Here are some of the most commonly asked questions people have about comic book pressing and CFP’s service offerings. If your question is not answered below, please feel free to Contact Us directly to ask. We will get back to you as quickly as we can!
The short answer is yes, but with CGC phasing out the paper forms, CFP Comics will have to fill out the on-line submission for you. Obviously, this will take time, which will result in a nominal fee being charged per submission. Information regarding the charges is still pending. CFP Comics wants to offer it’s customers the very best experience associated submitting books for pressing and then forwarding them on to CGC for you. The cost benefits of submitting under our account will still outweigh any cost associated with completing the paperwork for you, and it will speed up the return process resulting in books being shipped directly from CGC to your door.
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It is easy! Just start a new order by visiting theÂ Submit BooksÂ page and fill out the submission form. Specify the books you are sending, your contact information, and any other details you want to provide. Once you have submitted the forms for CFP and the grading company (CGC or CBCS), pack the books securely and mail them to us at:
Please read the following instructions regarding payment and when books will be entered into the CFP queue.
- Payment must accompany all CFP submissions. Books will not be processed until payment is received.
- All the necessary paperwork must accompany the books.
- A phone number or email address must accompany al submission.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us atÂ 407-474-7718.
Turnaround times are listed on the home page. Depending on where we are in the convention season they can range from 3-6 weeks. I do not have a fast track service and it is based on a first in, first out system.
Once a book has been pressed it will sit for 7 days to make sure no reversion has taken place. If a book had heavy creases or waves the book may need to get hit one additional time. Usually the second pressing removes any remaining issues and the books can be sent to the graders. I do this so your books leave my office in the best shape possible.
I go down to the grading companies a few times a month. Please keep in mind I bring the books down with no additional cost to you. This may take up to two weeks depending when your books are processed in the schedule and when my last trip was.
If you are unwilling to wait the additional time I can always ship the to the grading company for you. Please email me for the details.
For the regular tiers of service the following is included along with the pressing.
- Dry cleaning
- Spot and tacking iron work
- Full book press
- Quick restoration check. I do not claim to be an expert but I do catch most of what comes across myÂ desk
- If the book needs to be pressed again it will be done at no additional cost
For the quick press service the following is included.
- Full book press only
- Quick restoration check
Yes, if you feelÂ we missed something and would likeÂ us to review the book or books, please send them back in with a note mentioning what you were unhappy with. After review, if something was missed it will be taken care of at no additional charge to you.
The Quick Press Tier is for books that just need a one and done press. It is for very clean books that do not require dry cleaning or extensive work with the tacking iron before the full book press.
Only stipulations with the quick press are listed below.
- Moderns qualify if they are valued under $100.00
- Pre-1975 books under $150.00 in value qualify
- If I determine the book does not qualify for the quick press option I will email you before doing any work on the book.
- This is not a fast track option. It is a cheaper alternative for books that are in need of very little work to begin with.
The answer is…it depends. If it is a high dollar book I would recommend going with Mylites and Full Backs. For everything else I would just recommend a regular comic bag with at least two backing boards. Sending books in without backing boards, or sending books in golden age bags with modern backing boards could cause shifting while the books are in transit to us, which might result in tears or impact dents to the corners of the book. You dont want the book too snug, or too lose, so please use the appropriate bags and boards.
The best way to contact us is via email. Emails are usually replied to within 24 hours.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pressing, over the years has shared the spotlight with restoration when it comes to receiving attention from the hobby.
Pressing is a process that can raise the grade of a comic by removing small defects using non-restorative techniques.
Everyone has their own reason for submitting books to be pressed; higher monetary value is not always the factor.
In general you want to secure the comic(s) in between two pieces of cardboard that extend well beyond the edges of the book and place it in a sturdy box filling any additional space with absorbing packing material such as packing peanuts.
An extremely detailed thread on how to pack your books for shipping can be foundÂ here.
We are open 9 to 5 Monday-Friday. The best way to contact us after hours is via e-mail.
Phone calls will be returned at our earliest convenience. The best way to get ahold of us is via e-mail at email@example.com
Pre-screening is now handled by the grading company when you fill out the appropriate forms.. You no longer need to pay CFP Comics for this part of the service.
Yes. A Signature Series book can be pressed if the original book is witnessed by CBCS or CGC when it is removed from the old case and resubmitted directly back with the old tag.
No, pressing a book does not guarantee it will come back a higher grade. Since grading is subjective and the book could have been overgraded to begin with even though pressable defects are present,Â there is no way to guarantee any improvements to the visual appeal of the book will result in a higher technical grade. CFP Comics does not guarantee a grade bump if a book is pressed.
Neither CBCS or CGC considers pressing or dry cleaning to be restoration and books pressed by CFP will not receive a restored label as a result of the process.
Fees are determined primarily by what you select when creating your invoice. On rare ocassions an incorrect amount is selected and the invoice amount has to be ammended before the books are sent for grading. This could be an increase in the total owed, or it could mean a partial refund because too much was paid up front. Changes have been made in the way shipping and insurance is selected, but bear in mind many variables can result in a different charge compared to what was originally paid.
Many books will see an increase in value after being pressed. The difference in value from 9.4 to 9.6 or 4.5 to 5.0 for select Golden or Silver age books could be worth the cost of our pressing service.
Below is a list of what would be considered “bad” defects that a pressing would not be able to improve on:
- Color-breaking creases
- Water Stains
- Color Touch
- Rusty Staples
- Color fading
- Popped/detached staples
- Missing pieces
Here is a small list of what would be considered good defects to look for when deciding if a book is a pressing candidate:
- Non-color breaking creases
- Spine roll
- Bends due to improper storage