Pokemon Grading Guide

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Grading options:

This is a guide for all my listings, please feel free to use / link to as you wish.

Gem Mint (GM): Card is completely flawless. Usually fresh out of a booster pack. The card has no visible wear whatsoever and is free of printing flaws . There is not a single spot or stain on the card and the corners and edges are crisp and free of wear.

Mint (M): Card has almost no visible wear. The corners and edges are crisp and free of wear. There may be a tiny dent on a corner or a small printing flaw that can only be seen under close inspection. 

Near Mint (NM): Card that is not quite in Mint condition. Great for a collection. I am fussy so I never really class a card as MINT unless it has been graded professionally. A small surface scratch, a scuff to one corner or edge, minor edge wear or whitening may be visible upon close inspection.   

Excellent (EX): Card may have wear on the surface such as small scratches or dents,  corners and edges may be slightly scuffed or worn. There is no major damage to the card.

Very Good (VG): Card may have a tiny bend or a hairline crease on the surface. Edge and corner wear will be present and will be clearly visible, but card is still very presentable. There may be a visible printing flaw such as a spot that doesn’t come off.

Good (G): Card edges are worn, major scratches are very noticeable. Card may have some small bends present. There may be a visible printing flaw such as a spot that doesn’t come off.

Played (PL): Card may have a heavy creases, and edges and corners may have a few scuffs. There is a lack of original gloss and there may be a few scratches on the surface. There may be discolouration or visible printing flaws.

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Last Updated: August 3rd, 2014
Maintained By eBay User ID:  pokemonguyuk / The Pokemon Guy 
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