Cover is worn and has a piece missing on right center. Book is in very good condition; quite readable.
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Overstreet Grading Scale
The Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide is known in the comic book
industry as the source for grading comic books. The Overstreet Grading
Scale has become the industry standard used for most staple-bound and
perfect-bound paper products. In my auctions, I use the scale below to
grade my magazines and comic books. I have graded all of my products
myself following the guidelines below and have listed the respective
symbol in my auction listings. I offer no warranty other than my honest
judgment and assessment.
MINT (MT - 9.9-10.0): Near perfect in every way. Only
the most subtle bindery or printing defects are allowed. Cover is flat
with no surface wear. Cover inks are bright with high reflectivity and
minimal fading. Corners are cut square and sharp. Stapes are
generally centered and clean with no rust. Cover is generally
well-centered and firmly secured to interior pages. Paper is supple and
fresh. Spine is tight and flat.
NEAR MINT/MINT (NM/MT - 9.8): Has enough positive
qualities to make it better than a NM+, but has enough detracting
qualities to keep it from being a MINT 9.9. In most cases, the product
has a better appearance than a NM+.
NEAR MINT (NM - 9.2-9.7): Nearly perfect with only
minor imperfections allowed. This grade should have no corner or impact
creases, stress marks should be almost invisible, and bindery tears
must be less than 1/16". A couple of very tiny color flecks, or a
combination of the above that keeps the product from being perfect,
where the overall eye appeal is less than MINT drops the product into
this grade. Only the most subtle binding and/or printing defects are
allowed. Cover is flat with no surface wear. Cover inks are bright
with high reflectivity and minimum of fading. Corners are cut square
and sharp with ever so slight blunting permitted. Staples are generally
centered and clean with no rust. Cover is well-centered and firmly
secured to interior pages. Paper is supple and like new. Spine is
tight and flat.
VERY FINE/NEAR MINT (VF/NM - 9.0): Has enough
positive qualities to make it a better than a VF+, but has enough
detracting qualities to keep it from being a NM-. In most cases, the
product has a better appearance than a VF+.
VERY FINE (VF - 7.5-8.5): An excellent copy with
outstanding eye appeal. Sharp, bright, and clean with supple pages.
Cover is relatively flat with almost no surface wear. Cover inks are
generally bright with moderate to high reflectibility. Staples may show
some discolaration. Spine may have a couple of almost insignificant
transverse stress lines and is almost completely flat. A barely
unnoticeable 1/4" crease is acceptable, if color is not broken. Pages
and covers can be yellowish/tannish at the very least, but not brown and
preferable off-white to white.
FINE/VERY FINE (FN/VF - 7.0): Has enough positive
qualities to make it better than a FN+, but has enough detracting
qualities to keep it from being a VF-. In most cases, the product has a
better appearance than a FN+.
FINE (FN - 5.5-6.5): 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 possibly a small defect such as a few
slight cross stress marks on spine or very slight spine split
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VERY GOOD/FINE (VG/FN - 5.0): Has enough positive
qualities to make it better than a VG+, but has enough detracting
qualities to keep it from being a FN-. In most cases, the product has a
better appearance than a VG+.
VERY GOOD (VG - 3.5-4.5): The average used comic book
or magazine. A product in this grade shows some wear, can have a
reading or center crease, or a moderately rolled spine, but has not
accumulated enough total defects to reduce eye appeal to the point that
it is not a desirable copy. Some discoloration, fading, and even minor
soiling is allowed. As much as a 1/4" triangle can be missing out of
the corner or edge. A missing square piece (1/8" x 1/8") is also
acceptable. Store stamps, name stamps, arrival dates, initials, etc.
have no effect on this grade. Cover and interior pages can have some
minor tears and folds and the centerfold may be detached at one staple.
The cover may also be loose, but not completely detached. Common
bindery and printing defects do not affect grade. Pages and inside
covers may be brown but not brittle. Tape should never be used for
repair; however, many products in VG condition may have minor tape
GOOD/VERY GOOD (GD/VG - 3.0): Has enough positive
qualities to keep it better than a GD+, but has enough detracting
qualities to keep it from being a VG-. In most cases, the product has a
better appearance than a GD+.
GOOD (GD - 1.8-2.5): A copy in this grade has all
pages and covers, although there may be small pieces missing inside; the
largest piece allows from front or back ocver is a 1/2" triangle or
square 1/4" x 1/4". Products in this grade are commonly creased,
scuffed, abraded, soiled, and may have as much as a 2" spine split, but
are still completely readable. Often, paper quality is low but not
brittle. Cover reflectivity is low, and in some cases, completely
absent. This grade can have a moderate accumulation of defects, but
still maintains its basic structural integrity.
FAIR/GOOD (FR/GD - 1.5): Has enough positive
qualities to keep it better than a FR+, but has enough detracting
qualities to keep it from being a GD-. In most cases, the product has a
better appearance than a FR+.
FAIR (FR - 1.0): A copy int his grade is usually
soiled, ragged, and possibly unattractive. Creases, tears, and/or folds
are prevalent. Spine may be split up to two-thirds its entire length.
Staples may be gone. Up to one-tenth of the front cover may be
missing. These products are readable, although soiling, staining,
tears, markings, or chunks missing may moderately interfere with reading
the complete story/article. Some collectors consider this this lowest
collectible grade because products in lesser conditions are usually
defaced and/or brittle. Very often paper quality is low and may have
slight brittleness around the edges, but not the central portions of the
pages. Products in this grade may have a clipped coupon, so long as it
is noted along side of the listing, i.e., FAIR (1.0) - Coupon Clipped.
Valued as 50-70% of GOOD.
POOR (PR - 0.5): Most products in this grade have
been sufficiently degraded to the point that copies may have extremely
severe stains, missing staples, brittleness, mildew, or moder to heavy
cover abrasion to the point that some cover inks are indistinct/absent.
Products in this grade can have small chunks missing and pieces out of
pages. They may be been defaced with paints, varnishes, glues, oil,
indelible markers, or dyes. Covers may be split the entire length of
the item, but both halves must be present and basically still there with
some chunks missing. A page or pages may be missing as long as it is
noted along side the listing, i.e., POOR (0.5) X Page Missing. Value
depends on extent of defects, but would average about one-third of GOOD.
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