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The VGA Topic; Grading Items and Graded Items
Topic Started: Sep 1 2012, 02:16 AM (1,680 Views)
ddr2nite
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I don't believe anyone has started a VGA discussion thread on our forums yet, so I'll take the liberty to getting the ball rolling since I know some people have VGA items. We could use this topic to discuss questions relating to graded items (how much they are worth, etc.) and to also help answer any VGA related questions. I think it would also be a good place to post pictures if you'd like to show a particular VGA item you own in your collection.

I never thought I would have VGA graded items, but I submitted my 7 blister-sealed controllers to VGA about 1 month ago to get graded and put into an acrylic case. I didn't particularly care about the grades - although I was curious how they would grade it since I've never seen another graded N64 sealed controller. I mainly wanted to get them in custom-built cases so that I wouldn't damage the frail plastic packaging. The highest grade I got was a Gold 85+ on my Ice and the lowest grade I got was a Bronze 70 on my Jungle (all others were Silver between 75 to 85).

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Enjoy the pictures, click the "spoiler" below to see the links for more pics ^_^
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p.s. If you're wondering why my Gold controller is missing from the pictures - good catch - it's because the acrylic case got damaged/cracked during shipping. I'm in the process of resolving it with VGA.
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complyordie
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Very nice, they look great! :yeah: how much did it cost you to grade them all?
Edited by complyordie, Sep 1 2012, 03:06 AM.
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finngamer
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I sent my first items there a while ago, they take forever to turn around. And not cheap, even when put into standard cases, let alone custom ones.

Still, looking at the crazy eBay auctions for graded items, should be well worth it. Not that I'm selling.


I sent them SNES PAL F-Zero, NES USA Faxanadu and GBA EUR Tales of Phantasia, Metroid Fusion, Golden Sun The Lost Age and Final Fantasy VI. Going to be fun opening the package and seeing the grades, I'll do a full unboxing video of it.
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Cabanon
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very cool case. they look even more goergous
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i8ablueskittle
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Wow they look nice! I might have to copy you on this if i ever finish my blister set ;)
Does anybody have any idea if you could get a millenium or another unboxed controller graded?
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zoki64
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Amazing looking display pieces :O Now I want to see a sealed jusco or daiei console vga graded :D
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quagga
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put one of your controllers on ebay to see how much ppl would buy it for lol
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ItsOnlyAFleshWound
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Bloody hell they look amazing! i highly dout it but reckon they would grade a loose controller? as your faxdata ones ddr would look brilliant in those cases!
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K87
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I don't see why they wouldn't if loose trading cards can get graded then loose controllers wouldn't be any diff
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K87
Sep 4 2012, 08:50 PM
I don't see why they wouldn't if loose trading cards can get graded then loose controllers wouldn't be any diff
VGA grades two types of items. The first are the most commonly seen - which are all the factory sealed items. They've been doing this type of grading since they first started. Then more recently they introduced something called the "qualified" grading.

Straight from VGA's website ()
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VGA (Video Game Authority) for packaged and prototype video games and related items
- Standard Grading Scale for sealed/new in package video games, systems, and accessories from all years
- Qualified Grading Scale (items are accompanied by documentation) for opened package with new contents video games, systems and accessories from all years

So I'm not 100% certain that they'll grade loose controllers such as the Nintendo Power promo controllers. They've grade some interesting stuff over the past few years, such as the Nintendo World Championship cartridges and such. I would imagine it's only a matter of time before someone gets an E3 or Millennium 2000 controller graded (if they'll grade it).
Edited by ddr2nite, Sep 4 2012, 09:51 PM.
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Didn't someone here recently post a picture of a NES controller that was graded? Not sure if it was but I remember that it was sealed in a similar casing.
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ddr2nite
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Sep 4 2012, 11:14 PM
Didn't someone here recently post a picture of a NES controller that was graded? Not sure if it was but I remember that it was sealed in a similar casing.
Not sure if it was here or not but the pic you're probably referring to is of a Nintendo World Championships controller that was graded. Those controllers were only given out to the winners I believe.

Here's a pic from Google:

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Yeah that's the one mate. You would think if they did this one that they would do others.
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ddr2nite
Sep 4 2012, 09:50 PM
K87
Sep 4 2012, 08:50 PM
I don't see why they wouldn't if loose trading cards can get graded then loose controllers wouldn't be any diff
VGA grades two types of items. The first are the most commonly seen - which are all the factory sealed items. They've been doing this type of grading since they first started. Then more recently they introduced something called the "qualified" grading.

Straight from VGA's website ()
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VGA (Video Game Authority) for packaged and prototype video games and related items
- Standard Grading Scale for sealed/new in package video games, systems, and accessories from all years
- Qualified Grading Scale (items are accompanied by documentation) for opened package with new contents video games, systems and accessories from all years

So I'm not 100% certain that they'll grade loose controllers such as the Nintendo Power promo controllers. They've grade some interesting stuff over the past few years, such as the Nintendo World Championship cartridges and such. I would imagine it's only a matter of time before someone gets an E3 or Millennium 2000 controller graded (if they'll grade it).
Nice find DDR :yeah: It would be interesting to see if e3s and m2000s can get graded. If so imagine the prices that would be charged compare to what they are now :blink:
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I might have missed it, if this question was answered, but how much does it cost to get a game or controller graded?
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Sep 5 2012, 07:25 AM
I might have missed it, if this question was answered, but how much does it cost to get a game or controller graded?
depends on the urgentcy
not only urgentcy but the value of the item
they have a chart on their site (dont worry bout that)

for 2 months its like 30$
1 month is 50$ or something like that

vga cost alot
id only vga games if they are worth it


Edited by quagga, Sep 5 2012, 07:55 AM.
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corE
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Does that include shipping, or is that extra?
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Sep 5 2012, 07:38 AM
Does that include shipping, or is that extra?
i guess
u hav to ship the item it

and then the return shipping

ill link it to you

http://www.vggrader.com/submission_packagedpricing.aspx

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Hey guys, do you think getting VGA or some equivalent company to grade your stuff is worth it? Googling around, I saw some indications that the whole thing is a scam. What are some opinions?
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I would only VGA something by intention of displaying it on a shelf so it looks very clean, otherwise you're literally paying for flair!
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Opinions?? You'll get a few about VGA here, good and bad.

I just don't get the fact that they say that they are an authority on it. Who makes you an authority?? Just taking money to seal your games up and give them a grade. It seems to have been an easy way to make money for them.

That's just my opinion though :D
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Only if it's really rare or Mint. VGA market is actually down right now since so many people were just grading to flip. I think prices will bottom out a bit before recovering.

If you live outside of the USA, I'd probably avoid it. You'll pay a ton in shipping and return shipping, and probably wait 3 months to get your stuff graded. They are pretty backed up right now.
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How much does it cost?
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Oct 7 2013, 06:20 AM
How much does it cost?
it all depends on the game size, the shiping you use, the turnaround you use and the return shipping you use. I think it's around 50$ to grade something but i never used it so im not too sure.

Grading is very cool indeed, but like jonebone said, only if it's rare or Mint. no use to grade beat up sealed copy.
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I am going to be sending a package of stuff in to get graded here soon. I have 15 items to send, and I live in the USA. It is going to cost me over $400 to do it all. I have some good stuff in there though, so I think it will be worth it. I am also not too worried about the grades that they receive, I am more interested in protecting them since I don't have any sort of display case that I can keep them safe.


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id say its worth it for sure! just depends on the items. like i wouldnt spend 40$ to grade a game worth 40. id say it has to be worth at least 100$+ for it to be worth it IMO
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For the cheapest grading (standard) its $25 per game, plus shipping, and if you are sending in a bunch of stuff, it makes it more worth it


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Oct 7 2013, 08:20 AM
no use to grade beat up sealed copy.
Like this one =p


VGA is really intresting but I am scared that it will get dmg on the shipping, or you get disapointed when you send a perfect mint thing, and you get it back with rate "95"

I think think its a great "invention" of a Quality check.

Any example what a "95%" damage wize looks like? compare to 100?
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if you item get damage when you send it, thats your fault for not protecting it enough, use double box and lots of softening materials. if the case get damage on it's way back, you are protected by VGA and they will re-case it for free.

if you ever send something and get an 95 back, be :cussfit: proud of it ! dont wine because getting an 100 requires a shitload of very good packaging, manutention from everyone since it left the factory and even more from the store it came from after all these years. so yeah dont wine too much.

between 95 & 100 there's a very fine line and you rarely see 100 especially with cardboard box.
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100 on cardboard is impossible, people who expect VGA 100 have no experience with the service. I've submitted 4 different factory cases of games (6 each) over the years and have yet to get anything better than 95. 95+ is virtually impossible, let alone 100.
Edited by jonebone, Oct 7 2013, 12:08 PM.
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