Grading (Condition)

 

GUIDE TO THE WAY WE GRADE
 
Mint (m): In our opinion comics in this grade don't exist as it implies that they are perfect. It is always possible to find a fault no matter how small which is why we, like a lot of other top comic-book dealers, believe that Near Mint (NM) is the highest possible grade. 
 
Near Mint (nm): In our view the highest possible grade a comic can be. Virtually perfect with only the tiniest fault(s) due to the printing process or handling. Comics in this grade are completely flat with creamy white supple pages which, like the staples are perfectly cantered. The cover has a high gloss. The comic appears to be unread.

Near Mint MINUS (nm-): Not quite as good as Near Mint with an additional defect or defects which detract from the comic’s appearance, still a super high grade. 
 
Very Fine Plus (vfn+): A slightly better grade than Very Fine with an additional virtue or virtues which improves the comic’s appearance thus making it more desirable than a Very Fine copy. 
 
Very Fine (vfn): An excellent copy with instant eye appeal with only a few minor defects. A small number of printing or binding defects are allowed. It is still flat with good cover gloss and hardly any surface wear. A ¼ inch cover crease is also acceptable and are stamped, inked or pencil arrival dates. The spine is almost completely flat with minimal colour breaks. Very slight staple tears and almost unnoticeable stress line may be present. Very, very slight corner wear is possible. 
 
Very Fine Minus (vfn-): Not quite as good as Very Fine with an additional defect or defects which detract from the comic’s appearance. 
 
Fine Plus (fn+): A slightly better grade than Fine with an additional virtue or virtues which improves the comic’s appearance thus making it more desirable than a Fine copy. 
 
Fine (fn): An above average copy that shows some wear, but is still relatively flat and clean with no serious faults, although some creasing, binding and or printing defects are allowed. Minor staining, corner blunting, very slight spine roll, discolouration and spine split may be present, but certainly not all of those faults together are allowed in this grade. Pages might be slightly tanning and the centrefold, whilst still attached, might be loose. 
 
Fine Minus (fn-): Not quite as good as Fine with an additional defect or defects which detract from the comic’s appearance. 
 
Very Good Plus (vg+): A slightly better grade than Very Good with an additional virtue or virtues which improves the comic’s appearance thus making it more desirable than a Very Good copy.
 
Very Good (vg): The common grade of the average used comic book. The cover shows moderate to significant wear with a lot of its original gloss gone. Spine damage/wear is acceptable as are some colour lose and foxing. Writing inside and or on the covers, stamps, arrival dates, slight print-outs, discoloration and minor general soiling as well as other many minor defects, are acceptable also in this grade. 
 
Very Good Minus (vg-): Not quite as good as Very Good with an additional defect or defects which detract from the comic’s appearance. 
 
Good Plus (g+): A slightly better grade than Good with an additional virtue or virtues which improves the comic’s appearance thus making it more desirable than a Good copy
 
Good (g) : Sometime described as “reading copy” comics in this grade although still complete will show substantial wear. Almost all faults are acceptable except that the pages are not brittle. 
 
Good Minus (g-): Not quite as good as Good with an additional defect or defects which detract from the comic’s appearance
 
Fair (FR) & Poor (PR): Mostly complete, but almost anything goes!
 
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