Convention organisers ReedPOP and leading comic book grading and slabbing company Certified Guaranty Company, or CGC, have signed an exclusive agreement for C2E2 and Emerald City Comicon to be the official onsite comic grading service at shows through 2019.
It hasn't been uncommon for comic book graders to set up shop at shows, and bring their graders and slabbers along with them, letting people turn up with their comics books to have their mintness measured, noted and then kept under plastic for all eternity, there and then, rather than having to mail their items in and pray to the gods of UPS that all will be well.
But this deal will give CGC a greater dominance over a growing field of grading and slabbing at both these major comic book culture events for some time to come. And will also ensure a service that C2E2 and ECCC can promise to their attendees with a prominence to match.
Will other shows counter with their own exclusive deals? Will CGC expand these kind of deals to other shows? Have the slab wars begun?
C2E2 takes place April 21-23 in the South Building at McCormick Place in Chicago, while Emerald City Comicon is March 2-5 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.