PULP MAGAZINE GRADING STANDARDS
Condition is extremely important to many who collect SF material. Therefore, I grade carefully,
when in doubt. Below are the standards I use to grade all Pulp magazines. Age is not a factor in
grading. Good for it's age is not a meaningful phrase
as age is not a factor in grading since all magazines are held to the same standards. There are just
not as many older magazines in the higher grades.
- VERY GOOD- Shows some signs of wear. May have minor creases or very slight spine roll but is complete
with no missing pieces from covers or spine. Paper no longer white but not dark or brittle.
An average copy showing wear, though not yet falling apart. May not be taped.
- GOOD- Spine may be coming loose top & bottom. Pages more yellow than white. Heavy cover creases.
May be taped with clear tape.
- DEFECTIVE COPIES-
abbreviations used for damaged copies
- NC- no covers
- LM- logo missing
- NS- no spine
- NFC- no front cover
- RC- reading copy
- SD- Spine damage
- NBC- no back cover
- #- brown
- STC- Tears in cover, fragments missing, but less than 1 square inch total
- LTC- Tears in cover, fragments missing- one to 3 square inches.