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