I am an American and have lived in Ireland since 2005 and I have been collecting comics since the age of 9. At the time, it was just Spider-man. Then, around 1980, yes I am that old, I went to my first comic convention. At the age of 13, I realised that this could be a good money-making hobby and started buying other books. Long story short, I have been collecting and investing since then.
I am one of 2 dealers in Ireland registered with CGC. As you may know, CGC is a 3rd party grading company that grades raw books and encapsulates them. It has taken me several years of submitting books to both CGC and PGX (another 3rd party grading company) in order to grade to their standards.
I regularly submit books to CGC to be graded so if you would like a book encapsulated, I’m your man! A CGC, PGX or CBCS graded book that is 9.4 or better will command much higher prices than a raw book in the same grade. Because they are third party companies that specialise in grading comics, they have basically set and defined the standard of grading in the comic industry. You know what you’re getting when you buy one of these books and they are permanently sealed to maintain the grade. It completely removes the subjectivity of grading.
During my attendance at conventions, I love to engage with other passionate collectors in order to learn and share knowledge. I also enjoy guiding the future generation of collectors through the very exciting world of comic books.