Cards are graded solely on the condition of the card itself
A flawless card.
No signs of wear or aging. No imperfections. No creasing. Superb color. Razor-sharp edges. No yellowing. Faultless photo registration. Original gloss intact. Unblemished, unmarred, and spotless.
A nearly perfect card.
Imperfections not visible unless under magnification. No visible wear. No creasing. Sharp corners intact. Perfect print gloss. No surface flaws.
Nearly perfect with barely noticeable tiny flaw.
No creasing. Four sharp corners. Clean gloss and no scratches.
Four sharp corners.
Slight nick or small surface scratch. Color and gloss intact. Very minor imperfection (centering, corners, edges, or surface).
Barely perceptible signs of handling.
Very minor wear. Slight corner nicks or imperfections. Subtle color flaws. No creases. Minor hint of aging.
Well printed and well preserved.
Minor wear. Corners and edges no longer razor sharp though not noticeably rounded. Small flaws such as limited wear to one corner, subtle lack of gloss, or slight image imperfection.
Higher-end quality with a touch of wear.
Slight image or color imperfection. Minor wear on corners. No creasing. Gloss mostly intact. Modest speckling.
Bordering on Near Mint+.
Slight wear on corners. Some front-of-card surface degradation. Some image imperfection. Slight back-of-card wax staining.
Some obvious wear and possible scratch.
Two or more frayed or fuzzy corners. Centering may be off. Possible print spot or off-white card border.
Clearly frayed or fuzzy corners. Detectable scratch.
Photo register may be misaligned. Some gloss still evident. Possible notching of borders.
Two or more evident corner flaws.
Possible “spider” crease or scratches on front or back. Possible rubber-band indentations. Minor border discoloration. No major stains.
Obviously handled. Four fuzzy corners.
Evident edge chipping. Noticeable color imperfections. Limited gloss. Significant surface wear.
Loss of luster but printing intact.
No major damage but clearly rounded corners and creasing. Possible small staining. Some discoloration. Significantly diminished gloss.
Serious surface issues.
Intact card but significant issues, including miscut corners in addition to rounding and edging, discoloration, creases, or surface break.
Heavily rounded corners, edge nicks, or surface scratches. Gloss no longer visible. Poor focus. Discoloration. Noticeable staining. Evident creasing.
Yellowing, discoloration, out of focus.
Significantly noticeable staining. Rounded corners. Pronounced handling. Scruff and scratches.
Heavily rounded corners. Several creases. Significant stains. Focus imperfections. Lack of all gloss and luster. Possible ink marks or other writing.
Badly scuffed, stained, or scratched.
Serious surface damage, including writing on front or back or card and creases across the card. Possible thumb tack holes. Heavy surface wear.
Heavy creases. Ink or pencil marks. Areas of card might be missing. Possible staple holes. Heavy print spots. Miscut.
Small portions of card may be missing. Card might be torn. Dirty and miscolored. Abused by unknown substances.
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