Condition Guide for Pop Culture Collectibles

 

Comics

Books

Documents, Photos, Art

Gem Mint 9.9

Mint 9.8

 

(M)

The best example of comic book condition ever seen. Perfect, or as near to perfect as possible.

Also, “As New” - Without faults or defects.

Also, “Excellent” - describes an item whose condition and appearance may be regarded as flawless and superior in every respect.

Near Mint/Mint 9.6

Near Mint + 9.4

Near Mint 9.2

Near Mint - 9.0

 

(NM)

Nearly perfect with only minor imperfections that keep it from the next higher grade. The overall look is "as if it was just purchased and read once or twice."

Also, “As New” - Without faults or defects.

 

Also, “Excellent” - describes an item whose condition and appearance may be regarded as flawless and superior in every respect.

Very Fine/Near Mint 8.5

Very Fine + 8.0

Very Fine 7.5

Very Fine - 7.0

 

(VF)

 

An excellent copy with outstanding eye appeal. Sharp, bright and clean with supple pages. A comic book of this grade has the appearance of having been carefully handled.

Also, “As New” - Without faults or defects.

Also, “Excellent” - describes an item whose condition and appearance may be regarded as nearly flawless.

Fine/Very Fine 6.5

Fine + 6.0

Fine 5.5

Fine - 5.0

 

(F)

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 the accumulation of small defects, especially on the spine and edges. A fine condition comic book appears to have been read a few times and has been handled with moderate care.

Also, “As New” - Without faults or defects.

There are no significant flaws, unless noted.

Very Good/Fine 4.5

Very Good + 4.0

Very Good 3.5

Very Good - 3.0

 

(VG)

The average used comic book. A comic in this grade shows some significant moderate wear, but still has not accumulated enough total defects to reduce eye appeal to the point that it is not a desirable copy.

A book showing some signs of wear. Any defects or faults must be noted.

There are no serious flaws, unless noted.

Good/Very Good 2.5

Good + 2.0

Good 1.8

Good - 1.5

 

(G)

This grade shows substantial wear; often considered a "reading copy." Comics in this grade have all pages and covers, although there may be small pieces missing. Books in this grade are commonly creased, scuffed, abraded, soiled, but still completely readable.

The average used book that is totally complete (as issued) and intact. Any defects must be noted.

Average condition. An item that has as many as several flaws, which are noted.

Fair/Good 1.0

Fair .5

 

(FR)

A copy in this grade shows heavy wear. Some collectors consider this the lowest collectible grade because comic books in lesser condition are usually incomplete and/or brittle. Comics in this grade are usually soiled, faded, ragged, and possibly unattractive. This is the last grade in which a comic remains generally readable.

A worn book that has complete text pages (including those with maps or plates) but may lack endpapers, half-title page, etc. Any defects or faults must be noted.

Below average condition with significant flaws.

Poor 0

 

(PR)

 

Most comic books in this grade have been sufficiently degraded to the point where there is little or no collector value; they are easily identified by a complete absence of eye appeal. Comics in this grade are brittle almost to the point of turning to dust with a touch, and are usually incomplete.

Also, “Reading Copy” - A book that is sufficiently worn that its only merit is the complete text, which must be legible. Any missing maps or plates must be noted. May be soiled, scuffed, stained, or spotted, and may have loose joints, hinges, pages, etc.

Serious flaws.

 

[NOTE: There may be "+ (Plus)" or "- (Minus)" in a grade, which will mean that it is above the grade noted but not quite to the next higher grade for "+", and that it is below the grade noted but not quite to the next lower grade for "-", i.e., Very Good + (or Plus). Which means the item is slightly better than Very Good).