Grading Scale

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We have refined the grading scale to something that actually makes a bit more sense. We believe the higher grades should remain the same as they are what we all know and love. The lower grades however is where attention was needed to provide a more accurate description of a card’s true condition. 

How We Grade

Each card is evaluated on its four dimensions known as sub grades: Centering, Surface, Corners and Edges.
Each of these dimensions will be given a score out of 10.
The sub grades will then be added together, then averaged to determine an interim final grade.

The grade is then put through the following two final tests.
1. If two of the sub grades are equal and lower than the interim final grade, the final grade shall be lowered to match the lowest two grades.
2. If the interim final grade is more than one point higher than the lowest sub grade, the final grade shall be lowered to be one point higher than the lowest sub grade.

Example One

Centering: 10
Surface: 9
Edges: 8
Corners: 8

Final Grade: 8

 

Example Two

Centering: 9
Surface: 9
Edges: 6
Corners: 7

Final Grade: 7

Grading Standards 

Sub-Grades Centering Surface Corners Edges
10 The centering required is approximately 45/55 or better on front and back. Perfectly clean surface, shows original sheen and if applicable, immaculate holo foil. Shows smooth blemish free rounded corners. Straight and clean edges.
9 The centering required is approximately 40/60 or better on front and back. Clean surface, shows original sheen and if applicable, clean holofoil. One very small factory blemish allowed. Should have smooth rounded corners from the factory. Straight and clean edges. Can have one very small chip or one very small factory imperfection.
8 The centering required is approximately 35/65 or better on front and back. A clean surface with a small scratch or blemish allowed. May have one small factory defect. It should have smooth rounded corners from the factory but may exhibit whitening or one very small factory imperfection. It typically has clean edges with only a couple small chips or one small factory imperfection.
7 The centering required is approximately 30/70 or better on front and back. The surface can show a few small scratches and blemishes with a possible very small indent. May have a few small factory defects. It should have clean rounded corners from the factory but might be subject to whitening or chips including factory imperfections. The card should have clean edges with only a couple small defects including factory imperfections.
6 The centering required is approximately 25/75 or better on front and back. The surface can show a few small scratches and blemishes with a possible small indent. Corners may have small fraying, wear and whitening. Edges may have a few chips or defects on multiple sides.
5 The centering required is approximately 20/80 or better on front and back. The surface can show a few scratches and blemishes. The card may show a light crease or noticeable indentation. Corners may show fraying, wear and a discernible amount of whitening. Edges will typically have noticeable defects.
4 The centering required is approximately 15/85 or better on front and back. The surface will typically show a few medium scratches and blemishes. Corners will typically display fraying, wear and a noticeable amount of whitening. Edges may show substantial or widespread chips and whitening, including defects.
3 The centering required is approximately 10/90 or better on front and back. Surface can show a few medium scratches, blemishes, light fading and possible creases. Corners may have heavy fraying and wear. Whitening will typically be present. Edges may have extensive chips and defects. Whitening will typically be present along multiple edges.
2 The centering is largely off-centered and less than 10/90 front and back. The surface can show many defects like scratches, blemishes, dents, creases and possible tears. Corners may have heavy fraying and wear and/or heavy amounts of whitening. Edges may have several defects and damage.
1 The centering is severely off-centered and/or miscut. The surface can have multiple very heavy scratches, blemishes, dents, creases and tears, including warping and other types of damage. Corners will typically display heavy fraying, wear and tears. Edges will exhibit extensive damage and defects.
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