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Do you take page content into consideration while grading?

Sunday, May 04, 2014 2:40:03 PM
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Do you take the page content into consideration when grading older (or even current) books?

Take Marvel Value Stamps, for instance. Most were printed on front-and-back ad pages, but I'm sure there were some that, when cut out, removed a piece of the story/art. Do you grade this harsher?

I'm asking, because I have an old issue of Captain Marvel, Jr. in front of me. It's a very nice copy. I'd probably give it a solid FINE, BUT, the last page has a corner missing. It's predominately a "throw-away" page, with ads on one side, and one of those filler comics on the other. The missing corner doesn't effect the story, but it does effect the art slightly. By strict definitions, it's FAIR, as that's the highest grade I see that allows cut coupons, which is the closest equivalent to this missing corner.
Sunday, May 04, 2014 3:47:10 PM
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A coupon or panel cut from an ad page is less important than one that effects a story (even a back-up or single page story), however it is still an important defect. As for Marvel value stamps, they all had ad pages on the reverse side. Another note concerning grading Golden Age books is that they should be treated with the same grading standards used for modern books. Most comics printed in the 1940's through the early 1960's are found in the fair to fine range.

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