*Disclaimer I know there is a forum channel for AFA stuff, but I would like the opinion of vintage GI Joe collectors. Thanks*
Hi, I have been a GI Joe fan most of my life, but I have just started my collection. In my youth I owned some of the best GI Joe items, Tomahawk, Night Raven, and the one that pains me every time I look on ebay...the USS Flagg. However, I have just started collecting. My collection is pathetic by comparison, but I know everyone has to start somewhere. I have been using yojoe.com and reading the forums for a few months now and there is one question I would love to have everyone's opinion on.
Why are AFA graded items frowned upon by so many GI Joe collectors?
I enjoy both mint/loose/complete and misb items. I also know the price difference went buying loose items and boxed items. I think I would rather have an AFA graded misb item than an ungraded one. If I am going to spend so much money I want to know the misb item is legit. I know there are people that absolutely hate AFA items, but in the modern climate of fraudulent collectible sellers I don't see the "evil" that AFA causes. I read the forums and there are countless threads asking questions on how to tell if things have been tampered with to falsely increase the value. So, with a popular topic being fraud spotting, why is AFA frowned upon by many?