Collecting sports figures, action figures, dolls, toys and die-cast models, have been a long time passion for many collectors throughout the United States. Although collecting can be a fun and entertaining hobby, it must be treated as an investment also. There are many reasons that today’s collectors choose to use AFA to preserve and authenticate their collected works. Using the Action Figure Authority to grade those classic but now defunct Starting Lineup figures may be well worth the investment. The AFA Company grades all type of figures and toys; they even grade figures that have been removed from the original packaging. Many collectors choose AFA to set their collection apart – treating each figurine as a cherished piece of memorabilia, giving it a special identity in the world of figure collecting.
Reason #1. Grading rare figures have become the staple and signature of AFA, Starting Lineup is a prime example of how AFA has made an impact on the action figure collecting community. Action Figures that are graded by AFA give collectors the confidence that their collectible is not only an authentic piece: it also places the figure in a new category, where the professional grade gives the figure an important identity.
Reason #2. Figures that have been graded by AFA fetch a higher premium than ones that are in its raw or standard manufactured state.
Reason #3. Today’s collectors are much wiser on how to evaluate their collection. Graded figures bring more value to a collector’s portfolio, and they should be added to a homeowner’s insurance policy as an addendum to what other memorabilia that may be already listed. Each AFA graded figure should be listed separately to identify the item listed by the online identifier. This info is listed on the bar-code, it is logged in a central data-base – where all AFA figures can be tracked and traced for authentication purposes.
Reason #4. Preserving a collection means taking steps to ensure that it can be enjoyed by family and friends for many years. AFA offers the most comprehensive grading for rare and out of date figures; this gives the collector a chance to make a profit if and when they want to sell a figure.
Reason #5. AFA offers collectors the reassurance and sense of security that their action figures are evaluated and graded by a professional in an unbiased standard.
Reason #6. For the collectors that like to showcase their sport figures and memorabilia, AFA acrylic graded cases are of the highest quality. The cases resemble museum like archive quality which enhance and preserves the figure.
Reason #7. AFA also grades oversized figures and loose figures; the company has changed the face of the hobby due to its vision of preserving priceless memorabilia. Indeed, now collectors can enjoy their long-time keepsakes without worry of their one of a kind keepsakes being damaged by human hands.
Reason #8. AFA also has expanded on its grading services to give collectors even more resources to authenticate rare dolls and classic Barbie Dolls from the early sixties.
Reason #9. One of the most wonderful attributes of AFA and its sister sites, has been to recognize that the hobby has not only evolved into a business, it has become a platform for collector’s world-wide to appreciate and share their collection with the utmost satisfaction. Die-hard die-cast collectors will come to know DCA as a friend and savior; collectors will have a bevy of services that will enhance their collection for years to come.
Reason #10 Video game geeks and game players who collect game cards may someday realize the importance of preserving their cherished collectibles. AFA has now introduced VGA grading services; it may one day become a phenomenon that will re-introduce a hobby that many once thought as a fading dinosaur. All of the classic games and video-props are making a come back in a most grand way. AFA may become one of the most important grading services since sports grading company PSA.