The Rough Guide to Comic Book Grading.
Grading is an extremely important part of trading in collectables as in enables you to tell at a glance what condition the items are in. Refer to this grading scale when selling and buying.
What is most imprtant is that you should NEVER GRADE UP!
If you remember that an item with a grading of 'Fine' or above will usually have been read once or twice and then been stored carefully, not stuck away in a box in the attic.
Grading to Percentages - 120% being straight off the printing press and into a glass case and 0% being wrecked.
Near Mint NM 100%
Near Mint - NM- 90 - 99%
Very Fine + VF+ 80 - 89%
Very Fine VF 75 - 79%
Very Fine - VF- 70 - 74%
Fine + F+ 65 - 69%
Fine F 60 - 64%
Fine - F- 50 - 59%
Very Good + VG+ 40 - 49%
Very Good VG 35 - 39%
Very Good - VG- 30 - 34%
Good + G+ 25 - 29%
Good G 20 - 24%
Good - G- 15 - 19%
Fair FR 10 - 14%
Poor P 5 - 9%
Coverless C 1 - 4%
The Rough Guide to Comic Book Grading
Perfect in every way, as new. An extremely rare grade with no defects, not even an official distributors stamp.
Almost perfect with only one or two very minor flaws present such as extremely light stress marks at the staples.
A slightly worn copy with only very minor defects or light paper discoloration. Minimal surface wear with no major cover marks or creases.
Defects more apparent, but still presentable. Clean and flat with only light soiling, edge wear, spine stress & creases. Above average copy, read a few times.
Average copy, may have a combination of creases & small tears or a small piece missing. Pages may be yellowing but none must be missing.
Complete & intact but well read, may have more heavily soiled pages with multiple defects.
Worn copy with heavy multiple defects and small to moderate pieces missing or loose. Pages may be dry at the edges and will be brown.
Very worn and soiled, possibly with missing pages or panels. Low paper quality, brittle and brown with a taped spine.