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Whipple`s Comic Book Rarity Scale/ guide

Rarity Value # of issues known

R10---------------Unique--------------------------------1

R9.9---------------Extremely-Rare----------------------2 - 10

R9.8---------------Very-Rare ----------------------------11- 25

R9.6---------------Rare------------------------------------26 - 50

R9.4---------------Very-Scarce----------------------------51 - 100

R9.2---------------Scarce ----------------------------------101 - 200

R9.0-------------- Scarce-Minus --------------------------201 - 300 

R8.5-------------- Scarce-Minus-------------- -------------301 - 350

R8.0---------------Very-uncomon-to-scarce-------------351 - 400

R7.5---------------Very-uncommon-to-Scarce-----------401 - 600

R7.0---------------Very-uncommon-----------------------601 - 800

R6.5--------------Very-Uncommon----------------------- 801 - 1050

R6.0---------------Uncommon------------------------------1051 -1350

R5.5---------------Uncommon-----------------------------1351 - 1600

R5.0---------------Uncommon-Minus---------------------1601 - 2000

R4.5---------------Uncommon-Minus---------------------2001 - 2400

R4.0---------------Slightly-Uncommon--------------------2401 - 4000

R3.5---------------Slightly-Uncommon---------------------4001 - 5600

R3.0---------------Slightly-Uncommon---------------------5601 - 7200

R2.5---------------Slightly-Uncommon-to-Common-----7201 - 14800

R2.0---------------Slightly-Uncommon-to-Common-----14801 - 22400 

*R1.5--------------Slightly-Uncommon-to-Common-----22401 - 30000

*R1.0 - R0 --------Vertualy-Common-----------------------30001 & up

*R1.0  = 90% of print run, but more than 30001 issues

*R0.5 = 95% of print run, but more than 30001 issues


**eg. if a print run is 1500 issues, then rarity would be R5.5 (Uncommon)

**eg. if 600 issues are known to exist, then rarity would be R7.5 (Very uncommon-to-Scarce)

**eg. if  250 issues are known to exist, then rarity would be R9.0 (Scarce Minus )

**eg. if  2500 issues are known to exist, then rarity would be R4.0 (Slightly uncommon)

  • Aug 23, '16 by Mr.Grimm's avatar Mr.Grimm
  • Please leave a comment. I like feed back THX Smile
  • Aug 26, '16 by dough boy's avatar dough boy
  • Would you apply this evenly across ERA's?
  • Sep 5, '16 by Mr.Grimm's avatar Mr.Grimm
  • Yes they would... It would depend on the estimated print runs, especially for R7.5 and lower.....as the rarity scale increases it becomes more absolute. Eg. Rare = 11-50 known issues to exist. I finished this I just have to put the rest out here. I also used the ratios we use today (1:50 for example) ratios are used for R7.5 or lower.
  • Nov 16, '16 by Mr.Grimm's avatar Mr.Grimm
  • R10 - R1.5 are absolute values, meaning the print run does not effect it's rarity. Only the actual numbers in existence count, not in relation to print run.

    R1.0 and lower are relative to print run because the issue in question is going to be close to the actual print run. This is why we have 30,001 and up.

    I hope this puts light on it, very comic friendly
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