Comics Grading Chart

Here are 2 different charts meant to help a collector measure the same concept: how to assign (a value to) the Grade of a book (from Poor to Mint). It may take a few viewings to reconcile the 2 charts. To assist in "keeping it straight" , both charts use the same major color scheme for the folllowing groupings:

click for examples of books at various grades

HIGH GRADE

New Ten Point Grading System (in Overstreet  Price Guide)

CONDITION (see Abbreviations)

COMPARE TO WHICH OS PRICE?

APPLIC. %

10.0 Mint

9.9 Mint

9.8 Near Mint/Mint

9.6 Near Mint +

9.4 Near Mint

9.2 Near Mint -

9.0 V. Fine/Nr Mint

8.5 Very Fine +

8.0 Very Fine

7.5 Very Fine -

NM/MT

NM

100-150% 

NM

NM

100-125%

NM-

NM

95-100%

VF/NM

NM

90-95%

*VF++

NM

85-90

*VF+

NM

80-85 

VF

VF-NEW OS STANDARD

NM or (NM + F) / 2 = VF

70-75

VF-

VF (NM + F / 2) = VF

65

*Note: add 5% of NM Value for each "+" 

 

UPPER - MID GRADE

New Ten Point Grading System (in Overstreet  Price Guide)

CONDITION (see Abbreviations)

COMPARE TO WHICH OS PRICE?

APPLIC. %

7.0 Fine/V. Fine

6.5 Fine +

F/VF 'A'
(Fine to Very Fine, But nicer 'eye appeal')*

(To Compute F/VF 'A') NM  + F / 2=F/VF 'A'

50-60% 

F/VF 'B'
(Fine to Very Fine, wear has reduced the 'eye appeal')**

(To Compute F/VF 'B') 1st Compute VF (NM + F / 2)=VF; then compute(VF + F / 2) = F/VF 'B'

45-50%

F+++***

F++

F+

F

up to 45%

40%

35%

F/F+

 

33%

*Note: 'A' = (closer to VF-)('A' is for 'apparently' hi-grade, but w/defect (stain,fox,NOC,miscut) e.g. "would be vf/nm but for sm. stain on bc!"
**Note: 'B' = (closer to F+) ('B' is for 'near hi-grade', but not VF from general wear. e.g. "near to VF, but has 2 rounded corners!"
***Note: its possible to have up to 3 plus features in a Fine grade. A plus implies something extra-like white pages; extra vivid, sharp corners, etc. Add 5% of NM Value for each "+".

 

MID TO LOW GRADES

New Ten Point Grading System (in Overstreet  Price Guide)

CONDITION (see Abbreviations)

COMPARE TO WHICH OS PRICE?

APPLIC. %

6.0 Fine

5.5 Fine -

5.0 Very Good/Fine

4.5 Very Good +

4.0 Very Good

3.5 Very Good - 

F

Learn about the 'new' OS standards for G & F

30%

F- (or VG/F)

(commonly interchangable for Fine- or VG/F) 

25-30%

VG+ or VG++

*

20-30%

VG

To Compute: F + G / 2 =NEW OS STANDARD FOR VG

15%

*Note: its possible to have up to 2 plus features in a VG grade. A plus implies something extra-like white pages; extra vivid, sharp corners, etc. Add 5% of NM Value for each "+".

 

READER & FILLER GRADES

New Ten Point Grading System (in Overstreet  Price Guide)

CONDITION (see Abbreviations)

COMPARE TO WHICH OS PRICE?

APPLIC. %

3.0 Good/Very Good

2.5 Good+

2.0 Good

1.8 Good -

1.5 Fr/Gd

1.0 Fair

.5 Poor**

GD/VG, G+ or VG-
(used interchangably)

*

10-15%

GD 

learn about 'new' OS standards for G & F 

10%

FAIR 

1/2 to 2/3 of OS GD

5-6%

POOR

Filler Grades

2-3%

COVERLESS 

Filler Grades

<1%

*Note: add 5% of NM Value for each "+".
**Note: poor = incomplete. Coverless = about 10% of Gd, max 1% of NM.





WHY ARE 2 CHARTS NEEDED?

Because "Incremental" grades, as a % or fraction of a NM 9.4 or the perfect "Mint 10.0", do not (comparably) compute as a % or fraction of the NM prices.
Can't a price be set by using the 10.0 chart alone?

The 10 point grading scale causes confusion in pricing, especially mid to lower grade comics.



Example below: a Book may receive a grade of "G/VG" 3.0, but the market price would not approach 30% of the Guide NM price; perhaps closer to 10-15%. A "Fine-Plus 6.5" may market price at 30-33% of the NM Guide price. Without this understanding, you may overpay for a book based on its Overstreet ten-point grade! To learn more about this variance, see Ed's Grading Methodology (click here)
Example: book was graded as a G/VG ; NM $ is $100
OS Grade Scale

As a ratio to NM
3.0

$30 (or 30%) wrong!
Ed's Grade to Price Scale

As a ratio to NM
10-15%

$10-15 correct!

Here is an example as shown in (Ed's) "Beginner's Guide to Grading":

Superman 199 VG+ 4.5, NM = $300
OS Grade Scale 4.5

As a ratio to NM = $135 (or 45%) WRONG!!
Ed's Grade to Price Scale


As a ratio to NM =$60-90 (or 20-30%!) CORRECT!

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use this book as a sample: If a NM 9.4 is priced $300+/- and a VG 4.0 price would be $50; the plus+ (in this case, a very vivid cover) adds about $15 (or 5% of $300 NM price!); the book is valued at about $65. FN would be valued at $70-75, so this seems reasonable.


Ed's "Grade to Price" Chart

Use the "Crazy Ed" chart to minimize the discrepancy between grading %'s and pricing $$'s: Ed designed this chart in 1996 as a rule for grading/pricing. (Then, the Overstreet grading guide followed a 100 point scale). Ed continues to use the "scale of 100" because it is simple to convert a grade; 1st to percentages (%) and then, to Dollars ($$)!The notes in this chart (usually highlighted blue) if applied consistently as a tool, help value the "incremental" or "plus" features of a book, can help a collector "fine-tune" the price of a book that falls between grades "Good" and "Fine", and between "Fine" and "Very Fine" or better. Also read "How to Grade."


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