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Helpful Hints for Scoring Higher Grades
- Clean off all dust, debris, dirt, and residue from your packaged and loose
items before sending in your submission. The safest way to do this is with a dry
cloth or a very mild (and quickly evaporating) cleaning solution. We cannot endorse
any specific cleaning solution directly because misuse and overuse of any product
can damage your collectibles. However, most collectors recommend and are happy
with a product called ‘Goo Gone’ which quickly evaporates. Please be advised that
only the smallest amount should ever be used, and ‘Goo Gone’ should not be confused
with ‘Goo Gone Spray Gel’ which is much denser and does not evaporate well. We
would absolutely NOT recommend using ‘Goo Gone Spray Gel’ on any cardboard surface.
We recommend you thoroughly research what solvent will best remove dirt, debris,
and residue without harming your collectibles.
- When reviewing your modern items before submitting them, look for the following
common flaws which are often missed:
- Blister dings or cracks on both the inner blister holding the item and all
- Creases or light stresses visible on the front of the item, and of lower
importance, creases or light stresses visible on the back of the item. It may
be necessary to tilt your item in the light to view light stresses.
- Items pulled from sealed factory cases will usually exhibit minor flaws, and
at times moderate to severe flaws.
- If you have an item which is valuable to you either monetarily or otherwise,
we recommend that you double box it when sending it to be graded.
- Inspect your blisters carefully for even the smallest cracks on the inside
blister. Blister cracks will greatly affect the grade your item receives.
- Carefully inspect all boxed items for double-tape (i.e. 2 layers of tape with
the bottom layer cut). Items can be double-taped at the factory, but there is
no way for us to verify where and when the bottom tape was cut and a second piece
of tape placed over it. We will only grade double-taped items when pulled directly
from factory sealed cases and in certain rare instances when the vast majority
of a particular item came from the factory that way.
- Be sure to use the appropriate declared value for each item on your submission
form. This value is the maximum compensation you will receive in case of damage.
This value should represent the value you would place on your item after it has
been graded and is ready to ship back to you. It should also include all costs
such as shipping and grading fees associated with the item.