Some Savvy Collectors Are Earning Immediate Profits!
Followers of this blog have received extensive information on the many benefits of acquiring vintage concert posters, handbills, and postcards that are accompanied by third party authentication and grading by CGC.
The bottom line is that the value of ANY collectible is closely determined by it's condition. And in today's quality conscious marketplace, tiny differences in quality can mean huge differences in price. This creates an inherent conflict of interest between buyer and seller, as sellers have a natural incentive to grade their posters as high as possible.
That's why PAE has an iron clad policy to ONLY sell material that is third party authenticated and graded by CGC, if the poster/handbill/postcard in question is eligible for the service. (and has a value of $75.00 or more to cover the CGC fees)
Important Note: CGC does not grade ALL issues, but their universe is expanding quickly. When CGC grading is NOT available, we grade according to our strict standards that can be found on our website, and backed by the guarantee also posted on our website.
In general, CGC grading is SUPER STRICT, far stricter than posters have EVER been graded in the past. The result of this strict grading is that the collector receives tremendous, superior value at EVERY grade level along the spectrum.
This blog wishes to examine the spectacular value proposition of posters that have been graded 8.5 by CGC. In many cases, material graded by CGC as 8.5 is super clean, with 100% full borders and no nicks, cuts,tears or pinholes.
Posters of this quality have had many different adjectives attached to them in the past including "Near Mint" , "Mint", and "Dead Mint", depending on the vagaries and grading scale utilized by each individual seller.
But today, thanks to CGC, you can acquire a super clean example graded 8.5, that is virtually indistinguishable to Mint examples, for FAR less than the premiums commanded by material graded 9.0 and higher.
Please understand, that this does NOT mean that every poster graded 8.5 by CGC is free of all nicks, cuts, tears, or pinholes. Many pieces graded 8.5 will be perfect except for a tiny nick, or single pinhole. Other 8.5 examples that are free of obvious damage will often have a speck of missing ink or some general overall signs of handling that holds it back from a higher grade.
Proof of this spectacular value proposition is frequent reports we receive from savvy collectors that have been acquiring CGC graded 8.5 material, removing it from the holder, and selling it for an immediate profit in other venues where third party grading is not embraced and considered unimportant.
The bottom line is that CGC graded 8.5 material is World Class in every way and in our opinion represents the top 2-3% of ALL surviving vintage concert posters. If you are a quality conscious buyer, these posters often offer quality and eye appeal that far exceeds your expectations of the 8.5 numerical grade. If you are looking to get the maximum "bang" for your collecting dollar, this is a grade that should be examined closely. Fifteen different items graded by CGC as 8.5 are offered in our current auction!