Marnin Rosenberg wrote:
Different scenario, but still pertaining to questionable grading of Golden-Age books.
Comments please regarding how I graded this in comparison to what CGC graded the same book, and what if anything could have been done to this book considering it's extreme and severe problems. This was the most severely damaged book I had ever acquired in 34 years of selling comic books. The inside was as bad or worse than the front and back covers, with the inner pages being stuck together from being completely immersed in water with extreme bacterical foxing throughout.
Red Raven Comics #1 FA/GD 1.5 ow (Aug 1940) Detroit Trolley
Red Raven Comics #1 CGC GD+ 2.5 ow (Aug 1940) Detroit Trolley
My intent for posting these examples is not at all to bash CGC or it's grading. I just do not understand how a resubmission resulted in this upgrade and I'm curious to hear the opinons of seasoned collectors and dealers of Golden-Age books who have far more experience than I do grading Gold.
this book looks like a Good+ 2.5 to me.
Yes, you were slummin' when you offered this grotesque beast
, especially when compared to your normal offerings, but if you break this book down, it appears to have the following pluses, which when added to the minuses you mentioned, leads me right to Good+ (even though I'm sure the buyer appreciated your conservative and careful grading)
no missing pages
both staples in tact
no missing pieces
no spine roll ( after pressing, obviously )
no writing ( not referencing the erased "L" )
no major tears
only minor cover top layer paper loss on front cover
...and maybe the heat / moisture from pressing "unstuck" the stuck together pages?? ( the pages of my Reform School Girl! got stuck together after I read it ) Either way, I think 2.5 Good+ is spot on