Do you prefer the grade or the appearance of the book?
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I was looking at Master of Kung Fu #19 in order to buy myself a 9.8, but the 9.4, and even the 8.0 are visually more attractive. If you were me, would you choose 9.8 or 9.4? What is more important to you, the official grade or what the book actually look like?

 

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Although you always end up PAYING for the grade buy the book.

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I prefer lower-end 9s of vintage books. I.e. I'd rather have an Iron Man #1 in 9.4 rather than a 9.8 grade. It would have to have a nice wrap, though.

Personal preference. Just adds to the vintage aspect IMO.

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I go by the appearance of the book. I see high grade books with horrendous centering and miscut wraps that are just eyesores to me and then I’ve seen mid grade books that still have enough of a sheen and minor imperfections that give it that personality. After all, it is a visual medium isn’t it?

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Always think about the investment you're making in the book, regardless of what the "official" grade is. I see many high grade books for sale that very few collectors can or will purchase because they're priced out of their comfort zone...

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11 minutes ago, B2D327 said:

I go by the appearance of the book. I see high grade books with horrendous centering and miscut wraps that are just eyesores to me and then I’ve seen mid grade books that still have enough of a sheen and minor imperfections that give it that personality. After all, it is a visual medium isn’t it?

It's all about the eye candy...  ;)

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I don't sell books or buy books in the hopes of selling it later, I buy them for me and for me the appearance will always take preference.

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Appearance.  Grades can be weird - I've been looking at hundreds of graded books and the grading seems quite inconsistent.

Plus I just like the eye candy of the front cover.  The insides of the old ones are just newsprint and I'm only interested in serious flaws there.

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I really want to say appearance, but my eye tends to gravitate towards the grade.  It also depends on the book.  However, I am now looking at the appearance of the actual book itself a lot more. 

I have a Punisher #3 that is a 9.8, but the centering is terrible. I'll probably look to sell it.

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Appearance all the way-- a great looking 8.5 trumps a lousy 9.8 in my book.

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41 minutes ago, an99 said:

However, I am now looking at the appearance of the actual book itself a lot more. 

A wise decision...  

 

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12 minutes ago, AndyFish said:

Appearance all the way-- a great looking 8.5 trumps a lousy 9.8 in my book.

And the only difference between them could be a small unobtrusive tear in the cover...

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Most of the time, I want both.  I have waited years for the right book in the right grade for me, to appear.

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5 hours ago, theCapraAegagrus said:

I prefer lower-end 9s of vintage books. I.e. I'd rather have an Iron Man #1 in 9.4 rather than a 9.8 grade. It would have to have a nice wrap, though.

Personal preference. Just adds to the vintage aspect IMO.

Agreed & the money saved on the price difference can go towards a different book 

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Appearance for me, both comics and sportscards :preach:

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1 hour ago, The Lions Den said:

And the only difference between them could be a small unobtrusive tear in the cover...

Or on the back cover-- although I will sell extras as I upgrade, for the most part I'm just a collector and I don't see comics as an investment-- I use the stock market for that-- so a small tear on the back cover of an otherwise beautiful book is a win for me.

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1 hour ago, comicdonna said:

Most of the time, I want both.  I have waited years for the right book in the right grade for me, to appear.

What book is it?

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1 hour ago, Deadpoolica said:

Agreed & the money saved on the price difference can go towards a different book 

That's what I'm starting to learning - buy the BOOK, not the grade.  I have to keep telling myself that!

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17 minutes ago, an99 said:

What book is it?

It's not any one book.  From 2003 to 2013 I only collected Actions from #1 through #158, focusing heavy on #1 through #100  I sought books 4.0 and higher, with nice eye appeal.  No tape or writing on the cover.  #8 was the only non Superman cover I never found.  There were others up to #70  That eluded  me,  

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