A visual attempt to display the grade progression of "Good" to "Very Fine"
individual books will vary
|- G +||- VG +||- FN +||- VF +|
|story must be complete. Can have significant chipping on covers or small pieces missing. minor tape is possible. Very readable. Borderline collectible depending on specific defects.||a nice book.. clearly used but not abused. Some creasing and small tears. Can have a variety of defects so the same grade books can look very different. Cover is always connected to book.||an exceptional copy (very collectible). Some minor defects allowed, but overall very clean and flat||an extremely beautiful book, with no major defects. A highly desirable copy. Clean & flat w/ clean corners & high reflectivity. Also no tears or staple pulls.|
**Please note** A comic's final grade takes into consideration ALL aspects of the book, not just the front cover
The comic book grade of "G" (Good) should be considered the bottom of "collectible grades". For a "scarce" title I would also include G-, maybe even down to FA/G (Fair/Good) as even a copy in that grade may have significant value, especially with early 1st editions. Any grade below this can have such a vast array of "major defects" and "pet peeves" as to be nearly impossible to display here. You may run into defects like water damage, major missing cover sections, beat up and trashed copies..... etc. If all the pages are intact, though, they make excellent "reading copies".
Why take the risk of putting a "ding" in that beautiful VF copy you have of some early 1st edition, but you still love reading and re-reading that story....... well that's when we get down into the value to collectors of copies in these grades. This becomes especially critical to those titles which had pages deleted in reprint editions.
If your collection does not contain any "Classic Comics" editions, then some of the titles you've read may have had up to 16 full pages of the story deleted..... from 64 pages down to a 48 page format. Please consult Dan Malan's "Complete Guide to Classics Illustrated" Volume 1 to get all that information. and so very much more.
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