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One of the most important considerations in calculating the value of a sports card is its condition. Depending on what kind of shape your sports card is in you may find the appraised value fluctuate drastically. Grading is the term used for defining a cards condition based on a standardized set of criteria. This criteria is based purely off the physical characteristics of the card and does not take age of the card into account.
Grading services can be provided by 3rd party companies. Although you can come up with your own grade, having a professionally assigned card grade ensures an unbiased view of the card’s condition. This in turn gives buyers and sellers more confidence in the card’s valuation. Some of the more popular 3rd party sports card grading companies are: Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), Global Authentication Inc. (GAI), Sportscard Gaurentee (SCG), and Beckett Grading Sevice (BGS). Professional graders usually seal the card in a tamper-proof package and provide a serial number to the card. The serial number is kept in the company records and can later be used to verify the authenticity of the sports card and its grade.
Most grading guidelines use a scale of 1 to 10 to indicate a cards condition. Sometimes the value is assigned in half point increments to give more granular, well-defined grades (ie. 3.5, 8.5). Most card values quoted in price guides apply to a card in “Near Mint” condition. Perfect cards in GEM Mint condition can often receive a 200% premium on most quoted price guides. Sports cards with a lower than “Near Mint” grading can suffer a reduced price compared to what is provided in most sports card price guides. The below list shows the standard grading values assigned by the various card grading systems along with a rough price multiplier based on the grade:
Numeric Rating: 9.5 – 10
Price guide offset: 200%
The card must be in virtually perfect condition. Card must be completely free of any blemishes such as stains or scratches. All four corners must be perfectly sharp. Any manufacturer printing imperfections must be slight without impairing the card appearance. The centered ratio on front must be 60/40 or better and 75/25 or better on back. (see Footnote 1 at bottom of page)
Numerical rating: 9
Price guide offset: 150%
The card must be in excellent condition with a maximum of one of the following flaws:
- minor manufacturer printing imperfection
- off-white card borders
- slight wax stain on back
Centering must be 60/40 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the back.
Abbreviation: NM-MT, Nrmt-Mt
Numeric Rating: 8
Price guide offset: 125%
The card must be in superb overall condition. The condition can be downgraded from Mint to Near mint if the card has more than one of the following imperfections:
- slight fraying of 1 or 2 card corners
- off white borders
- manufacturer printing imperfections
Centering must be 70/30 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the back.
Abbreviation: NM, Nrmt
Numerical Rating: 7
Price guide offset: 100% (most guides are based on Near Mint condition)
The card may have the following flaws:
- slight fraying of the corners
- slight wearing of the card surface
- front may be slightly out of focus
- minor manufacturer printing flaws
- wax stains (back only)
Some original manufacture gloss must still be present. There must be be 70/30 or better centering on the front and 90/10 or better on the back.
Numerical Rating: 6
Price guide offset: 75%
A slight scratch may be visible. The card surface may show visible wearing or a manufacturer printing defect. Slight fraying of the corners can be evident. Off-white borders are present. front may be slightly out of focus. Slight fraying or notching of card edges. Centering must be 80/20 or better on front and 90/10 or better on the back.
Numeric Rating: 5
Price guide offset: 50%
Notches or chipping are evident on the edges. Rounding of the card corners is visible. Light scrapes or scratches are visible. front may be slightly out of focus. Off-white borders may be present. Centering must be 85/15 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the back.
Numeric Rating: 4
Price guide offset: 33%
Light creasing of the card may be evident. Notches or chipping are evident on the card edges. Rounding of the card corners is visible. Light scrapes or scratches are visible. front can be slightly out of focus. Off-white borders can be present. Centering must be 85/15 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the back.
Numeric Rating: 3
Price guide offset: 30%
Manufacturer printing defects may exist. Borders may be yellow or discolored. Wax stain may appear on front with more severe stains appearing on back. Light creasing of the card may be evident. Notches or chipping are evident on the card edges. Rounding of the card corners is visible. Light scrapes or scratches are visible. front may be out of focus. Centering must be 85/15 or better on the front and 90/10 or better on the back.
Numeric Rating: 2
Price guide offset: 20%
Scratches, scrapes, stains and chips may all be visible. There can be light to moderate surface wear. Corners may be very rounded and slightly layered. Multiple creases can be present. No glossiness remains from original manufacturer. Discolorations may be present. 90/10 or better centering on front and back.
Poor to Fair
Numeric Rating: 1
Price guide offset: 10%
Card may exhibit an extremely worn appearance. Scratches, pitting, scrapes, stains and chips may all be visible. Borders may be extremely discolored. Picture may be completely out of focus. Heavy creases can be present. Small parts of the card may even be missing. Warping may be present. 90/10 or better centering on front and back.
Footnote 1: The center values represent the percentage of the border that can appear on one side of the card. For example 50/50 would be a perfectly centered card where 50% of the border appears on one side of the card & 50% on the other. 90/10 would indicate that 90% of the border can be on one side of the card with a minimum of at least 10% on the other. This can apply to both the top-bottom centering and left-right centering.