Best Pressers in the Industry #1: Maximize Your Comics’ Potential

by $Rico$

Pic-2-1-300x213 Best Pressers in the Industry #1:  Maximize Your Comics’ PotentialIf you collect comic books, you have heard about the art (and science) of pressing comic books.  This is the act of taking a comic book that has existing wrinkles, folds, creases, waviness, non-color breaking ticks or damaged in a way that makes the comic book no longer flat, and basically making it lay flat again.  Now I hope you know what I mean when I say there is an art & science behind this process.  Keep in mind, pressing does not repair all damages, such as water stains, foxing, or color breaking tick marks to the comic, but it does make the comic book more presentable and desirable for certain collectors.  This article will highlight some of the major players in the comic book pressing industry and let you know what you can expect from each presser as far as pricing, turn-around-time (TAT), and customer service.  At the end of the day, The Best Presser in the Industry will be something you will have to decide!

Intro to Comic Pressing

I admit, I buy a lot of comics from thrift stores, flea markets, comic shops, as well comic cons of course, and some of the comics I find are not in the best shape.  They need a little TLC as they say.  That is where pressing comes into play.  I do not consider it restoration, although many collectors do, but that discussion will have to be for another day.  According to the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide (2020), pressing is defined as:

“A term used to describe a variety of processes or procedures, professional and amateur, under which an issue is pressed to eliminate wrinkles, bends, dimples and/or other perceived defects and thus improve its appearance.” 

I have had several different pressers take care of my comic books in my collecting lifetime with exceptional results including CCS, which is an affiliate of CGC.  I wanted to share a list of pressers in the industry who are masters’ in what they do and can help get your collection of comic books up to par.

Classic Collectible Services (CCS) 

Pic-3-1-300x202 Best Pressers in the Industry #1:  Maximize Your Comics’ PotentialYou cannot say CCS without saying CGC.  CCS offers its services in conjunction with CGC, the world’s first and largest third-party comic book grading service, creating a streamlined process that saves submitters both time and money.  I must admit, there is a convenience with submitting your comic books to a one-stop-shop such as CCS/CGC.  That is what I was doing years and years ago but as you can imagine, the process takes longer than expected now as more and more collectors join the hobby and you can find yourself waiting for your comics longer than originally expected.  Customer service is good IMO and they will answer all your questions as needed by either email or calling them directly.  Here is their fee structure (please note the value of the comic plays a significant part in the cost of pressing):

Comics: Quick Press
Max Value per Fee per Item Current TAT
Quick Press (15 book minimum) $200 Modern: $8

Value: $15

46 days

 

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Comics: Pressing
Max Value per Fee per Item Current TAT
Modern (1975-Date) $200 $12 55 days
Value (Pre-1975) $200 $25 55 days
Economy $400 $40 55 days
Standard $1,000 $60 15 days
Express $3,000 $85 10 days
Walk Through Unlimited 2.5% of FMV 10 days

Impressive Comic Books Pressing

Impressive-Comics-300x300 Best Pressers in the Industry #1:  Maximize Your Comics’ PotentialMany collectors have moved on from CCS and went to the realm of independent pressers who are doing their own thing.  A very profitable business for someone to master and enjoy.  Impressive Comic Books Pressing is one such independent presser.  Gary, of Impressive Comic Books Pressing, is a CGC and CBCS dealer as well as facilitator which is extremely helpful when submitting for grading and seeking signatures.  Impressive Comic Books Pressing is also fully insured through Collectibles Insurance which is especially important when submitting high value comics.  Customer service is A+ and often times he will show you before/after pictures of your comics to give you peace of mind.  As you will see, the TAT can oftentimes be cut in half when you go to an independent presser which can benefit the collector in knowing he will get his comic book back in a timely manner.  Here is their fee structure (please note the turnaround time and discount in the cost of pressing compared to CCS):

Processing Tiers:
Types of Submission Turn around Business Days Cost per Book
Modern

1975 to Present

FMV $200 Max

20-25 $12

 

Value

1974 & Older

FMV $200 Max

20-25 $15
Economy

(any age)

FMV $201-$999

20-25 $20
Standard

FMV $1,000+

20-25 $40

Avery Comic Pressing 

Avery-Pressing Best Pressers in the Industry #1:  Maximize Your Comics’ PotentialAnother option you have is Avery Comic Pressing.  Avery Comic Pressing is owned and operated by Joshua Avery.  Avery Comic Pressing is fully insured by collectibles insurance services.  Josh is a CGC, CBCS dealer, and a CBCS facilitator which all can be beneficial to collectors looking for discounts submitting to CGC/CBCS and/or artist signature confirmation.  Avery Comic Pressing customer service is A+ as I believe there is a staff of more than one.  As you will see, Avery Comic Pressing fee structure has less pricing tiers and can be considered cost-effective as there are only two price points to consider when submitting comic books for pressing.  Here is their fee structure:

Pricing
Modern

Complete Press/Dry Cleaning/Spot tacking when needed

Up to $1,000 in FMV | Additional: Books valued over $1,000 Add $5 extra per $1,000

 

$10/ Comic

(1975-Present)

Extended

Complete Press/Dry Cleaning/Spot tacking when needed

Up to $1,000 in FMV | Additional: Books valued over $1,000 Add $5 extra per $1,000

$15/ Comic

(1974-Older)

Magazine

Complete Press/Dry Cleaning/Spot tacking when needed

Up to $1,000 in FMV | Additional: Books valued over $1,000 Add $5 extra per $1,000

$18/ Magazine

(Magazine Size Books)

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As you can see there are many independent pressers you can choose from for your pressing needs, including CCS/CGC.  I only talked about a few here as there are so many independent comic book pressers out there now.  All you need to do is pick one that you are comfortable with and go for it.  Odds are you will be pleasantly surprised.  Often times I will hear about a collector who is upset about a comic grade they have received and state he did not press the comic book, well you only have yourself to be upset with.  A collector is leaving so much money on the table if you do not press your comic books as each grade bump can equal a hefty appreciation in value.  The turnaround time and price per comic book are factors one should think about when choosing a presser.  Good luck comic book junkies, I hope your pressing needs are satisfied and your comic grading goals are reached.  This is a fun hobby, let’s do our best to enjoy it AND PRESERVE THOSE COMICS!

Please share your thoughts and comments you have about Comic Book Pressing.  Have you used any of these Pressers before?  Who else do you recommend in the Comic Pressing Industry?  Do you press your comic books for submission to CGC and grading or just for safekeeping in your collection?  Do you press your comic books?  Please share your experience with Comic Book Pressing and let us know who are the Best Pressers in the Industry are.

 

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18 comments

Matthew July 25, 2020 - 7:59 pm

Captive Audience Comics in southern Ontario offers great cleaning and pressing services along with CGC submissions.

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Richard Guzman July 27, 2020 - 9:15 am

Good to know. Thank you for sharing. I have a few additional pressers I have received from readers that I will include in the 2nd edition of this article. Thanks.

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Jeff Lichtman July 28, 2020 - 6:24 am

Any quality pressers in NYC or Long Island?

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Richard Guzman July 28, 2020 - 4:04 pm

Gary @ Impressive Comics in more upstate NY. If you are looking for something in the city then look no further then Ed Rodriguez (aka erod212) with X-press Comic Book Pressing Service. He can be reached on IG @erod212 or via email at xpresscbp@yahoo.com. He does great work and will include him and some others that were recommended to me through this article in my next article Pt II. Let him know rag718 sent ya !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck.

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John Suter July 28, 2020 - 10:06 pm

Josh and Gary are amongst the best . But you did not ask around there are others that sit amongst the best . There is Dee Pressing Comics- Gregory Defoor – Burt D Mone- Mathew Christensen – Myself = Comic Book Detailing LLC- Comic Book Doctor (of Canada I belive)-Basement Comics(Al Stolz) .There are a lot more people that deserve to be on this list. There are at least 15 people I can think of that press professionally. Professionally meaning that they consistently get the grades up on books by at least .5 + per book and do a minimum of 100 books a week. Most of us have also have thousands of dollars (if not more) invested in equipment and lets not forget time. As far as I know everyone listed above are also registers Business entities. Most of us can be found on Facebook , others on the web.

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Richard Guzman July 29, 2020 - 4:54 pm

Hi John and thank you for commenting. For some reason a lot of readers think this is a ranking article but I distinctly say in the 1st paragraph:

“This article will highlight some of the major players in the comic book pressing industry and let you know what you can expect from each presser as far as pricing, turn-around-time (TAT), and customer service. At the end of the day, The Best Presser in the Industry will be something you will have to decide!”

So I am not sure where they are getting this assumption from. After saying that, if I wrote about every presser in the industry this would be a 500 page article. Ironically, I did expect this kind of response hence the label in the title of the article of #1, meaning I plan on writing a Best Pressers in the Industry #2, #3 and more if need be. There are so many out there, both professionals and amateurs, that do what they do. I do know a few people you mentioned in your response and they will surely be in my next article, including yourself (I hope your website is updated) so please be on the lookout for that. I wish I could do what you do, 100 books per week – wow! ttyl

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Christian July 31, 2020 - 6:47 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience and the recommendations. Do you know of any reputable pressing companies in Texas, preferably Houston?

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Richard Guzman August 2, 2020 - 3:16 pm

Hello and thank you for commenting. I am sure TX has a lot of reputable pressing companies but the goto person and who I hear many good things about is Edwin at Strictly Comics – Comic Book Cleaning & Pressing Service based out of Houston. He can be reached via FB @strictlycomix where he shows many before and after pictures as well as by email at strictlycomix@gmail.com. He is also on IG @strictlycomix. Let him know I sent ya!!! Good luck.

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Daniel Genest August 5, 2020 - 3:34 pm

Here’s one of the greatest one I know personally:Dennis Shafer at https://www.comicbookpressingservice.com/submit-your-comics/ From what I heard from a LOT of people he’s simply one of the best.In fact he studied for document preservation but decided to shift from that to comic book pressing as he was also a collector.Why ONLY from what I heard? Because I didn’t wanted to lie and say I had used his services as I NEVER sended books to be pressed.And I have 10 000’s of thousands of books-BUT am on the verge of doing it.Will send 50 books soon including books like Giant Size X-Men 1…..and WHO do you think will do my treasures??????? Dennis without a doubt !!!!!

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Richard Guzman August 5, 2020 - 3:58 pm

Thanks for the recommendation Daniel. Much appreciated. I plan on doing another Part II for this article as I have received many more comic book pressers that I need to mention for everybody. Stay tuned for that in the next 5-10 days. I hope the website is up to date, as that is my main source for reference. Again, thank you, and good luck with your 50 book submission, that sounds like fun!

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Richard Guzman September 8, 2020 - 3:59 pm

Daniel – Well Dennis Shafer hasn’t responded to any of my multiple texts I sent because the Comic Book Pressing Service website DOES NOT provide an email address ONLY a cell number to communicate via text if needed. I sent a text to confirm his email and I’m still waiting………… we’ll see what happens. Regardless, I included CBPS in my Best Pressers in the Industry Pt II scheduled for release 9/14, I hope that was the right move. I hope the comic book responses to clients are better then normal text responses. More to follow ………………

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Daniel Genest September 15, 2020 - 12:11 am

He’s known to be very communicative and send photos to update you on his work.Those who send books will be glad they did !!!!

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Terry August 12, 2020 - 5:40 pm

Highly recommended – Susan Cicconi at The Restoration Labs: https://www.therestorationlab.com/page.php?page_id=8

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Richard Guzman August 12, 2020 - 5:54 pm

Good to know. Thanks for sharing. I plan on doing a sequel to this article with all the additional recommendations. Stay tuned!!

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Daniel Genest August 17, 2020 - 7:27 pm

Isn’t Miss Cicconi a restauration-excuse me THE restauration expert??? Not saying she wouldn’t be able to press……just that she has her own level of expertise where she is a Legend.

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Richard Guzman August 18, 2020 - 12:41 pm

Interesting. Never heard of Miss Cicconi but definitely worth checking out more now. Thanks for sharing, I will have to include this info in my next article, restoration is an entirely different concept when comparing it to pressing but it definitely worth talking about in the comic book community.

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Jimi September 14, 2020 - 8:19 am

Hear anything on hero restoration? Are they any good?

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Richard Guzman September 14, 2020 - 9:17 am

I have not heard of Hero Restoration or has anybody commented about them. I did some research on Restoration Lab and you should be able to read that article today at 12pm EST on the GoCollect website. Might be a solid alternative if you are looking. Thx

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