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Grading/Condition Guidelines

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We do our best to accurately and honestly grade all of our items. Below you'll find a brief summary of the guidelines we employ when appraising our items. Condition can be in the eye of the beholder, however, so we heartily encourage our customers to view item photos carefully and come to their own conclusions.

BOOKS:

New: Looks like it just left the presses!

  • No signs of wear or aging
  • No writing or highlighting
  • Uncracked spine

Like New: Looks like it's never been read!

  • VERY minimal signs of wear or aging
  • No writing or inscription to interior

Very Good: Great shape -- obviously been read, but in excellent overall condition.

  • Light wear to spine and covers
  • Tight binding.
  • May have inscription or name written interior, front cover or on endpage
  • No missing or damaged pages.

Good Condition: Used, but not abused.

  • Moderate wear to spine and covers.
  • Tight binding.
  • No missing or damaged pages.
  • May have name or inscription written on the interior, front cover or on endpage.

Fair Condition: Beat-up, but intact.

  • Moderate to heavy wear to spine, covers and binding.
  • May have been repaired
  • May have writing or highlighting to the interior.
  • No loose or missing pages.

Poor Condition: Readable, but obviously it's been through the wars.

  • Heavy wear to spine, covers and binding.
  • May have considerable writing and/or highlighting to interior.
  • May have loose and/or missing pages.
  • May have been repaired.

 

COMIC BOOKS

Near Mint (NM-,NM,NM+):

  • Nearly perfect with only minor imperfections

Very Fine (VF-,VF,VF+):

  • Sharp, bright and clean with supple pages. A comic book of this grade has the appearance of having been carefully handled.

Fine (FN-,FN,FN+):

  • 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.

Very Good (VG-,VG,VG+):

  • Shows some significant moderate wear, but still has eye appeal.

Good (G-,G,G+):

  • 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.

Fair (F-,F,F+):

  • Shows heavy wear. Usually soiled, faded, and with significant chipping. Complete and readable, but beat-up.

Poor (P):

  • Shows heavy wear, soiling, and fading. Heavy chipping likely. Missing pages possible. 

 

Big Little Books, Pulp Magazines, & Dime Novels:

We do not grade our Big Little Books, Pulp Magazines and other periodicals, or our dime novels. Interior flaws are noted in the item descriptions, and multiple photos are provided. Please feel free to contact us with questions before purchasing.