Hidden Palace Games

Not a professional grader, this is mostly used as a reference point for buying comic books and trading cards from Hidden Palace Games. There will be no number grading, the condition will be graded with a word description that best describes well... the condition!

Comics

  • GM - Gem Mint: Absolutely immaculate. Nothing will be given this grade.
  • M - Mint: Realistically, not going to happen either.
  • NM - Near Mint/Mint: The comic appears in such a way that it doesn't have any flaws. May have some imperfections caused during the printing process.
  • VF- Very Fine: Still looks really good, might be some minor things affecting its condition like corner wear due to sitting on a shelf for a long time. Might look like it has been read a few times.
  • FN - Fine: Basically has a few more wear than Very Fine. This includes some normal spine wear and dented corners. The overall appearance of the comic might look something out of a newspaper stand shelf.
  • VG - Very Good: Think of this as an the condition of an average or casual comic reader.
  • GD - Good: It's a misnomer, comics that are graded good can have rips, stains, writing, creases, folds, etc.
  • FR - Fair: Eh, okay reading copy. Might have some coupon pages cut out.
  • PR - Poor: Geez, what did you do to this thing?!

Here is a chart that you can use as a quick reference of what each grade allows. Not all comics graded in a certain grade has everything bad possible happened to it. If it qualifies for any one of the lowest grade, the entire comic falls under that grade.

Grade

Spine
Roll

Stains

Spine
Stress

Cover
Wear
Corners Rips Paper
Color
Missing
Pages

Amateur
Fixes

Gem Mint Tight/Flat None None None Sharp None Original No None
Mint Tight/Flat None None None Sharp None Original No None
Near Mint Tight/Flat None Almost none Minor Minor Blunt Minor Original No None
Very Fine Almost Flat Minor Minor Minor Minute wear Minor Tan/
Cream
No None
Fine Minor
Rolling

Minor

A lot A lot A lot of wear Minor Brown/
Tan
No None
Very Good Some Some A lot A lot

Blunted

A lot Brown No Minor fix
Good A lot A ton A lot

A ton/
Detached

Rounded A lot Brown No Couple
Fair A ton A ton A ton

A ton/
Detached

Rounded/
Absent

A ton Brown Possibly A lot
Poor GEEZ WHAT DID YOU DO TO THIS THING ?!

 

Trading Cards

 Trading card grading is very similar to the comic grading guide in a way, but they lack a Very Fine category. A quick reference to come at a later time.

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