Grading a Book With Lots of Pen Marking on Cover
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Attempting to grade this book fairly in order to sell. Any feedback on how much the pen marking on the front cover should effect (deduct) from the overall grade? Interior pages are nice, much better condition than front and back cover.

Thanks in advance!

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I guess to be fair I should make my own guess and see how it compares to what others think. Due to tear (shown here) on top left cover and rust on back staples (mainly bottom staple) perhaps a 1.5 to a 2.0?

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I would say you are in the right range, from the pics shown it appears to be better than a FR/GD 1.5 but not quite a GD 2.0.

Writing on the cover and/or interior pages usually does not affect books in this grade range, your spine split still falls into the GD 2.0 category.

2.0 GOOD (GD):  Back to Top
Shows substantial wear; often considered a "reading copy." Cover shows significant wear and may even be detached. Cover reflectivity is low and in some cases completely absent. Book-length creases and dimples may be present. Rounded corners are more common. Moderate soiling, staining, discoloration and foxing may be present. The largest piece allowed missing from the front or back cover is usually a 1/2" triangle or a 1/4" square, although some Silver Age books such as 1960s Marvels have had the price corner box clipped from the top left front cover and may be considered Good if they would otherwise have graded higher. Tape and other forms of amateur repair are common in Silver Age and older books. Spine roll is likely. May have up to a 2" spine split. Staples may be degraded, replaced or missing. Moderate staple tears and stress lines may be present, as well as rust migration. Paper is brown but not brittle. Centerfold may be loose or detached. Moderate interior tears may be present.

1.8 GOOD- (GD-):  Back to Top
Fits the criteria for Good but with an additional defect or small accumulation of defects that detracts from the book's appearance by a perceptible amount.

1.5 FAIR/GOOD (FR/GD):  Back to Top
Shows substantial to heavy wear. Books in this grade are commonly creased, scuffed, abraded, soiled, and possibly unattractive, but still generally readable. Cover shows considerable wear and may be detached. Almost no cover reflectivity remaining. Book-length creases, tears and folds may be present. Rounded corners are increasingly common. Soiling, staining, discoloration and foxing is generally present. Up to 1/10 of the back cover may be missing. Tape and other forms of amateur repair are increasingly common in Silver Age and older books. Spine roll is common. May have a spine split between 2" and 2/3 the length of the book. Staples may be degraded, replaced or missing. Staple tears and stress lines are common, as well as rust migration. Paper is brown and may show brittleness around the edges. Acidic odor may be present. Centerfold may be loose or detached. Interior tears are common.

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I think you're "Good!"  

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Thanks The Lions Den. Was just in Northern Michigan (Lake Leelanau area) in mid July visiting my wife's family. Beautiful up there! Sure beats FL in the summertime.

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This one has a taped tear on the back cover as well as the writing, I was expecting a 1.8, came back 2.5

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8 hours ago, Montezuma said:

This one has a taped tear on the back cover as well as the writing, I was expecting a 1.8, came back 2.5

 

That's a nice book, especially at that age. Not surprised it came back as 2.5. I love the pre-code GGA books. Nellie the Nurse; Millie the Model; etc. That and the old pre-code horror books with the "controversial" covers. A lot more fun to collect items like those than the newer "flavor of the month with a variant cover" comics.

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