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Comic Grading

M | MINT | 10 to 9.9

This is the best possible existing condition of that comic book. It is an extremely exceptional comic.

  • Only very minute printing and bindery defects or the most barely noticeable handling defects present. It is very rare, especially in older vintage comic books, to discover a comic in these grades as they are virtually non-existent.
  • Cover inks are exceptionally bright with high gloss.
  • Interior pages must be white in colour and supple to the touch.

 

NM/M | NEARMINT+ / MINT | 9.8

This is close to mint with few minor defects

  • Interior pages are almost always off-white/white or better

 

NM | NEARMINT | +9.6

This is close to mint with some minor defects. Even though some defects are allowed in 9.6, certain defects, such as tape, are never allowed in this grade range.

  • Slight stress on the spine.
  • The staples themselves are generally centred and clean with no discernible rust.
  • Maybe some minor colour has chipped or flaked off the cover.
  • The cover is flat with no surface wear.
  • Inks are bright with high reflectivity and very little fading.
  • Square and sharp corners with ever so slight blunting permitted.
  • You can tell that this comic has been stored properly and looks almost as new as the day it was printed.
  • The smallest amount of creasing
  • All bindery tears are small.
  • Only some binding and/or printing defects allowed.
  • Cover is fairly well centred and firmly secured to interior pages.
  • Paper is supple and like new.
  • Spine is tight and flat.
  • Unobtrusive date stamps or arrival dates in pencil or ink are acceptable.
  • Many pedigree collection comics have a notation on the cover or the interior of the comic and are considered a bonus to collectors as they help prove the provenance of the comic.

 

NM | NEARMINT to NEARMINT- | 9.4 to 9.2

This book is an excellent copy with great eye appeal.

  • It is vibrant with supple pages.
  • The spine may have a couple of very small stress lines that break colour.
  • Minor creasing.
  • The spine is almost completely flat.
  • The cover is relatively flat with almost minimal surface wear and the cover inks are generally bright with medium to high reflectivity.
  • The staples may show some discoloration, but it's not too noticeable on first glance.
  • The inside pages and covers usually will be off-white/white, but can be cream/off-white with the absence of other defects.

 

VF/NM | VERY FINE / NEARMINT | 9.0 to 7.5

9.0 - VERY FINE / NEARMINT+

8.5 - VERY FINE+

8.0 - VERY FINE

7.5 - VERY FINE-

A VERY FINE comic book appears to have been read a few times and has been handled with care. These grades allow for some more defects than higher grades.  Overall, this is an above average copy and still very collectible.

  • It can have some of the above defects along with a fold or crease in the cover that breaks colour.
  • Some stress marks on spine.
  • A few small chips on the cover.
  • The cover has some slight surface wear but still has much of its original gloss and there is nothing major wrong with it.
  • Sun shadows, dust shadows and tanning can be darker and have more of a visual impact than those in higher grades.

 

FN | FINE | 7.0 to 5.5

7.0 FINE / VERY FINE

6.5 FINE+

6.0 FINE

5.5 FINE–

This comic is definitely a read copy with handling wear, but can still be a very desirable copy.

  • This could have one major defect like a larger piece out of the cover, a long tear or a detached centrefold.
  • It has stress lines on the spine and creases from the opening and closing of the cover.
  • This could have a light reading or subscription crease or a rolled spine, but is not damaged enough to reduce eye appeal dramatically.
  • Some cover discoloration, fading in colours and writing/soiling is allowed.
  • The cover and/or inside pages could have some tears and/or folds.
  • With the absence of many other defects, the cover can be detached from one staple, but cover cannot be completely detached from interior.
  • Books with slightly brittle pages cannot grade higher than 6.5 and generally are even lower in grade.
  • Pages and inside covers could be brownish but not brittle.
  • Depending on the look of the comic, very small amounts of tape could be acceptable in this grade.

 

VG | VERY GOOD | 5.0 to 3.5

5.0 VERY-GOOD / FINE

4.5 VERY-GOOD+

4.0 VERY-GOOD

3.5 VERY-GOOD–

These books are complete, but can have major creases and a spine roll.

  • Cover gloss can be very low or sometimes no gloss at all.
  • The inside paper quality can be low and small pieces of the pages may be missing.
  • Books with brittle pages cannot grade higher than 3.5 and generally are even lower in grade.
  • Books in this grade are almost always creased, scuffed, abraded and soiled, but readable.
  • A larger amount of tape is also allowed in this grade.

 

GD | GOOD | 3.0 to 1.8

3.0 GOOD / VERY GOOD

2.5 GOOD+

2.0 GOOD

1.8 GOOD–

Good is really a misnomer, but it identifies a comic that is still readable with numerous defects.

  • It includes all the defects of a VG comic with more significant wear.
  • The inside paper quality might not be good and pieces of the pages may be missing.
  • Books in this grade are almost always creased, scuffed, abraded and soiled, but readable.
  • Large pieces can be missing from the cover.
  • Long or many spine splits are possible.
  • The cover and pages many be detached but not missing and is still in a "collectible" grade.
  • A significant amount of tape may have been applied to cover and pages.
  • Book may be fragile.

 

FA | FAIR | 1.5 to 1.0

1.5 FAIR / GOOD

1.0 FAIR

This book has seen much better days and tends to be heavily worn and tattered.

  • A copy of a comic in this grade has all pages and most of the covers.
  • A book in this condition is worn, ragged and unattractive.
  • Heavy creases and folds are prevalent.
  • Paper quality can be very low.
  • The spine and/or cover may be completely split.
  • Staples may be missing.
  • Coupons cut from cover and or inside pages. Panels can be clipped out.
  • Parts of the front cover may be missing.
  • Soiling, staining, tears, markings or chunks missing will interfere with reading.
  • Brittleness may be a factor.
  • Extensive amounts of tape are acceptable on the comic in these grades.

 

POOR | 0.5

It has major defects to the point that there is almost no collector value.

  • Copies in this grade typically will have pages and/or the front cover or back cover may be missing.
  • They may have severe strains or heavy cover abrasions to the point where cover inks are gone.
  • There may be heavy defacing with paints, varnishes, glues, oil, indelible markers or dyes, etc.
  • The inside pages can have extreme brittleness.

 

INCOMPLETE | 0.3 to 0.1

(Covers / Coverless / Single Wraps or Pages)

These designations are only used for the purpose of authentication. Numerous collectors and comic fans will purchase coverless comics to either read or to obtain a filler copy of a book for their collection.

  • Books that are coverless, but are otherwise complete, will receive a grade of 0.3 - as will covers missing their interiors.
  • Coverless copies that have incomplete interiors, wraps or single pages will receive a grade of 0.1 - as will just front covers or just back covers.
  • Copies in this designation typically will in most cases be beyond collectability to the majority of the hobby.
  • Rare key comics and incomplete pages i.e. centrefolds are considered to be valuable by the collecting community for either restoration purposes or for individuals who just wish to own a piece of comic history.