Card Grading Scale
1. What Do The Ratings Means?
Mint: The card has no visible flaws. Rarely do we ever give this rating. Upon close inspection almost every card has a flaw even if it is new.
Near Mint: The card has minor flaws that aren't apparent at first sight. It might have a little white knick(s) somewhere or a small scratch.
Excellent: Some wear can be seen if you look closely. There are likely a few little picks around the edges and the corners might be getting a little worn. Overall though when you put it in a sleeve the card looks like new.
Very Good: Similar to an excellent condition card except there is more whitening around the edges and the corners are a little more worn. There might be some small amount of whitening on the back face or front face. Even a casual inspection will show the defects. When the card is in a sleeve the defects will not be as noticable and the card will likely blend in with other cards.
Good: There is excessive whitening around the edges and the corners have a good amount of wear. There could also be a bit of whitening on the back face or front face along with some dings. When you put the card in a sleeve, it might stick out a bit due to its condition. However, it is a completely playable card if in a solid backed sleeve.
Poor: There is a lot of whitening and the corners are really worn, possibly even wearing away so they are no longer their original shape. There could be a lot of whitening on the front face or back face. There are also likely scratches and dings. In the worst case their might even be a crease or tear. These cards are typically not playable because of their damage.
2. Why do your ratings usually give a range (ex: excellent to near mint)?
This is done because peoples opinions on card condition vary. What one person thinks is a little bit of whitening another person might think is a lot of whitening and etc. By having a range we let you know straight out that we can see a person classifying the card in either the first condition stated or the second condition stated. Occasionally, we list a card with out a range. This means we think it fits our definition of the card grade so well that we just couldn't see how it could possibly belong in another grade.