The Official Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide

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Grading comic books is the key to successful comic book collecting, and now the leading expert on comic books, Robert M. Overstreet, together with co-author Arnold T. Blumberg, has set the standard for grading the condition of comic books. With The Official Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide, you will learn all the ...
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Overview

The Ultimate Authority Delivers The Right Grade Every Time
Grading comic books is the key to successful comic book collecting, and now the leading expert on comic books, Robert M. Overstreet, together with co-author Arnold T. Blumberg, has set the standard for grading the condition of comic books. With The Official Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide, you will learn all the information you'll ever need to accurately grade your comic books.
Find The Right Grade
* A new 10-point grading system helps you determine the grade of all your comic books.
* Exhaustive descriptions of primary and split grades give you the right grade quickly.
* Over 200 full-color photographs of every major comic book defect to help you easily find which grade
reflects your own comic books.
Choose The Right Grade
* A new, suggested restoration scale helps you evaluate comic books that have been restored.
* An essay on "How to Grade" gives you tremendous insight about the grading process.
Use The Right Grade
* Overstreet's expert guidance in grading makes evaluating all your comic books easier than
ever before.
* Charts of allowable defects and terminology take some of the guessword out of grading.
PLUS
* A guide to grading Platinum Age comics.
* An essay on certified grading from Comics Guaranty, LLC (CGC)
* Articles on grading history and nomenclature, comic book restoration, and "odd format" grading.
* And much more!

Author Biography: Robert M. Overstreet is the unchallenged expert in the comic book industry. He established the standard in 1970 with the first comic book price guide and continues to lead all other competition. Bob was born and lived in Cleveland, Tennessee until 1994. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Arnold T. Blumberg is a prolific comic book and sci-fi entertainment journalist. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780609810521
  • Publisher: Random House Information Group
  • Publication date: 1/14/2003
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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Official Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide
By Robert M. Overstreet House of Collectibles

Copyright © 2006 Robert M. Overstreet
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780375721069


Chapter One

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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