The Overstreet Guide To Grading Comics Sixth Edition is now in comic shops, available in soft cover and – for the first time – a hardcover edition.

Crafted by the team behind The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, this book contains the 10-point grading scale explained in detail with copious illustrations. It is expanded with articles on storage, preservation, and restoration, and overviews of the independent, third-party grading companies, all accompanied by over 200 full-color images.

“This book will provide you with all the basics about grading comics. Even if you’re going to submit your comics to one of the trusted grading services, it’s still in your best interest to have reasonable expectations of what grades you’re going to get back,” said author Robert M. Overstreet.

What’s more, it includes a detailed, comprehensive study and identification guide spotlighting price variant copies, compiled and revised by Overstreet Advisor Jon McClure.

“Ever since the original version the price variant exploration appeared in the Guide, Jon McClure has worked to expand, refine, clarify, and promote this intriguing sub-set of comics. This is by far the most comprehensive work ever on the topic in this popular area of collecting,” said J.C. Vaughn, Vice-President of Publishing for Gemstone Publishing.

This edition of The Overstreet Guide To Grading Comics features original cover art for the first time. Billy Tucci (Shi: Return of the Warrior) and colorist Wes Hartman illustrated June Tarpé Mills’ acclaimed Golden Age heroine, Miss Fury.

“I’ve had a great relationship with the Overstreet team since the earliest days of Shi, and I was honored to provide the first original cover for The Overstreet Guide To Grading Comics,” Tucci said.

Both editions are now in comic shops. If you don’t live near a comic shop, they are available at gemstonepub.com. The soft cover edition retails for $24.95 and the hardcover edition retails for $34.95 (prices do not include taxes or shipping).

When cover artist Tucci received his copies of The Overstreet Guide to Grading Comics, he shared an unboxing video on the POPXP! The Pop Culture Experience YouTube channel. It can be seen below.