Q&A Comic Production Flaws
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I have a copy of New Mutants 98 where there is a partial printed line/streak on the cover running through the Marvel logo and continuing through Cable’s face (see pic).  How does CGC treat something like this that resulted from the printing process?  Overall grade deduction?  Qualified instead of Universal?  Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

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On 5/14/2019 at 11:47 AM, ggovel said:

Submitted this on Ask CGC as well and await moderator approval and response.:

I have a copy of New Mutants 98 where there is a partial printed line/streak on the cover running through the Marvel logo and continuing through Cable’s face (see pic).  How does CGC treat something like this that resulted from the printing process?  Overall grade deduction?  Qualified instead of Universal?  Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

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It may be production related, but it may not.  Have you seen any other copies of this issue with the same type of ink smear?

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I am the original owner - nothing happened to it post purchase.

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On 5/18/2019 at 10:55 AM, ggovel said:

I am the original owner - nothing happened to it post purchase.

I was thinking more along the lines of distribution damage.  There are many hands the comic passes through before it hits the shelf.  I find myself often upset at my local comic shop when there are spine creases or blunted corners on new comics because of the employees poor "handling" of the comic when taking them out of the distributor boxes.  They might even put the stack on the counter top where the book on the bottom gets smeared with some stuff that was not cleaned off in time.

The best way you can argue printing defects is to find other copies with similar problems.

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1 hour ago, Yorick said:

I was thinking more along the lines of distribution damage.  There are many hands the comic passes through before it hits the shelf.  I find myself often upset at my local comic shop when there are spine creases or blunted corners on new comics because of the employees poor "handling" of the comic when taking them out of the distributor boxes.  They might even put the stack on the counter top where the book on the bottom gets smeared with some stuff that was not cleaned off in time.

The best way you can argue printing defects is to find other copies with similar problems.

Thanks.  I had another copy purchased at the same time, but sold on eBay a couple of years ago.  I’ll have to see if I can track down any pics of that copy.

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On 5/14/2019 at 11:47 AM, ggovel said:

Submitted this on Ask CGC as well and await moderator approval and response.:

I have a copy of New Mutants 98 where there is a partial printed line/streak on the cover running through the Marvel logo and continuing through Cable’s face (see pic).  How does CGC treat something like this that resulted from the printing process?  Overall grade deduction?  Qualified instead of Universal?  Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

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It's production, when ink gets on the rollers and is transferred to subsequent copies. Usually, it doesn't have much affect on the grade, but this is more extensive than usual, so expect a bit of a deduction. It won't be Qualified.

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If nothing else is going on, something like this used to keep a book out of 9.6. These days, it probably keeps it out of 9.8...

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