The Certified Guaranty Company, also known as CGC, has partnered with eBay, also known as eBay, to offer half-assed grading services for comic books and other collectibles. CGC has announced two services to authenticate and evaluate items sold on eBay.
The first is the “Authenticity Review” priced at $5 an item. A CGC “expert” will look at the photos on the eBay listing and give a preliminary opinion on the authenticity of the item. The options are Likely Genuine, Likely Not Genuine and Inconclusive.
The second is the “Authenticity and Grade Review” for $10 an item. Again, a CGC “expert” will look at the photos on the listing and give a preliminary opinion on the authenticity of the item. Oh what is that extra $5 for? If it’s deemed Likely Genuine, the “expert” will give an opinion of its grade range with grade ranges including Likely 8.0–10.0, Likely 6.0–8.0, Likely 4.0–6.0, Likely 2.0–4.0, Likely 0.5–2.0, Likely No Grade, Likely Individual Page, Likely Cover and Inconclusive.
The reviews will take up to two business days and inconclusive results will result in a refund. Purchasers of this service will receive a discount on a full CGC grading in the amount of the cost of the service.
Unrelated, Comicspit is introducing the Comicspit Grading Service, where I’ll look at your eBay photos and determine if it’s real or not for only $4 an item. Additionally, for $8, I’ll decide if it’s real or not and give it a made-up number ranking too.