Imagine you’ve hit the jackpot and found a Hulk #181 in a box in your grandpa’s attic. After your happy dance (don’t fall through the ceiling), what should you do next? Any serious comic collector will immediately have Wolverine’s first appearance graded and slabbed. You want to know what exactly your comic is worth, and keep it that way, right?
Grading and slabbing, as means to assessing and protecting value, is obviously an important part of the collecting experience. Unfortunately, it can also be filled with jargon and nuance that can be intimidating, especially if you are new to collecting. In this series, we will explore this process by first examining what exactly grading and slabbing is in general, and then dig into the specifics of the three primary grading companies: Certified Guaranty Corporation (CGC), Comic Book Certification Service (CBCS), and Professional Grading Experts (PGX).