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Example of 1.0 (Fair)



Very worn and soiled with possible small chunks out of the spine or cover. Some tears or heavy creases and marks or writing on the cover/inside. There may be some water damage or staining throughout. There may be a small panel or small coupon cut but all pages must be there. Watch out for those Marvel Value Stamps in 1970s American Marvels and those coupons for free gifts in early 1970s Marvel Weeklies! The pages may be brown and the quality so low that the edges appear delicate. This is basically a very rough copy.

Missing parts are a serious defect. If a comic, British or American, appears otherwise very high grade, a missing coupon or panel would devalue it. A small coupon or story panel by at least a couple of grades, a half page out by perhaps three overall grades. Thus a Very Fine with a missing part should grade no more than a VG at best.

If you are a dealer or wish to sell, perhaps it is better to grade and evaluate the comic overall and then mention the extent of the missing part. Thus your comic may satisfy all criteria for a Fine copy and then potential customers can decide if they can live with a Fine comic with a piece cut or missing.


Grading information and pictures provided by  Duncan McAlpine from www.comicpriceguide.co.uk

Other help in this category

First Checks and Assessments

Detailed 10 Point Grading System

Grading System - Definitions (Mint to Poor!)

Example of 10.0 (Gem Mint Issue)

Example of 9.9 (Mint Issue)

Example of 9.8 (Near Mint - Mint Issue)

Example of 9.6 (Near Mint +)

Example of 9.4 (Near Mint)

Example of 9.2 (Near Mint -)

Example of 9.0 (Very Fine - Near Mint)

Example of 8.5 (Very Fine +)

Example of 8.0 (Very Fine)

Example of 7.5 (Very Fine -)

Example of 7.0 (Fine - Very Fine)

Example of 6.5 (Fine +)

Example of 6.0 (Fine)

Example of 5.5 (Fine -)

Example of 5.0 (Very Good - Fine)

Example of 4.5 (Very Good +)

Example of 4.0 (Very Good)

Example of 3.5 (Very Good - )

Example of 3.0 (Good - Very Good)

Example of 2.5 (Good +)

Example of 2.0 (Good)

Example of 1.8 (Good -)

Example of 1.5 (Fair - Good)

Example of 0.5 (Poor)

Example of Rusty Staples

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