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Grading Standards

 

At CopperHead, comic books are graded either as Poor (P), Fair (F), Good (G), Very Good (VG), Fine (F) or Very Fine/Near Mint (VFNM). The following are described:

 

Very Fine/Near Mint

Tears: Less than 1/8th of an inch (A)

Bends and folds: No folds. Can have extremely small corner bends nearly imperceptible to the eye.

Spine condition: Must have only minor flaws

Water damage and foreign substances: None allowed

Staple condition: Pristine

Tape: None Allowed

Missing pieces on cover: None allowed except for a small imperceptible tip on one of the corners.

Missing pieces on back: None allowed except for a small imperceptible tip on one of the corners.

Missing pieces on interior pages: None allowed except for a small imperceptible tip on one of the corners.

Stamps and Writing: None Allowed

Fingerprints: None Allowed

Cover Scuffing: Imperceptible at worst

Other Comments: This comic should appear near flawless. Only imperceptible signs of use, not recognizable at a quick glance.

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Fine

Tears: Up to 1/4" allowed

Bends and folds: Small Corner bends allowed only.

Spine condition: Signs of use allowed, but can not be bent in half.

Water damage and foreign substances: None Allowed

Staple condition: Minor wear but no tearing.

Tape: None Allowed

Missing pieces on cover: Under 1/8" by 1/8" allowed

Missing pieces on back: Under 1/8" by 1/8" allowed

Missing pieces on interior pages: Under 1/4" by 1/4" allowed

Stamps and Writing: Rubber Stamps allowed on cover only if the rest of the comic is in VFNM condition. Writing is only allowed on the interior if it is very neat. No writing on outside.

Fingerprints: Barely noticeable

Cover Scuffing: Very small amount

Other Comments: If there are more than two of these flaws, it falls to VG.

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Very Good

Tears: Several tears allowed. All below 1/2"

Bends and folds: Most allowed except if folded in half.

Spine condition: Can appear quite used. Not tears of more than 1/4"

Water damage and foreign substances: Allowed only if not noticeable

Staple condition: Wear is allowed but only extremely small tears.

Tape: Not Allowed

Missing pieces on cover: Under 1/4" by 1/4" allowed

Missing pieces on back: Under 1/4" by 1/4" allowed

Missing pieces on interior pages: Under 1/4" by 1/4" allowed

Stamps and Writing: Only nice handwriting allowed on cover. Stamps allowed.

Fingerprints: Allowed if no foreign substance is associated with it (including oil).

Cover Scuffing: Allowed

Other Comments: Missing pieces in combination with each other set this back to G. Also a piece missing in conjunction with tears will set this back to G.

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Good

Tears: Tears allowed up until 2 of the cover.

Bends and folds: Allowed

Spine condition: Most spine wear is allowed. Spine can be torn up to 1/2"

Water damage and foreign substances: Allowed but no deformation or significant change of color.

Staple condition: Can be loose. Under 1/4" tears allowed.

Tape: Must be extremely neat and of transparent color.

Missing pieces on cover: Under 2" by 2" allowed

Missing pieces on back: Under 3" by 3" allowed

Missing pieces on interior pages: Under 1" by 1" allowed, but story must be complete.

Stamps and Writing: Allowed

Fingerprints: Allowed

Cover Scuffing: Allowed

Other Comments: This comic should at least be presentable.

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Fair

Tears: Allowed

Bends and folds: Allowed

Spine condition: Allowed to be in bad shape

Water damage and foreign substances: Allowed

Staple condition: As long as they=re there

Tape: Allowed

Missing pieces on cover: Can have up to 2 missing

Missing pieces on back: Can have up to 2 missing

Missing pieces on interior pages: Stories need to be complete. Otherwise, all is fair.

Stamps and Writing: Allowed

Fingerprints: Allowed

Cover Scuffing: Allowed

Other Comments: Some of these are actually real gems. One deforming of discoloring watermark can make a VFNM into a F.

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Poor

Tears: Allowed

Bends and folds: Allowed

Spine condition: Almost anything allowed

Water damage and foreign substances: Allowed

Staple condition: Does not even need staples

Tape: Allowed

Missing pieces on cover: Allowed, even whole cover can be missing

Missing pieces on back: Ditto

Missing pieces on interior pages: Allowed, but it still must be a comic book

Stamps and Writing: Allowed

Fingerprints: Allowed

Cover Scuffing: Allowed

Other Comments: Almost everything that does not fit into the other categories fits here. This is not a good comic.  However, it should maintain many of the pages. We always comment on what is wrong with any poor comics that are in stock.  We almost never buy these from customers.

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