Card Condition Guide

We strive to provide accurate single card grading to make sure you are satisfied with your purchase. We understand that grading can be subjective on a personal level, so here is a guide to help you understand our criteria.

Please note that we do not guarantee any Gem Mint cards due to the sheer volume of cards handled daily.

Should you not be satisfied with the condition of cards you have received from us, please let us know right away and we will make sure you are taken care of to the best of our ability.

Near Mint (NM)

Near Mint cards show negligible wear such as:

  • Scratches are not perceivable without tilting under a direct light source.
  • May have surface scuffs/fogging that does not show through a sleeve.
  • Borders may show superficial wear or whitening.
  • Corners may show superficial nicks, but no more than two corners.



The acceptable range of cards within the Near Mint condition include both cards with no imperfections and cards with a few minor imperfections.

Lightly Played (LP)

Lightly Played cards may be afflicted with a wide range of wear and tear. These cards are tournament legal in sleeves and can be categorized as follows:

  • Deeper scratches of up to 25% of the surface layer
  • May have surface scuffs/fogging that shows through a sleeve.
  • Borders may show wear or whitening of up to 25% of a card’s length, but not past the black border.
  • Corners may show nicks or wear on up to all corners and can start to affect the white layer.
  • Edge whitening may affect the black border and part of the white border.
  • Factory printing defects that do not affect readability.
  • Factory defects where scratches, or lines appear on the surface. Can be across the whole surface.
  • Factory miscuts on corners or edges, such as scraped ink on foils or blunt cutter.

If a card shows multiple categories of wear, it will be considered Moderately Played (MP).


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