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Discerning the difference in 9.8vs9.61860

COLLECTOR shrewbeer private msg quote post Address this user
I'm a bit new to grading HIGH grades, where the ultimate pickiness is key.

Most all moderns off the rack have a bit of spine "blunting" at the top or bottom corner, even the slightest bit of tear "hanging" off it. It seems to be VERY hard to find a book off the rack without this, nevermind a book that has been jostled around a USPS truck for 3,000 miles...

This defect seems to be the most common and the key to picking the right book for grading. What im wondering, is exactly how much of this is allowed in 9.8 vs 9.6? Assuming zero other defects of course.

Anyone have a good example of the worst case you've seen in a 9.8?!





The million dollar question is what gets a 9.9 but that seems to be a mystery to all 😁 So I wont go there
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Yes, you can get 9.8 with the very tiny "wear" on the top and bottom spine. There is definitely a line at which the grade will be affected.

Thick saddle-stitched books are allowed a little more of a bindery tear, though there is still a point at which it will affect the grade.

A 10 will obviously not have any hint of the wear. You can get by with a microscopic one on a 9.9, but it would be on only one corner, and that would be the only defect on the book.
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COLLECTOR shrewbeer private msg quote post Address this user
Awesome, thanks for chiming in on this; always great to hear the opinion of a real grader!

Anyone have an example of their "worst" 9.8 defect?
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