I have thought about this for a long time and to be honest the AFA is worthless. In fact it's worse than worthless, it drives prices through the roof. Personally I would rather buy say a $200 Transformer as opposed to a $500 AFA Graded version of the same Transformer. Now let me qualify that by saying that if I am buying something like that I would only be buying if there were detailed pictures and descriptions. Now we are seeing people having Hong Kong Knock Offs graded by these so called experts and massively ripping people off. My advice to you all, do your homework and use the many online resources available, and if you are confused ask, post a thread here and ask your fellow members. Disregard the AFA and go for the lower priced ones when possible as long as the pictures hold up to scrutiny and the seller has good feedback. So what do you think? Is the AFA needed or is it hype?