Silver Surfer #4 Spare a Grade Please! :)
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Thanks for you time guys. I am planing to sell this book and there is tape along the spine. I am not sure if I should have this removed or not, from what I am reading it seems that I should not remove it unless I plan on keeping it long term.   

 

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The grade is going to be either comparable, or worse by trying to remove the tape. I'd bet on worse since you're likely damaging the paper.  You're dealing with a book in the 2.0±1.0, so it's not the difference between a high grade and a low grade book

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The first question I always ask when I see tape is, "Why was this applied -- what purpose does it serve?"  Looking at your scans, my best guess is that the tape was applied to reattach a completely detached front cover.  If this is indeed the case, you may actually be looking at a grade of 1.0 FR, similar to the square-bound example shown below.

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SS #4 is a desirable issue that sells quickly in all grades.  Any $$$ spent trying to improve this book would be totally (100%) wasted.  No amount of tinkering will improve this book's grade, regardless of whether you call it a 1.0 FR or a 2.0 GD.  :foryou:

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On 6/29/2022 at 3:05 PM, zzutak said:

The first question I always ask when I see tape is, "Why was this applied -- what purpose does it serve?"  Looking at your scans, my best guess is that the tape was applied to reattach a completely detached front cover.  If this is indeed the case, you may actually be looking at a grade of 1.0 FR, similar to the square-bound example shown below.

FCD-1.thumb.jpg.b4388428e635dfd85625aa4ba42491af.jpg

SS #4 is a desirable issue that sells quickly in all grades.  Any $$$ spent trying to improve this book would be totally (100%) wasted.  No amount of tinkering will improve this book's grade, regardless of whether you call it a 1.0 FR or a 2.0 GD.  :foryou:

I agree. A split and detached cover makes for a FR book.

Maybe you can determine the purpose of the tape and get back to us. Even if the cover isn't completely detached, only a 2" or so split should be allowed in this book's seeming grade range (2.0/2.5).

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