CONDITION and GRADING of Postcards
The condition of a postcard is an extremely important factor in valuing it.
On the Internet, more than any place else, it is necessary some sort of standard card grading , so that the buyer knows exactlely what the seller means with “Excellent” , “Very Good” and so on.
I follow the standard grading system adopted by most dealers and by the leading postcard hobby publications, the J.L. Mashburn Price Guides, the “ Barr’s Post Card News” and “Post Card Collector”.
M - Mint = A perfect card just as it comes from the printing press. No marks, bends or creases. No writings or postmarks. A clean and fresh card. Seldom seen.
NM - Near Mint = Like mint, but very, very light aging or very slight discoloration from being in an album for many years. Not as fresh looking.
EX - Excellent = Like mint in appearance with no bends or creases, or rounded or blunt corners. May be postally used or unused and may have writing and postmark only on the adress side. A clean, fresh card on the picture side.
VG - Very Good = Corners may be just a bit blunt or rounded. Almost undetectable crease or bend that does not detract from overall appearance of picture side. May be writing or postally used on address side. A very collectible card.
G - Good = Corners may be noticeably blunt or rounded with noticeably slight bends or creases. May be postally used or writing on address side. Less than VG.
FR - Fair = Card is intact. Excess soil, stains, creases, writing or cancellation may affect picture. Could be a scarce card that is difficult to find in any condition.