.
Blue - World Label
Showing some consistency across the industry, PGX uses a Blue label for general grading of unrestored, unsigned books.
Wonder Woman #1 PGX 8.0
Spawn #250 PGX 9.6
Solar Man of the Atom #3 PGX 9.8
Evil Ernie #1 PGX 9.0
Miss Fury #3 PGX 6.0
Dead Pooh #1.2 PGX 9.9
Amazing Fantasy #15 PGX .1
X-men #522 Variant PGX 9.4
Captain America #100 PGX 6.0
Amazing Spider-man #4 PGX 9.8
Omega Men #3 PGX 8.0
Amazing Spider-man #129 PGX 7.0
Gold - Signature Label
PGX uses Gold to signify a witnessed or authenticated signature, another happy consistency with the Yellow labels of its competitors. So, like CBCS, you may send in an already-signed comic or original piece of art after the fact. Does that raise your eyebrow a little? Yes, the same label is used for both witnessed and authenticated unlike CBCS’s split colors, so you need to read the label notes closely to establish which type.
Daredevil #1 PGX #6.0
Civil War #1 PGX 9.6
Secret Wars #8 PGX 7.0
Deadpool's Secret Wars #1 PGX 9.8
Green - Restored Label
A Green label is used for any comics that have restoration work, similar to CGC’s Purple, with grading notes included to describe the level of restoration (slight, minor, moderate, and extensive). PGX’s Green label sets itself apart in that it also includes a modifier to mark whether it was an amateur restoration (A) or professional restoration (P). So, in all, the notes on a Green label will look something like “SLIGHT (A) Slight Color Touch.”
X-men #38 PGX 8.5
Avengers #9 PGX 4.0
Green Lantern #76 PGX 3.5
Superior Foes of Spider-man #1 PGX
Amazing Spider-man Renew Your Vows #1 PGX
Thank you to everyone who helped contribute to this article by sharing your PGX graded comics with us: Christopher Shazam Silva, George Vermack Jr., Bryan Ellis, Joe Dunn, Jason Palisano, Nico Felix Capurro, Joseph Hughes, Steve Edler, Jim Butler, Dodie Ayeras, Justin Gabbard, Jason Crowder, Mike Strickland, Lee Bam Bam Burgess, Markel White, Nick Schiano, Jason Collins, David Batts, Jeremy Walker and everyone who submitted photos through The Collector's Corner Facebook group.
Writers - Matt Tuck, Dr. No, and Nathan Liberty
Editor - Dr. No
As always, thank you for joining us on our journey through comic grading. Keep coming back for more great content from the Comic Burst team.