We use TCA Grading standards for all of our Pre and Post-War train auctions. Below you will find a complete description.
C-10 MINT - Brand New all original, unused and unblemished.
C-9 FACTORY NEW - Brand New all original, unused, may evidence factory rubs and the slightest evidence of handling, shipping and having been test run at the factory.
C-8 LIKE NEW - Complete all original, no rust, no missing parts, may show effects of being on display and/or age, may have been run.
C-7 EXCELLENT - all original minute scratches and paint nicks, no rust and no missing parts. No distortion of component parts.
C-6 VERY GOOD - Minor scratches and paint nicks, minor spots of surface rust, free of dents. May have minor parts replaced.
C-5 GOOD - Sign of play wear with scratches and minor paint loss. Small dents, minor surface rust. Evidence of heavy use.
C-4 FAIR - Scratched, moderate paint loss, dented missing parts, surface rust. Evidence of heavy use.
C-3 POOR - Requires major body repair. Heavily scratched, major rust and missing parts. Restoration candidate.
C-2 - Restoration required.
C-1 - Junk, parts value only.