We do our best to adhere to common grading standards. We use the list of grades found below to denote condition. The grading guidelines outlined below serve as a general reference, not an exact science. We use the below principles in grading books for the website everyday.
The Overstreet Guide to Grading is heavily referenced in practice and below. CGC grading standards, which are the common industry standard, are also considered.
We assign grades to new listings above $15 and thousands below. Please refer to the scan for books without grades. In cases of multiple, similar copies, the lowest grade copy is pictured.
Books in Near Mint Plus condition are near perfect, with extremely minimal flaws. A NM+ is a 9.6, not a 9.8 (Near Mint / Mint). We do not assign raw books grades of NM/M. NM+ books may have very minor spine stress or very minor corner or edge blunting. Commonly accepted manufacturing defects such as corner fraying on oversized issues are allowed.
Books in Near Mint condition Minus have minor flaws.
In my believe the average Modern Comic exists in NM- condition.
Books in Fine / Very Fine condition are upper mid grade with many minor flaws, and some larger flaws. Larger creases across corners, moderate foxing, heavy dust shadowShop FN/VF Raw Books