Sunday, 28 December 2014

Grading for Comic Books (2015 Revision)

We grade our comics consistently, the important thing to remember with our grading is that it is only our opinion, the same as any grader is only giving their opinion, this may or may not coincide with your opinion. But if you have purchased comics graded from us then there will be consistency in how we grade all of them.

We use the following grades (We generally do not to use Amazon as a sales outlet due to their immoral employment and tax avoidance practises and their unfriendly marketplace service policies)

Proper Grade                      Amazon Equivalent
Near Mint                             Like New
Very Fine                             Very Good
Fine                                      Good
Very Good                           Good
Good                                    Acceptable
Fair                                      Acceptable

CGC "Professional" Grading

Our experience has been that CGC grading can vary dramatically from day to day and is very much dependent on the people doing the grading and their mood on the day of grading.

For those of you who send older books in to CGC for professional grading, we only guarantee that our NM graded books will come back with CGC grades ranging anywhere from 8.5 (VF+) to 10.0 (Gem Mint). Comics in Very Fine grade can be expected to grade out with CGC at 6.5 (Fine+) - 9.4 (Near Mint)

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

We offer a no quibble return policy on all comics purchased from us where you have not had the opportunity to physically examine the comic book first.

How we grade

We look for the worst of the following flaws/imperfections and start from the associated grade, an accumulation of flaws may drive the grade down even further

VERY FINE   Rounded Corners
VERY FINE   Spine stess lines which break the colour
VERY FINE   Off Centre Printing
VERY FINE   Interior paper colour off white
FINE               Spine Roll
FINE               Loose or rusting staples
FINE               Rubber Stamps (date stamps or UK price stamps)
FINE               Writing (for example very common on 2000AD early issues) 
VERY GOOD Folds, Tears, Tape, Fingerprints, Waterstains, Cover scuffs
GOOD             Missing pieces

We do not offer to sell comics in "Mint" condition. Many of the comics we sell as "Near Mint/Mint" would qualify as "Mint," but we will not try to separate them as a category. Why? Because "Mint" is a standard that is too difficult to define. All comics have some flaws. They are produced in factories, by indifferent workers, in huge production runs. The odds of a "perfect mint" comic getting through that process are infinitesimally small. From our perspective, that makes trying to identify them and market them an impossible task. Collectors of "Mint" comics all have their own personal standards of what defines "Mint" and what reduces a comic to "Near Mint." An almost unnoticeable flaw will pass the standards of some "Mint" collectors and not others. It's just not commercially viable for us to try and second-guess people who go over their comics with a magnifying glass. So we do not even try to sell comics to that audience. If you desire "Mint" comics only, we strongly encourage you to seek out another source for your back issue needs. 

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