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What is the flaw on an Ultimate Spider-Man 1 - red, DF, or white variants - that cause the census current submissions to top out at 9.8? What are you looking for "not to be there" to grant the 9.9 or 10.0 for these books?

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Both covers have printing defects. Small light dents in the right edge of the front cover (heavier dents go through the book--also seen on Origins) and there are also indents on the cover (same size & location), particularly on Spidey's foot (heavier indents have color loss).

We have seen books with no printing defects, but they have had handling defects that kept them out of 9.9 & 10.0.

Hope that helps.

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Can those defects on the right side of the cover be present and a grade of 9.8 still be arrived at? It seems that 80-90% of the cardstock covers have that roller pinch.

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It depends. The pinches vary in size and severity. Also there are some with only one pinch. The best bet is to find one with only 1 light pinch, and of course no other defects that might keep it out of 9.8. Then you have a shot.

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It is tough to get a 9.8. Especially on books with common printing defects. A 9.9 & a 10.0 are even harder. We have done 190,000 books or so and only about 200 of them were 10.0's. Thanks for the follow-up question, Doc!

 

 

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