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Hi everyone!

I have a 1977 Darth Vader action figure still in the original packaging. There is a little wear on the corners of the cardboard and a very slight crease to the cardboard, but it's in pretty good shape.

My question is whether it's worth getting it AFA (Action Figure Authority) graded if I plan to sell it. The reason I ask is because it looks like it will cost about $100 to do so between grading, shipping, and the plastic case they put it in. I check eBay and see them going for all sorts of prices but lets just say its worth $300 as is. Will grading add to the value if it's just someone on eBay bidding on it?

If you need more information, I can provide it.

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Mark
 
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Hi everyone!

I have a 1977 Darth Vader action figure still in the original packaging. There is a little wear on the corners of the cardboard and a very slight crease to the cardboard, but it's in pretty good shape.

My question is whether it's worth getting it AFA (Action Figure Authority) graded if I plan to sell it. The reason I ask is because it looks like it will cost about $100 to do so between grading, shipping, and the plastic case they put it in. I check eBay and see them going for all sorts of prices but lets just say its worth $300 as is. Will grading add to the value if it's just someone on eBay bidding on it?

If you need more information, I can provide it.

Thanks,
Mark
If you are selling on ebay, yes it pays to sell graded vs ungraded unless it will get a 65 or below
 
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Depends on the extent of the wear and creasing. Sounds like it could be a 75 or 80 at best, but without taking a look at some clear pictures it's difficult to say. Can you upload some clear pictures? If its lower than a 70 then it's not worth grading unless its a rare piece.
 
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you also have to factor in the risk of it getting damaged in shipping both to and from AFA. More and more figures are popping through their fragile bubbles these days.

I agree with eightball, pictures are required before we can determine if it's worth grading.
 
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maybe your better off listing him on the classified board here?
 
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Thanks everyone. I'll try to put up some pictures here. I think we're on the same page. If it's not super valuable, then the cost of appraisal eats up much of the value. I did worry about shipping but figured there isn't much way around it. I reached out to this guy: http://www.americastoyscout.com/ because he'll be in our area in the next several weeks. Anyone got an opinion on him?
 
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The guy is a scum bag... if you'd like to get the lowest possible price, he's your man.
 
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Thanks for the feedback on the Toy Scout guy. I was a bit skeptical and apparently my fears were confirmed. It seems to kind of be the same way with those people on TV that go into homes and offer cents on the dollar for antiques and collectibles.

Anyway, I finally took a couple pictures. They are just cell phone shots and I didn't focus in on specific areas, but I'm interested in what you all think. I'll post them as soon as I figure out how to do so.
 
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Not worth grading , lucky to score a 60. Keep it or sell as is .
Thanks. Taking pictures was actually the closest I had looked at it in quite a while. The decision comes down to whether I save it for my nephew or just sell it.
 
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Give it to your nephew .
Not quite yet. He's a little too destructive. My sister advises me not to even give him the Star Wars Galaxy magazines yet.

I may give him the old Escape from the Death Star board game, now though....
 
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I don't have an image hosting account that will let me link directly to a JPG, so I uploaded a front and back image to the photo galleries on this site. If it works, here is the link to the gallery: http://forum.rebelscum.com/photogallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=67973



They are still AFA grade worthy. In fact, there are many many many AFA pieces out there sporting 50 and 60 grades and collectors do want them, they are in demand. By getting them AFA graded, you add a new dimenson to your collecting hobby and you really are helping other collectors feel inspired, that their MOCs, their MISB, no matter the condition, can be AFA graded. Plus, AFA is the most respected and well recognized toy grading agency in the world.
 
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You're not going to increase value on that by grading as the condition is too low. There is no high demand for low graded figures. No one's going to be inspired by you or the low grade figure. Just buy a case and put it in, enjoy.
 
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