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GRADING SCALE

 

PERFECT 10: A Perfect Graded card is a virtually flawless card. Attributes include 50/50 centering, crisp focus, four sharp corners, free of stains, no breaks in surface gloss, no print or refractor lines, and no visible wear under magnification.

GEM MINT 9.5: A Gem Mint 9.5 card’s attributes include 55/45 or better centering, sharp focus, four sharp corners, free of stains, no breaks in surface gloss, no print or refractor lines, and no visible wear. A slight printing imperfection is allowable if it does not detract from the aesthetics of the card.
MINT 9: A Mint 9 card’s attributes include 60/40 or better centering, sharp focus and four sharp corners. A minor flaw may exist upon close examination. A minor flaw may be, but is not limited to: a slight nick to one corner, a small gloss break or surface scratch, a minor print line or minor refractor line, a minor focus or color imperfection, or a small print spot.
NEAR MINT - MINT+ 8.5: A Near Mint / Mint+ is a card with 65/35 or better centering and four sharp corners. A few minor flaws may exist upon close examination. A minor flaw may be, but is not limited to: a slight nick to one corner, a small gloss break or surface scratch, a minor print line or minor refractor line, a minor focus or color imperfection, or a small print spot.
NEAR MINT – MINT 8: A Near Mint / Mint 8 is a card with 65/35 or better centering, corners sharp to the naked eye but may exhibit slight wear under closer examination. A few small flaws may exist upon close examination. A small flaw may be, but is not limited to: very minor wear on one corner, a gloss break or surface scratch, a print line or refractor line, a focus or color imperfection, or a print spot.
NEAR MINT + 7.5: This is a card with 70/30 or better centering, a few small flaws may exist upon close examination. A small flaw may be, but is not limited to: very minor wear on one corner, a gloss break or surface scratch, a print line or refractor line, a focus or color imperfection, or a print spot.
NEAR MINT 7: A Near Mint 7 card’s attributes include 70/30 or better centering, slight wear on some corners, minor scratching, some print spots or speckling, and print lines or refractor lines are acceptable. Card may exhibit a slightly skewed (diamond) cut.
EXCELENT – NEAR MINT+ 6.5: This is a card with 75/25 or better centering, slight wear on some corner, minor scratching, some print spots or speckling, and print lines or refractor lines are acceptable. Card may exhibit a slightly skewed (diamond) cut.
EXCELENT – NEAR MINT 6: An Excellent/ Near Mint is a card with 75/25 or better centering, slight fuzzing of corners may be evident, skewed cut may be more evident, focus or register may be off, and slight notching of edges may exist.
 
EXCELENT + 5.5: An EX 5 card with higher grade centering or corners.
EXCELENT 5: An Excellent card is a card with 80/20 or better centering, minor rounding or fuzzing of corners, roughness or chipping along edge (no layering), one VERY slight surface or “spider” crease may exist on one side of the card, gloss may be lost from surface with some scratching that does not detract from the aesthetics of the card.
VERY GOOD – EXCELENT + 4.5: A VG-EX 4 with higher grade centering or corners.
VERY GOOD - EXCELENT 4: A Very Good/ Excellent card is a card with 85/15 or better centering, corners are slightly rounded with modest surface wear. Light hairline crease may show on one or both sides. A light tear or surface break may exist.
VERY GOOD + 3.5: A VG 3 with higher grade centering or corners.
VERY GOOD 3: A Very Good card is a card with 90/10 or better centering, corners more rounded–but not excessive, stronger creasing may exist. Poorer focus, registration, and discoloration, and staining are more noticeable.
GOOD+ 2.5: A Good 2 with higher grade centering or corners.
GOOD 2: A Good card is a card centered 90/10 or better. This card usually exhibits one or more of these characteristics: heavy print spots, heavy crease(s), pinhole(s), color or focus imperfections or discoloration, surface scuffing or tear, rounded and/or fraying corners, ink or pencil marking(s), and lack of all or some original gloss.
FAIR 1.5: A Fair card is a card centered 90/10 or better. This card usually exhibits several of these characteristics: heavy print spots, heavy crease(s), pinhole(s), color or focus imperfections or discoloration, surface scuffing or tears, rounded and/or fraying corners, ink or pencil marking(s), and lack of all or some original gloss, a small portion of the card may be missing.
POOR 1: This is a card that usually exhibits many of these characteristics: heavy print spots, heavy crease(s), pinhole(s), color or focus imperfections or discoloration, surface scuffing or tears, rounded and/or fraying corners, ink or pencil marking(s), and lack of all or some original gloss, small portions of the card may be missing.
ART: Card under ART name it’s an altered card by professional or amateur painters. These are high skilled using hand paint technics, airbrush or both. Art just allowed in card front. We do not allow offset prints on cards, offset prints will be rejected. Art it’s an artisanal work. Some collector’s love them so we’ll be kept in a holder like a graded card.

 

AUTHENTIC: Card that get Authentic name it’s an original card altered with ink or permanent makers for hide damages particularly in edges or corners. We do not grade that type of card. Some of them have a good value in the market and they’re very old so they will be kept in a holder like a graded card.

 

 

 

Definitions

 

  • Centering: Tolerances are allowed for centering but must be within 5% of the standard and should not detract from the overall eye-appeal of the card. Back centering is less critical than front centering and a tolerance of up to 10% in excess of the front standard is allowed.
  • Borders: The framing style used for most cards.
  • Gloss: The original surface coating or surface material.
  • Surface: May be affected by scratches, impressions, incomplete embossing of foil, or misaligned finish or embossing.

 

 


Rejection Codes

 

Code

Description

Tag

A Bleached BLE
B Color Added COL
C Power Erased ERA
D Minimum Graded Not Met MIN
E Too Large to Holder (Oversized) LRG
F Miscut MIS
G Cannot/Do Not Grade NO
H Pressed PRS
I Rebuilt REB
J Too Small to Holder (Short) SML
K Evidence of Trimming TRM
L Counterfeit COU
M Resurfaced SUR

 


Rejection Code Zones

 

Code

Description

1 Upper Left Corner
2 Upper Right Corner
3 Lower Right Corner
4 Lower Left Corner
5 Upper Edge-Top Surface
6 Right Edge-Side Surface
7 Lower Edge-Bottom Surface
8 Left Edge-Side Surface
9 Front-Front Surface
0 Back-Back Surface

 

  • Sample 1: "I1" Identify a card that been rebuild in the upper rigth corner.
  • Sample 2:"X" This means card it’s a Counterfeit and it does not original. All card rejected for European Grading will be identify with rejection codes and rejection zones (if applicable).

 

 

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