I imagine I feel like a kid just after Thanksgiving because Christmas is about a month later and that is the time between now and Wizard World 2011. Philadelphia is hosting this event at the Philadelphia Convention Center on Arch St. This will be my fifth year in a row I will be attending. As I did in past years I requested these days off way back in January. This is also when I start saving for the “Con” because not only are there so many books to purchase, and so many signatures to get, but because I know CGC will be there. If you don’t know who or what CGC is you should either Google them or look for future articles by me coming soon to Comicbooked.com but until then please bear with me.

I could talk about Wizard World 2011 but after co-writer and fellow Philadelphian Nick C did such an inspiring job I will not and cannot compete with that, but I can add the one thing he did not mention and I wonder if he did this on purpose so I could be allowed the pleasure (and I say pleasure like Paul Bethany in A Knight’s Tale) to tell you CGC themselves will be there in all their glory. I thank him for this. CGC attends many conventions throughout the year but only a select few do they have on-site grading.

I blame Wizard World for why I am collecting books graded by CGC since I purchased my first one there. I only bought it because it was a 9.8, a grade I originally thought was impossible to get. I was wrong. A 9.8 isn’t impossible but very desirable.  The next year I brought some of my own books to handoff to the CGC graders, including a copy of ASM #129 but I wasn’t enthralled until April 2009 at the Philadelphia Comic Con when I bought my copy of New Mutants #1 in a 9.8. From there I immersed myself in the grading aspect of collecting comic books.

Since I joined CGC and the registry with a paid membership I am allowed to send my books directly to them for grading so I will not be bringing any comic books to Wizard World for this reason. I will however be bringing some of my already graded copies of New Mutants so I can have the amazing illustrious Bill Sienkiewicz sign them and have the books not only be graded but part of the signature series (Warning: books are not guaranteed to receive the same grade).

Are you still unsure of CGC? Maybe I can change your mind, maybe I can’t but at the very least I would like to at least inform you a bit more. I will have three articles written exclusively for comic book.com about CGC and PGX, (both are third party grading companies) in preparation for the convention. The first one entitled CGC and PGX should already be available. I can be reached at CGCLee@comicbooked.com or @CGCLee on Twitter. Any other questions you may have when you get to the show make sure to check CGC’s booth out. Let them know you heard about them and want to know what they can offer you, just make sure to let them know you heard about them from Comicbooked.com.

Thanks for reading

CGCLee