I like CGC first and foremost, the protection of my magazine; Also, It does not leave me guessing the condition of my magazine. Secondly, there is a census report that tells us the most popular submitted National Geographic magazine along with highest obtained grade. Thinking about submitting to CGC? There is a backlog over 180 business days with a fee of $32-$40 depending on year. Is it worth it? I like engineering sets. CGC enables me to build a set from a year that I particularly like and assemble a median grade of the overall set. This makes collecting more fun and challenging. Again, I am not afiliated with any organization nor do I receive any type of commission. I am sharing my collecting strategy for others to see, also what its to come in the future. Comments are open.
It is only good if you want to profiteer from them in the future (highly unlikely, since it is not valuable at all). Otherwise it's a waste. Can't even look at the magazine and leaf thru them.
That is the beauty of it. I can obtain a copy for nearly free, second hand to read and not worry about destroying it. The fact that there is such an abundance of them, I want to have a nice collection to preserve. I am not doing this for profit. There is a downside to this and I warn anybody, it would not be worthy to send in a magazine you might think is high end condition. Lets say it looks perfect and you spend $50 getting it graded, but you failed to see the writing inside the cover, or a bend in a page, or a stain the on reverse, etc.... Your magazine comes back in a 5 or even lower. Was it worth it? Negative. This is why I opened this discussion so that people who have thousands of magazines and want to preserve their beautiful artwork or personal interest do not get burned. If you have a very nice magazine, it is worth more grade and authenticated by a third party. If profit is what you are after, go for it. I will say it is a challenge to obtain high end Nat Geo magazines although there are millions of copies. I personally want to put these up for my children one day. To each his own. Will they ever be worth anything? Maybe not. But at least I know what I got.
If I was a profiteer, I would be working secretly behind closed doors snagging all the great condition magazines before anyone caught on. This is not the case. If you are a collector and may be sitting on a gold mine of mint condition mags, maybe this forum could benefit you. Not I. You are welcome.
I also concur that this magazine in the picture (9.2)cost me nothing. I spent $32. I could probably sell it for a $100 or $200. I don't want to do that. But, had I kept it on the shelf and not sent it in, picked it up a few times, then it becomes an 8.5. Do you understand where I am coming from now?