I too have a 9.8 Darth Vader 3 A and have been looking for a reasonable 1:25 for awhile now.
I have a few copies of Tie Fighter 1 1:25 which, if I recall correctly, is a first appearance and first cover appearance of a new Star Wars character. (I think it was one of agentpoyos’ articles that give me the heads up.). Nice white cover. I don’t know if that makes it harder to grade. I hear so much about the difficulty of black covers. I think I have at least one cgc worthy copy.
I am trying to put together a package of 6-8 comics for grading. Right now I’m thinking about sending a Pearl 1A; and Old Guard B&W 25th Anni. Blind box; Die 1A; Thor 617 Tron; VWars 1; All new Captain American 1 1:25 (thinking about getting the CGC cap label); and the aforementioned 1:25 Tie Fighter. I’m also considering sending off a Postal 1 1:50. For better or worse, this package is influenced by streaming services looking for content. (Postal is just a huge guess on my part and my amateurish attempt at reading the tea leaves. There are no official announcements, no rumors and no rumors of rumors.)
I just sent out my first CCS/CGC pressing/grading package that has a really low grade X-men 94 but it still has its cover and staples intact so I think it will be at least a 2.0 but since its for the PC, I’d be happy with a 0.5. With the prices the way they’re going, I’ve given up hope getting a higher grade. Along with that, I sent an Umbrella Academy 1 1:10 and a A1: The Weirding Willows (Art Germ cover). Both of those issues are around a 9.4-9.6 and I’m hoping that pressing will give it a magical bump to a 9.8.
I’m pretty nervous with this pressing package so I sent it separately instead of including it with the other package I’m currently putting together. I don’t know if that was wise given I’m paying 2x the shipping.
CHU community, what is your practice? Separate a pressing package from a regular package? Send packages in groups of 6 or more or 5 and less? (8 is the most I can confidently pad and pack in USPS Medium Priority Box.)
Also, getting your special keys graded, do you save them for an in-person convention submission or do you mail it in (or do you go to an authorize CGC submission shop)? I have a low grade FF 49 I’d like graded but am afraid to mail it.