No, I open the package of my figures.
With all the talk of the pro's and con's of buying AFA MOC's...would you/do you buy only AFA?
No, I open the package of my figures.
Absolutely!! I have a loose set for display purposes, but my MOC collection is all AFA graded.
No way...AFA is EVIL and CRUEL!!!
They take a poor defenseless toy already imprisoned and put it in a maximum security acrylic block for ETERNITY with no possibility of parole. Ever.
It's like the Phantom Zone, only worse.
No I don't bother with AFA because to me they are a waste of money and time to send them. I want to grade my OWN figures and I DON'T need some idiot at afa telling me its only worth this much. I deal in other lines and AFA to me I think suck. Hope I dont offend anyone that does like AFA.
By the Power of Grey Skull!
I only have one motu item into AFA acrilic case graded 80 (WB or savage he-man). And I only have this one in this condition because I like to see it into the hard acrilic case, not for the grade.
I have hard acrilic cases for my moc figures of course, but not graded by AFA.
AFA is not authority of nothing, just my opinion.
I used to grade my MOC's, but never purchased AFA MOC's.
And I won't send them to AFA anymore....extremely dissapointed with them (cost and inconsistent grading)...
As I use to be MOMC star wars collector I would buy graded items only if they were graded 90.... a couple of times people neglected to mention the cases had cracks in them so i had to send them to get recased.
For collecting the new MOTU classics I have no interest in getting these figures graded at all.. I did just place an order for a custom case to be sent to me though for my king grayskull as dont really want the box damaged and i might order some acrylic cases in the future to put the rest of the figures in but thats about it
It seems this thread is already slightly off topic. The question was do you buy ONLY AFA graded figures and this has turned into: how do you feel about AFA?
I'll try to answer both questions:
1. No, I do not buy only AFA graded figures, but I have sent many for grading and have bought a handful of graded figures from other sellers.
2. I think AFA serves a potentially important purpose, especially with toy lines that are vintage and collector's items.
AFA is big bunch of arse if you ask me.
Paying some company to see what condition your action figures are in? Because it's something you are obviously incapable of doing yourself.
AFA seem to artificially hike up prices too.
I will say this though, getting paid to look at action figures all day would be a sweet gig to some folks. I sometime can't believe that such a job exists!!
Conceptually, it might be hard to get over the fact that you are paying someone "to tell me how great my toys look", but it is a good service. They encase your toys, give them a grade (however objective it is) and are always learning to validate authenticity.
B) Real estate and insurance appraisers or stock market speculators aren't exactly doing the world any favours right now are they?
Not the best argument there in fairness dude!
I totally agree. AFA is one big croc of crap
This is from a post I made in another forum:
I understand all the haters who don't like or understand AFA. Most people have a hard time paying $20 for these MOTUC figures as is, and when they see an AFA figure selling for $100 or more, they think it's crazy. I can understand that but at the same time, I enjoy having my MOC collection in the best possible condition. I also like having piece of mind knowing that my figures are not sitting there collecting dust and will never deteriorate in condition. That to me is well worth the extra cost.
If AFA isn't you're style for whatever reason, be it price or not wanting an acrylic case sealed over you're figure then that's totally fine. However, don't bash them unless you yourself have actual facts to speak of.
Long live AFA and MOTUC!!!
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@deadset13: Yes, I have graded a whole bunch of my MOC's and that's were my dissapointment started. I've had crisp cards with beautiful bubbles only to be graded 75, yet you see on ebay cards with creases graded 85. Additionally, they tend to make horrible mistakes, take a look at this thread:http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/...d.php?t=174830. And, if you get an MOC graded, take it out of the case, and re-send it for grading, I'll bet you that it won't be graded the same. So, AFA = inconsistent....yeap.
I'm not trying to start anything here, just stating my past experiences.
To Each is his own
I don't buy graded items unless the price is what I'm looking to pay for it regardless (well, plus 20 for the case cost, sure).
I do have items graded myself, but loose stuff for the cases, and my MOCs go in cases as well, but sliding bottom cases.
I absolutely trust in 99% of AFA grades. They are human, and they DO make mistakes, also people constantly try to slip stuff by them. Every item I've sent them I've sent them honestly, and they have come back exactly as expected. I have made one mistake (I'll never tell!) and they didn't notice either, but it's mine either way, wasn't planning on selling. You can get a report on exactly why your figure graded the way it was, and you will be surprised at all the points they look for, and maybe realize they look for all things collectors look for, not just the portion you may be looking for.
That being said, I also feel some things are under rated and some things over rated. But that's just me ya know.
The cases look amazing, but don't scratch them or you're screwed
That's all I got.
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On a slightly different subject but to do with afa I got my custom case today for my king grayskull box and it fits a treat...