Trading Card Grading Made Simple

TRADING CARD GRADING MADE SIMPLE

To keep trading card grading simple for my fellow collectors, I would like to point a few very important common sense attributes about trading cards to get you started. Most trading cards have a flat surface, two sides, four corners, four edges, and boarders. Check each and every part of the trading card when grading. Knowing the parts of a trading card to examine when grading and learning the standards and terms below, will make you an expert grader in no time. It really is that simple!!! The value of almost anything you buy or sell is contingent on the grade. Trading Cards are no exception. So get started Now!!! Mint (MT)
Surface of Trading Card
Perfectly Flat on Both Sides
No Surface Scratching or Indentations
All original Card Gloss still visible
Corners of Trading Card are Sharp and Crisp
Edges & Border are razor sharp with clean cuts
Trading card Border centering should be 50/50 left to right and top to bottom on both sides
Trading Card should look like it was just printed
Near Mint/Mint (NM-MT)
A Balance Between “Mint” and “Near Mint” Trading Card Attributes
Near Mint (NMT)
Flat on Both Sides
One or two very light Surface Scratches allowed but no Indentations
Most original or all Card Gloss still visible
No Print Dots Allowed
No finger prints on gloss visible
Sharp Corners no signs of wear or mis-cutting
Edges are sharp with no signs of Jagged cutting
Trading card Borders centering should be 45/55 left to right and top to bottom on both sides
Over All Near Mint Condition Trading Card should look like it was never handled.
Excellent / Near Mint (EX MT)
A Balance between “Near Mint” and “Excellent” Trading Card Attributes
Excellent (EX )
Flat on Both Sides
Light Surface Scratches allowed

A few minor indentations are allowed
One slight Hairline Crease allowed but not though the cardboard of the card
50% of the original card Gloss is still visible
One or two Print Dots allowed
Finger Prints on Gloss visible
Two corners may have slight Dents or Ware
Rounded Corners are not allowed
Jagged cutting allowed on two sides
Border Centering on Front of card no more than should be 35/65 left to right and top to bottom
Border Centering on Back of card no more than 30/70 centering left to right & top to bottom
Trading Card should handled but not abused
Very Good / Excellent (VGEX )

A Balance between “Excellent” and “Very Good” Trading Card Attributes
Very Good (VG)
Slight curving Ok
Surface Scratches allowed and visible but not deep to distract for the appearance of the card
Indentations are allowed
Three or Four Hairline Crease allowed in cardboard but not though both sides of the cardboard
25% of the original Card Gloss is still visible
Print Dot common
No Tapping is visible
No Writing allowed on either side of card
Corners may show slight signs of Rounding
Edges May have Jagged cutting on all sides
No signs of Tapping
Border Centering on Front of card no more than should be 25/75 left to right and top to bottom
Border Centering on Back of card no more than 15/85 centering left to right & top to bottom
Trading Card should look well handled but all picture attributes clear and readable
Good (GD)
Curving apparent
Surface Scratches allowed and may distract from the picture and printing of the card
Rubber Band Marks ok
No Tape on Card but Tape Marks Allowed
Many Creases allowed that go though the card board of the card but no indication of Folding
Light writing allowed on back or card but not front of card.
Corners are Rounded and Warn but no Cardboard Missing
Tapping on corners ok if Tape is removed
Edges can have Jagged cutting on all sides and show signs of being Tapped
Border Centering could be missing from Misprinting on either side card.
Edges cannot be cut due to Alteration or Abuse
Trading Card Abused but all picture attributes and text is readable.
Fair (FR )
Card Can be Bent
Deep Scratches allowed and visible and distract from the picture and printing of the card
Tape or Rubber Band marks damage apparent
Tape still on card
Deep Creases and Folding allowed that go though both sides of the cardboard
Missing one or more corners allowed but picture and text still readable
Light writing allowed on either side of card
Corners are well Rounded, Taped or missing on one or two sides
Edges can have Tape on all sides
Border Centering can be misprinted but card picture and text is still readable
A Trading Card Well Abused and Damaged but Readable
Poor (PR)
Surface of Trading Card
Tapping distracts reading or seeing picture and text of card
Card missing parts of cardboard due to cutting or ripping
Writing apparent on cardboard front and back and distract from picture and text
Corners are Rounded, Taped or Missing on all sides
Edges can be cut or altered
Border Centering may be Misprinted making card unreadable.
A Card only partially readable and is only good until a replacement card