A nearly perfect copy that looks brand new with only
a few very minor defects. Acceptable minor defects on a NM copy include: a very
small amount of spine stresses,
very minor instances of denting (two or three at most), slight corner blunting, and minor (less than 1/8") bends without color breaks.
On the ten-point grading scale, a lower grade like
9.2 will allow these defects in a greater quantity and degree than a higher
grade like 9.8, which sometimes may have no
discernable defects at all. We do not assign the grades 9.9 and 10.0 to any unslabbed "raw" comics. You will only see these ultra-high grades on comics slabbed by one of
the grading services.
In some cases it is possible for a comic shipped
brand new from the publisher, or purchased new from a comic store's shelves, to
already be in less than near
mint condition due to the way the comic was produced, shipped, stored, or handled prior to purchase.
|Very Fine/Near Mint||VF/NM||9.0|
A VF copy has minor defects, but is in overall
excellent condition. Most well-kept modern comics (especially if they have been
read) fall into this grade.
Acceptable defects on a VF are minor and include: Minor corner wear, a light accumulation of spine stress that may include color-break, a light accumulation of dents,
and bends or folds less than 1/4" (note that on a VF copy, some color-break is allowed in a bend/fold).
A comic in FN condition is considered "above
average" but still displays some wear. In general, the eye appeal is somewhat
reduced due to either an accumulation
of minor defects or one or two moderate defects. Acceptable defects on a FN copy include: Slight spine roll, a moderate accumulation of spine stresses that may
break color, a spine split of less than 1/2", minor water spotting or residue (less than the size of a dime), an impacted corner, and moderate foxing.
A GD copy has major defects, but is still complete
and readable. A GD copy will have a significant amount of damage, usually an
accumulation of smaller defects
punctuated with some major defects. Acceptable defects on a GD copy include: A vertical book-length crease, 1.5"-2" spine split, cover or centerfold completely
detached, major tears, heavy discoloration/brittleness due to oxidation, heavy amounts of staining, residue, and water damage.
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