Abbreviated Notation: FN
Overstreet Numerical Equivalent (ONE) range: 74-55
(Highest possible FN grade = 74, Mid-grade = 65, Lowest possible FN grade = 55)
An exceptional, above average copy that shows minor wear but is still relatively flat and clean with no major creasing or other serious defects. Eye appeal is somewhat reduced because of surface wear and the accumulation of small defects, especially
on the spine and edges. Centerfold may be loose but not detached. A Fine condition comic book shows handling. Compared to a VF, cover inks are beginning to show a reduction in reflectivity but is still highly collectible and desirable.
CHECKLIST FOR THE GRADE FINE:
Note: Fine has historically been the most difficult grade to identify. It is the highest grade which allows a wide range of defects to occur.
- Average eye appeal.
- Minor wear visible.
- Minor creasing is allowed.
- Accumulation of small defects on spine and edge(s).
- Blunted corners more common.
- Minor staining and discoloration that does not significantly reduce eye appeal.
- Staples may show moderate discoloration.
- Interior pages may have small tears in the margins or blunted corners.
- Staple tears are common.
- Spines may have transverse stress creases.
- Interior pages can be tan/brown.
- A minor spine roll is allowed.
Many books offered for sale are inaccurately graded as Fine.
Collectors should carefully examine all books labeled with this grade for brittle or extremely brown pages.
Near Mint |
Very Fine |
Very Good |