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 and clean with outstanding eye appeal. A copy with slightly more wear than a Very Fine copy. Sharp, bright and clean with supple pages. A comic book in this grade has the appearance of having been carefully handled.

Bindery Defects
A Slight accumulation of minor defects is allowed.

Cover / Exterior
Mostly flat with minimal surface wear begining to show, with slight yellowing or tanning allowed, possibly including some weat at corners. Inks are generally bright with slight to moderate reflectivity. 1/4" to 1/2" bend with very slight color break allowed. Stamped or inked arrival dates may be present. Minor foxing may be present.

Spine
Nearly flat with a possible minor to moderate color break allowed.

Staples
Some discoloration allowed. Accumulation of slight staple tears and a few minor stress lines may be present. Slight rust migration allowed. 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 light tan to cream and supple. Centerfold is mostly secure. Minor interior tears in margins may be present.

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7.0 Fine / Very Fine (F/VF)
An above average copy that shows minor wear but is still relatively flat and clean with outstanding eye appeal. A comic book in this grade appears to have been read a few times and has been handled with care.

Bindery Defects
A small accumulation of minor defects is allowed.

Cover / Exterior
Minor wear beginning to show with interior yellowing or tanning allowed, possibly including minor creases. Corners may be blunted or abraded. Ink are generally bright with a moderate reduction in reflectivity. Stamped or inked arrival dates may be present. No obvious soiling, staining or other discoloration, expect for minor foxing.

Spine
The slightest roll may be present, as well as a pobbile moderate color break.

Staples
Staples may show some discoloration. Slight staple tears and a slight accumulation of light stress lines may be oresent. Slight 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, but not brown. no hint of acidity in the odor of the newsprint. Centerfold is mostly secure. Minor i nterior tears at the margin may be present.

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6.5 Fine+ (FN+)
An above average copy that shows minor wear but is still relatively flat and clean with no significant creasing or other serious defects. Eye appeal is slightly reduced because of light surface wear and the accumulation of small defects, especially on the spine and edges. A Fine+ comic book appear to have been read a few times and has been handled with moderate care.

Bindery Defects
Small of moderate accumulation of minor defects is allowed. One or two more than the Fine / Very Fine grade.

Cover / Exterior
Minimal to minor wear beginning to show, possibly including some wear at corners. Inks show a moderate to major reduction in reflectivity. Blunted or abraded corners are beginning to appear. Minor accumulation of creases are apparent. Stamped or inked arrival daes may be present. Slight discoloration, staining or foxing.

Spine
Slight to minor spine roll is allowed. There can also be a 1/8" spine split or color break at spine.

Staples
Staples show some discoloration. Slight to minor staple tears and are slight accumulation of minor stress lines may be present. Slight to minor rust migration. In rare cases, a comic was not stapled at the bindery. In rare cases, a comic is 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 light tan to cream, not brown. centerfold may be slight loose. Minor interior tears at the margin may be present.

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6.0 Fine (FN)
An above average copy that shows minor wear but is still relatively flat and clean with no significant creasing or other serious defects. Eye appeal is somewhat reduced because of slight surface wear and teh accumulation of small defects, especially on the spine and edges. A Fine condition comic book appears to have been read a few times and has been handled with moderate care.

Bindery Defects
Some accumulation of minor defects is allowed.

Cover / Exterior
Minor wear apparent, with minor to moderate creases. Inks show a major reduction in reflectivity. Blunted or abraded corners are more common, as is minor staining, soiling, discoloration, and / or foxing. Stamped or inked arrival dates may be present.

Spine
A minor spine roll is allowed. There can also be a 1/4" spine split or severe color break.

Staples
Staples show minor discoloration. Minor staple tears and an accumulation of stress lines may be present, as well as minor rust migration. In rare cases, a comic is 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 brown to tan and fairy supple with no signs of brittleness. No hint of acidity in the odor of the newsprint. Minor interior tears at the margin may be present. centerfold may be loose but not detached.

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5.5 Fine- (FN-)
An average to above average copy that shows moderate wear. Eye appeal is somewhat reduced because of the accumulation of defects. Still a desirable copy that has been handled with some care.

Bindery Defects
A moderate accumulation of defects allowed.

Cover / Exterior
Minor surface wear showing, with heightened yellowing or tanning allowed; wear at corners more common. Inks show major reduction in reflectivity. Minor to moderate creases with slight dimpling. Stamped or inked arrival dates allowed. Minor accumulated of discoloration, staining or foxing may be present.

Spine
A minor spine role is allowed. Spine can have a 1/4" - 1/2" split or color break at spine.

Staples
Staples show discoloration. Minor staple tears and an accumulation of stress lines may be present as well as minor rust migration. In rare cases, a comic is 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 brown to tan and fairly supple with no sighns of brittleness. Centerfold is loose, but one detached. Minor interior tears may be present.

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5.0 Very Good / Fine (VG/FN)
An above average but well used comic book. A comic in this grade shows some moderate wear; eye appeal is somewhat reduced because of the accumulation of defects. Still a desirable copy that has been handled with some care.

Bindery Defects
An accumulation of defects is allowed.

Cover / Exterior
Minor to moderate wear apparent, with minor to moderate creases and / or dimples. Inks have major to extreme reduction in reflectivity. Blunted or abraded corners are increasingly common, as is minor to moderate staining, discoloration, and / or foxing. Stamped or inked arrival fates may be present.

Spine
A minor to moderate spine roll is allowed. A spine split of up to 1/2" may be present.

Staples
Staples show minor discoloration. A slight accumulation of minor staple tears and an accumulation of minor stress lines may alo be present, as well as minor rust migration. In rare cases, a comic is 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 brown to tan with no signs of brittleness. May have the faintest traces of an acidic odor. Centerfold may be loose but not detached. Minor tears may also be present.

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4.5 Very Good+ (VG+)
An average comic book with less wear and defects than one in Very Good. A comic in this grade shows some moderate wear, but still has enough eye appeal to be a desirable copy.

Cover / Exterior
Cover shows moderate wear, and may be loose but not completely detached. Major to extreme reduction in reflectivily. Can have moderate accumulated of creases or dimples. Corners may be blunted or abdraded. Store stamps, name stamps, arrival dates, initials, etc. have no effect on this grade. moderate discoloration, fading, and / or foxing. As much as 1/8" triangle can be missing out of the corner or edge; a missing 1/6" square is also acceptable. Only minor amateur repair allowed on otherwise high grade copies.

Spine
Minor to moderate roll may be present and a 1/2" - 1" spine split / color break.

Staples
Staples discolored. Accumulation of minor staples tears and stress lines may be present, as well as rust migration.

Paper / Interior
Paper is brown to tan, supple but not brittle. A minor acidic odor can be detectable. Minor tears throughout book may be present. centerfold may be loose or detached and collectable. The best known copies of some pre-1965 books are in this grade range.

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4.0 Very Good (VG)
The average used comic book. A comic in this grade shows some significant moderate wear, but still has not accumulated enough total defects to reduce eye appeal to teh point that it is not a desirable copy.

Cover / Exterior
Covers shows moderate to significant wear, and may be loose but not completely detached. moderate to extreme reduction in reflectivity. Can have an accumulation of creases or dimples. Corners may be blunted or abraded. Store stamps, name stamps, arrival dates, initials, etc. have no effect on this grade. Some discoloration, fading, foxing, and even minor soiling is allowed. As much as a 1/4" triangle can be missing out of the corner or edge; a missing 1/8" square is also aceptable. only minor unobtrusive tape and other amateur repair allowed on otherwise high grade copies.

Spine
Moderate roll may be present and / or a 1" spine split.

Staples
Staples discolored. Minor to moderate staples tears and stress lines may be present, as well as some rust migraton.

Paper / Interior
Paper is brown but not brittle. A minor acidic odor can be detectable. Minor to moderate tears may be present. centerfold may be loose or detached at one staple.

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3.5 Very Good- (VG-)
An average comic book with more wear and defects than one in Very Good. A comic in this grade shows some significant moderate wear, but still has not accumulated enough total defects to reduce eye appeal to this point that it is not desirable copy.

Cover / Exterior
Cover shows moderate to significant wear, and may be loose and almost completely detached. Major to erxtreme reduction in reflectivity. Moderate accumulated of creases or dimples. Corners may be blunted or abraded. Store stamps, name stamps, arrival stamps, initials, etc. have not effect on this grade. Accumulated of discoloration, fading, foxing, and even minor soiling is allowed. As much as 1/4" triangle can be missing out of the corner or edge; a missing 1/8" square is also acceptable. Only minor amateur repair allowed on otherwise high grade copies.

Spine
Moderate roll and a 1" spine split with possible color break.

Staples
Staples dsicolored. Minor to moderate staple tears and stress lines may be present, as well as some rust migration.

Paper / Interior
Paper is brown but not brittle. A minor acidic odor can be detectable. Minor to moderate interior tears may be present. Centerfold may be loose or detached at one staple. Comics in this condition are still desirable and collectable. The best known copies of some pre-1965 books are in this grade range.

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3.0 Good / Very Good (G/VG)
A used comic book showing some substantilal wear. A copy in this grade has all pages and covers, although there may be small pieces mising. Still a reasonably desirable copy and completely readable.

Cover / Exterior
Cover shows significant wear, and may be loose or even deteached at one staple. Cover reflectivity is very low. Can have a book-length crease and / or minor dimples. Corners may be blunted, abraded or even slightly rounded. Store stamps, name stamps, arrival dates, initials etc. have no effort on this grade. An accumulation of discoloration, fading, foxing, and even minor to moderate soiling is allowed. A triangle from 1/4" to 1/2" can be missing out of the corner or edge; a missing 1/8" to 1/4" square is also acceptable. Tape and other amateur repair may be present.