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Why Use CAS

Open Door Policy: Stop by Collector Archives Services’ beautiful showroom and reception area anytime during business hours. Dropping off or picking up your collectibles, our door is always open. You will also be able to view an impressive variety of previously graded items showcased in one of our several beautiful six­-foot display cases. You will see many examples from many different collectible lines of all shapes and sizes from standard to custom all in a museum style presentation. If you’re in the area, please put our address on your must-­see places to visit.

 

Fast Turnaround Time: With every item submitted to CAS, you always know the timeline of your valued collectibles. When our receiving department gets your delivery from the courier, you’re advised immediately that your shipment arrived safely. Then your collectibles exit the receiving department and enter our documenting and authentication department. When your items are fully inspected and graded they are transferred to our acrylic fabrication department to be protected and preserved for many future generations to enjoy. Your protected collectibles then enter the photography department and images are captured for your permanent records. Finally, depending on your instructions, your completed items either go to our shipping department to be sent back to you or head on over to our fulfillment department where they are processed for sale. This entire process for your collectibles to navigate through our five professional departments is done in 30 business days and we even offer a Rush 48 hour turn-around or 7-day Express Service if you need your items back at lightning fast speed.

 

Accuracy and Consistency: Gone are the primitive grading days when an employee, perhaps with an agenda of his own, would jot down his C­1 - C­10 opinion on a piece of scratch paper. CAS believes that a single employee, even if qualified, cannot do precision condition reports. We have incorporated proprietary software as a critical tool in the process of determining the final estimated condition. Two professionals, working separately, utilize the software to determine every blemish, large and small. Each imperfection has an associated value which is weighted lighter or heavier, depending on its category or sub­category. No grader ever knows whose submission he is grading nor what the other grader has done. When each grader’s calculation is tallied and the results are within a very small variance, our software will average the two grades to determine the final numeric value. 

 

We feel strongly that condition of any collectible needs to be determined by a systematic approach. Without that, the result is nothing more than an opinion or guess that can be swayed by countless outside factors and influences. CAS is confident that our procedure provides the highest degree of precision and reliability to buyers and sellers alike. 

 

True Numeric System: CAS advanced condition evaluation software not only determines an accurate and consistent value but also gives a real numeric grade. In the past many collectors have expressed confusion over why many of the same grades in their collections have such a vast range of condition variables. Typically, grading companies considered some grades a “low 85”, for example, or just slightly above an 80, while another one is a “high 85”, almost achieving a 90 status. With low and high items being given the same grade, any collector would be confused about the true condition of his archived items. 

 

CAS has gone the extra mile developing a software package that not only determines the master grade of the collectible but also supplies an accurate grade. Instead of a “low 85” it might be more accurately an 85.6 when a “high­ 85” might be an accurate 88.4. The true numeric system is well accepted in providing the collector market with that extra clarity needed to be well informed.

 

Plus + System: Working in conjunction with the “True Numeric System” as a determining factor of the actual condition value, CAS believes it is necessary adding the plus + system to each numeric grade. This system offers two available values per each numeric grade. An 85.6 is simply an 85 when an 88.4 is precisely an 85+.  This has definitively resolved the differences between low and high conditions falling within the same numeric grade. 

 

Preservation: The industry standard for grading companies is to use basic acrylic that is mildly ultraviolet protected unless the collectible is valued at over a certain high dollar amount. This sub-standard acrylic may display well and keep items free from fingerprints and further damage but harmful ultraviolet light from direct or indirect sources will fade, deteriorate and ultimately damage the collectibles over time. CAS believes that any collectible, inexpensive or valuable, should never be sealed inside inferior acrylic. 

 

Here at CAS, we exclusively use Plexiglas UF5 by Arkema as our supply partners. Plexiglas UF5 ultraviolet protected acrylic is the finest available today, with 99% UV protection. When it comes to UV protective acrylic, not all UV acrylic is the same. Some used by our competitors is as low as 70% UV protected. At CAS you can be confident that your items are protected and preserved by the best UV museum quality UF5 acrylic offered on the market today. 

 

State of the Art equipment: Computer Numerical Control (CNC) is a technologically advanced laser cutting machine for the UF5 acrylic in which your collectibles are preserved. We use the best CNC machine on the market so table saws, tooling marks, bubbles in adhesive and dust are a thing of the past. The computer converts the design and dimensions produced by Computer Aided Design software (CAD), into numbers by our acrylic programmer, so that any shape or size created by our designer’s imagination can be easily fabricated. CAS gives you crystal clear, clean and meticulously cut 99% UV protected acrylic to preserve your collectibles for a museum quality presentation. 

 

Master Acrylic Fabricator: CAS has an in­-house acrylic fabricator who is a 40-­year veteran in the acrylic industry. He’s worked for some of the largest national acrylic companies since he was a teenager, is a master acrylic craftsman and CNC router programmer as well as a 3­D AutoCAD draftsman. He is detail oriented with an eye for design and a passion for clean, clear edges and flawless seams. With the combination of his experience and skill and our state­-of-­the-­art advanced laser-cutting machine, any collection of CAS­-graded collectibles will truly display like museum quality. 

 

Photograph and COA: Every item submitted to be documented and archived will include both a professional digital image and a Certificate of Archival (COA) at no extra charge. Every submitted item will come with a 5”x8” COA stamped and signed by one of our corporate officers and include a matching serial numbered hologram. The digital image is useful in showcasing your item on social media outlets advertising it for sale and both are free with every item archived. 

 

Serial Number and QR Code: Serial Numbers and Quick Response (QR) Codes have a distinct and important purpose when documenting and archiving a collectible. With a serial number and QR code in place, you can crosscheck them against the item in hand to confirm that it is represented properly. CAS understands and respects the serial number and QR code verification system and uses repetition as a crucial component of our service. We display the serial number on the bottom of every descriptive label along with the QR code. The QR code will verify the item’s description, condition report and serial numbers with one fast scan. Placed next to every informative label is a proprietary company­-specific hologram with matching serial number. Both the sticker and the hologram are placed inside the UF5 acrylic to be sealed and made tamperproof. The serial­-numbered hologram has a corresponding hologram that is placed on the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) as additional confirmation. Lastly, the unique serial numbers that are on the label, hologram and COA are uploaded to our web database for one final layer of authenticity. We want today’s collectors to be well informed and assured that the item in their hand has been judged true and correct and verified in detail. 

 

Protective Shipping: Our customers can be confident that CAS is handling their items with care during their short stay in our facility. Once the submission has been documented, archived and enters our shipping department, the item will be placed into a puncture resistant 6-mil protective poly­bag and then placed in a strong double­-walled corrugated box with foam-in-place packaging materials. Customer­-declared insurance is placed on the package and the package is reassigned to the courier. CAS goes the extra mile to assure your cherished collectibles arrive quickly, safely and in the same condition that they leave our shipping department. 

 

No upcharges: At CAS you receive the best service in the industry without all the irritating extra charges at every turn. Your order comes with many standard upgrades that other companies may charge extra for.

 

At CAS we offer a 30-day guaranteed turn-around time ($ value - priceless), Plexglas UF5 Ultraviolet 99% protected acrylic ($10 -­ $150 value), Certificate of Authenticity ($20 value), digital photographs ($15 - $25 value), light cleaning service ($3 value) and 6-­mil protective poly­bag with each order. We remove many of the financial upgrade decisions to the equation so ordering is quick and easy and you receive the best the industry has to offer at no extra charge.