Rarity is one significant factor which can affect the value of a comic. If a rare book is not in demand within the comic collecting community no amount of this factor will help support the value of the book on its own. Marketability is the demand for the book and also is their potential buyers interested in your comic? Comics with classic covers, first appearances, noted artists, and other types of strong interest from the collectors market will have more marketability then a common book that has no historical significance. The Internet has changed the marketability of books in the comic book market.
Note that the marketability of any comic book can change based on time, the popularity of the character or characters, collector demand, etc.
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Comic Book Grading Scale Explained
today we’re going to be talking about the comic books that are graded and the grading scale itself so comic books that are graded kind of look like this they are encased in a protective plastic and they’re assigned a grade which is the quality of the book and there are a couple of different Companies that do this cgc and pgx are a couple and those are different uh companies that essentially do the same service some people like one over the other but i am really quite impressed with all of them now this guy here is a 7 and that’s its rating and then of course it has the comic itself some information on the top and those types of things are really Nice because like this one for example it tells the printing when it was it’s on a white white page print that’s what the type of paper is used.
get the information about why this book was graded with the score that it was and that’s that again that’s seven that we got here on this particular book so the grade itself is going to be scored between 10 and 0.5 9.8 is really where i see most good comic books coming back at now these are what are considered near mint a 10 is a gem mint something That’s like really impossible to find they’re so amazing and they’re obviously very very rare a 9.9 is considered a mint and again very very rare but they do come out obviously probably a lot more than tens but really most all books come back that are like new and really really good condition at a 9.8 or near mint and endearment is Nearly perfect.
it has a few very very minor defects and honestly these are the type of defects that come because of packaging and you know a slight corner uh that’s uh just has a little bit of rubbed on it so it’s not quite as perfect or sharp there may be a slight slight slight bend without any color breaks essentially this is a perfect book and that is just that it was printed and was Handled that’s like the only things that are wrong with it and that’s where you see things that are bought brand new that are sent in right away that’s what you’ll really see those ones come out as if that’s all good now the skills continue to go down at around a 9.4 they’re considered still a near mint.
Comic Book Grading
Even professional grading services like CGC, CBCS, and PGX acknowledge that the same book may not always receive the same grade if it is submitted for grading more than once. While we cannot guarantee that a book graded twice will receive the same grade each time, we can guarantee that every comic we sell has been listed at the grade at which we purchased it. The basic grading scale, also known as letter grades, uses the grades from Near Mint (highest) to Poor (lowest): The ten-point grading scale assigns grades ranging from 10.
We use the ten-point scale to grade most comics valued $15. 00 or more and those published before 1980. Most comics graded using the ten-point grading scale have cover scans, so when you`re considering purchasing a comic you can see the front (and sometimes back) cover scans of the exact comic being offered.
For cheaper comics graded on the basic grading scale, we show you a stock image of what that issue’s cover looks like, but we don’t scan the exact book being offered. These comic grading services will grade a comic and then seal the comic in a hard plastic case that displays the assigned grade. You can easily identify a slabbed comic because the grades will include the name of the grading service, such as “CGC 9. Buyer responsibility and CGC, CBCS, and PGX comics: if buying comics graded and encased by CGC, CBCS, or PGX, please closely inspect the large, high resolution cover images we have provided prior to purchase. By bidding on or purchasing a third-party graded comic you are acknowledging your acceptance of the grade assigned by the certification company.
Near Mint (NM) condition Near Mint- NM- 9. 2 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. We do not assign the grades 9. 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. 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.
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″.