Grading Guide (What do VG FN VFN NM mean?)
Near Mint is supposed to represent perfection, but since most uncirculated copies are rarely ‘perfect,’ the term Mint is rarely used. Grade indicates that the comic falls somewhere between VG and FN. VG/FN means that it is slightly better or worse than the standard meaning of that grade.
How do you determine comic book grade?
If your comic is in perfect or nearly perfect condition, it may merit a grade of “mint” or “near mint.” This condition applies to perfectly flat comics with supple paper, a glossy cover, and no obvious wear.
What does VG mean for comic books?
A small tear. A heavier crease or two on the cover. Multiple spine creases OK. VG ( Very Good ) An average ‘used’ copy. Still complete in every way, but with more obvious flaws.
What is VG FN?
VG/FN (Very Good/Fine)
Is CGC a good grade?
CGC has a good reputation, and there have been no major problems with their grading. According to anecdotal evidence from several collectors, CGC has extremely strict grading standards, and their Pristine 10 rating is comparable to Beckett’s Black Label.
Is CGC grading worth it?
Breaking Down the Cost, Time, and Effort For me, the answer is a resounding YES. But then again, I’m in the business of selling graded comics to an audience that is specifically looking to buy them, so CGC is definitely worth it.
Are old comic books worth money?
Comics, like fine wine, get better and more valuable with age. Assuming you keep your comics in near mint condition u2014 prices for the infographic were calculated assuming comics were a 9.2 grade u2014 that $0.10 comic book from 1938 could now be worth millions.
What is the most expensive comic book?
The issue of Action Comics #1, which sold for 10 cents when it was released in 1938, has now sold for a record $3.25 million (u00a32.8 million), making it the world’s most valuable comic book.
What is the highest grade for a comic book?
Because the differences between the grades 9.8, 9.9, and 10.0 are so small, even the most seasoned comic graders may disagree on which of these three grades to assign to an apparently flawless comic, the highest grade we will assign is 9.8.
What grade is very fine?
VERY FINE / NEARMINT 9.0 to 7.5 A VERY FINE comic book has been read a few times and has been handled with care; these grades allow for a few more flaws than higher grades, but it is still a very collectible copy.
What does a 7.0 comic book look like?
Only the tiniest spine wear at the top or bottom of American comics, but no cover marks, tears, or prominent creases (perhaps 2mm and difficult to spot), and pages that are creamy or off-white but not yellowing, and no darker page edges.
What does LP condition mean?
Cards in Lightly Played (LP) condition may have minor border or corner wear, as well as minor scuffs or scratches, but no major flaws such as liquid damage, bends, or issues with the card’s structural integrity. Noticeable flaws are acceptable, but none should be too severe or at a high volume.
What is grade VG?
VG stands for Very Good; marks and scuffs will be visible; the record should play very well; there may be some pops or minor noise; however, the record may play perfectly with no noise and/or pops even at this grade.
What is considered a high grade comic?
So, 8.5 and above is arguably high grade (with anything above 9.0 being exceptionally high), 7.5 and 8.0 are high mid-grades (that often appear better than grade, but usually have flaws that aren’t immediately obvious), 5.0 to 7.0 are mid-grade books, 4.0 and 4.5 are typically lower mid-grades, 1.5 to 3.5 are typically lower mid-grades, and 1.5 to 3.5 are typically lower mid-grades.