Some things to ponder about AFA Grading...? I started reading up on AFA related topics after a friend told me he had submitted some really nice figures for AFA grading. After AFA received his toys, he was contacted by Tom Derby, a representative of a collectibles brokerage company, and solicited to sell the items he had sent to AFA. He did actually sell one of the items to Tom Derby. Later on I would learn that Tom Derby is the previous owner (1998-2005) of CCC - Cloud City Collectibles (One of the largest AFA Sellers in the hobby), part-owner of AFA (2007), Owner of CIB (????) - Collectibles Investment Brokerage (authenticating service that AFA uses exclusively), and part-time business partner (2007) of Brian Semling of Brian's Toys (One of the other biggest sellers of AFA items). This got me thinking about what a great opportunity it would be, to be able to cherry-pick any of the hundreds of thousands of items that have been submitted to AFA, for their impartial, **"anonymous"**, third-party grading. I'll bet some real gems have been sent to AFA by people that are not well-researched, or educated in the area of vintage action figures. Only to have their personal information forwarded to Tom Derby, so they can be swept off their feet by a cash offer of probably less than half of what the figure is worth. The majority of the info that made the CCC/CIB/AFA/Tom Derby/Brians Toys Connection more accessible was from the forums on rebelscum.com , where Tom Derby posted regularly for a long while (4/9/02 through 10/10/07). Some posts from the AFA section on rebelscum.com forums.... 1...http://threads.rebelscum.com/showfl...page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1#2652094 = AFA debate thread on rebelscum.com forums ....5th post down (Steve Tomlinson)explains how items sent in for AFA grading are cherry-picked by Tom Derby,(former owner of Cloud City Collectibles, Part owner in AFA, Owner of Collectors Investment Brokerage, partner with Brian Semlinson of Brians Toys. 2...Same thread....10th post = CollectInvest, (Tom Derby) confirms that toys submitted to AFA, very well may have been purchased by him, before hitting the market......This means that every rare, highgrade collectible submitted to AFA is made known to Tom Derby, who being part owner, could use his advantageous position as part-owner to contact the toys owner, and try to convince him to sell. What a great opportunity to exploit collectors lack of knowledge in Vintage toys. 3...AFA and Cloud City Collectibles are geographically 7.5 miles apart????? 4...http://threads.rebelscum.com/showfl...page=1&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1#2849182 = AFA Section on rebelscum.com forums, thread titled..."Tom Derby filed AFA Certificate of Incorporation" 5...First post provides links to State of Georgia public files of AFA Incorporation by Tom Derby in 2002.....Tom Derby owned Cloud City Collectibles until 2005.. copied + pasted from first post in thread...... The 2002 filing is available here http://corp.sos.state.ga.us/imaging/12990948.pdf Other documents related to the ownership of AFA and Cloud City Collectibles are available here http://corp.sos.state.ga.us/corp/soskb/Corp.asp?1068433 http://corp.sos.state.ga.us/corp/soskb/Corp.asp?161229 Make of this what you will. 6.... Copied + Pasted response from Tom Derby Tom's Response: Hi Demolition, An Incorporator is a person who executes the Articles of Incorporation for a company. I have addressed this topic on several occasions and have even addressed issues of ownership. The term agent or incorporator doesn’t reflect officers of a corporation or the breakdown of ownership. In addition, privately-held companies do not file public documents related to ownership or changes in ownership. A Georgia resident must also file some of these documents and Charles Ware has never been a Georgia resident. I will once again go on record to say that I have no ownership in Cloud City Collectibles. I will also go on record to say that I do now have ownership in AFA. I hope this information is helpful to you. Thank you, Tom 7....Above response Tom Derby publicly states he has ownership in AFA. 4....Tom Derby claims to have sold CCC in 2005....16th post in AFA debate thread on rebelscum.com forums 5...CIB has an office in the AFA building.....16th post in AFA debate thread on rebelscum.com forums ***The thing that bothers me most about this whole mess, is that, if you haven't figured it out, AFA was incorporated as a business in the State of Georgia in 2002, by Tom Derby. ......In 2002, Tom Derby owned Cloud City Collectibles, who has consistently been the leading retailer/seller of AFA items since AFA began doing business. Everyone's opinions and conclusions are their own........but the facts are the facts.......no matter who tries to sugarcoat them. I am hoping this thread will inspire people to do their own research on this subject.