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Loc: Atlanta GA
Hey there - bought a bunch of early avengers and DD from a local guy today. I'll be selling many of the books either here or ebay. Thought I'd ask for some grades here. There are a bunch of books so hopefully I'm not violating the rules by using this thread for a bunch of books!
_________________________ BUYING!! YOUR KEY BOOKS, WHETHER GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE AGE!! My Specific want lists 1)DCs (CGC 5.5-7.0): Tec 226, Sup 233, SSWS 90 2) Marvels (CGC 7.0 only): FF 11, Iron Fist 14, WBN 32, ASM 5,10,13, TOS 43,
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Loc: Small Town Ontario
I sense that you might be a bit disappointed in the assessments that the book is receiving. These mid-range books can be difficult to grade as what might look initially to be a strong book can be brought down in grade by the simple addition of small defects.
I hope you won't be offended if I take your earlier question as to what we see as problems very seriously and take some time to offer a considered opinion.
The scans are small and difficult to decipher but I'll list everything I think I see.
Front Cover Tear/fold top of logo box Damage across top cover overhang Crease TRC/rounded edge Well over a dozen spine creases/might be a longitudinal crease between logo box and DD left hand Long cover indentation above entire title Slight BLC abrasion Rounded BRC I see a number of horizontal lines that could be indentations, creases or simply the artifacts of scanning? Crease/smudging over MMMS box
Back Cover Harder to read due to the white multiple spine stresses staple stress both top and bottom/tear at top staple abraided top right corner
These mid grade books also need to be tilted to the light to see light creases and a close look at the staples for rust.
Would also need to know about any interior defects: tears; stains; staples.
I am also a bit old fashion in that I would count paper quality in the grade and would smell the newsprint to test for mildew.
If I was grading this for my own collection, I would not go higher than a 6.0 given no hidden defects. Perhaps the perfect book for a reader, it presents very nicely and one would not be afraid of an additional spine stress or two decreasing the grade.
Though once again the scans are small and difficult to decipher.
For the sake of comparison, this copy below was sold to me by Roy of Vintage Comics as a 6.5. I thought it a very fair grading. This book has no hidden defects, just a lot of general wear around the edges and on the spine on the front ... with a couple of stains and moderate period distributor's ink and stress on the back.
I hope that this helps (only my opinion, keep in mind) and is not viewed as any sort of browbeating as that is not my intent. Good luck with your sales.
I try to imagine my collection as what could sit on the bookcase shelves of a slightly compulsive teenage boy who collects every Marvel, circa Christmas 1965. The collection would sit in neat piles beside a ball glove and an Aurora model of the Mummy.