Comic Grades Explained

Here at Yappman Comics, we grade most of our comics (unless brand new) using the below universal scale:


M 9.9 - Only 1 very very subtle Bindery defect allowed

NM/M 9.8 - Only minor imperfections (such as an almost unnoticable interior page tear (under 1/32 of an inch) or a small inconspicuous date stamp (must be very well hidden almost unnoticable

NM+ 9.6 - same as 9.8 but with small almost imperceptible indentations allowed and/or slight staple discoloration

NM 9.4 - same as 9.6 but with an up to 1/16 inch bend without any colour break (no white showing through the colour) also ever-so-slight blunting of the corners and a few VERY SLIGHT stress lines

NM- 9.2 same as above but page colour may be off-white to cream in colour and that 1 cover crease can be 1/16 to 1/8 inch with no colour break allowed

VF/NM 9.0 - 1/8 inch bend with no colour break, very minor foxing allowed, small amount of cover wear, several date stamps and or small hidden initials allowed, slight staple tears allowed - Minor Accumulation of stress lines allowed and some very minor interior tears allowed

VF+ 8.5 - 1/4 inch cover crease with no colour break allowed, Minor spine split with some minor colour break allowed, Some slightly more noticeable stress lines allowed and paper can be Cream to Tan but must remain supple

VF 8.0 - Same as 8.5 but with some very very minor spine roll -- Must lay almost completely flat

VF- 7.5 - same as 8.0 but cover can have light cover soiling and some interior pages can have corner slight tears - Also cover can have some corner wear.

F/VF 7.0 -  Moderate reduction of cover reflectivity - minor creases allowed, minor foxing, interior cover yellowing, date stamps - initials - and store stamps are allowed, Slight rust migration allowed, Blunted corners, minor margin tears on interior pages allowed -- More and deeper stress lines allowed

F+ 6.5 - up to 1/4 inch spine split or severe coulor break are allowed - Minor spine rolls allowed and cover can have minor discolouration, staining and/or foxing as well as minor to moderate cover creases

F 6.0 - same as 6.5 But with a loose but attached centerfold

F- 5.5 - Same as above but with some Marvel Chipping present as well as some bundling ridges and minor abraded edges - also light pencil marks possible

VG/F 5.0 - Low cover gloss possible minor to moderate dimples and creases Present, up to 1/2 inch spine split, Moderate Rolling of the spine - May also have the beginning of an acid odor

VG+ 4.5 - Cover wear is moderate to significant - cover may be loose... Cover may be faded staples discoloured, moderate staple tears up to 1" spine split, moderate stress lines moderate interior tears minor odor minor repairs and up to a 1/4 inch triangle or 1/8 square missing (must not effect story) + Pages can be brown but not brittle

VG 4.0 - same as above but with heavy spine wear and brown staining on cover - also some pen and/or pencil writing is common but should not be excessive

VG- 3.5 - same as 4.0 but with frayed edges, Oxidation shadows on the cover and Larger cover creases - with many dimples and abraded corners

G/VG 3.0 - Very low or no cover gloss, cover may be detached on one staple, 1 1/2 inch spine split, Interior tears and larger up to 1/2 inch chunks missing (must not effect story) - staples may have been replaced and book length creases may be present

G+ 2.5 - same as 3.0 but may have detached (but present) centrefold or cover and rounded corners

G 2.0 - up to 2" spine split, Significant cover ware heavily rolled spine, rust migration on to the book, Acid odor  -- BUT MUST BE FULLY READABLE

G- 1.8 - Major writing, heavy staining and light water damage possible

FR/G 1.5 - Cover - Creases tears and folds, May be detached and with considerable wear and staining - up to 1/10 of the back cover may be missing - one missing staple is acceptable and massive rust migration

FR 1.0 - Cut Coupons (may effect story slightly) Chunks of cover missing centrefold may be missing, pages may be brittle, many tears  and folds and creases are very large and many - Cover may be crumpled

P 0.5 - Massive water damage, Major damage effecting most of the book (ie. Dog chewed it) Running ink and coverless books belong here.