Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) revolutionized the comic book marketplace when it was founded in 2000 by providing clear, objective and impartial assessments of authenticity and grade. Today, CGC is the world’s largest and most trusted third-party grading service for comics, trading cards, magazines, concert posters and related collectibles with more than 6 million collectibles certified since 2000.

Benefits of Grading

Confidence is knowing what you’re getting.

Certification offers many benefits for comic book collectors, dealers and retailers. As an independent grader, impartial to any party, CGC provides this certification with accuracy and enthusiasm.

The CGC Holder

CGC’s state-of-the-art holder combines superior optics and the most advanced archival materials, making it ideal for visual display and preservation

Crystal-clear Display

The crystal­-clear plastic’s superior optics unleash a comic’s true color and vibrancy. The redesigned label is cleaner and easier to read, showcasing the grade and even more details about the book, and allowing you to easily identify the book from both the front and back.

Superior Preservation and Security

The holder’s sturdy outer plastic better resists impacts. The holder design uses precise pressure to lock the comic in place for enhanced protection, and the hologram affirming authenticity is now hot-­stamped and embedded into the plastic for improved protection and increased security.

Collection Integration

Comics of nearly any size fit in the CGC holder. The CGC holder also locks and stacks with other CGC holders, both old and new, making the new holder easy to integrate with your existing collection, and creating a uniform display you can be proud of.

CGC - Labels

Universal Label (Blue)

This label is given to collectibles that are simply the grade as marked, with no qualifiers or special considerations.

CGC Signature Series® Label (Yellow)

This label is applied to collectibles that have been signed by someone of significance to the collectible, under the direct observation of a CGC authorized witness, and are thus certified by CGC as having an authentic signature. In select instances, CGC may accept signed collectibles directly from the signer/publisher.

Qualified Label (Green)

A Qualified label is used by CGC for collectibles that have a significant defect that needs specific description, or to note an unauthenticated signature (one which was not witnessed by CGC). For example, a comic book with a missing coupon that otherwise grades 6.0 will receive a Qualified grade, avoiding a considerably lower grade. CGC would give this book a Qualified grade of 6.0 and a Label Text notation “COUPON MISSING FROM PAGE 10, DOES NOT AFFECT STORY.” Or, if the book is signed on the cover it may be noted as “NAME WRITTEN ON COVER IN MARKER.”

Restored Label (Purple)

This label is applied to any comic book that has evidence of repair so that it will appear as it did when it was in its original condition. Restoration can come in a variety of degrees, from slight professional restoration (A-1) to extensive amateur restoration (C-5).

Pedigree Label (Gold)

This label is applied to any comic book that is part of a CGC recognized pedigree collection. Many pedigree collections were recognized and accepted by the hobby before CGC came into existence.

No Grade

NG – This label stands for “No Grade” and is assigned to comics that are either missing the entire cover, or one half or more of the interior pages, or both. It may also be assigned to comics that are only being verified as authentic, per CGC’s discretion.

Individual Page

PG – This label is assigned to either a single page or wrap from the interior of a comic book. Pages that cannot be associated with a specific issue will not be certified by CGC, however. Some interior pages display only advertisements on both sides, lacking the context that allows CGC to correctly identify the issue to which they belong. Unless this kind of page is submitted with other pages from the same copy, and resembles those pages in grade and page quality, it will not be graded and the fee will be refunded less a small processing charge.

Cover

CVR – This label is assigned to covers only, whether the front cover, back cover, or both. Back covers that cannot be associated with a specific issue will not be certified by CGC, however. An example of this scenario is the back cover to Amazing Fantasy #15, which is common to other Marvel comics printed that same month, as well as other months. If CGC cannot definitively tell the back cover is from Amazing Fantasy #15, it will be not be graded and the fee will be refunded less a small processing charge.

Conserved Label (Blue/Grey)

This label is applied to any comic book with specific repairs done to improve the structural integrity and long-term preservation. These repairs include tear seals support, staple replacement, piece reattachment and certain kinds of cleaning.

CGC Signature Series Qualified Label (Yellow/Green)

This label is assigned to a collectible that has been signed by someone of significance to the collectible, and which also exhibits a qualifying defect or unwitnessed signature. For example, if a comic book is signed by Stan Lee under direct observation of a CGC authorized witness* but is missing a page, the book will be graded as if the page was not missing, and given the CGC Signature Series Qualified label with a notation of the missing page. Another example is if Stan Lee signed a high grade comic book under direct observation, but the cover also exhibited a signature not observed by a CGC authorized witness. Stan Lee’s witnessed signature (eligible for CGC Signature Series) and the other signature (not eligible for CGC Signature Series) would result in a CGC Signature Series Qualified label.

CGC Signature Series Restored Label (Yellow/Purple)

This label is applied to a restored comic book that has been signed by someone of significance to the comic, under the direct observation of a CGC authorized witness, and is certified by CGC as having an authentic signature. The degree of restoration is also noted on the label.

GC Signature Series Conserved Label (Yellow/Grey)

This label is applied to a conserved comic book that has been signed by someone of significance to the comic, under the direct observation of a CGC representative, and is certified by CGC as having an authentic signature. The conservation work is also noted on the label.

CGC Trading Cards was launched in 2020, Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) brought the same expertise, integrity and passion that revolutionized comic book collecting to the world of trading cards. The division continues to grow, with the addition of new games, investment in the latest technology, incredible collections certified and record setting prices realized.

Why CGC Trading Cards?

CGC Cards is an expert, impartial and efficient third-party authentication, grading and encapsulation service for TCGs, sports and non-sports cards. We are backed by the same ownership and senior management team behind NGC, PMG and CGC — the world’s leading and largest coin, paper money and pop culture certification services.

CGC Cards uses world-class expertise, advanced technology, innovation and operational excellence to provide all card collectors and dealers with accurate, consistent, affordable and fast certification services for all cards. We also offer the industry’s strongest guarantee, which adds significant confidence, liquidity and value to the hobby.

 

Basketball Card in a CGC Holder

A Sleek, Easy-to-Read and Secure Certification Label

A sleek, clean label design puts the focus on the card and allows for detailed card descriptions and excellent readability. For cards earning the CGC Pristine 10 grade, CGC Cards provides a special Pristine 10 label, which identifies the card’s flawless condition. To prevent against counterfeiting, the CGC Cards label features microprinting, UV ink, holographic foil and a unique certification number and barcode.

.Stacked CGC Holders

Unique Identification Features

On the back of the label, a QR code enables you to quickly look up a card and its images on the CGC Cards website. Autograph grades (available for sports cards with manufacturer’s certified autographs) are featured here, too. A pedigree can also be added to describe a card’s past or present ownership. After encapsulation in the CGC Cards holder, every card is imaged in high-resolution.

CGC Holdered Pokemon TCG error cards

The Leader in Error Card Grading and Encapsulation

Available for cards cut slightly too large or even errors once considered too small to safely encapsulate, the CGC Cards Holder for unusually sized cards features the same crystal-clear optics, superior materials and sturdy construction as the standard CGC Cards holder. Plus, with an easy-to-customize inner sleeve, this CGC Cards holder accommodates a variety of card sizes that previously could not be encapsulated.