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Twist

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« on: 09-07-2011 00:23 »

Has anyone had their figures graded?  I'm about to cop the money to have my non-display figures graded.  Gonna send off Glorious Golden Bender first to see how it goes then go from there.
nacirema

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« Reply #1 on: 09-07-2011 04:27 »

where do you get them graded? and do they come back with a certificate?
Twist

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« Reply #2 on: 09-07-2011 14:16 »

http://www.toygrader.com/
nacirema

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« Reply #3 on: 09-07-2011 20:22 »

oh man, that seems worth it.
Twist

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« Reply #4 on: 09-07-2011 21:33 »

oh man, that seems worth it.
It actually ups the value of your figures.
nacirema

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« Reply #5 on: 09-07-2011 22:21 »

i could see why.

but all of my figures are in the packages, so how'd they do it?
Twist

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« Reply #6 on: 09-07-2011 22:54 »
« Last Edit on: 09-07-2011 23:05 »

They can make custom acrylic cases to put your packaged figures in after they are done grading.  I'm going to be sending off one of my Glorious Golden Benders first to see how it goes, then I'm going to do my Moore figures because they are more rare.  Then I'll do all of my Zoidbergs.

This would only be worth it for figures you plan on never  taking out of packages, or loose figures that really rare, such as Robot Devil, or Star Wars if you're into those.

They even give you a custom serial number that they log into their website for people to check the authenticity of your figure.  Such as this figure I have  Note: Figures receiving a perfect ten is very, very rare.  
nacirema

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« Reply #7 on: 09-08-2011 06:01 »
« Last Edit on: 09-08-2011 06:04 »

i might do it for my MAC fighres, i got all the carded ones.

still haven't figured out why they put the swimsuit leela in a box. i much rather perfer my carded version as you can see her stand and accessories.

let me know how much your benders gonna cost and i'll see from there.
Twist

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« Reply #8 on: 10-01-2011 02:42 »
« Last Edit on: 10-01-2011 04:02 »










Here is my Glorious Golden Bender I had graded.
nacirema

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« Reply #9 on: 10-01-2011 05:45 »

how much did that cost?

with shippin, etc.
dano

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« Reply #10 on: 10-01-2011 10:22 »

why isn't the figure a 100 ?
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #11 on: 10-01-2011 13:37 »

I'm not sure if I understand this, I thought sealed in the box was mint condition hmpf...
spira

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« Reply #12 on: 10-01-2011 14:32 »

From what I gathered poking around their website, anything over 8.5 is considered "mint". They just get extremely picky above that score. I don't know what they knocked off Twist's figure for, but they say the point of that is so that people who have extremely wonderfully, not-flawed-at-ALL in any way, shape, or form, get really rare recognition. But most collectors are okay with anything in that "mint" range.
Twist

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« Reply #13 on: 10-01-2011 15:21 »

how much did that cost?

with shippin, etc.
I paid for a bunch of extra features (like cleaning, pictures, etc) that were unnecessary an I paid around $90.  I think if you went with the basic bare minimum, you could get by at around $50-$60
Twist

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« Reply #14 on: 10-01-2011 15:25 »

From what I gathered poking around their website, anything over 8.5 is considered "mint". They just get extremely picky above that score. I don't know what they knocked off Twist's figure for, but they say the point of that is so that people who have extremely wonderfully, not-flawed-at-ALL in any way, shape, or form, get really rare recognition. But most collectors are okay with anything in that "mint" range.
Yea.  100 is reserved for the super rare completely un-flawed figures.  A 90 is considered mint, and most collectors are fine with that range.  If I go to sell this in 20 years the re-sale value will be a considerable amount more. 
DannyJC13

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« Reply #15 on: 10-01-2011 16:03 »

Say you have a figure that's a 100, wouldn't it get damaged in the mail?

I imagine it's next to impossible to get a 100 for your figure. hmpf Unless you send it in earthquake/bullet/fire/lava/water/lightning-proof packaging. tongue
Twist

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« Reply #16 on: 10-01-2011 16:14 »

Say you have a figure that's a 100, wouldn't it get damaged in the mail?

I imagine it's next to impossible to get a 100 for your figure. hmpf Unless you send it in earthquake/bullet/fire/lava/water/lightning-proof packaging. tongue
Not if you package it correctly.  And yes it is almost impossible to get a 100 on a figure across the board (all three scores).  I have a Star Wars figure that's graded 100 though smile
nacirema

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« Reply #17 on: 10-01-2011 19:19 »

so you're saying just because yours has been graded it'll be worth more than the one i have which is unopened and not graded?

and i'd have to throw out a stack to get all my figures done? hmm, may be worth it when i get my tax money.
Twist

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« Reply #18 on: 10-01-2011 19:38 »
« Last Edit on: 10-01-2011 19:43 »

so you're saying just because yours has been graded it'll be worth more than the one i have which is unopened and not graded?

and i'd have to throw out a stack to get all my figures done? hmm, may be worth it when i get my tax money.


It'll absolutely be worth ALOT more money because it's graded and encased in a UV protected acrylic case.  It not only proves the figure is authentic, it'll protect it from getting dented, scratched, etc over the course of the years that I have it.  It's already upped the value by at least $100 now.  Imagine what it'll be worth in 20 years when this figure will be even more scarce.  

For example, if you were to go on EBAY and look for an authentic Star Wars figure, lets say of Chewbacca.  If you find one that's unopened, but in not graded/encased such as this.  It's not worth nearly as much as this one.  

Mind you, this is only worth it if you don't plan on opening your figures and are a "serious" collector and want your figures to grow in value over the years.  If you wanted to do ALL your Futurama figures it'll probably set you back about $1000-$1500 to do the entire lot.  I'm going to do all of them eventually, but I'm going to start out on all the "rare" ones first.  Then do the other ones at a later date.  If you do a few at a time it won't be that bad.
dano

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« Reply #19 on: 10-01-2011 19:43 »

i meant the figure itself, i notice they have three grades. box,window, figure ,the figure has never been touched so why doesn't it receive a 100 ? 
Twist

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« Reply #20 on: 10-01-2011 19:45 »

i meant the figure itself, i notice they have three grades. box,window, figure ,the figure has never been touched so why doesn't it receive a 100 ? 
  Because they look for imperfections on the figure itself.  The figure would have to be completely flawless to receive a 100.   100 is reserved for only the best of the best figures.  A 90 is not bad by any means.  It's still regarded as "mint".
nacirema

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« Reply #21 on: 10-01-2011 22:19 »

like i said, whenever i get my tax moneys i will be getting them all done, at once. parting it out would take entirely too long.

tho i don't collect my figures for their worth. i'm not opening them, but it goes without saying.

i'll start with my MAC figures first, cuz those're becoming ever so harder to find now a days. infact i rarely see a carded leela swimsuit on ebay.

how do they display opened figures?
Twist

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« Reply #22 on: 10-01-2011 22:35 »
« Last Edit on: 10-02-2011 00:04 »

They do loose figures like this

If you need any help when you go to fill out the forms just let me know.  It took me a little while to figure it out, but I got it down now.   Are you in UK, or US?

I'm sending out most of my rare figures on Monday including the Moore figures.  I still don't have a carded Swimsuit Leela frown
nacirema

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« Reply #23 on: 10-02-2011 00:11 »

i live in des moines, iowa.

let me know how much the MAC figures are, without pictures and all that jazz.
Professor Zoidy

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« Reply #24 on: 10-02-2011 00:12 »

Hoo boy, I'd love to get some of my stuff graded and forever sealed in acrylic cases. I've saved several Hot Wheels in package and I've gotten two Star Wars figures with excellent packaging, which even has the tabs still in place! Heck, I need to get my comics graded too. I've got some decently "rare" comics I suppose I'd like to get sealed beyond the typical protective bags.
nacirema

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« Reply #25 on: 10-02-2011 00:18 »

twist..just let me know with shipping how much your MAC figures cost you. and let me get the measurments.

i wana start out with the first line of figures before i get into toynami.
Twist

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« Reply #26 on: 10-02-2011 01:11 »

twist..just let me know with shipping how much your MAC figures cost you. and let me get the measurments.

i wana start out with the first line of figures before i get into toynami.
Ok will do.  It usually takes about a week for them to get the figures and give you the final price because sometimes they have to make custom cases if they don't have a pre-set case for it.  Also, I usually opt for the extras (like cleaning, photos, etc).
nacirema

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« Reply #27 on: 10-02-2011 01:17 »

cleaning?

what all can they do to it?
Twist

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« Reply #28 on: 10-02-2011 01:33 »
« Last Edit on: 10-02-2011 01:36 »

cleaning?

what all can they do to it?
They take their time and clean the entire box from dust, smudges etc.  It only cost $3 to do it, but I tend to go for it because alot of my figures collect dust over time.  Also, they can take photos for documentation that goes into their index (mainly for authentication purposes).  Um, you can opt to go with better cases as well.  So there are different upgrades you can buy.  I can't seem to remember them all at the moment.

On a different topic.  I found a complete set of I-Men on Ebay today smile Paid a little more than I wanted to for them, but they were in mint condition.
nacirema

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« Reply #29 on: 10-02-2011 02:52 »

you paid 300 bucks for 'em.

raaaaape.
Twist

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« Reply #30 on: 10-02-2011 04:02 »
« Last Edit on: 10-02-2011 04:14 »

you paid 300 bucks for 'em.

raaaaape.
Meh, it was a steal if you ask me...ain't going to find a complete set in that good of condition anywhere.  Besides, I make enough money & I don't have kids to spend it on, soooo I spend it on me  roll eyes

Also, the preliminary invoice for seven Moore figures (2 Chef Benders, 1 Regular Bender, 1 Fry, 1 Swimsuit Leela, 1 Planet Express, and 1 8inch Nibbler figure) was $596.  Now this will probably change due to the size of the Nibbler figure which will most likely require a custom acrylic case.  So there is a chance the number will go up.  This is with me picking a few extra optional things that you're don't have to pay for.
x.Bianca.x

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« Reply #31 on: 10-02-2011 04:41 »

What the hell do you even do with these things. Do you just set them up around the house as people would with paintings, or do you just keep them in your closet for 20 years until you can sell them off?
Especially if you buy them so expensively already..what do you even use them for..?
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #32 on: 10-02-2011 13:42 »

I thought of a flaw in all this, you could leave your graded 90 Bender on the sunny windowsill for 20 years and not open it, but the packaging would be all faded and a potential buyers trust in that score would be broken...
Twist

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« Reply #33 on: 10-02-2011 14:08 »
« Last Edit on: 10-02-2011 14:13 »

What the hell do you even do with these things. Do you just set them up around the house as people would with paintings, or do you just keep them in your closet for 20 years until you can sell them off?
Especially if you buy them so expensively already..what do you even use them for..?
no no Leave us to our hording.........Actually, I do display them I suppose as you would a painting (except my wife forces me to display them in my man-cave).  I don't just stuff them in my closet and never look at them. 





I thought of a flaw in all this, you could leave your graded 90 Bender on the sunny windowsill for 20 years and not open it, but the packaging would be all faded and a potential buyers trust in that score would be broken...
Most of these cases have UV protection, but you're right.  This is not without potential flaws...
Twist

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« Reply #34 on: 10-02-2011 16:24 »

Here is the grading report as to why the figure didn't receive a 100 grade.



nacirema

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« Reply #35 on: 10-02-2011 19:35 »

you don't have an original MAC leela?

but you do have the nibbler, awesome. i've always wanted one of those. but that's probably why it's almost 600 right? cuz i just have the carded figures.
Twist

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« Reply #36 on: 10-02-2011 20:00 »
« Last Edit on: 10-02-2011 20:02 »

you don't have an original MAC leela?

but you do have the nibbler, awesome. i've always wanted one of those. but that's probably why it's almost 600 right? cuz i just have the carded figures.

Most are around $250 I think.

Yea I have an original MAC Leela, but the bubble on it has alot of yellowing.  I"m trying to find one that doesn't have that problem.  

I just don't have a carded Swimsuit Leela.  Those are very hard to find.  I do have the boxed Swimsuit Leela though.  

I got the entire lot (Fry, Bender, 8 inch Nibbler, Planet Express Ship, and Swimsuit Leela) for $295.  
nacirema

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« Reply #37 on: 10-03-2011 03:34 »

i got fry, leela, bender, ship, chef bender, and swimsuit leela...for $120.

all carded.

but anywho, let me know how it goes..cuz i'd rather start with the rare carded MAC figures than start with toynamis. from watchin ebay oer the past four years the first three series are the ones that're worth money. oh and the exclusives. after the first three series came and went the latter series are just worth what you bought them for.
Twist

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« Reply #38 on: 10-05-2011 23:44 »
« Last Edit on: 10-06-2011 00:02 »

you paid 300 bucks for 'em.

raaaaape.
Also, I just got these in the mail today and I must say they were worth every damn penny.  The cards were in perfect condition on all the I-Men except one had a very minor crease.  The bubble/plastic is in perfect condition, with no scratches or anything. All in all, they look like they were just pulled off the shelf.   So I'm happy with my purchase. big grin
generalszabo
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« Reply #39 on: 10-08-2011 19:52 »

Sorry to kind of hijack this but out of interest, how much could I sell my carded Swimsuit Leela for? Is eBay the best place? Also I have the other MAC (except Nibbler) all carded, how much would it increase the value to have them professionally graded, say for example they came back with a grade of 70?

Many thanks for any feedback!
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