We only guarantee 9.2 condition on raw books unless otherwise stated in the product description. Split corners on over-sized books (like Wolverine #1) are standard defects. Printer rub on dark covers is also standard. For more printer defect examples click here. Below is the grading guide we use from Comics Price Guide.
NEAR MINT / NEAR MINT- GRADES
NEAR MINT : 9.4
NEAR MINT- : 9.2
This book is an excellent copy with great eye appeal.
It is vibrant and clean with supple pages.
The spine may have a couple of very small stress lines at the most 1/4 inch the surface color around the line must not be noticeably broken.
The spine is almost completely flat.
The cover is relatively flat with almost no surface wear and the cover inks are generally bright with medium to high reflectivity.
The staples may show some discoloration, but it's not too noticeable on first glance.
The inside pages and covers usually will be off-white to white, but can be creamy or slightly yellowish.