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See what you think folks. Just looking for what you think about the exterior.  Assume the interior is sound off white.  Cheers.

(I think maybe F- 5.5)

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I would be more in 4.5- 5.0 range that stress has a lot of wear, colour breaking creases, staple stress rounded edges and bends a press can help that corner and has a bit of grit.

Nice book I recently picked up a 3.0 

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3 minutes ago, Krismusic said:

I would be more in 4.5- 5.0 range that stress has a lot of wear, colour breaking creases, staple stress rounded edges and bends a press can help that corner and has a bit of grit.

Nice book I recently picked up a 3.0 

Cheers sir.  Do you think clean and press might add 0.5..?

(I love the Ditko art - I haven't perused these old ones for ages and its easy to see why it became so popular)

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It looks 5.0  I could see it getting a 5.5 with a press.

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1 minute ago, comicdonna said:

It looks 5.0  I could see it getting a 5.5 with a press.

Yeah its quite clean huh.

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Just now, mike devon said:

Yeah its quite clean huh.

I don't think it needs to be cleaned.

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13 minutes ago, mike devon said:

Cheers sir.  Do you think clean and press might add 0.5..?

(I love the Ditko art - I haven't perused these old ones for ages and its easy to see why it became so popular)

yeah a press can help.

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Thanks so far chaps.  I thought I was being a bit strict but you mostly seem about .5 lower than me.   I guess a press would iron that out.

Forgot to mention name written on splash - very small at top outside image area - does that make a difference at this mid/low level of grade..?

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I need this issue lol. Gotta pull the trigger before it gets outta my range.

If I am selling, I advertise as 4.5. Realistically I think 5.0 is the actuality. Mayyybbbeee a shot at 5.5 with a press although there is a lot of wear along that spine. To me, its the perfect conditioned book. Well loved but also cared for. 

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10 minutes ago, theCapraAegagrus said:

4.5 IMO.

5.0 after a press..?

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1 minute ago, mike devon said:

5.0 after a press..?

I've seen an 8.0 go to a 9.6 after cleaning and pressing, so I tend not to estimate how much that will improve a comic. I would assume that this would be at least a 5.0 after a proper clean/press, though.

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13 minutes ago, theCapraAegagrus said:

I've seen an 8.0 go to a 9.6 after cleaning and pressing, so I tend not to estimate how much that will improve a comic. I would assume that this would be at least a 5.0 after a proper clean/press, though.

Cheers.  Looking again I'm wondering if there might be some retouching on the Spidey logo.  Could be just wear.  I haven't got it yet so can't properly check it.  No one on this thread has raised it as retouching so likely just wear.  I think if it was retouching they'd have done more to the 'A' of 'Man'..?

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4 minutes ago, mike devon said:

Cheers.  Looking again I'm wondering if there might be some retouching on the Spidey logo.  Could be just wear.  I haven't got it yet so can't properly check it.  No one on this thread has raised it as retouching so likely just wear.  I think if it was retouching they'd have done more to the 'A' of 'Man'..?

I don't see any color touch indicators.

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34 minutes ago, theCapraAegagrus said:

I don't see any color touch indicators.

Cheers I hope thats the case.  How can you tell from those pics..?  I never noticed before I bought it.  I wasn't sure but I'm not very experienced at spotting it on photos.  In the hand I can easily see it.

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8 minutes ago, mike devon said:

Cheers I hope thats the case.  How can you tell from those pics..?  I never noticed before I bought it.  I wasn't sure but I'm not very experienced at spotting it on photos.  In the hand I can easily see it.

I can't definitively tell. There are simply no obvious tells from the pictures.

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32 minutes ago, theCapraAegagrus said:

I can't definitively tell. There are simply no obvious tells from the pictures.

Cheers again.  Can you describe a bit what the tells would look like..?  I'm buying a few books and online I can't really spot it unless its horrendously badly done.

At least if you use Ebay you can return items but its still a giant pain especially when buying transatlantic.

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6 minutes ago, mike devon said:

Cheers again.  Can you describe a bit what the tells would look like..?  I'm buying a few books and online I can't really spot it unless its horrendously badly done.

At least if you use Ebay you can return items but its still a giant pain especially when buying transatlantic.

Color quality/hue inconsistencies, no white 'cracks' (or creases without color break in older books), etc.

You can always ask for interior cover images. Bleed-thru would be obvious.

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