Grading, Comic Books

(Ungraded) (10.0) (9.9) (9.8) (9.6) (9.4) (9.2) (9.0) (8.5) (8.0) (7.5) (7.0) (6.5)
(6.0) (5.5) (5.0) (4.5) (4.0) (3.5) (3.0) (2.5) (2.0) (1.8) (1.5) (1.0) (0.5)

We have one guy that grades all of our comic books. He uses the "Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide" to determine what a particular grade he believes a comic book will earn. Grading is highly subjective and it seems like everyone has an opinion as to what grade a comic book should be, ours is listed in the profile for each of our comic books.

Ungraded
As you peruse our inventory you will see comics listed as "EEO Comic Book Grade (Ungraded)" This would represents a comic book that has not gained enough value to warrant the extra time it takes to grade. You may think of these as "Reader" comics. Meaning, you shouldn't be afraid to read them because at this point they do not have extraordinary monetary value.

Q: Does that mean the staples are falling out?!?
A: No, generally if these comics were to be graded they would fall somewhere between; 3.0 Good / Very Good & 10.0 Gem Mint.

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10.0 Gem Mint (GM)
This is an exceptional example of a given book - the best ever seen. The slightest bindery defects and / or printing flaws may be seen only upon very close inspection. The overall look is "as if it has never been handled or released for purchase."

Bindery / Printing Defects
Only the slightest bindery or printing defects are allowed, and these would be imperceptible on first views. no bindery tears.

Cover / Exterior
Flat with no surface wear. Inks are bright with high reflectivity. Well centered and firmly secure to interior pages. Corners are cut square and sharp. no creases. No dates or stamped markings allowed. No soiling, staining or other discoloration.

Spine
Tight and flat. No spine roll or split allowed.

Staples
Must be original, centered and clean with no rust. No staple tears or stress lines.

Paper / Interior
Paper is white, supple, and fresh. No hint of acidity in the color of the newsprint. No interior autographs or owner signatures. Centerfold is firmly secure. No interior tears.

We will never grade a comic book as a 10.0 Gem Mint

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9.9 Mint (MT)
Near perfect in every way. The overall look is "as if it was just purchased."

Bindery Defects
Only Subtel bindery or printing defects are allowed. No bindery tears.

Cover / Exterior
Flat with no surface wear. Inks are bright with high reflectivity. Generally well centered and firmly secured to interior pages. Corners are cut square and sharp. No creases. Small, inconspicuous, lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable as long as they are in an unobtrusive location. No soiling, staining or other discoloration.

Spine
Tight and flat. no spine roll or split allowed.

Staples
Must be original, generally centered and clean with no rust. No staple tears or stress lines.

Paper / Interior
Paper is white, supple and fresh. No hint of acidity in the odor of the newsprint. Centerfold is firmly secure. no interior tears.

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9.8 Near Mint / Mint (NM/MT)
Nearly perfect in every way only minor imperfections that keep it from the next higher grade. The overall look is "as if it was just purchased."

Bindery Defects
Only subtle bindery or printing defects are allowed. No bindery tears.

Cover / Exterior
Flat with no surface wear. Ink are bright with high reflectivity. Generally well centered and firmly secured to interior pages. Corners are cut square and sharp. No creases. Small, inconspicuous, lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable as long as they are in an unobtrusive location. No soiling, staining or other discoloration.

Spine
Tight and flat. No spine roll or split allowed.

Staples
Must be original, generally centered and clean with no rust. No staple tears or stress lines.

Paper / Interior
Paper is off-white to white, supple and fresh. No hint of acidity in the odor of the newsprint. Centerfold is firmly secure. only the slightest interior tears are allowed.

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9.6 Neat Mint+ (NM+)
Nearly perfect with a minor additional virtue or virtues that raise it from Near Mint. The overall look is "as if it was just purchased and read once or twice."

Bindery Defects
Only subtle bindery or printing defects are allowed. No bindery tears are allowed, although Golden Age books bindery tears of up to 1/8" have been noted.

Cover / Exterior
Flat with no surface wear. Inks are bright with high reflectivity. Well centered and firmly secured to interior pages. One corner may be almost imperceptibly blunted, but still almost sharp and cut square. Almost imperceptible indentations are permissible, but no creases, bends, or color break, Small, inconspicuous, lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable as long as they are in an unobtrusive location. No soiling, staining or other discoloration.

Spine
Tight and flat. No spine roll or split allowed.

Staples
Must be original, generally cenered, with only the slightest discoloration. No staple tears, stress lines, or rust migration.

Paper / Interior
Paper is off-white, supple and fresh. No hint of acidity in the odor of the newsprint. Centerfold is firmly secure. Only the slightest interior tears are allowed.

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9.4 Near Mint (NM)
Nearly perfect with only minor imperfections that keep it from the next higher grade. the overall look is "as if it was just purchased and read once or twice."

Bindery Defects
Subtle defects are allowed. Bindery tears must be less than 1/16" on Silver Age and later books, although Golden Age books bindery tears of up to 1/4" have been noted.

Cover / Exterior
Flat with no surface wear. Inks are bright with high reflectivity. Generally well centered and secured to interior pages. Corners are cut square and sharp with ever-so-slight blunting permitted. A 1/16" bend is permitted with no color break. No creases. Small, inconspicuous, lightly pensiled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable as long as they are in an unobtrusive location. No soiling, staining, or other discoloration apart from slight foxing.

Spine
Tight and flat. No spine roll or split allowed.

Staples
Generally centered; may have slight discoloration. no staple tears are allowed; almost no stress lines. No rust migration. In rare cases, a comic was not stapled at the bindery and therefore has a missing staplel this is not considered a defect. Any staple can be replaced on books up to Fine, but only vintage staples can be used on books from Very Fine to Near Mint. Mint books must have original staples.

Paper / Interior
Paper is cream to off-white, supple and fresh. No hint of acidity in the odor of the newsprint. Centerfold is secure. Slight interior tears are allowed.

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9.2 Near Mint- (NM-)
Nearly perfect with only a minor additional defect or defects that keep it from Near Mint. The overall look is "as if it was just purchased and read once or twice."

Bindery Defects
A limited number of defects are allwoed.

Cover / Exterior
Almost flatwith almost imperceptible wear. Inks are bright and slightly diminshed reflectivity. An 1/8" bend is allowed if color is not broken. Corners are cut square and sharp with ever-so- slight blunting permitted but no creases. Several lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable. no obvious soiling, staining or other discoloration, except for very minor foxing.

Spine
Tight and flat. No spine roll or split allowed.

Staples
Staples may show some dsicoloration. only the slightest staple tears are allowed. A very minor accumulation of tress lines may be present if they are nearly imperceptible. No rust migration. In rare cases, a comic was not stapled at the bindery and therefore has a missing staple; this is not considered a defect. any staple can be replaced on books up to Fine, but only vintage staples can be used on books from Very Fine to Near Mint. Mint books must have original staples.

Paper / Interior
Paper is cream to off-white and supple. No hint of acidity in odor of the newsprint. Centerfold is secure. Very minor interior tears may be present.

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9.0 Very Fine / Near Mint (VF/NM)
Nearly perfect with outstanding eye appeal. The overall look is "as if it was just purchased and read a few times."

Bindery Defects
A limited number of defects are allowed.

Cover / Exterior
Almost flat with almost imperceptible wear. Inks are bright with slightly diminished reflectivity. An 1/8" bend is allowed if color is not broken. Corners are cut square and sharp with ever-so-slight blunting permitted but no creases. Several lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates are acceptable. No obvious soiling, staining, or other discoloration, except for very minor foxing.

Spine
Tight and flat. No spine roll or split allowed.

Staples
Staples may show some discoloration. Only the lightest tears are allowed. A very minor accumulation of stress lines may be present if they are nearly imperceptible. No rust migrations. In rare cases, a comic was not stapled at the bindery and therefore has a missing staple; this is not considered a defect. Any staples can be used on books from Very Fine to Near Mint books must have original staples.

Paper / Interior
Paper is cream to off-white and supple. No hint of acidity in the odor of the newsprint. centerfold is secure. Very minor interior tears may be present.

Collectors should throughly examine any such book for restoration, particularly in the case of pre-1965 books. This is a crucial grade that is often misused when a book actually falls in either Very Fine or Near Mint.

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8.5 Very Fine+ (VF+)
An almost near perfect copy with outstanding eye appeal. Sharp, bright and clean with supple pages. A Comic book in this grade has the appearance of having been carefully handled.

Bindery Defects
A limited accumulation of minor defects is allowed. One or two more than the Very Fine / Near Mint grade.

Cover / Exterior
Almost flat with slight surface wear, possibly including some wear at one of the corners. Inks are generally bright with high reflectivity. A 1/8" - 1/4" bend is acceptable is color is not broken. Accumulation of several lightly penciled, stamped or inked arrival dates may be present. No obvious soiling, stained or other discoloration, except for very minor foxing.

Spine
Almost flat with no roll. Very minor color break allowed.

Staples
Staples may show some discoloration. Very slight staple tears and an accumulation of very minor lines may be present. No rust migration. In rare cases, a comic was not stapled at the bindery and therefore has a missing staple; this is not considered a defect. any staple can be replaced on books up to Fine, but only vintage staples can be used on books from Very Fine to Near Mint. Mint books must have original staples.

Paper / Interior
Paper is cream and supple. Centerfold is mostly secure. Very minor interior tears may be present.

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8.0 Very Fine (VF)
An excellent copy with outstandingeye appeal. Sahrp, bright and clean with supple pages. A comic in this grade has the appearance of having been carefully handled.

Bindery Defects
A limited accumulation of minor defects is allowed.

Cover / Exterior
Realatively flat with minimal surface wear beginning to show, possibly including some minute wear at corners. Inks are generally bright with moderate to high reflectivity. A 1/4" crease is acceptable if color is not broken. Stamped or inked arrval dates may be present. No obvious soiiling, staining or other discoloration, except for minor foxing.

Spine
Almost flat with no roll. Possible minor color break allowed.

Staples
Staples may show some discoloration. Very slight staple tears and a few almost very minor to minor stress lines may be present. No rust migration. In rare cases, a comic was not stapled at the bindery and therefore has a missing staple; this is not considered a defect. any staple can be replaced on books up to Fine, but only vintage staples can be used on books from Very Fine to Near Mint. Mint books must have original staples.

Paper / Interior
Paper is tan to cream and supple. no hint of acidity in the odor of the newsprint. Centerfold is mostly secure. Minor interior tears at the margin may be present.

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7.5 Very Fine- (VF-)
An above average copy that shows very minor wear but is till relatively flat an