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COMIC BOOK GRADING SCALE
There are eight major grades in the comic book grading scale. In descending order:
• Mint (MT)
• Near Mint (NM)
• Very Fine (VF)
• Fine (FN)
• Very Good (VG)
• Good (GD)
• Fair (FA)
• Poor (PO)
This comic book grading scale has been used for several decades, during which time the scale has been expanded to more accurately describe a book’s condition. First, is the use of a forward slash (/) to denote a book as being between grades. For example, “Fine / Very Fine” (or abbreviated “FN/VF”) denotes that book is graded between “Fine” and “Very Fine.”
Next is the use of plus (+) and minus (-) to denote that a book is slightly above or below a grade. Therefore the comic book grading scale is more refined now so that a “Fine+” is better than a “Fine,” a “Fine / Very Fine” is better than a “Fine+,” a “Very Fine -” is better than a “Fine / Very Fine”, a “Very Fine” is better than that and so forth.
Finally, a 10-point scale has been applied to give us the most modern system of comic book grading:
• 10.0 Gem Mint
• 9.9 Mint
• 9.8 Near Mint / Mint
• 9.6 Near Mint+
• 9.4 Near Mint
• 9.2 Near Mint-
• 9.0 Very Fine / Near Mint
• 8.5 Very Fine+
• 8.0 Very Fine
• 7.5 Very Fine-
• 7.0 Fine / Very Fine
• 6.5 Fine+
• 6.0 Fine
• 5.5 Fine-
• 5.0 Very Good / Fine
• 4.5 Very Good+
• 4.0 Very Good
• 3.5 Very Good-
• 3.0 Good / Very Good
• 2.5 Good+
• 2.0 Good
• 1.8 Good-
• 1.5 Fair / Good
• 1.0 Fair
• 0.5 Poor
This 10-point comic book grading scale is widely used now and you will often see people grade by simply putting the number value on the book with the classic descriptive grade. It is not the practice, however, to use numbers other than those in this scale so you wouldn’t see a book graded “6.3”. It is either a 6.0 or a 6.5.
Last Updated: 4 Jan 2017 10:58:16 PST home  |  about  |  terms  |  contact
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