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Rick and Morty #1 - Grade Advice2644

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Rick and Morty #1 Pictures

Picked this copy of Rick and Morty #1 up and was hoping I could get your opinion on the grade. There is a spine tick below the top staple in the 2nd picture but otherwise looks really clean (pictures are from the seller). Would this get a 9.0 or higher grade and would a pressing help? Thanks! Deployed till July so won't be able to see it until then, hope I'm not dissapointed.
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The two flaws that jumped out at me are the spine tick below the top staple (front cover) and the soft corner (bottom left corner).

A press is not going to fix either of these two problems. If everything else is perfect you are looking at a 9.2.
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@Thanatos I have to agree with @drchaos.
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Rick and Morty #1 Pictures

Picked this copy of Rick and Morty #1 up and was hoping I could get your opinion on the grade. There is a spine tick below the top staple in the 2nd picture but otherwise looks really clean (pictures are from the seller). Would this get a 9.0 or higher grade and would a pressing help? Thanks! Deployed till July so won't be able to see it until then, hope I'm not dissapointed.


No worries.

Based off the pics, the book looks like a 9.0/9.2, as is.Probably a 9.2.

A press would likely yield a 9.4/9.6.

1)

I see a color breaking spine tick, it looks deep at first but that is partially due to the fact that moderns with this paper stock have very plump spines to begin with.

I see no evidence of the tic effecting the back cover whatsoever....which is all black.


2)


Two small scrapes (color flecking) to the FC, about an inch from the spine tick.


3)

Small/light edge wear near lower left FC.

4)

Other than the bindery tear at the base of the spine, which is a common production issue, a very minute amount of corner fraying at the base of the spine.
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The two flaws that jumped out at me are the spine tick below the top staple (front cover) and the soft corner (bottom left corner).

A press is not going to fix either of these two problems. If everything else is perfect you are looking at a 9.2.


A press will certainly remove the bulk of the spine tick, a color break will still be present.

I am not seeing much of any "soft corner".
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Originally Posted by drchaos
The two flaws that jumped out at me are the spine tick below the top staple (front cover) and the soft corner (bottom left corner).

A press is not going to fix either of these two problems. If everything else is perfect you are looking at a 9.2.


A press will certainly remove the bulk of the spine tick, a color break will still be present.

I am not seeing much of any "soft corner".


In your own words:


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3)

Small/light edge wear near lower left FC.


We are both describing the same problem, perhaps my wording was off.
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Collector Thanatos private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by drchaos
The two flaws that jumped out at me are the spine tick below the top staple (front cover) and the soft corner (bottom left corner).

A press is not going to fix either of these two problems. If everything else is perfect you are looking at a 9.2.


Appreciate the opinion, I have a couple other comics to get pressed and graded so I might just spend the extra bucks to get this one pressed too in hopes that the spine tick dent flattens out despite the break in color.

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Originally Posted by Thanatos
Rick and Morty #1 Pictures

Picked this copy of Rick and Morty #1 up and was hoping I could get your opinion on the grade. There is a spine tick below the top staple in the 2nd picture but otherwise looks really clean (pictures are from the seller). Would this get a 9.0 or higher grade and would a pressing help? Thanks! Deployed till July so won't be able to see it until then, hope I'm not dissapointed.


No worries.

Based off the pics, the book looks like a 9.0/9.2, as is.Probably a 9.2.

A press would likely yield a 9.4/9.6.

1)

I see a color breaking spine tick, it looks deep at first but that is partially due to the fact that moderns with this paper stock have very plump spines to begin with.

I see no evidence of the tic effecting the back cover whatsoever....which is all black.


2)


Two small scrapes (color flecking) to the FC, about an inch from the spine tick.


3)

Small/light edge wear near lower left FC.

4)

Other than the bindery tear at the base of the spine, which is a common production issue, a very minute amount of corner fraying at the base of the spine.


Wow, this was incredibly thorough and greatly appreciated! I didn't even notice the color flecking near the spine tick until you mentioned it. I'm a pretty casual collector and don't need a 9.8 to be happy with what I have so if this grades out at a 9.0 or higher, I'll say it's a win. Hopefully the press helps improve the grade. Thanks again for your input!
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Originally Posted by drchaos
The two flaws that jumped out at me are the spine tick below the top staple (front cover) and the soft corner (bottom left corner).

A press is not going to fix either of these two problems. If everything else is perfect you are looking at a 9.2.


Appreciate the opinion, I have a couple other comics to get pressed and graded so I might just spend the extra bucks to get this one pressed too in hopes that the spine tick dent flattens out despite the break in color.

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Originally Posted by CopperAgeKids
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Originally Posted by Thanatos
Rick and Morty #1 Pictures

Picked this copy of Rick and Morty #1 up and was hoping I could get your opinion on the grade. There is a spine tick below the top staple in the 2nd picture but otherwise looks really clean (pictures are from the seller). Would this get a 9.0 or higher grade and would a pressing help? Thanks! Deployed till July so won't be able to see it until then, hope I'm not dissapointed.


No worries.

Based off the pics, the book looks like a 9.0/9.2, as is.Probably a 9.2.

A press would likely yield a 9.4/9.6.

1)

I see a color breaking spine tick, it looks deep at first but that is partially due to the fact that moderns with this paper stock have very plump spines to begin with.

I see no evidence of the tic effecting the back cover whatsoever....which is all black.


2)


Two small scrapes (color flecking) to the FC, about an inch from the spine tick.


3)

Small/light edge wear near lower left FC.

4)

Other than the bindery tear at the base of the spine, which is a common production issue, a very minute amount of corner fraying at the base of the spine.


Wow, this was incredibly thorough and greatly appreciated! I didn't even notice the color flecking near the spine tick until you mentioned it. I'm a pretty casual collector and don't need a 9.8 to be happy with what I have so if this grades out at a 9.0 or higher, I'll say it's a win. Hopefully the press helps improve the grade. Thanks again for your input!


Glad to help.

I would certainly have the book pressed, before it is slabbed.

If you decide to sell it, which I'd certainly suggest doing, as hot books like this book....pretty much invariably (and steeply) drop in value.

The price point between a 9.4/9.6 and a 9.0/9.2 is very signifigant.

Stay safe over there, brother.
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