Read an ExcerptOfficial Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide
By Robert M. Overstreet House of Collectibles
Copyright © 2006 Robert M. Overstreet
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The Evolution of Grading
The grading of comic books has never been a static enterprise. As the years have gone by and the hobby has matured, both the methods and standards of grading comic books have undergone a gradual but undeniable evolution. While some of the most dramatic changes in grading have taken place in the last several years alone, there has always been a slow but steady development in existing standards and the ways in which comic book enthusiasts look at the many factors involved in grading comics.
After all these years, the current comic book grading scale and the related nomenclature still bear the mark of its progenitors in two other major collectible disciplines - coins and stamps. In fact, even though stamps shared some similarity with comics when it comes to determining condition - i.e. they are both composed of paper - it was the grading system used by coin collectors, many of whom took up comic book collecting as well, that was adapted for use by our hobby. As a result, comic book grading still labors under the weight of coin-based terminology that, while not wholly appropriate when applied to comics, has nevertheless long since passed into common usage and will not be debated further in these pages.
When the grading standards for comicsgrew out of a similar system for coins, both have undergone changes as their respective hobbies have evolved. Additions and adjustments to the existing scales speak to a need for ever more detailed evaluation of the collectibles in question. Some might wonder why we clamor for such intense scrutiny, but then one need look no further than the educational system to see where our understanding of and later appreciation for detailed evaluation was first born.
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