Color me a noob, but I have an honest question to ask those of you more seasoned collectors: Aside from obvious mishandling issues (drops, rips, tears, creases, etc) what effect does general manufacturing flaws and handling / reading a comic book have on overall grade of a book?
For example: I just read Stranger Things: Science Camp. The cover is dark colors and framed in black. I made sure the handle the book very carefully however along the spine of the book I can see cracking. It runs almost from the top to the bottom, also on the left hand corners slight fraying begins, aka “soft corner”. The cracking along the spine also SOMETIMES leaves “veins” that creep into the cover space.
This type of thing seems to happen with a fair amount of my books (but not all, and card stock covers tend to be more hardy than paper.) So my question is this: does CGC CBCS, etc severely downgrade a book for the aforementioned "reasonable " flaws? Are they taken with a grain of salt? I mean, it seems like in order to use the book as it is intended to be used some flaws are going to appear.
My thinking is this: You don’t buy a Ferrari for it to just sit in a garage… but you also don’t make it your daily driver. You don’t buy a book to not read it. The obvious answer is buy 2 or more copies but there are some books like Hell Arisen 3 that I don’t have the luxury of buying a second copy of the 1st print for $4.99… but I want to read the issue.
Any thoughts, insights, or advice is appreciated!