Ok, So I've been sending pieces off to AFA here and there for many years....mainly just for the case protection aspect, and 3 rd party photos and verification for potential resale down the road. I've never been too hung up on the grades as long as they make some kind of logical sense. Here's the thing....these days, their cases are awesome, their customer service is great overall, but their grade consistency as of late has just been horrid. Ive been at this hobby a while. I know how AFA grades their toys in regards to conditional aspect, but the things they are pointing out as of recent, in regards to flaws, aspects that may downgrade a piece, etc, are frankly, ludicrous. Ive run into this multiple times now with them in the last few months. One example is A MIB/ opened to inspect contents, Optimus Prime i sent off to be graded MIB, AFA qualified. The toy was in a sealed box, untouched. The box was rough, so i opened it to inspected it. Prime was flawless and brand new. Perfect paint, chrome, factory stickers, all accessories on trees, sealed in baggies..the works. I decide he's a good AFA Q candidate and send him off. I get him back and AFA has graded the toy a 70, 80, 80 That's a 70 box, ( understandable, the outer box had some rough edges) an 80 window...( also understandable...window looked fine but not minty/ new), and an 80 for the mint, untouched Prime?..( whaaaaa?...hold the phone). So....I email AFA, and they explain that a big reason the toy sub graded an 80 was because his box removal instructions , which are held to the inner styro by a single piece of tape, had come undone from the upper left corner of the box due to dried/ aged tape and had fallen to the bottom of the tray. So...to recap, in part, they downgraded the physical, perfect, untouched toy....made of plastic and metal....based on a completely separate piece of paper that had become detached from the inside of the box??? To further this maddening little hang up, I found an AFA 85 ( red label/ factory sealed ) prime on ebay today, where the same leaflet had become detached, and they graded that one An 80, 85, 90.... A 90 figure! See ebay item 290720905211....and in that case, the leaflet is physically blocking the truck. Meanwhile...they're sub grading my untouched Prime an 80 on the toy...then assigning 90 s to out of box loose graded Primes with their decals applied, and parts loose/ off their sprues? ..for more crazy, contradictory examples... see EBay items 350570869579, and 160803926534. This is just 1 of several maddening examples in the last few months, but I wanted to post here and see if anyone else wanted to chime in with their experiences, good, bad, or indifferent as of late with the ol AFA....specifically in regards to consistency. Ive never seen it quite this wonky before.