QUESTION Sending in figures to AFA

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I have never sent anything in to be graded. I recently acquired a couple nice carded figures that I think will get a decent grade. My question is, is it a pain in the butt to send stuff in to be graded, or is it a relatively easy process?
 
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There submission forms and website are straight out of 1998. On the other hand even if you botch the submission forms they are pretty helpful in getting you what you need. Hopefully you are patient because it.....takes......for.....ever..... I sent a coin in January and got it back in August. But that had a lot to do with that bug thats going around...
 
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I hope it is OK if I reference both AFA and CAS (since both are said to be close in terms of grading standards). Because in the end it comes down to a faster service (AFA) or a slower service that is easier to submit to and includes free add-ons (CAS).

AFA (Pro): $110 (A-S-A) gets you a 7-10 day (unless a delay pops up) turn around and their Archival upgrade.
AFA (Con): Pretty much they have to update everything, and they are pretty much a bare bones service.

CAS (Pro): $62.49 (with Museum upgrade), a solid 30-40 day turnaround. easy submission, and they also give you a few freebies.
CAS (Con): $100 to include their 7 day turnaround, might experience upward to +20 days if there are delays.

My biggest complaint about AFA is that they have never updated their website. As we speak the only working option is their order form. Plus they have become a 'bare bones' service that still charges quite a bit if you need any of their remaining options.

As for the Archival/Museum upgrade, I always recommend this. It is a bit more but it helps reduce maintenance down to both the acrylic and humidity/temperature control. Other than that you don't have to worry about indirect sunlight while displaying them.

In the end the AFA submission form is a lot of work. Not hard to figure out in your case, but rather a lot of printing and such.
 
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I think both of these will get a 80. Even though I'm no expert on grading, I have been comparing mine with ones on Ebay.
 
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I wouldn't recommend grading a MOC unless you think it'll get an 80 or better and even then only a "key" figure /cardback combination.
Would you consider a 12 back C Ben Kenobi and r2 a good figure/cardback combination?
 
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I have never sent anything in to be graded. I recently acquired a couple nice carded figures that I think will get a decent grade. My question is, is it a pain in the butt to send stuff in to be graded, or is it a relatively easy process?

It does take some time the first time to fill out the paper work, as it can feel overwhelming. However, its worth the effort, AFA grading is addicting, trust me!
 
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It does take some time the first time to fill out the paper work, as it can feel overwhelming. However, its worth the effort, AFA grading is addicting, trust me!
I was wondering if that would be something that would be exciting or addictive as you said. Wondering and waiting for the figures to come back to see what grade they got. Then searching for new figures to send in. I may have started down a dark path 😁
 
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I was wondering if that would be something that would be exciting or addictive as you said. Wondering and waiting for the figures to come back to see what grade they got. Then searching for new figures to send in. I may have started down a dark path 😁

Yup, that exactly what happens lol and as you start to get them graded, seeing in their nice acrylic cases, once you start with AFA grading, you stick with it, at least thats me.

let us know how it goes!
 
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Ok, so I sent them in. Is there any communication from them like a email that there processing your order? Or do they just grade and send back? Curious because I haven't heard anything, but I checked the tracking number so I know that they received them.
 
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It takes a lot longer, even at the fastest tier.
Custom cases are also taking so much longer to complete.
 
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Acrylic is in high demand right now as well as the distance policies . I have been sending my MOC Indiana Jones figures to CAS and there's been a 30 to 60 day average turnaround. They said loose figures are taking up to 6 months from CAS. Not sure about AFA, but I do have my Hollow Cheek Tusken and Red Bar R5D4 I would like to send in.

This reminds me of insurance but I will start a new post
 
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AFA's had 5 of my MOC's for a little over a month now, I think they received them mid December and I was charged. Last time I received my figures back within a month of them being sent.
 
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Ok, so I sent them in. Is there any communication from them like a email that there processing your order? Or do they just grade and send back? Curious because I haven't heard anything, but I checked the tracking number so I know that they received them.
If there is an issue with the figure they will send a description of the deficiency and give you the option of NG grade , sliding bottom case or refusal. Other than that they will just send it back with an email notice the item has been shipped.
 
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If there is an issue with the figure they will send a description of the deficiency and give you the option of NG grade , sliding bottom case or refusal. Other than that they will just send it back with an email notice the item has been shipped.
Cool, thanks, I wasn't sure of their process.
 
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These are some of my Indiana Jones cas graded MOCS

In my opinion, CAS offers more and they aren't only grading Star Wars like AFA is at this time.
 

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it's not worth it otherwise
Yeah , when it comes to grading common figures, you'll be better off buying an already graded one. Especially when it comes to loose. I've seen plenty of loose graded common figures go for 45 to 55 dollars . You would be hard pressed to send in a loose figure and pay less than 50 after shipping both ways and grading costs, plus unless you already own the figure, you have to pay for it as well.
 
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Can anyone help give me estimated value for carded Imperial Dignitary AFA 85 (subs-85C-85B-85F) with a yellow bubble? Thanks!
 
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Can anyone help give me estimated value for carded Imperial Dignitary AFA 85 (subs-85C-85B-85F) with a yellow bubble? Thanks!
Not certain but a loose dignitary sells close to 100. Moc and graded would be atleast double but you may want to ask a Moc collector. Last 17 is certainly not considered common figures.
 
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I was wondering if that would be something that would be exciting or addictive as you said. Wondering and waiting for the figures to come back to see what grade they got. Then searching for new figures to send in. I may have started down a dark path 😁
I was wondering if that would be something that would be exciting or addictive as you said. Wondering and waiting for the figures to come back to see what grade they got. Then searching for new figures to send in. I may have started down a dark path 😁
Not to sound like a homer for CAS, however, the paperwork is almost foolproof and you can submit and print as soon as you finish it. You can also follow the progress online and see the actual picture of your graded item before it comes to you in the mail. CAS contacts you to collect return shipping when its ready to go out. So much more user friendly and Ian also provides the cases.
 
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Not to sound like a homer for CAS, however, the paperwork is almost foolproof and you can submit and print as soon as you finish it. You can also follow the progress online and see the actual picture of your graded item before it comes to you in the mail. CAS contacts you to collect return shipping when its ready to go out. So much more user friendly and Ian also provides the cases.
That's really cool, I like that.
 
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