Quote: Personally, I think the grading guide is pretty crappy overall. Picture detail is just not there.
I think the last edition was a great start and a vast improvement over the prior guide in many ways, but it needed improvement in several areas. In many cases, the pictures did not match the text general descriptions of the grades and too many frequently occurring defects were completely unaddressed or just weren't addressed sufficiently (like a subscription crease). Also unaddressed was any kind of a discussion re: how to grade restored books. But I still think it is a good resource and wouldn't call it "pretty crappy overall." It was a vast improvement over what came before.
P.S. Dear Gemstone -- please consider using the loose leaf binding and not the glue binding, as that falls apart too quickly. I had my local copy shop slice the binding off of my guide and put on a loose leaf binding when the pages started falling out. The guide is much more useful now, as it will lie flat on a table (unlike the guide when it has the glue binding).
Quote: Maybe I won't be buying a guide this year after all. I think I can wait and see if everything is restored and correct for next year's edition.
I'm not buying it this year (first time in six years), but I can come up with several better reasons then this.
Well, shoot away then. I've never bought one before and was planning on making this the first year of doing so. I really wouldn't be using it until mid to late August anyway, so it wouldn't kill me to hold off until next year's issue where they may correct the restoration definitions and possibly put the grading section back in.
What's your reason(s)?
Ok, if you have never owned a copy then go buy it. I don't think you'll find a better single source of information about comic books anywhere. That being said, the information doesn’t change much from year to year so starting this year I'm only going to buy it every few years. That would be the major reason I'm not buying it. Other reasons are:
1. The values assigned to books are basically meaningless to me. I buy and sell mostly on the internet and I can't even remember the last time I thought "I wonder what guide price is for this book?" Guide price is irrelevant. In an auction environment a book sells for the highest bid, not guide price.
2. The majority of what's been added to the guide in the recent past is meaningless to me. Big Little Books and Platinum Age books for example.
3. The market reports are not only wishful thinking, but more closely resemble hucksterism. They cater to "a sucker being born every second".
4. People still advertise in print? I can't even remember the last time I saw a print add and was motivated to spend money with the advertiser.
There are more reasons, but those would be the main ones.
"The boards and the competition have made it difficult during this transition......" Matt (Nelson)
Quote: As far as the intentional omission of the grading standards, which I believe to be a terrible decision (geez, if you are going to cut something, how about keeping marketplace reports down to less than a novel!), I have the following questions:
Q. Whose idea was it to remove the grading standards?
Q. How high up did the decision go?
Q. What was the actual basis for the deletion?
I don't find it to be plausible that the sole reason, if any, was that two pages of space were needed for something else.