Testing the New CBCS Slabs

by Matt Tuck

CBCS-logo-300x300 Testing the New CBCS SlabsCBCS has revamped its slabs and labels, but will it be enough to put the company ahead of CGC? Come along for the journey as I give the new CBCS a try.


The first slabs I ever received were from CBCS. I had attended the Huntsville, Alabama, Comic & Pop Culture Expo. Chris Claremont was signing autographs, and I had my comics witnessed by the good people of CBCS. From there, I did not have the greatest of experiences. It took a ridiculously long time and several email exchanges with customer support before my comics were delivered.

Iron-Fist-14-CBCS-slab-1-191x300 Testing the New CBCS SlabsWhile I was waiting for CBCS, I submitted comics through CGC, and it was a much better experience overall. The turnaround time was quicker, and the slab and label looked professional. I had been looking to display my signed comics, and these were fit for viewing.

When my CBCS slabs arrived, the cases were looked like they were pieces of thin, flimsy plastic. After that, I decided to stop doing business with CBCS. From my perspective, I could pay basically the same price for witnessing and grading and get a faster turnaround and a higher quality case from CGC. The choice was clear, and I have not submitted another comic to CBCS in three years.


In October 2017, Beckett Media announced the acquisition of CBCS, and the parent company promised to listen to fans to improve the grading experience. Apparently, Beckett was not kidding. They recently announced that CBCS’ old, cloudy slabs were being upgraded. Not only that, but the company has touted a better turnaround time in its newsletters.

X-Men-1-CBCS-Slab-2-194x300 Testing the New CBCS SlabsA better quality slab is very appealing to me. When I look at my graded comics, the CGC slabs look much better. Most comic dealers will testify that generally speaking, CGC-graded books bring a higher value than CBCS. Personally, I think much of that can be attributed to the quality of the slabs.

Supposedly, CBCS has created a case that can rival and possibly overshadow those from CGC. According to a recent newsletter, “Our new comic book holder is clearer than before with improved security. Our case is now sonically sealed on all sides, eliminating the need for clips to close our case.”

Out of curiosity, I decided to give CBCS another go. I will report back with updates as the process moves along.


I have been waiting for an opportunity to have some of my early Silver Surfer and Spider-Man comics slabbed, so, on July 29, I sent Silver Surfer #1 and Venom #3 to CBCS. I opted for the fast track as well as clean and press for both comics. My total ended up being $145 for grading, pressing, fast track, and shipping. For that amount, I am expecting a professional-looking slab.

X-Men-141-CBCS-slab-1-194x300 Testing the New CBCS SlabsWhen I get these back, I will blog about it with pictures of the new slabs. In the meantime, post pics of the new and improved CBCS slabs in the comments section.

For the newbies out there who need more information on grading, check out my previous posts, “To Grade or Not to Grade?” and “The Label Cheat Sheet.”


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spidertim August 16, 2020 - 1:47 pm

you are going to be dissapointed if you submitted the comics for pressing before slabbing! Highly dissapointed with the TAT’s

Matt Tuck August 16, 2020 - 9:16 pm

What’s your estimate?

James August 17, 2020 - 1:23 am

If you want the pressing, I would recommend you email them and request them to ship your books back. I emailed my books out in May and last I heard they are just now getting Around to pressing books submitted in October/ November. I have requested mine to be sent back. I will still use them for regular submissions, but pressing is a no-go until they get their act together.

Matt Tuck August 17, 2020 - 5:32 pm

That is ridiculous. I did go with the fast press, so I wonder if that will shave much time off?

Brad August 17, 2020 - 9:25 am

I was told expect 8 months for pressing on my last submission.

Matt Tuck August 17, 2020 - 5:33 pm

That’s just sad.

Matt Tuck August 17, 2020 - 5:31 pm

I opted for the fast press, so we’ll see if that helps any. How long did it take to get your pressed by CBCS?

Mark August 17, 2020 - 9:35 am

You should contact them and change to fast press to get out of the regular queue for pressing. Pressing times are outrageously long time. Not talking a few weeks behind…

Matt Tuck August 17, 2020 - 5:34 pm

I opted for fast press when I submitted them. We’ll see how much it helps.

Tony C August 17, 2020 - 3:59 pm

In my opinion, until the market is equal on CBCS and CGC (which may never happen) then you are leaving money on the table when you get a CBCS slab.

Matt Tuck August 17, 2020 - 5:36 pm

That is a valid point. I’m not looking to sell these two comics, so this is an experiment. Yes, it is true that CGC comics tend to sell for more than CBCS.

Scott McFadden August 30, 2020 - 5:46 pm

I submitted three books and shipped them on August 19th. The books – Amazing Spider-Man #101, Strange Tales #180 and Captain Marvel (1968) #1. They were received by CBCS and graded by the following Wednesday and I received them on August 29th. These were the first books I’ve ever submitted to either CBCS or CGC so I didn’t know what to expect. I think they look great though, and overall, I’m pleased with the experience.

Matt Ames April 14, 2021 - 11:58 pm

Hey, but let’s talk about the quality of the GRADING. I am going to try CBCS because I feel I have been repeatedly screwgied by CGC. Talk about leaving money on the table! They TOOK IT OFF my table!


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