A few months ago, a good friend of mine decided to re-focus his collection. He decided to sell some Transformers that didn't really fit for him anymore. Being the bro that he is, he offered these items up to his circle of Transformers friends at a good price. One of the items instantly caught my attention: Jazz!
I brought him home and immediately sat down to admire and take some pictures of him. His overall grade is an 85 NM+. That means he is Near Mint+ (the highest grade given before an item is considered Mint). For a toy that is pushing 30 years old, that is amazingly good. The box is nice and clean with minimal wear and no tears. There is no flap crease to be found.
The only negative I could mention is the tape on the sides of the box. After 30 years, the tape has dried up and fallen off. Luckily Jazz was graded and sealed before the tape gave up. This is a nightmare scenario for me personally (and another reason I like graded figures). I would be heartbroken if I paid a premium for a nice MISB G1 only to have the tape come off. Now that it is sealed in an AFA case, I don't feel bad about it. The tape will always be in there as "proof".
Jazz is the first of my G1 autobot cars MISB/AFA collection. I doubt I'll ever get lucky enough to find a deal on the rest of them, like I got on Jazz. I think most of them have been Knocked Off now, and that makes building a collection like this even more challenging. So for now I will thoroughly enjoy Jazz, until all are one (in my collection room)!