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  • Grading Guide for Cards
  

CCG and TCG Card Grading Guide:

Note About My cards and Grading: I follow this guide for every CCG and TCG card I sell. I will not tell you something is Mint 9 and send you a Near Mint 7 card. The photographed card you see in the listing is the exact card you receive, however in a multiple item listing, then the card shown is just one example of multiples I have. As an (Example), a multiple card listing at Near Mint or Better, meaning I used the lowest graded card of the bunch to arrive at a grade for the multiple card listing. In other words you may get a better grade card than listed but not necessarily the card photographed.

10/9.5 Pristine/Gem Mint Condition Examples:

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A Pristine 10 or a Gem Mint 9.5 card is virtually a perfect card. Attributes include four perfectly sharp corners, sharp focus and full original gloss. A Gem Mint 10 card must be free of staining of any kind, but an allowance may be made for a slight printing imperfection if it doesn't impair the overall appeal of the card. The image must be centered on the card within a tolerance not to exceed 55/45 Percent Side to Side and top to bottom on the front, and 60/40 percent on the reverse. Surface must be glosy, free of scuffs and dents.

9 Mint Condition Examples:

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A Mint 9 is a superb condition card that exhibits only the slightest minor imperfections noticeable only on very close inspection, a minor printing imperfection, a slight corner ding or maybe some slight edge or surface wear. Centering must be 55/45 or better on the front and 70/30 or better on the reverse.

8/8.5 Near Mint Plus Condition Examples:


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A Near Mint Plus 8/8.5 is a super high-end card that appears Mint 9 at first glance, but upon closer inspection, the card can exhibit the following: a very slight Fraying or dent at one or two corners, a minor printing imperfection, and/or slight surface and edge wear. Centering must be 60/40 or better on the front and 80/20 or better on the reverse.

7/7.5 Near Mint Condition Examples:

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A Near Mint 7/7.5 is a card with a small amount of surface and edge wear visible upon inspection. There may be slight fraying or dings on some corners. A minor printing blemish is acceptable. Most of the original gloss is retained. Centering must be 65/35 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the back.

6/6.5 Very Fine Plus Condition:

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A Very Fine Plus 6/6.5 card may have visible surface wear or a printing defect that does not detract from its overall appeal. Corners may have slightly graduated fraying and or dings. Picture focus may be slightly out-of-register. Card may show some loss of original gloss, may also exhibit Moderate roughness, moderate chipping or minor notching is allowed on edges and shows clear signs of play use. Centering must be 80/20 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the reverse.

5/5.5 Very Fine Condition A Very Fine 5/5.5 card may have visible surface wear or a printing defect that does not detract from its overall appeal. Corners may have slightly graduated fraying and/or dings. Picture focus may be slightly out-of-register. Card may show some loss of original gloss, may also exhibit Moderate roughness, moderate chipping or minor notching on edges and shows clear signs of play use. Centering must be 85/15 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the reverse.

4/4.5 Fine Condition A Fine 4/4.5 card may have moderate visible surface wear, printing defects and/or a very light crease. Corners may have modest graduated fraying and/or dings. Picture focus may be somewhat out-of-register. Some original gloss will be retained. The card may also exhibit a Moderate amount of roughness, chipping and notching on the edges and shows clear signs of play use. Centering must be 85/15 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the reverse.

3/3.5 Very Good Condition A Very Good 3/3.5 card may have a fair amount of visible surface wear printing defects and/or a light crease. Corners may have graduated fraying and or dings. Picture focus may be somewhat out-of-register. Some original gloss will be retained. The card may also exhibit a fair amount of roughness, chipping and notching on the edges and shows clear signs of heavy play use. Centering must be 90/10 or better on the front and back of the card.

2/2.5 Good Condition A Good 2/2.5 card may have a heavy amount of visible surface wear, printing defects and/or moderate creasing. Corners may have accelerated fraying and heavy dings. Picture focus may be out-of-register. Original gloss may be completely absent. The card may also exhibit a heavy amount of roughness, chipping and notching on the edges and shows clear signs of heavy play use. Centering must be 90/10 or better on the front and back of the card.

1 Poor Condition: A Poor 1 card may be missing one or two small pieces, exhibit major creasing that nearly breaks through all the layers of cardboard, or it may contain extreme discoloration or dirtiness throughout that makes it difficult to identify the issue or content of the card on either the front or back. A card of this nature may also show noticeable warping or another type of destructive defect.