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Pre-Order Your Copy of ‘The Official CGC Guide to Grading Comics’ by CGC President Matt Nelson

Learn the tricks and tips of comic book grading from the industry’s leading expert. Comic book fans and collectors now have an opportunity to learn in-depth the skills to grade and protect their collections, thanks to a new book: “The Official CGC Guide to Grading Comics,” by Matt Nelson, President of Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®). CGC, a division of the Certified Collectibles Group® (CCG®), is the world’s leading third-party grading service for comic books, trading cards, magazines and o

Rarities Certified by NGC and PMG Offered in Polish Auction

Collectibles graded by NGC and PMG are in the Salon Numizmatyczny Mateusz Wójcicki auction on October 1-6, 2022. Impressive coins and banknotes certified by Numismatic Guaranty Company™ (NGC®) and Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®), respectively, are available in the Salon Numizmatyczny Mateusz Wójcicki auction on October 1-6, 2022. One rarity found in this auction is a Germany 1612 Breslau 2 Ducat graded NGC MS 62 (lot 525). This coin from the mint in Nysa was struck on the occasion of a shooting c

Scioto DD raises record donations at Special Olympics Walk-a-Thon

For the first time since before the pandemic, hundreds of smiling faces from Scioto County Developmental Disabilities returned to Tracy Park in Portsmouth on Sept. 15 to take part in the Walk-a-Thon and raise money for Scioto County Special Olympics. With the help of volunteers, the fundraiser collected a new record amount of $4,781.58. Donations were collected through a combined effort of t-shirt sales and pledged donations for student and adult walkers. Officers from the Southern Ohio Corre

CGC-graded Amazing Spider-Man #100 Impresses in Pedigree Auction

The sale featured hundreds of other CGC-certified books from the Modern, Bronze and Copper Ages. Many fan-favorite Modern, Bronze and Copper Age comics graded by Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) were featured in the September High Grade Modern Auction presented by Pedigree Auctions. The auction concluded September 14, 2022. A top highlight in the auction was a beautiful copy of Amazing Spider-Man #100 graded CGC 9.8 that realized $4,000. Released by Marvel Comics in 1971, this anniversary is

Portsmouth teachers introduce gardening program to students

The red and blue Trojans are turning green with the beginnings of a new program at Portsmouth City Schools to teach kids about gardening and food security. Portsmouth teachers Leonard Poage, Wes Hartman, Tony Lavender, and principal Doug Poage have presented their program, called Grow Up Portsmouth, to the Portsmouth School Board during its regular meeting on Sept. 22. Classrooms at Portsmouth High School are already participating in some way or another, and the plan is to expand the program fo

Revealed: Each State's Favorite Superhero

Spider-Man claimed half the US states, including the three most populous; Batman and Superman each claimed several states. A recent analysis of who is the favorite superhero in each state ended up with Spider-Man posting some amazing results. Batman and Superman were next, followed by Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Wolverine and Wonder Woman. On its website, WiseVoter explained: “As the world gravitates towards comic books, the top companies Marvel and DC have seen a rise in sales. As the comic book

Meet the citizens of Threetown at PES

Third-grade students at Portsmouth Elementary School have created their own little city within the school, known as Threetown, where students have jobs and responsibilities within their town. Students can choose from jobs at the general store, farmers’ market, newspaper, bank, and more. There’s even a Threetown City Council. Threetown began last school year as a way to introduce third-grade students to educational opportunities through real-world experiences. “We thought by having a town it wo

One-of-a-Kind Amazing Fantasy #15 Comic Panel Card Certified by CGC Trading Cards

This is one of only 15 cards that includes an original panel direct from the pages of a copy of Spider-Man’s debut issue. CGC Trading Cards® has certified a superhero-rare Amazing Fantasy #15 Marvel card that features an original panel direct from the pages of Amazing Fantasy #15. The 1962 Marvel Comics grail is cherished in the comic book world as the issue that introduced Spider-Man. Only 15 comic panel cards were produced for the 2022 Spider-Man Metal Universe set by Upper Deck. Collector L

CSG Certifies High-Grade Mickey Mantle Card

This 1953 Topps #82 Mickey Mantle card is now the Top Pop in the CSG Population Report. Certified Sports Guaranty® (CSG®) has graded a spectacular example of a 1953 Topps #82 Mickey Mantle baseball card. It is graded CSG 6, the highest among the 20 examples in the CSG Population Report. Mickey Mantle played 18 seasons with the New York Yankees. In that time, he won a Gold Glove, was a three-time MVP and helped his team win seven World Series Championships. In 1956, Mantle won the Triple Crown

High-grade Ming Dynasty Note Certified by PMG Offered by Heritage

Hundreds of other Chinese notes graded by PMG are included in the October auction. More than 450 historic banknotes certified by Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) are found in the World Paper Money Showcase Auction presented by Heritage Auctions. Online bidding for the sale, which is focused on Chinese rarities, is open through October 1, 2022. One rare find in this auction is a China Ming Dynasty 1 Kuan graded PMG 55 About Uncirculated EPQ (lot 89023). The PMG Population Report records only three

Trojans rally ahead of Homecoming game

The stands of Portsmouth Colesium were packed with thunderous stomping and cheers as students from Portsmouth High School, Junior High, Elementary, and East Portsmouth Elementary gathered for a district-wide pep rally. “This is the second or third time we’ve done this. It’s just great to see everybody and have everybody together in one place,” said Superintendent Scott Dutey. “We’ve had different theme days all week long and kids dressing up. This is kind of the culmination of all those events.

CSG Makes It Easier to Ship Cards to Us!

Submitters can now prepay for shipping and get a shipping label via the online submission form. Certified Sports Guaranty® (CSG®) is pleased to announce an update to the online submission form that enables submitters to prepay for shipping and print a shipping label, making it more convenient to send cards to CSG for grading. The updated submission form is now accessible at CSG is investing in the card collecting hobby and delivering services that make the collector experience be

Two CGC-graded Batman Grails Each Sell for Over $250,000

The Heritage Auctions sale also saw nine other books certified by CGC sell for six figures. Three comics graded by Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) sold for more than a quarter-million dollars each during Heritage Auctions' Comics and Comic Art Signature Auction on September 8-11, 2022. A Detective Comics #27 graded CGC 7.0 Restored (lot 91041) sold for $384,000; a Fantastic Four #1 graded CGC 9.0 (lot 91044) sold for $288,000; and a Batman #1 graded CGC 3.5 (lot 91035) sold for $264,000. De

CGC-graded Action Comics #1 Sells for a Record $3.4 Million

Soaring to new heights in a private sale, the "Rocket Copy" now holds the record for its title. The “Rocket Copy” of Action Comics #1, which is graded by Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®), has soared to new heights with a private sale of $3.4 million, setting a new record for its title. The deal, which was brokered by Goldin Auctions in conjunction with Metropolis Comics of New York, was announced in September 2022. Action Comics #1 — the 1938 publication that included the premiere of Superma

First X-Men and Thor Stand Out in ComicLink's September Auction

CGC-graded Silver Age books are leading the way in ComicLink's auction ending September 21. Marvel’s Silver Age continues to shine in recent auctions. Many Marvel grails are found in the Select, Key and High-Grade Silver, Bronze and Copper Age Comics sale at ComicLink. The auction begins closing items on September 19 and will end entirely on September 21, 2022. At the forefront is an X-Men #1 graded CGC 5.5, from Marvel Comics in 1963. This issue was the debut of the X-Men team, which included

Gorgeous CSG 9 Playoff Contenders Autographs #144 Tom Brady Card Graces the Grading Room

CSG recently graded this showstopping card and two more highly valuable Brady cards from the 2000 Playoff Contenders set. Certified Sports Guaranty® (CSG®) has graded three more 2000 Playoff Contenders Autographs #144 Tom Brady cards. They include one graded CSG 9 that now sits atop the CSG Population Report, as well as two that are each graded CSG 8.5. All three examples were graded over a one-month stretch in summer 2022. Each also received a grade of CSG 10 for the autograph. Cards in this

Submit Cards to CGC Trading Cards and CSG at Magic 30 in Las Vegas

Get your cards ready to submit at Magic 30, being held in Las Vegas October 28-30. CGC Trading Cards® and Certified Sports Guaranty® (CSG®) are attending the Magic 30 trading card convention at The Expo at World Market Center, Las Vegas, taking place October 28-30, 2022. Company representatives will be accepting submissions, answering questions and providing information on CGC Trading Cards and CSG services. There will also be some awesome swag giveaways and chances to meet — and beat — CGC Tra

Stunning NGC-certified British Crown Among Auction Highlights

An 1853 Septimo Crown stands out in Sovereign Rarities’ September sale. A stunning British Crown leads a group of rare coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Company™ (NGC®) that are being offered in Sovereign Rarities’ Auction 7 on September 21, 2022. The Great Britain 1853 Septimo Crown graded NGC PF 63+ Ultra Cameo (lot 186) has an obverse image of Queen Victoria engraved by William Wyon. The reverse shows crowned cruciform shields and a Latin inscription that translates to: "May God guard

High-grade X-Men #1 Certified by CGC in ComicConnect Sale

The CGC-graded X-Men #1 is easily worth six figures, and it’s being offered alongside other grails, like Action Comics #1, Marvel Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27. In September, collectors have the opportunity to bid on a large number of Golden and Silver Age comics that are graded by Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®), including some of the greatest grails known. First appearances of the X-Men, Superman and Batman are included in ComicConnect Auction #51. From the Silver Age, you’ll find an

Pedigree Comics' Auction Features Hundreds of CGC-certified Copper and Modern Books

Books certified by Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) from the Modern and Copper Ages of comics could strike a pretty penny in the September High-Grade Modern auction presented by Pedigree Comics. The auction is open until September 14, 2022, and includes a spectacular selection of high-grade comics. One star in the auction is a New Mutants #98 graded CGC 9.6 Signature Series, signed by writer Fabian Nicieza. Released by Marvel Comics in 1991, this issue is notable as the first appearance of De
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