There are a lot of misleading statements that have been made about the Wizard World First program and the 9.5/10.0 “grade” that was used. Here’s a more in depth discussion from someone who worked at CGC during the early 2000’s: https://www.cgccomics.com/boards/topic/22497-wizard-first-program-not-aprils-fools/?do=findComment&comment=413655
Partnership between Wizard & CGC
CGC used Wizard’s grading scale, not the other way around.
Even though it says CGC on the label, it is a Wizard product. It’s not graded by CGC.
Other members in this thread have contributed to the discussion. Some blatantly calling out CGC for the ruse.
Here’s some additional info from Wizard back in 2004: Wizard Entertainment