Comic Book Grading

Comics are graded for condition, this helps determine the value and collectable worth of the comic.


Pristine and devoid of any trace of wear or printing or handling flaws. Covers must be fully lustrous with sharply pointed corners. No color fading or inking flaws. Cover and pages must be centered and even cut.

Near Mint

Almost Perfect with virtually no wear and no significant printing flaws. Covers must be essentially lustrous with sharp corners. Spine is tight as new. In older comics, minimal color fading and slight aging of the paper is acceptable.

Very Fine

Well preserved, still pleasing in appearance. There are small signs of wear, most particularly around the staples of the spine. Most luster is readily visible. Corners may no longer be sharp but are not rounded. Typical of a comic that is handled few times and then properly stored.


A fully intact comic with very heavy wear. Tears, cover creases, flaking and rolled spine will be evident. No tape repairs are present.


Comic may be soiled and damaged on the cover and/or interior. However, the entire comic is completely intact.


Generally unsuitable for collecting or even reading because they range from damaged to unrecognizable. Missing pages, tears in pages ect.

CGC Grades

The most standard grading system is the CGC. This grading system uses both naming and numbering conventions to categorize grades.


Symbol - (MT)

Grade Number - 9.9 - 10.0

Near Mint/Mint

Symbol - (NM/M)

Grade Number - 9.8

Near Mint

Symbol - (NM)

Grade Number - 9.2 - 9.7

Very Fine/Near Mint

Symbol - (VF/NM)

Grade Number - 9

Very Fine

Symbol - (VF)

Grade Number - 7.5 - 8.5

Fine/Very Fine

Symbol - (FN/VF)

Grade Number - 7


Symbol - (FN)

Grade Number - 5.5 - 6.5

Very Good/Fine

Symbol - (VG/FN)

Grade Number - 5

Very Good

Symbol - (VG)

Grade Number - 3.5 - 4.5

Good/Very Good

Symbol - (GD/VG)

Grade Number - 3


Symbol - (GD)

Grade Number - 1.8 - 2.5


Symbol - (FR/GD)

Grade Number - 1.5


Symbol - (FR)

Grade Number - 1


Symbol - (PR)

Grade Number - 0.5

- Grading Scale provided by the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide.